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| Toronto, Ontario, is an exciting and lively metropolis, with abundant green spaces, loosened up by a series of rivers and streams, on the north shore of Lake Ontario. Despite its size, Toronto is a clean and safe city, with a friendly population and a moderate climate. The city of Toronto was named after a Huron Indian word that means "meeting place". |
Toronto is not only the largest city in Canada, but also the financial center of the country and the capital of the province of Ontario.
Indeed, Toronto is the business and industrial hub of Canada, just as it is the country's cultural hub with its exciting festivals, events, theaters, restaurants, nightclubs and numerous tourist attractions.
The city of Toronto and the surrounding suburbs merged in 1998 to form the Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto, commonly referred to as the Metro. Metro consists of the cities of Etobicoke, Scarborough, North York, York and the Borough of East York, with the city of Toronto at its center.
Toronto never sleeps. During the day, Toronto is one of the largest financial centers in North America and the location of the Toronto Stock Exchange, the second largest in North America, in terms of trading volume and dollar values traded. After Detroit, USA, the Toronto region is the second largest center of the automotive industry in North America. Toronto is North America's third largest center for film and television production after New York and Los Angeles. At night, Toronto becomes the hub for entertainment and the arts. In the English-speaking world, Toronto is the third largest center for live theater after London and New York. The city's commercial theater scene hosts an average of 50 different productions per month.
The city's varied art scene is enriched by a large number of galleries and exhibition spaces. Some of Canada's most interesting attractions can be found here. The CN Tower, Eaton Center, Yonge Street, Toronto's Underground City, Toronto Island and many other attractions are waiting to be discovered by you.
Located right on Lake Ontario, Toronto is a waterfront city with its own idyllic islands. The islands are a paradise for Toronto's citizens and visitors alike who want to escape the hustle and bustle of the big city. The islands offer one of the most spectacular views of the city's impressive skyline. The oldest building in the city, which stands in its original place, is the Gibraltar Point Lighthouse, which is located on one of the islands.
Toronto in numbers
Toronto is Canada's largest city with a population of 4.2 million.
Toronto is North America's fifth largest city after Mexico City, Los Angeles, New York and Chicago.
A quarter of Canada's total population lives within 160 km of the city of Toronto.
Toronto is home to more than 100 cultures.
Toronto is one of the southernmost cities in Canada.
Toronto is at 172 m above sea level.
The 12 main languages in Toronto are: English, Cantonese, Italian, Portuguese, Polish, Spanish, French, German, Greek, Tagalog, Punjabi and Ukrainian.
At 553 m, the CN Tower is the tallest free-standing building in the world.
Toronto's main street, Yonge Street, is the longest street in the world at 1,900 km.
Toronto is easily accessible by air, road, and rail. Lester B. Pearson International Airport is one of the top 25 airports in the world in terms of passenger and air traffic. The airport is located around 24 km northwest of the city center in the Malton district.
Please visit the Pearson International Airport website for more information
The station is at 65 Front St. W. (between Bay and York Streets), on the south end of the city. There are daily trips to and from Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and Windsor.
For more information, call 416-366-8411 or visit the VIA Rail website
As easy as it is to get to Toronto by car, it is difficult to find parking. This can be an expensive pleasure. Highway 401 goes southwest to Detroit and northeast to Kingston. Highway 400 takes you north to Barrie. The QEW heads south to Niagara Falls.
| Algonquin Park 288 km |
Barrie 98 km
Kingston 266 km
Montreal 545 km
Niagara Falls 125 km
Ottawa 453 km
Quebec City 790 km
Travel within Toronto
Local public transport
GO Transit offers train and bus services throughout the greater Toronto area.
For more information, please call 416-869-3200 app. 5328 or toll free at 1-888-GET-ON-GO or visit the GO Transit website
Toronto Transit Commission (TTC)
The Toronto Transit Commission maintains a broad network with nearly 4,000 km of subway, bus, streetcar and transit routes. It's one of the largest, safest, and cleanest systems in North America.
For more information, call 416-393-4636 or visit the Toronto Transit Commission website
Toronto's location on the shores of Lake Ontario has a decisive influence on its climate, which is surprisingly mild. The average daily temperature in July is 25ºC, while in January it is 0ºC.
Parks and protected areas
High Park is located on Parkside Drive and accessed via Bloor St. West. It's Toronto's largest park and is popular for walking, biking, jogging, and picnicking in the summer. The lake in the park is suitable for fishing in summer, while it is ideal for ice skating in winter. There is also a restaurant and the Colborne Lodge, a historic site with costumed workers.
Kew Gardens are between Queen St. East and the Boardwalk. This large public park hosts numerous festivals, art shows, concerts and exhibitions. Every year in July, the Beaches International Jazz Festival takes place here, which is the largest free jazz festival in Canada, with more than 400 performing musicians.
Martin Goodman Trail
The Martin Goodman Trail is a 22 km long trail along the shore and is popular with walkers, cyclists and rollerbladers alike.
A ten minute ferry ride from Toronto is Toronto's three Toronto Islands: Ward, Center and Hanlan’s Point. This car-free paradise includes a picturesque summer amusement park, as well as opportunities for paddle boating, in-line skating, cycling, and sunbathing, and picnicking on the beach. Center Island has most of the facilities including two restaurants. The best beach, on the other hand, can be found on Hanlan's Point.
Toronto Museum Passport
The Toronto Museum Passport is a wonderful opportunity to experience the history of Toronto. The pass holder can visit these 9 museums with one entry price:
| Royal Ontario Museum |
Historic Fort York
Spadina Historic House and Gardens
Gibson House Museum
Todmorden Mills Heritage Museum and Arts Center
Scarborough Historical Museum
Toronto's flagship store, Kensington, is located along Baldwin St. and Augusta Ave (on Spadina Ave). The streets are full of fishmongers, street musicians and shoppers and offer a colorful and lively multicultural atmosphere. Started in the twenties as the “Jewish market”, today the market offers a mix of cultures. The unusual selection of different shops attracts Toronto residents and visitors alike.
St. Lawrence Market
St. Lawrence Market, at the intersection of Front and Jarvis St., is the place where the city of Toronto began (1793). The market consists of two buildings. One is open on Saturdays and is a trading center for fruit, vegetables and other agricultural products. The south building, on the other hand, is open from Tuesday to Saturday and is home to permanent sales stands. Even if St. Lawrence Market is often decried as the "yuppie" market, you can find a wide range of good quality products here.
The Casa Loma is located at 1 Austin Terrace and is a castle with 98 rooms, elegantly furnished suites, secret passages, towers and a 240 m long tunnel to the stables. Self-guided tours are included in the admission fee in German and seven other languages.
For more information, please call 416-923-1171
Campbell House is on the northwest corner of Queen Street West and University Avenue, steps from the Osgoode subway station. Campbell House was built in 1822 for William Campbell, the sixth Chief Justice of Upper Canada. He lived with his wife Hannah in this house, which was moved to its current location in 1972. The beautifully restored building is a prime example of Georgian architecture and provides a glimpse into early life in the city of York now known as Toronto. There are guided tours.
For more information, please call 416-597-0227
Historic Fort York
Historic Fort York can be reached via Fleet Street, east of Strachan Avenue, west of Bathurst Street. Historic Fort York is a National Historic Site, marking the location where Toronto was founded in 1793 and the Battle of York was fought in 1813. Today Fort York houses Canada's largest collection of original buildings from the War of 1812. Guided tours are offered. Military demonstrations can be watched every hour in July and August.
For more information, please call 416-392-6907
The Spadina House is located at 285 Spadina Rd., East of Casa Loma. Spadina House is the splendid mansion of the businessman James Austin, which was built in 1866 on 2.4 hectares. The house consists of 35 rooms, ten of which are open to the public. The impressive interior consists of fine furnishings and an art collection that has been amassed over three generations. Guided tours are offered.
For more information, please call 416-392-6910
Royal Ontario Museum
The Royal Ontario Museum is located at 100 Queen`s Park. Canada's largest museum features exhibits on science, wildlife, archeology, and decorative arts. A redesigned exhibition on dinosaurs and mammals is very interesting. There are a total of five floors to marvel at. There is also a cafeteria, a restaurant and shops.
For more information, please call 416-586-8000
Art Gallery Of Ontario
The Art Gallery of Ontario is at 317 Dundas Street West. The Art Gallery of Ontario is the eighth largest art museum in North America. Discover the overwhelming collection of over 24,000 works of art. The exhibition spans 1,000 years of European and Canadian art, from modern to contemporary art.
For more information, please call 416-979-6648
A wonder of the world - Toronto's CN Tower is the tallest free-standing structure in the world and has a total height of 553.3 meters. The CN Tower attraction includes a cinema with 144 seats, four motion simulators, themed arcades, shopping facilities, an observatory, the glass floor with a cafe and a revolving restaurant.
For more information, call 416 868 6937
Canadian Broadcasting Center
The Canadian Broadcasting Center is across from the CN Tower on the corner of Front St. and John St.. Tour the Canadian Broadcasting Center, home to CBC English Radio and Television in Toronto. Guided tours let you look behind the scenes. Discover the history of broadcasting at the CBC Museum.
For more information, please call 416-205-3709
The Hockey Hall of Fame
The Hockey Hall of Fame is located on the northwest corner of Front and Yonge St .. The ultimate honor for the fastest of all sports, the Hockey Hall of Fame gives fans of all ages everything they can imagine and more. Stunning interactive exhibits and games, background information and history, as well as revolutionary technology, explain everything about hockey, even for those who are not that familiar with the sport. It also has the world's best collection of hockey artifacts and memories.
For more information, please call 416-360-7735
|In the heart of the entertainment district of downtown Toronto is the Skydome, on the corner of Front and Peter Streets, west of the CN Tower. The Skydome is the first sports stadium in the world with a completely retractable roof. The stadium is often referred to simply as the dome and is primarily the venue for professional baseball and football games. But concerts, trade fairs and other events also take place in this impressive building, which can be visited on a guided tour every hour. There are also three restaurants and a hotel.|
For more information, call (416) 341-3034
Ontario Science Center
The Ontario Science Center is located at 770 Don Mills Road, North York. Discover the fascinating world of science and technology through 800 interactive exhibits and demonstrations. The Ontario Science Center has a mini planetarium, bobsleigh simulator, limestone cave, electrical demonstrations, and more. Topics such as space, sports, geography and many others are dealt with in ten halls.
For more information, please call 416-696-3127
Bata Shoe Museum
The Bata Shoe Museum is located at 327 Bloor St. West. Visit the impressive exhibition with more than 10,000 shoes and other themed, historical exhibits. 4,500 years of history, step by step. From Chinese shoes to Elton John's sparkly sequined shoes. Come and discover the treasures in this highly recognized architectural building.
For more information, call 416 979 7799
Redpath Sugar Museum
The Redpath Sugar Museum is located at 95 Queens Quay East. Learn all about the history of sugar through exhibitions and educational programs. The museum shows the Redpath Sugar Company, old and modern refining techniques, and interesting facts about nutrition and health.
For more information, call (416) 366-3561
Textile Museum of Canada
The Textile Museum of Canada is at 55 Center Avenue, one block east of University Ave., south of Dundas St. .. The Textile Museum of Canada is the only museum in Canada that is exclusively concerned with the collection, exhibition and documentation of textiles engaged from all over the world. This world-class museum displays pieces from Latin America, Africa, Europe, Southeast Asia and India. There are also changing exhibitions of contemporary textiles.
For more information, call (416) 599-5321
Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art
The Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art is located at 111 Queen`s Park, Bloor Street and Avenue Road (Museum subway station). The Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art is the first museum in North America devoted to ceramic ware and ceramic research. The Gardiner Museum collection includes ceramics from Europe, Asia and America. The museum is now home to more than 2,600 ceramic works, including a recent gift of blue and white Chinese porcelain and contemporary ceramics.
For more information, please call 416-586-8080
Toronto Zoo is just north of Hwy 401 on Meadowvale Road. The Toronto Zoo is one of the largest and best in Canada, with more than 5,000 animals from over 450 different species. The zoo has a total size of 287 hectares and is divided into zoogeographical regions. There are four main tropical pavilions and various smaller buildings, as well as numerous outdoor exhibits. There is a walking path of around 10 kilometers through the zoo.
For more information, please call 416-392-5900
Stock Market Place at the Toronto Stock Exchange
The Stock Market Place at the Toronto Stock Exchange is located in the heart of Toronto's financial district at 130 King St. W .. The Stock Market Place at the Toronto Stock Exchange brings you the excitement and passion of the stock market and Get closer to the world of finance through interactive games, entertaining exhibits and information desks
For more information, please call 416-947-4676
Attractions outside the city
Cullen Gardens & Miniature Village
The Cullen Gardens & Miniature Village is Whitby, just 45 minutes east of downtown Toronto.The Cullen Gardens & Miniature Village consists of 14 hectares of flower gardens, a bird sanctuary, the Ontario Wildflower Garden, as well as 160 miniature buildings, a water slide for children, paddling pools, a mini golf course and a maze. Various festivals take place all year round.
For more information, call (905) 668-6606 or toll free 1-800-461-1821
Parkwood, The R.S. McLaughlin Estate
The R.S. McLaughlin Estate is located in Oshawa, Ontario. Parkwood Estate and Gardens is a National Historic Site. It is the house of R.S. McLaughlin, who founded the McLaughlin Motor Car Company in 1907, which later became General Motors of Canada. The property was built in 1915. The spectacular 55-room villa was created by the best architects, gardeners, artists and craftsmen. Even today, visitors are spellbound by the beauty of this property.
For more information, please call 905-433-4311
Markham Museum & Historical Village
The Markham Museum & Historical Village is located on Markham Road, on the northwest corner of 16th Avenue. The 10-acre facility is home to historic buildings and also has one of the largest collections of horse-drawn carriages in all of Ontario. The museum offers modern exhibitions as well as special events.
For more information, please call 905-294-4576
McMichael Canadian Art Collection
The McMichael Canadian Art Collection can be found north of Toronto, in the village of Kleinburg, at 10365 Islington Avenue. The McMichael Canadian Art Collection is one of the best exhibitions in Canada and shows, in addition to impressive works by the Group of Seven, works by the Inuit and indigenous peoples as well as contemporary Canadian artists. In addition to the permanent exhibition, there are also special exhibitions. There is a restaurant, a café and a gallery shop in the house.
For more information, call 905-893-1121 or toll free 1-888-213-112
| Toronto is truly the entertainment capital of Canada and offers countless theaters, nightclubs, cinemas, and lectures. |
The entertainment district in the heart of the city center, roughly delimited by Queen Street West, Yonge Street, Spadina Ave and Queens Quay West, offers a high concentration of theaters, restaurants and nightclubs. But the boundaries shift as quickly as the scene itself.
Every single street of the entertainment district, which by the way has had its name since the middle of the 19th century, has its own flair. King St. West is waiting for you with theaters and many restaurants, while the Skydome and the CN Tower are located in Front St. West. Queen St. West offers many unusual shops. There is definitely something for everyone and you will quickly find your own favorites.
Festivals and events
Toronto's entertainment scene is as diverse as its residents. Toronto hosts a variety of cultural and ethnic festivals and events year round. Some of the major events are:
Festival of Lights, Cullen Gardens & Miniature Village
Toronto International Boat Show
Toronto Winter Festival, Nathan Phillips Square
The Spring Fishing Show
Toronto Sportsmen's Show, National Trade Center
Canada Blooms, The Flower and Garden Show, Metro Toronto Convention Center
Computer Fest, International Center
Sante, The Bloor-Yorkville Wine Festival
Milk International Children's Festival, Harbourfront Center
Downtown Jazz Festival
Gay & Lesbian Pride Day
Celebrate Toronto Street Festival
Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
Beaches International Jazz Festival
Fringe Festival of Independent Dance Artists
Canadian National Exhibition
Canadian International Air Show
Toronto International Film Festival
Canadian Hockey Show
Canadian International Marathon
International Festival of Authors
Royal Agricultural Winter Fair
The Travel & Leisure Show, International Center
Canadian Aboriginal Festival
Antiques Canada - Winter Antique Show
Designs in Ice - Toronto Ice Sculpture Competition, Nathan Phillips Square
For details and more information on any of the events, call the Toronto Convention & Visitors Association at (416) 203-2600
| Toronto's dining scene, with more than 5,000 restaurants, reflects the world's most ethnically diverse city. You will find everything here: Indian and South Asian, Italian, Greek, French, Afro-Caribbean, Arabic and Middle Eastern, Balkan and Albanian, British and Irish, German, Jewish, Latin, Russian and Eastern European, Western and Central European, as well as Canadian and American Kitchen - all in one city. No matter what your stomach is, you'll find it in Toronto. |
Little Italy (College Street west of Bathurst) and Corso Italia (St. Clair West west of Bathurst) offer fine cuisine and romantic, small cafes. Greektown (Danforth Avenue between Chester and Jones) offers authentic Greek food. East African cuisine can be found in the Bloor St. West area (between Dufferin Street and Dundas Street West subway stations).
Little Poland (Roncesvalles Ave. between King St. and Dundas Street West) is home to traditional restaurants, bakeries, cafes and special events. The Portugal Village (bounded by Trinity Bellwoods Park, College St. West, Spadina Ave and Ossington Ave) offers many restaurants, bakery shops and fish markets. Korean restaurants can be found in Koreatown (Bloor Street West, between Bathurst and Christie St.).
Toronto is a shopper's paradise with its many friendly neighborhoods and villages. There are also some true shopping meccas to be found in Toronto:
Endless shopping within a 12-block radius of the best the world has to offer, including world-renowned brand boutiques and all major Canadian chains. (bounded by Bloor St. West, Avenue Rd., Davenport Rd. and Yonge St.)
Shop till you drop at Toronto's Eaton Center, Toronto's flagship downtown shopping paradise, with more than 360 stores and over a million visitors a week.
Go underground for shopping and visit Toronto's PATH pedestrian network, which is the largest underground shopping complex in the world according to the Guinness Book of Records. More than 10 km of footpaths connect shops, hotels, restaurants and attractions. Cards are available in many hotels.
| The First Nations (indigenous people) were the first inhabitants of Toronto, even before the first French traders were attracted to the naturally protected harbor. In 1615, Étienne Brule and Samuel de Champlain were the first Europeans to visit the area. The French set up the first fur trading posts around 1720. However, the first settlement did not occur until 1788 when the British bought the land from the Mississauga Indians. She was baptized by Lieutenant-Colonel John Graves Simcoe York in honor of the Duke of York. When it was named a city in 1834, it was renamed Toronto. |
During the war of 1812, the city was occupied twice by the Americans. When the war ended in 1814, the city began to expand. By 1834 the population, mostly made up of British and Scottish immigrants, had risen to nearly 10,000. These were joined by Jews from the United States, Russia, and Germany, as well as blacks who escaped slavery in the United States. As the population grew, so did the infrastructure. In 1843 the University of Toronto opened its doors.
Like many large cities, Toronto had its great fire, one in 1849 and the second in 1904, when five acres of the city center burned down.
When Canada was born in 1867, Toronto became the capital of the new province of Ontario. Between 1908 and 1915, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the Royal Ontario Museum opened. The first population boom began in the 1920s when waves of immigrants from around the world poured into Canada.
The opening of the St. Lorenz Canal in the 1950s paved the way for further expansion. The first subway opened in 1955. With the construction and expansion of Lester B. Pearson International Airport, Toronto became Canada's hub.
Around 1970 Toronto became the largest city in the country after outperforming Montreal. The city of Toronto celebrated its 150th birthday in 1984. The city center and the five surrounding suburbs were merged in 1998 to form the Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto.
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