The 4th largest city in North America, Toronto attracts many companies given the city is a 2hr flight from 60% of the US population. The city is the financial capital of Canada and a hub for media, publishing and telco. Toronto also has a thriving tech scene. Toronto Innovation Corridor stretches a vast region of 112km’s between the University of Waterloo and the city. The region is home to thousands of tech companies and startups. Kiwi ICT companies should consider the region an accessible and cost-effective base. Depending on your focus/goals your optimum location will differ. Toronto CBD provides a gateway close to clients whereas closer to the University offers proximity to talent.

WHERE TO STAY

  • FAIRMONT ROYAL YORK – historic luxury hotel connected to PATH, the city’s underground 30km walkway of shops and entertainment – amazing way to navigate the city totally weatherproof.
  • THE DRAKE HOTEL 

CO-WORKING

TORONTO PROPER
WATERLOO CORRIDOR

COFFEE & KAI

FOR COFFEE

FOR LUNCH AND DINNER

  • HEMINGWAY’S – a kiwi owned hangout for 34 years in Yorkville, Downtown Toronto. An amazing rooftop (with heaters for winter) serving New Zealand lamb, great beers and kiwi wines.
  • CANOE – for Canadian fine dining.
  • TERRONI 
  • THE CHASE TORONTO 
  • WESLODGE

NIGHT SPOTS

  • YONGE-DUDAS SQUARE – a public square situated at the southeast corner of the intersection of Yonge Street and Dundas Street East in Downtown. Comes alive at night with events, concerts, restaurants and bars.
  • REPOSADO BAR & LOUNGE – Mexican tapas, for the ultimate tequila connoisseurs.
  • STIRLING ROOM – Victorian-Goth style cocktail lounge.
  • THE ONE EIGHTY – drinks and city views on the 51st floor!

COOL HUNTING

  • NIAGARA FALLS is 1.5hrs from Toronto. Drive out or get one of the good small group tours that run from Toronto such as QUEEN TOUR. The town of Niagara on the Lake is uber-touristy however a little known fact is the abundance of wineries close by on the drive in to Niagara. Ontario’s specialises in Icewine, an expensive sweet wine made from grapes left to freeze, locally known as ‘liquid gold’.
  • CN TOWER – the tallest structure in North America.
  • For a Canadian sporting experience look into attending a TORONTO BLUEJAYS baseball game at Roger’s Place in the CBD.
  • For more information on local events, activities and experiences check TOURISM TORONTO.

GETTING AROUND

THE BASICS

  • You won’t need a car in Toronto unless you’re planning to leave the city – e.g. to visit the Waterloo Innovation Corridor. Everything in the city itself is close, taxis are plentiful and parking rates are high – plus Toronto has great public transport and an active Uber service. Toronto has easy-to-navigate subways, buses and streetcars so getting around the city is easy. Plus the grid system means much of the city center is pedestrian friendly.
  • From the airport you can catch the UNION PEARSON EXPRESS taking 25mins to Union Station in downtown. Plan for 45-60mins in moderate traffic from the airport to the city and don’t pay more than $60 to downtown – the fares are regulated and set. Always add more time than you think you need – Toronto is known for brutal traffic.
  • Winters are severe in Toronto with snow on the ground most days between mid-December and mid-March. Toronto has a unique solution to getting around in Winter. PATH is downtown Toronto’s underground walkway linking 27km’s of subterranean shopping and entertainment. Super easy to navigate you’ll follow the brightly colored PATH signs to navigate the tunnels to reach your surface destination in waterproof comfort! See more HERE.

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