Published on : Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Ontario in east-central Canada is a rapidly growing province with an abundance of natural resources and a fast evolving economy. It is home to more than 170,000 people and has an enviable standard of living. Apart from amazing natural beauty and diverse landscapes that make Ontario a wonderful vacation destination, it is a favorite among MICE buyers too. Traveling to the largest industrial site of Canada is absolutely hassle-free with praiseworthy transportation facilities available by air, train, road and ocean routes. The province is on its way to become the Global Gateway of Southern California with 3.8 million square feet of office space already under construction. It houses the 15th largest cargo airport in North America and is also at the apex of three major freeways, making it easily accessible for visitors.
Ontario Convention and Visitors Bureau
The Ontario Convention and Visitors Bureau provides MICE planners with “one-stop shopping” to aid them in organizing meetings within the city. Whether you are looking for a hotel with excellent meeting facilities or a modern well equipped convention center at a reasonable rate for special events or sporting events, the Ontario CVB will assist you with all your requirements. The sales team will help you out with date availability and detailed information about the Convention Center. The Center has been hosting successful conventions and tradeshows in the city for many years.
Ontario Convention Centre – Green Initiatives
• The building has energy efficient thermoplastic and a white reflective roof
• Variable frequency drives on the convention center air handlers, cooling towers and water pumps lower the building’s electrical usage
• Sensory light switches in storage rooms and restrooms
• Building automation system to oversee the use of heat, light and power for all meeting and exhibit space to ensure efficient use
• Unused food items are donated to the local Salvation Army
• Participated in the Southern California Edison Demand Bid Program to voluntarily decrease electrical usage
• Encourages recycling of paper, batteries and uses recyclable disposable wares
• ESPI and E-cycle Environmental for all computer parts and components
• Participanted in Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s “Pee Green” program that replaced 36 water-flushing urinals with Falcon Waterfree urinals
• Purchases locally grown products and organic produce whenever possible
• Purchases only sustainable and environmentally sound seafood products outlined by groups such as the Marine Stewardship Council
• Works with environmentally friendly suppliers
• Donates excess products to the elderly and less fortunate
OCC Event Space
70,000 gross, column-free square feet
Divisible into two (2) sections
A = 42,000 square feet
B = 28,000 square feet
20,000 square feet
Divisible into three (3) sections
A = 6,000 square feet, B = 6,000 square feet, C = 8,000 square feet
Compressed air and drains in designated boxes in every 30 feet of Exhibit Halls; water service every 60 feet in Exhibit Halls.
Available throughout the center
Multi-mode and single-mode fiber optic connectors
Network (LAN) in every part of the center
Video conferencing capabilities
Featured Hotel – Hyatt Place Ontario/Rancho Cucamonga
• This Ontario, CA hotel features spacious guestrooms each with the Hyatt Grand Bed and a 42″ flat panel HDTV
• Complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi available throughout the hotel
• Complimentary continental breakfast daily
• Outdoor swimming pool
• 24/7 Guest Kitchen serves made-to-order snacks and entrees
• Intimate Bakery Café serves Starbucks specialty coffees, premium beers and wines
• Grab ‘n Go case offers muffins, salads, sandwiches and bottled beverages
• e-room with complimentary computers and a printer
• Complimentary onsite parking
• Complimentary newspaper
• 850 square feet of flexible meeting space with state-of-the-art audio visual equipment
Niagara Falls –
The Niagara Falls are well known all over the world for their unrivalled beauty and also as a valuable source of hydroelectric power. The site of the falls has immense recreational, commercial, and industrial significance since the 19th century. Situated on the Niagara River draining Lake Erie into Lake Ontario, Niagara Falls is the collective name for the Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls. Combined together they form the highest flow rate of any waterfall on Earth and have a vertical drop of more than 165 feet. Horseshoe Falls also happens to be the most powerful waterfall in North America. More than 6 million cubic feet of water falls over the crest line every minute when the flow is high. The total volume of water in the peak season in late spring or early summer can be as much as 202,000 cubic feet per second.
Algonquin Provincial Park –
The only way to explore the Algonquin Provincial Park that comprises of maple hills, rocky ridges and thousands of lakes is by canoe or on foot. It is located between the Georgian Bay and the Ottawa River in Central Ontario. Established in 1893, it is the oldest provincial park in Canada. Over 2,400 lakes and 1,200 kilometers of streams and rivers are a part the famous park, which has around 7653 square kilometers of total area. There are a number of smaller, separate provincial parks that protect important rivers in the area within this park. It is situated in an area of transition between northern coniferous forest and southern deciduous forest. This allows the park to support an uncommon diversity of plant and animal species. It is also an important site for wildlife research and was named a National Historic Site of Canada in 1992.
Canada’s Wonderland –
This 330-acre amusement park in Vaughan remains open seasonally from May to October and houses more than 200 attractions in eight different themed areas. Founded in 1981, it is Canada’s first major theme park as well as the largest and the most popular one till date. From 1994 to 2006, it was known as Paramount Canada’s Wonderland but reverted to its original name in 2007. It has been one of the most attended seasonal theme parks in North America for many years. It is also famous for its numerous roller coasters that are popular with children and adults alike. Leviathan will be one of the biggest and tallest roller coasters in the world when it gets completed in May 2012. Dinosaurs Alive or the park of dinosaurs is another new attraction for tourists.
Killbear Provincial Park –
Located on Georgian Bay in Parry Sound District near the town of Nobel, the park is an ideal spot for camping, swimming, boating, cycling and fishing. The park remains very crowded in the peak season and reservations are recommended despite its large number of campsites. It provides a natural habitat for the rare eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake, Ontario’s only venomous snake. Other reptiles found in the park include the Eastern Fox Snake and the Eastern Hognose Snake.
Kensington Market –
The Kensington Market is an interesting multicultural neighborhood in Downtown Toronto that was recognized as a National Historic Site of Canada in 2006. Its vibrant outdoor market is a favorite among visitors. There are plenty of quaint shops, cafes, restaurants and so on. The ancient Victorian houses in the vicinity add to the charm of the colorful market.