Toronto is the most populated city in Canada, and the capital of Ontario. It is home to over 2.7 million people, is the center of the GTA and quite possible the anchor of the Southern Ontario Golden Horseshoe, which has a total population of 9.2 million people. Toronto is an urban center with business, finance, arts and culture intricately woven throughout it. It is also, arguably, recognized as one of the most multicultural cosmopolitan cities in the world.
Home to varied cultural institutions, museums, galleries, festivals, public events, entertainment districts and sports activities, Toronto welcomes over 25 million tourists each year. Perhaps the most notable reason for visiting is to witness, in person, the gravity defying CN Tower which is still the tallest free-standing structure in the Western Hemisphere.
On the finance side, Toronto is home to its very own stock exchange and the five major banks in Canada all have headquarters in Toronto. There also headquarters for other financial institutions as well as many other Canadian and multinational corporations. The economy of this city isn’t just about finance, though, it comes from strengths in technology, design, financial services, life sciences, education, art, fashion, businesses, environmental technologies and tourism.
There are many distinct residential communities in Toronto, and all are completely diverse. Since Toronto is so multi-cultural a visitor will find that many immigrants to the area have congregated together to make their new home kind of familiar. There are many suburbs of Toronto, including Etobicoke, Scarborough and North York.
Toronto also has more than fifty ballet and dance companies, an array of theatres, two orchestras and six opera companies. The National Ballet of Canada and the Canadian Opera Company both call Toronto home. The Princess of Wales Theatre sees many top notch performances every year, and sells out almost every single show. Along the sidewalk of King and Simcoe Street anyone can visit the Canadian Hall of Fame where the achievements of successful Canadians are acknowledged.
One of the most famous festivals in Toronto is known as Caribana, which takes place in mid-July to early August every year. It’s mostly based on the Trinidad and Tobago Carnival, however it has morphed into celebrating Canada’s Caribbean community. Another one of the largest events to take place in the city is Toronto’s Pride Week, which is in late June and is one of the largest LGBT events in the world.
Outside of festivals and theatre, Toronto is home to some major professional sports teams: The Maple Leafs, The Blue Jays and The Raptors. The Leafs and the Raptors play at the Air Canada Center, while the Jays call the Rogers Center (formerly the Sky Dome) home. There is also an array of other sports teams here: Toronto FC, Toronto Argonauts, a professional rugby team and a professional lacrosse team.
Toronto also has fantastic shopping options, most notably the Eaton Center in downtown Toronto. There are also many other shopping options and restaurants to choose from while visiting this city. The TTC (Toronto Transit Commission) makes it very easy for everyone to get around with buses, street cars and subways to get to you to your destination. Although it is a very large, and busy city, the options here are endless and it’s so easy to get around that you’ll find yourself accustomed to the city in no time.