Toronto is known as one of the most multicultural cities in the world. The city fans out from the vibrant downtown core in a series of unique and charming neighbourhoods. Each offers its own atmosphere and local specialties, from Little Italy to Greek Town; and from Kensington Market to Riverdale. Torontonians live in the neighbourhoods, so it's a good idea to get out of downtown and explore them. With an extensive subway and public transit system, and a compact core, it's easy to get around central Toronto. The neighbourhoods of Toronto -- as well as a range of lifestyle choices -- are well represented on Wimdu. For a taste of the celebrity life, stay in a luxurious apartment atop the Toronto International Film Festival headquarters. If you are looking for boho, try a trendy loft in a historic building near the lake. To experience traditional Toronto, stay in an upscale, boutique guest house in Cabbagetown. Or embed yourself in the Mint Tea Room, a bright and cheery spot in quaint and artsy Leslieville in the east end.
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Toronto is the capital of the province of Ontario. It is Canada's biggest city, the country's economic engine and the cultural heart of English Canada. The city plays host to major world festivals, like the Toronto International Film Festival, and homegrown cultural events like Luminato, Taste of the Danforth and Scotiabank Nuit Blanche. There is always a lot going on in Toronto, from art exhibits to a vibrant night life in the entertainment district to sporting events. Plus, Toronto is a very green city with an extensive system of parks and ravines and the Martin Goodman Trail, that stretches more than 50 kilometres across the waterfront.
- Toronto is on the same latitude as the French Riviera.
- Toronto is ranked as the safest large metropolitan area in North America.
- Half of Toronto's population was born outside of Canada.
- More than 140 languages and dialects are spoken in Toronto - just over 30 per cent of Toronto residents speak a language other than English or French at home.
- Toronto has the only City Hall to make an appearance in Star Trek (in fact it’s appeared twice, owing to its resemblance to a flying saucer).
Top Attractions: Toronto is a new and modern city, so most of the attractions are current and cultural, rather than historic. The CN Tower, which held the title as tallest building on earth for many years, is one the city's top attractions in more ways than one. You can dine, simply enjoy the panoramic view or, if you're adventurous, try out the Edge Walk. In summer, taking the scenic ferry over to the Toronto Island is an enjoyable and relaxing outing for the entire family. Some of Toronto's liveliest neighbourhoods, such as Chinatown and Kensington Market, are fun for strolling, eating and people-watching. Away from the core, visitors can take in the expansive Toronto Zoo or the Ontario Science Centre, filled with hundreds of interactive and informational displays.
Shopping and Culture: The Toronto Eaton Centre is a shopping mecca in the heart of the downtown core, and also one of the city's top tourist attractions. However, shopping can be found throughout the city. Trendy Yorkville, Hazelton Lanes and the Golden Mile along Bloor Street West are where you will find the most upscale, designer stores. Along Queen St West, one-of-a-kind boutiques offer the unique work of local fashion designers. For funky vintage and retro fashions, home decor and gifts, don't miss Kensington Market. Two of the city's most prestigious institutions, the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Royal Ontario Museum, feature world-class exhibits, cafes and shops, and are a great way to spend the day -- especially if the weather drives visitors indoors. Smaller and more intimate art galleries are found throughout the city, and especially along Queen Street West. Toronto is home to the Canadian Opera Company, the National Ballet of Canada and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra; and to smaller and larger theatres including the historic Royal Alexandra Theatre and the lovely Elgin / Wintergarden.
Eating and Drinking: Toronto's multiculturalism will bring your taste buds alive. In Greek Town, you can watch as your lamb is grilled to perfection. In Little India, you can feast on authentic north and south Indian cuisine -- including freshly made dosas and spicy thalis. In Chinatown, you will find some of the most scintillating Chinese food this side of Hong Kong. And in Parkdale, where most of Canada's Tibetan population lives, you will find a selection of Tibetan restaurants serving momos and butter tea. Little Italy is a great destination for strolling, and you will have your choice Italian eateries along the College Street strip, which comes alive on warm summer nights. The historic Distillery District draws tourists for the ambience as well as the nightlife. In Kensington Market you will find a great mash-up of various ethnic cuisines and hole-in-the-wall joints. Toronto is a city of foodies and new restaurants are opening all the time to try and rival high-end mainstays, like Splendido, Scaramouche and Canoe, and more affordable trendy places like Beast, Hopgood's Foodliner, Banh Mi Boys and Khao San Road.
Getting around: Canada's biggest and busiest airport, Toronto Pearson International, is about 30 kilometres out of town. You can take a shuttle bus or taxi into the city; or a local Airport Express bus to the subway. There's a small airport on the Toronto Island for short-haul flights, which is very conveniently located. The Toronto subway system is fast and efficient and the "red rocket" streetcars ply the main cross streets of downtown. If you are willing to brace the traffic, there are numerous bike rental stands throughout the downtown area. Your best bet is to bike along the waterfront trail. And if you want to get out on the water, you can take one of three ferries to the Toronto Island, hop on board a boat offering a harbour cruise, or even rent canoes and paddle boats on the island.