Rooms with a View Part I
Soaring mountain peaks, bustling harbours and dynamic urban vistas; Canada’s convention centres offer a unique sense of place in [meeting] rooms with a view
There’s been a quiet revolution in Canada’s convention scene – a flurry of expansions and new builds that not only consider the technical aspects of smart meetings, but their aesthetics too. Across the country, Canada’s convention centres showcase unique vistas and a distinctly Canadian sense of place. Read about these one-of-a-kind spaces in Part I of our series, meeting rooms with a view.
VANCOUVER CONVENTION CENTRE
There’s no doubt the exterior views of Vancouver’s Convention Centre dazzles both delegates and event planners. British Columbia’s flagship convention centre is instantly recognizable for its iconic sails billowing from the east building. But it’s what’s inside the west building that’s truly inspired: Canada’s largest waterfront ballroom with five-story ceilings and windows with views straight out of a tourism brochure. Before you: Vancouver’s busy inner harbour; beyond: the Coastal Mountains; between: cruise ships, floatplanes and passenger ferries. Inspiring, indeed.
SHAW CONFERENCE CENTRE, EDMONTON
Perched above the ribbon of green winding its way through Edmonton’s Saskatchewan River Valley, is the 13,935 sq. m. | 130,000 sq. ft. Shaw Conference Centre. Hall D is the venue smart planners reserve for its outdoor terrace and an expansive bank of windows looking over North America’s largest urban parkland. Stroll past some of Canada’s finest artwork en route to the 2,193 sq. m | 23,600 sq. ft. event space that can accommodate up to 1,400 guests for a gala.
RBC WINNIPEG CONVENTION CENTRE
Anchoring Winnipeg’s SHED (sports, hospitality, entertainment and dining) district, the RBC Winnipeg Convention Centre more than doubled its meeting capacity in 2016, making it the fourth largest convention centre in Canada. The new south building not only added additional ballroom and exhibit space to bring the centre’s total to 24,155 sq. m. | 260,000 sq. ft., but it also created the magnificent City View Room, a glazed jewel box, connecting the original centre to the new. Thirty-five-foot floor to ceiling windows allow plenty of natural light to stream through exhibits held here. Beyond the windows – an urban panorama of Winnipeg’s downtown corridor. Inside, the room’s dramatic ceiling comes alive with creative LED lighting that washes beyond the windows and down to the street below.
METRO TORONTO CONVENTION CENTRE, TORONTO
The Metro Toronto Convention Centre offers event planners a flexible blank canvas to activate their events. Within the walls of the 55,741 sq. m. | 600,000 sq. ft. centre are a variety of unique spaces with only-in-Toronto views. The floor to ceiling glass walls of the MTCC’s North Building exhibit hall offer a front row view to the bustling heart of Toronto. By day, towering skyscrapers canyon above the hall; when illuminated at night those same glass towers provide a glimmering backdrop to social functions. Canada’s largest convention centre also features views overlooking Queen’s Quay, the park-lined harbour front of Lake Ontario, while glass domed ceiling of the South Building’s underground pre-function space offers one of the most unique perspectives of the city’s 457 m | 1,815 ft. CN Tower.
Discover more rooms with unique views in Part II in our series.