Welcome to Canada’s city within a park. This green space by the lake is home to 1,600 public parks and 600 kilometres of trails – and its natural assets blend seamlessly with its many urban attractions in sport, art and dining.
A city of neighbourhoods; a lakeside landscape of beaches, sailboat-dotted marinas and a skyline of glittering skyscrapers. Canada’s largest city defies just one description. We call it the Big Smoke – it is the capital of the province of Ontario, and it hugs the Great Lake of the same name.
In early 2015, Toronto was named the world’s best city to live in by the Economist magazine. It is North America’s fourth-largest city (after Mexico City, New York City and Los Angeles), with nearly three million people, with its greater metropolitan area supporting more than five million.
- Country: Canada
- Currency: Canadian dollar (CAD)
- Official languages: English and French
- Tipping: 15 to 20 per cent is expected
- Electricity: Canadian outlets run on 120V and use Type B plugs
Temperature (max C)
J -1, F -1, M 3, A 10, M 17, J 23, J 26, A 25, S 21, O 13, N 6, D 1
Rainfall (max mm)
J 69, F 61, M 66, A 64, M 74, J 69, J 74, A 69, S 74, O 61, N 71, D 66
Beneath this modern metropolis is a charming old town with historical and architectural marvels lurking around every corner.
Toronto revels in a rich multi-cultural history, especially when it comes to food. From the Brit gastro pub, Mediterranean classic and north-eastern European cuisines of the last century, to the new millennium’s embrace of Latin and Asian fusion, there’s a menu to suit every taste and budget.
Toronto is the sum of its neighbourhood parts, all 140 of them! Families should head to the Harbourfront neighbourhood, where they can stay at global branded hotels, get gorgeous harbour views and have easy access to shoreline walks and the ferries that take visitors and residents to the Toronto islands and beaches.
From fashion’s luxury labels and the most popular high-street brands from America and Europe, to made-in-Canada designs, there’s something for every taste and budget in Toronto. Some neighbourhoods are even defined by what they sell.
Toronto Like a Local
Formerly the grounds of the Gooderham & Worts whisky distillery, the historic, pedestrian-only cobblestoned Distillery District is home to unique retailers and restaurants, including Soma, a chocoholics paradise, and Mill Street, where they brew the amber fluid and offer beer tasting tours. Soulpepper Theatre Company also presents its live line-up here.
1. Just the ticket: T.O. Tix, in the heart of the city at Dundas Square, sells same-day and discounted seats for some the hottest shows in town.
2. High Park: Toronto’s largest public park at 161 hectares, this green space right off the subway offers hiking trails, outdoor sports facilities, a large swimming pool, lakefront at Grenadier Pond and dining at the restaurant of the same name. If you’re in the city in April or May, the Japanese sakura trees are in full bloom.
3. Evergreen Brickworks: This former brickworks factory is a bit of eco-friendly, urban calm in the city. Children’s gardens, green-space trails, historic kilns and clay works, a weekend farmer’s market and a cafe make this an afternoon respite from the hustle and bustle, easily accessible by public transit.
Did you know...? Also known as Highway 11, Yonge Street, the city’s main north-south thoroughfare, holds the reputation as the longest street in the world, at 1,895 kilometres long.