Toronto is a modern, cosmopolitan city that somehow manages to combine a laissez-faire attitude with a very low crime rate. But those characteristics do more than make the city eminently livable; they also provide a hospitable context for Toronto's diverse incentive attractions.

Start with sports. At the SkyDome stadium, a group could rent a SkyBox for private dining while watching the Toronto Blue Jays (baseball), Raptors (basketball), or Argonauts (football). Participatory options in this lakefront city include fishing, sailing, parasailing, biking on the Toronto Islands--easily reached by ferry--and golf at 180 courses.

Move on to cultural attractions. Toronto has nearly 70 theaters and a world-class, ten-day international film festival. Museums range from the Royal Ontario Museum, with fine arts galleries, to the Bata Shoe Museum, where exhibits include ancient Egyptian papyrus sandals and singer Elton John's platform shoes.

Venues for special functions are extremely varied. The CN Tower offers dining in its 360 Revolving Restaurant, at an elevation of 1,150 feet. The Horizons Bar, at a mere 1,136 feet, can host groups up to 400 persons.

Casa Loma, a mansion modeled after a Medieval castle, is tailor-made for theme events. The McMichael Canadian Art Collection, a rustic building in a woodland setting, hosts themed events featuring Native Canadian cuisine.

Toronto is known for its ethnic neighborhoods--Chinatown (the second-largest in North America), Greektown, Little Italy. They can be the setting for sight-seeing or a ready-made dinearound.

The 1,348-room Royal York Hotel, Canadian Pacific Hotels' flagship property, has 34 conference and banquet rooms. In October it opens its executive meeting floor, with nine rooms for groups of up to 60 persons, plus private dining.

Another incentive-quality hotel is the 587-room Crowne Plaza Toronto Centre, with 15 meeting/function rooms. The hotel is directly linked to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.