7 things to do on your next business trip to Canada

When you think of business travel, romantic images of ritzy hotels, business class flights and executive lounges with open bars often come to mind. That is, however, until business travel becomes a regular part of your work routine and you’re left feeling sick of seeing boardrooms and the four walls of your hotel room every time you travel to a new city. The list below includes places to visit in Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto that even the locals frequent. So, before you pick up that room-service menu, look at the list below and pick out a place to visit on your next business trip.

Ottawa

Dinner at Fauna
452 Bank Street, Ottawa

With 2 years spent on designing and sourcing products to renovate 425 Bank Street where Fauna stands, you can feel the love that goes into this restaurant and its food. The chefs use local ingredients that change from season to season and the meals are provided on smaller plates so you can sample a few of their menu items.

ByWard Market
Lower Town

Located in the Lower Town of Ottawa, the ByWard Market is open until 8 pm each night providing you with some time to wander around the various shopping, dining and arts outlets after you’ve finished work for the day. Try a sandwich from La Bottega Nicastro and a local beer at Lower Town Brewery.

Montreal

Dinner at Lattuca BBQ
15 de la Commune Street West, Montreal

If you’re a fan of meat, you’ll love the ribs, smoked meat and pulled pork at Lattuca BBQ. The owner, John Lattuca is an international champion who has participated in several barbecue competitions. Lattuca earned a place on the podium at the World Food Championships and the American Royal World Series of Barbecue, to name a couple. With a limited meat production and opening hours of 11:30 am to 3:30 pm, this is a great place to enjoy lunch on your travels.

Brunch, dinner or supper at Sel Gras
5245 St Laurent Boulevard, Montreal

Open for brunch, dinner and supper, you can easily fit in a visit to Sel Gras during your business trip. The restaurant serves classic food with a modern twist such as the frittata with squash or grilled fish and a dill salsa. Well known for their impeccable service, the staff at the restaurant will take the time to talk you through the menu and ensure you enjoy the relaxed atmosphere.

Toronto

Dinner at Pai
18 Duncan Street, King West

Although it opened three years ago, Pai is a bustling Thai restaurant owned and run by Nuit and Jeff Regular. Chef Nuit, originally from Thailand, named Pai after a town in northern Thailand. With a traditional Thai market feel, the dimly lit space and open kitchen provide a bustling atmosphere to enjoy the delicious flavours of their dishes.

Toronto Waterfront Trail

Located along the lakeshore of Toronto, the Toronto Waterfront Trail spans 46 kilometres between the mouth of Etobicoke Creek in the west and the Rouge River in the East. It’s the perfect place for a run and workout or a relaxing bike ride on one of the city’s hire bikes after a long day of meetings. Head west on the Trail to Trillium Park to enjoy spanning views of downtown Toronto and the CN Tower.

Business travel can get monotonous, but visiting places like those listed above will refresh you and introduce you to the way locals live in their cities.