The World in One Place
Toronto is Canada's largest city, the fifth largest city in North America, the capital of the province of Ontario, and one of the most exciting, vibrant, and progressive cities in the world! It has been consistently ranked as one of the top cities in the word in terms of safety and quality of life.
Did you know...
- ... that "Toronto" is the Huron Indian word that means "place of meeting"?
- ... that the United Nations has designated Toronto as the world's "most ethnically-diverse city"?
- ... that Yonge Street, our main thoroughfare, is the longest street in the world (about 1,200 miles/ 1,800 km long)?
- ... that the world's tallest building, the CN Tower (which dominates our skyline), has been identified as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World?
- ...that Caribana, the world's largest festival of Caribbean culture and music, is in Toronto?
- ...that the world's largest fireworks display, "Symphony of Fire," is in Toronto?
- ...that the Toronto International Film Festival is the largest film festival in North America?
- ...that the world's largest annual exhibition, the Canadian National Exhibition, is in Toronto.
A People Place
- Total 2.3 million residents in Metropolitan Toronto.
- The capital of the province of Ontario and Canada's largest city.
- A multicultural Mecca, with more than 80 ethnic groups speaking approximately 100 languages. A Lively Place
- The third-largest theater centre in the English-speaking world.
- Over 5,000 restaurants and eateries.
- Some of the finest shopping centres in the world, including the justly celebrated Eaton Centre.
- An exciting waterfront, only minutes from downtown.
- Major League sports with the Blue Jays, Leafs, Raptors, and Argonauts.
- Amazing Nightlife A Temperate Place
A Cultural Place
- The City is home to more than 80 film festivals, 200 professional performing arts organizations, internationally recognized symphony, ballet and opera companies, countless commercial and not-for-profit galleries and museums, and much more
- The Cultural Hotspot project implemented in 2014 celebrates and promotes Toronto's neighbourhoods as cultural and economic destinations
- Toronto's 10 city-owned museums hold 147,000 artifacts and 1 million archaeological specimens in their historical collections
- More than 200 City-owned public art works and historic monuments enrich Toronto's urban landscape with artistic flair
- Each year, the City of Toronto produces and promotes nine annual events including:
- Scotiabank Nuit Blanche which attracted over 1 million visitors in 2013, generating $39.5 million in economic impact
- Winterlicious and Summerlicious which saw 580,000 prix fixe meals served in 2013 representing approximately $25 million in direct spending for Toronto's restaurant industry
- Doors Open Toronto which is Canada's largest Doors Open event and one of the three largest Doors Open events in the world. Since its inception in 2000, Doors Open Toronto has attracted more than two million visits to nearly 600 unique locations across the city
- Cavalcade of Lights, an event with a 47-year history of celebrating the winter season with fireworks, musical entertainment and outdoor activities
- The City of Toronto provided logistical support to around 600 major festivals and events in 2013
Average temperatures are +7.4C (45.3F) in spring, +20.7C (69.3F) in summer, +10.8C (51.4F) in autumn, and -3.3C (26.1F) in winter.