Toronto is a great city, a city with a lot going on throughout the year! Everything from the city’s tallest skyscraper to its public transportation, there hundreds of interesting tidbits and facts available! There are also many rumours about the city, so hopefully this page will hopefully clarify the facts about Toronto.
There are five major regions of the City of Toronto; Downtown, East End, West End, North End, and the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Within each of those you will find hundreds of smaller Toronto neighbourhoods.
Each Toronto neighbourhood has its own distinct atmosphere — and in some cases culture! Places such as Greektown, Little Italy, Koreatown, Chinatown, Little Portugal, and Little India are filled to the brim with authentic cuisine, music, and lifestyle.
There are over 100 different languages spoken within the city of Toronto. Another fact about Toronto is that Toronto is one of the most multicultural destinations in North America.
Not only is it one of the most multicultural, but it is also the largest financial city in Canada, and 5th largest city in all of North America.
Another Toronto fact is that the city is the largest retail market in Canada, with stores and products brought in from all over the world.
Toronto’s CN Tower was the tallest free standing skyscraper in the world until quite recently. Right beside the CN Tower is the Rogers Centre. Many locals still call the Rogers Centre by its old name — the Skydome!
Toronto arts is a big industry — along with Toronto entertainment. The film industry has reached well into the city, marking its territory with events such as the Toronto International Film Festival. Find out more on this festival at www.tiff.net.
Another cool feature is that over 25% of Hollywood films are actually filmed in Toronto! Famous Toronto film and tv actors include Mike Myers, Eugene Levy, Jim Carrey, John Candy, Eric McCormack, Catherine O’Hara, and Howie Mandel.
Toronto Musicians and famous bands from Toronto include Jim Creeggan, Steven Page, and Ed Robertson of the Barenaked Ladies, Deborah Cox, Fefe Dobson, Neil Young, and Sharon, Lois & Bram!
Toronto has one of the most respected zoos in North America and one of the largest. The Toronto Zoo is a lovely home for over 5000 creatures. It is located on the outskirts of the city in the Greater Toronto Area and open all year long! Learn more about this great attraction at www.torontozoo.com.
Another fact about Toronto is that the city holds many festivals throughout the seasons which bring international visitors. The most popular of the Toronto events are the Caribana Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, and the Gay Pride Parade.
An obvious fact about Toronto, especially if you are a local, is that there are four distinct seasons. The city is considered within continental Canada, so there is a summer, fall, winter, and spring.
Temperature in Toronto summers can reach as high as 35Â°C and can often have high humidity due to Lake Ontario. During the hottest days of summer, people migrate to the Beaches, swimming pools, and patios located all around the city.
Temperature in Toronto winter gets decidedly colder after the coolness of fall–which often easily reaches -10Â°C. But Toronto doesn’t let the snow get to it–you can have fun at any of the festivals such as Winterlicious, and Cavalcade of Lights.
Toronto public transit is easy, quick, and convenient. It is called the TTC and there are over 50 subway stations and plenty of bus routes. You can also find access to the GO bus and trains which travel outside of the city boundaries.
You can also access the city, or leave the city, through the any of the airports. There are 3 major Toronto airports; Pearson International Airport, Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, and Toronto/Buttonville Municipal Airport.
Another cool fact about Toronto is that it is completely pedestrian and cyclist friendly. For easy walking, look for the Pedestrian PATH signs. And, the new BIXY rentable bicycles can be found on almost every corner of downtown Toronto.
Did you know that Toronto has 6 major sport teams; Toronto Blue Jays, Toronto Argonauts, Toronto FC, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Toronto Raptors.
Toronto is a very active city! Not only does Toronto love to watch sports, but we love to play sports. The city is lined with hiking trails, walking paths, golf courses, and sport fields. You can always find a sports league or organization for you and your family, no matter the season.
There are so many facts about Toronto, especially since the city is so large. Find more on this wonderful city through Totally Toronto. This is truly a great city to explore.