The capital of Canada’s eastern province of Ontario, Toronto is a melting pot of art, music and fashion, the New York of Canada. Cosmopolitan, clean and safe, Toronto is one of the most sought-after places to live in Canada, with an urban chic that could almost fool you into thinking it could European city minus the lengthy history and foreign language.
Sophistication and a vibrant street culture live in sweet symbiosis in Toronto, where men in suits sip beers on the graffiti decorated terraces of the fashionably grungy Queens street, and starving artists set up their easels on the tree-lined streets of the affluently trendy neighborhood of Yorkville.
Home of two of Canada’s most iconic structures, Toronto spells Canada like no other city. The CN tower, a communications tower that was renowned as the tallest free-standing structure in the world for 31 years until it was surpassed by Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, stands next to the infamous SkyDome or Rogers Centre, the first sport stadium in the world to have a fully revolving roof. The city also boasts the world's longest street, Younge Street, stretching for an unbelievable 1,900 kilometres.
Toronto is perhaps Canada’s most multicultural city, with a population drawn from all corners of the globe. The influence of this diversity is evident everywhere, from its sprawling downtown China Town to the annual Caribana, North America’s largest street festival and a celebration of the city’s large number of residents hailing from Trinidad and Tobago.
Dining out in Toronto is further proof of Toronto’s cultural diversity, with everything from fine French restaurants to outdoor cafés serving authentic Mexican burritos, with a pub culture to match. It is widely known that Canadians love their beer almost as much as Aussies and Toronto serves up a vibrant array of pubs, clubs and bars in which you can put this claim to the test.
The city plays host to numerous annual festivals including the world-renowned Toronto Film Festival, the Toronto Fringe Festival, Buskerfest and the Toronto Jazz Festival just to name a few. With fantastic venues such as the spectacular Molson Amphitheatre; a concert bowl that can hold 50,000 people, situated right on the waterfront, Toronto draws the world’s biggest performing artists and concerts, making it the entertainment capital of Ontario.
Largest city in Canada, fourth largest in all North America
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Jazz musicians immortalised in Neon, Kensington
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Entrance to National Exhibition Centre: no shortage of columns or flags
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Henry Moore sculpture - Art Gallery of Ontario ( AGO )
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