ResortSuite Knows Toronto: Your Un-Official HITEC Guide to Everything Toronto

Toronto

With 6 weeks left before HITEC 2017, our team here in Toronto thought we’d give you a head start in planning your trip. We want to make sure that your first HITEC in Canada will be the most memorable one yet!

We’re very excited to have HITEC in our hometown this year. Being headquartered right in Downtown Toronto since the year 2000, we’re confident in saying that we’re experts about Toronto and everything you need to know during HITEC Week.

Read our HITEC blog series, ResortSuite Knows Toronto, and find out how you can personalize your #HITECTor Experience even further!

Transportation

Flying in from Pearson?
There are airport limo taxis available in the Arrivals Section of the airport. Black Lincoln town-car taxis (usually have a taxi logo on roof) usually charge around $60 CAD, but the black Limo’s (check the sign at the line-up at the curb) will charge considerably more than then these taxis. They look very similar. There’s no Lyft in Canada and UberX is not allowed for airport pick-ups. Uber XL still works though if you need a larger vehicle.

For a traffic-free and more affordable option, take the Union Pearson Express Train. For only $12 CAD, you can get to Union Station (a couple blocks away from Metro Toronto Convention Centre) in 25 minutes.
You can buy upon arrival or get tickets in advance here.

Flying in from Billy Bishop?
They have shuttles that will drop you off at Union Station every 15 minutes.
Here’s some information on the pick-up points and times.

Interested in getting around the city through public transit?
Get to know our good ol’ TTC.

Our newest TTC streetcars.

Hotels

Here are the 10 Nearest Hotels to Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

Weather

Contrary to what most people say, it’s not always cold in Canada. We do have summer months with gorgeous warm weather. Temperatures in June are usually at the low 20s in Celsius or the low 70s in Fahrenheit.

Here’s the Accuweather forecast for every day of the month in June 2017.

Tip: Celsius is the unit of measurement for temperature in Canada. Make sure you have your conversion apps ready or maybe memorize the conversion formula, °C to °F = Multiply the temperature by 2 and then add 30 (actual formula is multiply by 1.8, add 32).

Food

Fact:Toronto is officially the most diverse city in the world and the 4th largest city in North America, and it definitely shows in our cuisine.

Want to impress your colleagues?
Check out the list of Toronto’s restaurants that made it to this year’s Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants.

Want to stay away from tourist traps?
Check out the 10 hottest restaurants in Toronto.

Tipping Best Practices: 10-15% on top of taxes is the average amount for gratuities. If you made reservations for larger groups, restaurants will usually add an automatic 18-20% service charge on your bill.

Want something truly Canadian?
Make sure you don’t leave Toronto without tasting the greasy goodness of Poutine. Check out this list of restaurants that serve a decent poutine

Want a little bit of everything?
Here’s a list of 66 things to eat and drink

P.S. Don’t forget to grab a cup of coffee and some Timbits at Tim Hortons.

Tourist Attractions

Here’s a list of 5 of our favorite tourist attractions that are near the Metro Toronto Convention Center

  1. CN Tower
  2. Ripley’s Aquarium
    Thinking of visiting both the CN Tower, Ripley’s Aquarium and other places? Get yourself a CityPass to save more.
  3. Harbourfront Centre
  4. Toronto Islands
  5. Distillery District

Toronto’s historic Distillery District.

Think you can visit more than 5 during the week or extending your trip to the 6ix? Check out this list of 15 Spots.

Sports

Any chance you’re a baseball fan? Canada’s Team, the Toronto Blue Jays, are playing against the Baltimore Orioles during HITEC Week!

Jays vs Orioles Series = June 27 – 29, 2017 at the Rogers Centre (right next to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre)
Buy your tickets here

Not really a fan of baseball? We’d suggest checking out Toronto’s largest Sports Bar – Real Sports Bar and Grill

Want other options? Check out the city’s best sports bars according to BlogTO.

What’s Canada’s favorite sport? – Hockey!
Unfortunately, hockey season will be over by HITEC week. We still suggest that you visit the Hockey Hall of Fame and see the world’s largest collection of hockey memorabilia and experience the history of hockey.

Stay tuned for Part 2 of ResortSuite Knows Toronto where we’ll be talking about Toronto’s entertainment scene for HITEC Week (Live Music, Concerts, Clubs, Comedy Clubs, Pubs)

In the meantime, make sure you add ResortSuite Booth 2501 in your HITEC itinerary.

See you in June!