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Venues That Will Have You Saying, “O, Canada!”

Venues That Will Have You Saying, “O, Canada!”

Whether it’s a destination meeting, incentive travel, or events in your own province, planning functions in Central Canada is always a great idea. First, there’s the setting—Canada has an abundance of unique terrain from urban centers to coastal retreats, mountain meetings and events on the prairie, and all with a range of wildlife right at its backdoor.

Because of the closeness to nature, many buildings are also very environmentally conscious with LEED certifications, sustainable services, and floor-to-ceiling windows that give attendees a literal bird’s eye view of the landscape. And when it comes to your bottom line, coordinating meetings and events in Canada is also incredibly economical. With current exchange rates, U.S. planners can expect up to a 20 percent savings on overhead costs while tax rebates and other financial incentives may also be available.

Some of our favorite spaces are conveniently located in the Central Canadian province of Ontario. Chapel Charm is an early 20th century venue in the quaint neighborhood of St. Rose that has been carefully restored with beautiful details including a Romeo and Juliet balcony, stained glass, a cozy fireplace, and 25-foot vaulted ceilings. It’s popular for weddings and social celebrations. For full-service meetings, there’s NAV Centre, located on 70 acres that span the St. Lawrence Seaway in Ottawa. The property has 50,000 square feet of space for meetings, conferences and retreats plus 560 guest rooms in a variety of styles to meet any budget. Here planners can also opt for a refurbished 19th century stone farmhouse for more intimate meetings and events. Central Canada also has a range of college and university campuses that have state-of-the-art rental options. At Carleton University in Ottawa, there are a number of classrooms and lecture spaces for up to 500 people, open year-round and arranged with a professional planning team.

Here are more of our favorite options in Central Canada:

Western University
London, ON
Carleton University
Ottawa, ON
NAV Centre
Cornwall, ON
Bishop's University
Sherbrooke, QC
McMaster University
Hamilton, ON
Chapel Charm
Laval, QC
During this global pandemic, the team at Unique Venues has been working to serve our industry planners and venues with free resources including roundtables, webinars, and workshops. You can visit our COVID-19 Resources page to learn about our upcoming programs this month and next that you may be interested in registering for. Be sure to follow Unique Venues on Facebook (@uniquevenues) and be on the lookout for Facebook Live sessions from Unique Venues CEO, Chuck Salem who will be providing tips and trends for weathering the storm.