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Take me to Toronto
Toronto is the largest city in Canada and the provincial capital of the Ontario region. It sits comfortably on the north western shore of the great lake Ontario. Founded by the British in the late 18th century it has grown from strength to strength and today the city itself is home to more than two and a half million residents. Its urban, cosmopolitan feel and high standards of living make it extremely popular for non natives and almost 49% of its population were born outside of Canada.
Toronto is the financial and economic capital of Canada and even has its own stock exchange. It has its own unique mixture of architectural periods and styles and is a relatively tall city, the defining point of its skyline being the well known CN tower which was the tallest freestanding structure in the world for many years and is home to an amazing revolving restaurant which gives a unique view of the city.
Downtown, Where the Lights Are Bright
Home to more than seven thousand eateries ranging from shish kebab to silver service, Toronto’s Downtown area ensures that all tastes are catered for. The majority of the city's trendy bars and clubs as well as cafes and wine bars are located in this part of town so it’s definitely worth a visit after dark. Downtown also overlaps the aptly named entertainment district where (you guessed it) many forms of entertainment are available.
Between them the Downtown and entertainment districts are the setting for some world class venues such as art galleries and museums and it is a major focal point for all the city's parades and festivals. Toronto also has a rich history of theatre and is ranked number three in volume of English language stage productions in the world seceding only to London and New York respectively. With over 150 different theatre companies and its own film industry it’s a drama buffs dream.
Sports fans will not be disappointed either as the Downtown district is also home to many football stadiums and arenas and even hosts Indy car races during the summer months. For a flutter on the horses head out to the West Suburbs and the Woodbine Horse Track, there you will have a chance to mingle with the locals as this area is generally neglected by tourists.
So Much to Do, So Little Time
The main problem with exploring Toronto is that there is so much to see and do that no one’s really sure where to begin. You could start by visiting Toronto in September to catch the Toronto International film festival and for a truly international flavour, head down to china town, where a plethora of interlocked neighbourhoods each with its own individual style give the area an especially magic energy. Don’t miss the Dragon City Shopping Mall, located at Dundas and take a walk along Spadina Avenue where East and West collide.
So, How do I Get There?
The best way to get to Toronto from everywhere is by air, arriving in Toronto’s Pearson International Airport there are several routes into town. The 192 Airport Rocket is an all day accessible bus service which as its name suggests is an express service to the city stopping only at three major points. If you’re not in such a hurry you can catch the 58A Malton service which takes roughly twice as long to reach the city but lets you see more of Torontos neighbourhoods. Overnight services are also available on the 300A Bloor-Danforth the 307 Eglinton West and the GO transit service. However you choose to get there, a visit to Toronto is guaranteed to be worth all your journey time.
- Opening on June 20th and running through the summer, Toronto is hosting the exhibition: Ultimate Dinosaurs: Giants from Gondwana, in what will prove to be the biggest ever exhibition of dinosaurs in Canada.