If you’ve worked in America you’ll be largely prepared for working in Canada – but don’t make the mistake of assuming the two are the same place. Canadians are a proud bunch and don’t appreciate comparisons to their southern neighbours, even if similar business rules apply. Canadians are also loyal to their province, so if you know something about Ontario and, even better, the fortunes of the Maple Leafs ice hockey team, you’ll get plenty of brownie points.
The luxury Four Seasons (www.fourseasons.com) hotel group opened a new flagship property here in its hometown last year and it remains in high demand. It is located in fashionable Yorkville and has 259 guest rooms, banqueting facilities for up to 430 people, the group’s largest spa, and a restaurant in the name of Michelin-starred chef Daniel Boulud.
It’s difficult to keep track of new eateries entering the fray in Toronto such is the pace of change, but one that stands out among a swathe of Japanese options is Kingyo (http://kingyotoronto.ca). The restaurant opened in Toronto’s Cabbagetown neighbourhood late last year and quickly earned rave reviews for its excellent cuisine yet unpretentious atmosphere. A perennially popular option is Scaramouche (www.scaramoucherestaurant.com), which serves Mediterranean-based dishes accompanied by terrific views of the city from its lofty viewpoint.
If beer is your thing head to Bar Volo (www.barvolo. com) on Yonge Street, where there’s a vast choice of draught and bottled brews from across Ontario and beyond. If it’s cocktails you’re after then make for the Thompson Hotel’s (www.thompsonhotels.com) rooftop bar, where you can drink in great views across town. Or there’s the Ritz-Carlton’s Toca bar (www. ritzcarlton.com) with its impressive list of concoctions.
Getting thereBritish Airways and Air Canada both operate services between London Heathrow and Toronto, with the latter also flying from Dublin. The airline’s new lowcost sister brand, Air Canada Rouge, flies from Edinburgh to Toronto.
The Toronto Airport Express bus departs from the airport every 30 minutes, stopping at a selection of downtown locations. A number of public buses connect to the city’s subway system. Taxis are readily available and cost in the region of CN$60 (around £37) to downtown Toronto. Construction of the Union Pearson Express station is due to be completed by 2015, creating a rapid rail service connection between the airport and downtown.
Toronto is four hours behind GMT. The currency is the Canadian dollar. £1 = C$1.57. See www.seetorontonow. com for more information on visiting the city.
The dominant feature of the city skyline is the CN Tower, once the tallest free standing structure in the world. It’s lost that title but the views across the city and Lake Ontario remain spectacular. Shoppers should check out the Eaton Centre, while the historic Distillery District and Chinatown – North America’s second largest – are good locations to enjoy a wander.
“Canadians do conduct business over meals but tend to eat early – 12.00 for lunches and 6.30pm to 7.00pm for dinners”
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