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All About Toronto

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About

The first thing to mention is Toronto’s climate. The city has a humid continental climate, and because it is so far north, it suffers from very cold winters. However, many people who are looking to ski head to the city, as there are many resorts in the surrounding mountains. From spring to autumn, the weather is warm, and the scenery needs to be seen to be believed. There are plenty of things to do, and the architecture is very varied due to the different immigrants that have arrived over the few hundred years Toronto has been around.

Key Facts

  • Toronto is Canada’s most populous city, with 2.6 million residents
  • Archaeological evidence suggests that Aboriginal people lived in the area thousands of years ago
  • The history of Toronto with modern settlers dates to 1787 when the British claimed the area
  • The city is located on the shores of beautiful Lake Ontario
  • The unique scenery around the city has been used in many movies and television series
  • English is the main language, although French is common. In all, 160 different languages are used.

Things To Do

Canadian cities are young compared to those in Europe, but Toronto has managed to squeeze a lot into the last few centuries. How much can be clearly seen when visiting the ultra-modern Royal Ontario Museum. At least half a day is required to view the majority of the exhibits. The Ontario Science Centre is great for kid and adults, and there are plenty of entertaining, interactive displays. The 500-meter CN Tower gives great views of the city and its surrounding area, and although some may opt for the stairs, the majority of visitors take the easy route and use the elevators.

Most people who visit cities miss a lot of what they have to offer, so always ask at the hotel for a tour guide. Many are available in Toronto, and you’ll get to learn more about the city than most other visitors will. During the warmer months, Toronto has a number of beaches to relax on. There are also a number of islands in the bay; most of them are served by ferries. The Lakefront and Harbourfront are especially vibrant in the summer, offering a mix of live shows and places to eat. Seafood restaurants often offer fish caught locally that same day.

Those who want a taste of the Western Mediterranean need to head over to Little Italy/Portugal Village. Many of the shops and restaurants retain the heritage of European Mediterranean towns, and the coffee shops are a real treat. Chinatown, Koreatown and Little India are also worth seeing. There are plenty of shopping centers and malls in Toronto, with designer outlets available for those looking for something a little special.

Not only is Toronto worth visiting, it is also a great place to use as a base to visit the local mountains. Car hire is affordable, and a short drive gives you access to many trails that offer fantastic views and plenty of wildlife.

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