The most heavily populated city in Canada, Toronto is sometimes mistaken for the capital city of Canada. This culturally diverse city however rightfully earns the title of being a truly global city. There are over 160 ethnicities and nationalities residing in Toronto. All throughout the metropolis, one can sense a rich cultural diversity. Most of its 2.5 million residents are multilingual.
The city has a vibrant and multi-cultural economy and this is evident in the amazing variety of restaurants and chic boutiques in the different neighborhoods.
Despite being a highly urbanized city, Toronto successfully retains its lush greenery and parks within the city limits.
Getting around Toronto is easy with its very efficient and extensive public transport system. The Toronto Transit Commission, or the TTC as it is commonly known, is a convenient way of moving around the city. They have a single fare system that can take you anywhere from train to bus to streetcar on a one-way trip.
Toronto also has PATH, a 27 km underground walkway lined with shops and entertainment outlets that bring you to the downtown area in weatherproof comfort.
On a beautiful day, you can explore the city on a bike. It is easy to navigate between neighborhoods and stop at the city’s attractions along the way.
Toronto has two airports. The Toronto Pearson International Airport is a major hub for domestic, US and international flights. They have an Airport Express bus service that takes visitors directly to many downtown area hotels. The TTC public transit also serves the airport route, however, transfers from subway to ground service is necessary. This will soon change once the Union Pearson Express is operational and passengers will have the convenience of having an express rail service to downtown Toronto.
The other airport is the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport located on Toronto Island. It is conveniently located minutes away from the city centre and is accessible via a short ferry ride and a shuttle. It serves airlines flying to several regional Canadian and US destinations.
There are many things to do in Toronto. You can explore the diversity of the city in its many neighborhoods via public transit. Popular points off interest area also concentrated in the very walkable downtown core.When planning your holiday to this multi-cultural city, make sure to visit these attractions:
This landmark structure is a Toronto must-see. Several observation decks offer spectacular views of the city, and on a clear day you can even see the Niagara Falls. Visitors can experience the famous Glass Floor or the thrilling EdgeWalk. Shopping and dining options are also aplenty.
Art Gallery of Ontario
This museum was established in 1900 as the Art Museum of Toronto. Today, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) remains the most visited museum in the country. The museum's permanent collection showcases more than 80,000 works spanning the 1st century to the present day. Its collections cover a wide range of art including a Henry Moore sculpture centre. Do take note of the AGO's schedules for lectures, films, and special tours. With its recent expansion and renovation done by Toronto-born architect Frank Gehry, the museum has also become an architectural showpiece.
The Distillery District is a historic and entertainment precinct located in east Toronto. It boasts of a wide range of dining and shopping options housed within heritage buildings of the former Gooderham and Worts Distillery. Altogether the district covers a 13-acre neighborhood of more than 40 historic buildings and 10 streets. It has largest collection of Victorian-era industrial architecture in North America and is definitely a must-visit.
Casa Loma (Spanish for Hill House) is a Gothic Revival style mansion and built in 1914 that is a very popular landmark in Toronto. This picturesque mansion is set in 5-acres of well-tended gardens with fountains, stables, secret passages and tunnels. The castle's impressive scale, and distinctive architecture earns it a place in most visitors' itinerary.
Toronto enjoys the four seasons, and they say the best time to go is in autumn. However, a large and vibrant city such as Toronto will definitely has a lot to offer no matter what time of year you visit.
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