Toronto lives up to its name, which means ‘meeting place’, a name from the Huron Nation, one of the native nations who initially inhabited North America. Toronto enjoys being one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world. With a population of about 3 million, Toronto is home to the Toronto Maple Leafs – Toronto’s Hockey team; Yonge Street - the longest street in the world; and the CN Tower - the tallest freestanding structure in the world, among other amazing things.
Did You Know?
- Toronto is
recognized as the third-largest theatre centre in the English-speaking
world, after New York and London with over 90 venues in the GTA
- There are
over 8,000 restaurants in Toronto
has 10,033 different streets or, 5,365 km of road
- The longest
street in Toronto within the city is Lawrence Avenue East at 25
km; the shortest street is Sea Grassway at 9.72 m
- 8,000 hectares
- or 18.1 per cent of Toronto's area - is parkland (ravines, valleys,
woodlots, waterfront natural areas, parks and farmland)
hosts North America's 3rd largest Stock Exchange by value traded
- 40 per cent
of Canadian companies on Fortune's Global 500 are in Toronto
- The CN Tower
is the world's tallest building at 553.33 m (1,815 ft, 5 inches).
It has the world's longest metal staircase and world's highest
wine cellar as well.
- Rogers Centre
(formerly SkyDome) - the world's first stadium to have a fully
retractable roof (winter and summer comfort!)
- First permanent
IMAX projection unit was established at the Ontario Place Cinesphere
- The 4th
highest concentration of commercial software companies in the
world, and one of North America's hottest animation centers
- There are
125 museums and public archives in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).
has four English language newspapers, The Globe and Mail, The
National Post, The Toronto Star, The Toronto Sun; over 400 business
periodicals, and 79 ethnic publications
is home to seven professional sports teams:
Baseball: Toronto Blue Jays
Basketball: Toronto Raptors
Football: Toronto Argonauts
Hockey: Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL) and Toronto Marlies (AHL)
Lacrosse: Toronto Rock
Soccer: Toronto FC
Tennis: Rogers Cup
Toronto.com - General information about accommodations and activities in Toronto.
Tourism Toronto - Information aimed at tourists which also includes information on accommodations.
Where Toronto? - Another online guide for tourists, with accommodation information as well.
Canada Centre (for sporting events, concerts, and other large-scale
Art Gallery of Ontario
Bata Shoe Museum
Black Creek Pioneer Village
Canadian National Exhibition (CNE)
Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art
Historic Fort York
Hockey Hall of Fame
Ontario Science Centre
Queens Park Legislative Building
Royal Ontario Museum
Rogers Centre (formerly SkyDome - for sporting events, concerts, and other large-scale events)
Textile Museum of Canada
Toronto Aerospace Museum