With a population of 5.5 million, Toronto is Canada’s largest city and the 5th-largest in North America, after Mexico City, New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. As the capital of Ontario, Toronto is the seat of government for Canada’s most populous province and is the industrial and business center for the country. It is also the top Canadian domestic business travel destination, with Pearson International Airport being Canada’s largest and busiest airport.
Toronto is a good place for shopping, dining, kicking back, and exploring attractions. The broad range of ethnicities (over 200) makes Toronto a vibrant, friendly city. Although it’s a fairly new city, it boasts many attractions to satisfy a broad range of tastes. Touring the Queen West galleries, boutiques and restaurants, strolling the Historic Distillery District, taking in the history at the Royal Ontario Museum and Art Gallery of Ontario, catching a free concert at Harborfront Center or hopping on a ferry to the Toronto Islands are some of the main Toronto attractions.
The University of Toronto is Toronto’s main university and was the first institution of higher learning in Upper Canada. Located right in the heart of downtown Toronto, the University is home to some of Toronto’s most photographed architectural gems. The buildings are mostly defined by Romanesque and Gothic Revival and are the central points of the campus, most of them dated between 1858 and 1929.
It’s appropriately given nickname ‘The City Within a Park’ showcases the lush green space Toronto offers. It is home to many parks and public spaces, of which Queen’s Park, Downsview Park and Trinity Bellwoods Park are most well known. These public spaces are the site of many outdoor activities that attract thousands of locals during the summer for anything from food trucks, free outdoor movies and art festivals.
Toronto is quickly becoming a top destination for both fine dining and street food. The locals have a hunger for local, sustainable fare and any number of restaurants will satisfy your appetite. There are many ethnically designated areas brimming with local restaurants: Greek Town, Little Italy, Little Portugal and Chinatown to name a few.
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