Toronto Quick Facts

  • Established: 1793
  • Population: Approx. 6 million (Metro)
  • Nickname: T-Dot, The Big Smoke.
  • Toronto is the 5th largest city in North America. Only Mexico City, New York, Los Angeles and Chicago are bigger.

Toronto is a world-class city with clean streets, friendly people and it has a bit of everything to suit everyone. From indoor to outdoor amusement parks, refreshing beaches, amazing art galleries, unique museums, world-class theatres, astonishing landmarks, zoos, aquariums, golf courses, ice rinks, ski hills, and yes, shopping malls for the shopaholics! If you’re a sports and entertainment enthusiast, you will love Toronto with its overwhelming sporting and entertainment venues – from baseball to hockey games to live concerts. The list is just endless! But if you want to start at the very top head to the spectacular CN Tower, which is the tallest freestanding structure in the Western Hemisphere. By just going to the observation deck you will experience not only a unique but a thrilling memory for a lifetime! You can even challenge yourself to do the EdgeWalk outside the tower along its breezy deck! However you see it, the Tower is a must for any Toronto visitor along with the St. Lawrence Market, Centre Island (a magical playground for everyone) and the theatre district; home to the Princess of Wales Theatre.

For a sophisticated taste of Toronto the Park Hyatt has a roof top terrace for evening drinks above the Toronto skyline and every district has great food so you’re always close to funky bistros, grills, tacquerias or dessert havens. The Toronto Eaton Centre is a lovely central mall for shopping in Toronto and Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada has a super impressive display for the whole family to enjoy and remember for years to come. There is also the Royal Ontario Museum with some impressive First Nations artefacts. The wonderful old quarter of the Distillery Historic District is home to arts and culture venues in Toronto; it’s close to St. Lawrence Market so combine the two for a nice day out. Check out our travel directory of Toronto at the top of this page for more info that may help with your stay.

Outdoor activities are well catered for across Canada and Toronto is no exception; High Park is close to the city and one could spend at least half a day wandering its excellent grounds including picnic spots, playgrounds and sports courts. Riverdale Farm is one for the family and your trip wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Lake Ontario best enjoyed from Woodbine Beach or from a boat on the water. Even try the new stand-up paddle boarding craze on the lake. Day trips run from Toronto and include famous places like Niagara Falls. We recommend taking a guided tour in and around Toronto to see more of what it has to offer.

Toronto is a truly diverse and flavoured city with over 140 languages spoken here and it’s a multiculturalism embraced by everyone in this peaceful city. Winter, autumn and spring are enjoyable times but summertime sees the city throw open its doors to embrace the sun and everyone seems to eat outdoors.

A world within a city, Toronto is indeed a must-see place.


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