The International Centre
The International Centre
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Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The International Centre has been one of Canada's largest and most diverse trade, consumer show, and conference venues. With over 500 events held annually, this legendary facility features 500,000 sq. ft. of exhibition space, 35 meeting rooms, and a 48,000 sq. ft. Conference Centre, offering a complete mix of exhibit, meeting, and catering services in the Greater Toronto Area. With a history of building long-lasting relationships with our clients, our team of talented professionals believes in going above and beyond in the service necessary to create a successful meeting, conference, or exhibition. The International Centre is located at 6900 Airport Road in Mississauga, Ontario. We offer complimentary parking for over 5,000 vehicles, surrounded by more than 10,000 hotel rooms, only minutes away from Pearson International Airport, and proximity to major highways and the GO Station making The International Centre easily accessible from any point in the Greater Toronto Area.
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Jay Son
56 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
TLDR: Interesting and fun shows, no family washrooms

These Halls are huge! This is the perfect space for any convention you can think of. I saw motorcycle flips happening inside off ramps and there was lots of clearance above.

The washrooms are generally in the corners of every hall. The signs are gigantic which is nice. Depending on the signage of exhibitors in the halls, it may be difficult to see the washroom signs.

I wish there was somewhere to refill water bottles in the building. There are also no drinking fountains. Sometimes there are vendors offering drinks for sale. If you are going and are water dependent, you will need to carry your own.

The building/hall layouts can be very confusing. I wish there was an easier pathway between halls. e.g., getting from Hall1 entrance 1 to hall 5 or hall 2 or 3. The doors are often locked. If you are ever going here for the first time, go early.

Another point of concern is the lack of family washrooms. There are none that I have been able to see. Some of the washrooms offer a little bit more space for a baby change if necessary but there is no designated space. There are also no gender-neutral washrooms.

One star removed for the washroom issue and one star removed for the drinking fountain situation.
Written September 11, 2022
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Murray R
Detroit, MI92 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Solo
While in Toronto I decided to attend the Toronto sports show.
The show was well laid out and well attended. It looked as though there were
vendors missing but I am sure it was Covid related.
The show area was clean and there were lots of bathrooms.
Written March 19, 2022
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Laura O
Kingston, Canada44 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2014 • Family
The facility was great! Show was worth the $35 family fee, I will attend next year however I was not impressed with the kids they had working at the kids fishing pond. They gave family and friends proper bait and others just a hook or bait the fish would not bite common guys we all pay the same price to get in let all the kids have a chance not just the ones you know.
Written February 17, 2014
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czuprys
Petawawa, Canada4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2013 • Business
What a great place to hold trade-show's. Had a wonderful experience at the Graphics Canada trade-show. It impressed me, on how many vendors could fit in this space. Didn't realize how big it really was, until I got in there. The only thing that bothered me, was the permanent food vendors that have small coffee shops/bistros, in there...charged around $8 for 2 bottles of water. That seemed excessive.
Written December 3, 2013
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Cindy C
Caledon, Canada16 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
What can you say to free parking when you purchase tickets to go to an event, and lots of it. They are well signed so you know exactly where to go to park. Amazing events.
Written March 21, 2012
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b0b55russell
Orillia, Canada1,182 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2010 • Couples
Drove past this conference centre last year when my wife and I were headed to a poplar eatery located on Airport Road. Secondly, when I drove for Airways Transit and the Mississauga Red Cross this conference centre was always busy. I helped out at a trade show here in the 1980's when I was involved with the OPP and people traffic in the hallways made interactions with the public enjoyable. As an alumni member of Sheridan College, this post secondary institution also had a booth for public relations purposes. A friend of mine that worked at the CNE often said the CNE lost business to the International Centre because they offered free parking. It is interesting to note that it took the CNE years to offer free parking but it is located at Ontario Place. In my personal opinion, a long walk if you need to get into any of the building located north of the old Automobile Building just by the Princess Gates. The International Centre is like any other special event centre but located near the airport for people flying into Toronto. Have never been disappointed with this place or ever had any problems here.
Written July 31, 2011
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Christina H
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
My daughter and I enjoy visiting the “Pet Show” every Spring. We enjoy looking at all the different animals. Parking is free and admission is reasonable. This year we went to the Women’s show also, interesting products and deals.
Written June 4, 2019
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Old-Eye
Milton, Canada381 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Friends
The last time I went to the Toronto Sportsman Show was almost 8 years ago when it was still being held at the Toronto Convention Centre downtown next to the CN Tower and the Rogers Centre. Making the move to the International Centre in Mississauga was one of the best moves the organizers could have made, simply for the free parking! I was reminded why I had stopped going today though after wandering the various halls and the maze of vendors for close to 4 hours. The location itself is perfect for this type of event. It is a venue that is big enough to accommodate the display of RVs, Boats, ATVs and a whole host of different vehicles. Kiosks hawking everything from adventure outfitters to fishing lures to sausage makers to house wares are in abundance. The facility itself is cavernous and massive with plenty of clean washrooms and lots of eating and sit down areas. I guess my biggest complaint was the lack of actual retail stores set up where customers could actually buy things. There were lots of manufacturers who were there to freely dole out product information, but only a handful of actual stores. years ago, stores such as Le Baron's (which has since closed down) and Gagnon would come and set up booths where show attendees could enjoy serious discounts and items with significant markdowns. What surprises me is that large big box stores like Cabella's, Bass Pro or Sail, don't feel a giant trade show like this is worth their time to buy space and set up shop. Canadian Tire was there today and they are not even an exclusively outdoors store like the others. today, I attended with several buddies who are new to the sport/hobby of hunting and fishing and wanted to do some fact finding and research. It was useful for them to see what was out there, but left without purchasing anything other than their Ontario Fishing and Hunting Memberships. Most vendors were offering at least a 30% discount plus covering the tax on most of their items, but at the end of the day, the deals are not much different from what you can find online. Through my own experience, I've found over the years that most retailers are willing to price match, and ultimately, it always boils down to product availability. Walking though the endless maze of aisles, it felt more like I was walking through the Red Light District in Amsterdam because it seemed like we were getting propositioned every ten steps with someone trying to get me to buy raffle tickets for some draw or give me information on some obscure cause that may or may not be related to the outdoors. As a kid, I used to love coming to the show every year just for the freebies you'd get like you were walking around Costco eating free samples. We would leave with bags filled with goodies and everything from free lures to fishing line, to candy bars to dog tags and other trinkets. You know what I left with today? A free calendar! They still have the dog show as well as the casting pond which were big draws for when I was a kid. Considering it was a Wednesday and the first of a four day event, it was packed with people. We were able to buy our tickets online with a five dollar discount, otherwise it cost $20 to get in. Camo seemed to be the attire of choice for most of the patrons and there was definitely an abundance of pick up trucks in the Parking lots if you are trying to figure out the demographics of the crowd. Don't know how worth it is for those customers who are driving into the city from far out. For myself and the group that attended today, it's not that far of a trek for us because we are all in the GTA. Had I driven there today though from a great distance, I would have been ticked, as much of the stuff we learned regarding product info is readily available on the Internet or at your local store. The outfitters are equally informative, but again, most of them have webpages where they list everything and you can shop from the comfort of your own home and you won't have to battle traffic or fight for a parking spot closest to the entrance doors. Probably won't be back, at least not for the Toronto Sportsman Show. The convention centre itself is great. It's spacious and easy to navigate and is close to highway 427.
Written March 14, 2018
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Bilal S
Mississauga, Canada985 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Business
I came here on a 3 day event... all you need to know is plenty of FREE PARKING and clean washrooms.

Its way better than driving to downtown Toronto for venues there and easy accessible for folks living in the GTA.
Written November 12, 2017
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WHMeg
Willoughby Hills, OH490 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Couples
We drove up to The Cottage Life Show from the US. Although the show was great (once we found out how to get in), the parking situation was more than horrible. Do not count on WAZE or other apps. to get you into the parking area. The entrance to which we were directed was closed, as it was full. There was no easy way to turn around, and the traffic was abysmal. Signage to additional parking was lacking. When we did finally find a place to park (and, mind you, this was about noon on Friday) it was on some side street in the midst of an industrial park. We blindly headed toward a large group of buildings, but there was no indication as to where we (or the other lost people!) should enter. We finally found the entrance and were able to access the show, but the whole parking fiasco left a distinct distaste in our mouths! At this point, we would probably choose not to return to the Cottage Life Show (or other shows) in the future.
Written May 8, 2017
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