About preparation for the conference.
OHTN: What should I bring with me to the conference? Pen, paper, business cards?
Leahy: Be prepared to take lots of notes, so bring a notebook, a laptop or a tablet if you have one. A smartphone is useful for connecting with other people, tweeting or even finding your way around the city. Finally, bring a good ear, an inquisitive mind and a willingness to learn. The conference will be jam-packed with information you'll want to digest and share when you return home, so be like a reporter and aim to capture as many of the highlights as you can.
OHTN: What is the weather like in Toronto in November? What type of clothes should I pack?
Leahy: Toronto is on the cool side in November and while the conference hotel is quite lovely and can be your home away from home, you'll likely want to get out at night. Think chilly after dark. The average November high is 11ºC / 52ºF. The average low is 1ºC / 30ºF. Visitors to Toronto can expect rain about one out of three days in November. So it's best to be prepared for a variety of temperatures. Pack clothing that can be layered - and an umbrella perhaps.
OHTN: Should I come a few days early or stay a few days late to check out the sights in Toronto? What are some fun things to do in the city?
Leahy: If you can swing it and want to have the full Toronto experience - it's a lively and fascinatingly diverse city - consider coming a few days early or staying afterwards. The conference hotel is right downtown, not far from City Hall and is a great base for exploring. Shoppers can easily head to the Eaton Centre, an architectural marvel in itself, or explore all the funky stores along Queen Street West which are minutes from the hotel. There are scores of restaurants nearby; use an app like Yelp or Trip Advisor, if you have a smartphone, to find the ones that are closest and that best suit your budget. And of course, if you haven't done it before, everyone should go up the CN Tower once. Pricey, but worth it.
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