city of birth, is the largest city in Canada with a population of
about 3 million (5 million in the greater area) and it keeps growing
every year as it seems to be the first city of choice for immigrants
from around the world. With over 100 languages spoken here, Toronto
is the most multicultural city in the world according to the United
Nations. This is actually a good thing since Toronto can be a model
for the rest of the world in regards to showing how it is possible
for different people of many different cultures and faiths to get
along peacefully. Friends of different racial backgrounds and religions
can be found here where they would probably be enemies in other
parts of the world.
in Toronto for most of my life so far, I’m always amazed on
how the city has grown as a tourist destination. Torontonians seem
to take world class attractions like the CN Tower and the Skydome
for granted since many see it every day during their commute. Of
course, the CN Tower is a very worthwhile visit as a ride to the
top is a must for every visitor.
one of the best redeveloped harbourfronts anywhere. This area has
boutiques at Queen’s Quay, restaurants, cafes and galleries.
Nearby Ontario Place and the Canadian National Exhibition are annual
favorites among locals. This is also where one takes the ferries
across to the Toronto Islands. The islands are all connected via
bike paths and offer a unique view of the Toronto cityscape as well
as a nice break from the busy downtown. Located on the main island,
Centreville is a petting zoo and small amusement park for kids.
The action is
downtown and probably where most tourists should stay. Although
the hotels prices are higher in downtown than the suburbs, Toronto
traffic is unfortunately not getting any better so it is best to
stay where commuting is kept at a minimum. There is a very efficient
transit system for those who want to stay outside of the downtown
area though. A walk along Yonge Street near the Eaton Centre mall
will reveal the wilder parts of Toronto life. For the latest trends,
Queen Street West is where the funky boutiques and bars are. For
upscale shopping, go to Bloor Street between Yonge and Avenue Road
as well as the Yorkville area.
Toronto is a
live theatre town, second to perhaps only New York or London. The
theatre district on King Street has a lively after theatre scene
including restaurants and clubs. During the day, the world renowned
Royal Ontario Museum, Art Gallery of Ontario and the Planetarium
showcase treasures from around the world (as well as out of the
world). Many also come to see the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Canada’s largest Chinatown. Actually, the growth of the Asian
population has resulted in four different Chinatowns in the greater
area. The main one is centered around Spadina and Dundas. The dim
sum in Toronto is one of the best outside of Hong Kong since most
Chinese immigrants here were originally from Hong Kong. Other ethnicities
are also represented by such districts as Little Italy, the Greek
Danforth area and many others. For outdoor markets, the Kensington
and St. Lawrence Markets are great. Since Toronto is so multicultural,
it is an excellent place to try out different cuisines.
For animal lovers,
the Metro Toronto Zoo northeast of the city is world famous and
will take an entire day to see. During the summers, Canada’s
Wonderland is a family oriented theme park just north of the city.
Niagara Falls, one of the natural wonders of the world, is just
ninety minutes away and worth a day trip or even an overnight stay.
There are just too many things to see and do in the Toronto area
to mention in one article. Vancouver has the ocean and mountains
while Quebec City has that old European touch. But to see world
class live theatre and Canadian multiculturalism at its best, Toronto
is where it’s at.
About the Author:
is owner of Free Spirit Gallery http://www.FreeSpiritGallery.ca
, an online gallery specializing in Inuit Eskimo and Northwest Native
American art including carvings, sculpture and prints. Free Spirit
Gallery has numerous information resource articles with photos of
authentic Inuit and Native Indian art as well as free eCards.
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