2017 marks the 150th year of Canadian Confederation – and the country is planning a blowout year of birthday festivities, so come celebrate with us in Toronto! From big-city spectacle to rustic Canadiana, Canada’s downtown is the place to discover all the best our nation has to offer, and to learn more about what makes Canada Canada. Canada’s a big country. And our reputation? Huge! You could travel the nation in search of quintessentially Canadian experiences to sample, savour and shop… or you could limit your efforts to the Greater Toronto Area. Because – surprise! – we’ve got it all, from “eh” to Z.
Toronto is Canada’s largest city, and the fourth-largest in North America; Toronto is a global business, entertainment and tourism hub famous for its progressiveness and diversity, with 50 per cent of the population born outside of Canada. The population of the City of Toronto is 2.8 million, with The Greater Toronto Area population being approximately six million. Approximately 130 languages and dialects are spoken in Toronto; The City of Toronto publishes information for residents in 30 languages.
Toronto’s food scene is one of the best in the country. Internationally-acclaimed chefs head restaurants like the three-story Momofuku complex downtown (a favourite among visiting celebrities), while high-in-the-sky eateries like 360 Restaurant at the CN Tower pair mouthwatering meals with unparalleled views. Although infused with worldly flavours, some of Toronto’s finest restaurants highlight local ingredients and traditional Canadian dishes. Maple syrup, peameal bacon and poutine are among the best-known examples but many top chefs at restaurants such as Canoe and Bannock bring a contemporary feel to these traditional items. Local farms supply Toronto with seasonal ingredients.
The CN Tower, Rogers Centre, Casa Loma and even Degrassi Street, which inspired the global television show, are all Canadian landmarks in Toronto. Recognized Canadians are forever remembered for their accomplishments on Canada’s Walk of Fame. Some of Canada’s most famous brands can be found in Toronto, including Hudson Bay Company, Roots and Holt Renfrew.
Toronto is full of exciting attractions. Explore how things work at the Ontario Science Centre, get a new perspective of the city from high above at the CN Tower. Come nose-to-nose with thousands of animals at the Toronto Zoo, and Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada. Become cultural immersed at the Art Gallery of Ontario and Royal Ontario Museum. Walk through history and around the world in somebody else’s shoes at the Bata Shoe Museum. Become an NHL expert at the Hockey Hall of Fame. Play prince and princess at Casa Loma, a real 98-room castle complete with climbable turrets, private stables and secret passageways, or build your own castle at the LEGOLAND Discovery Centre. Ride the roller coasters at Canada’s Wonderland, and the Ferris Wheel in August at the Canadian National Exhibition. Step into history at Fort York National Historic Site and Black Creek Pioneer Village. Hike, bike and wander through the outdoor conservation areas and parks of Evergreen Brick Works, Toronto Botanical Garden and the Allen Garden Conservatory.
One of North America’s major sports markets, Toronto’s professional sports teams include Toronto Blue Jays (baseball), Toronto Maple Leafs (hockey), Toronto Raptors (basketball), Toronto Argonauts (football), Toronto FC (soccer), and Toronto Rock (Lacrosse).
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