Toronto Facts

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Toronto is Canada's largest city and the provincial capital of Ontario. It is located in Southern Ontario on the northwestern shore of Lake Ontario. A diverse population of over 2.7 million people live in Toronto, making it Canada's most populous city. Toronto has been an important city for much of its history and is the business, financial, entertainment, and cultural hub of Canada. There is a joke across Canada that Torontonians view themselves as the center of Canadas’ universe.

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  • 1. Toronto was incorporated in 1834, just seven years after the first British settlers arrived. It was once the capital of Upper Canada, and it served as a city during both World Wars I and II.
  • 2. The city is a major global centre for business, finance, arts, and culture. It is home to many skyscrapers and high-rise office buildings, in addition to its well-known landmarks like the CN Tower. Residents of Toronto are called Torontonians.
  • 3. Toronto's official motto is "Diversity Our Strength." Its current mayor is John Tory who took office on December 1st, 2014 for his second term as mayor of Toronto.
  • 4. Toronto has a population over 2.7 million in the city itself with just over 5.5 million inside the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). This makes it the largest population centre and metropolitan area in Canada. Together with its suburbs, there are about 7.4 million residents living in the area.
  • 5. Toronto was rated as one of the world's most livable cities by Economist magazine and has been consistently ranked highly among "The World's Most Livable Cities" by Mercer Human Resource Consulting and "The Economist Intelligence Unit". In 2012, Toronto was ranked as a Beta global city (listed as one of seven) alongside cities such as New York City, London, Sydney, Tokyo and Paris.
  • 6. Toronto is one of the most diverse cities in the world, with about 50% of its citizens born outside Canada. It is home to the largest population of Lebanese, South Asians, Chinese, and Iranians outside their respective countries.
  • 7. Toronto has a strong performing arts scene and has played host to such notable figures as Sarah Bernhardt, Enrico Caruso, and Charlie Chaplin. The annual Toronto International Film Festival is one of the most popular film festivals in North America. It attracts big name stars such as George Clooney and Sandra Bullock and is a major annual event for tourists.
  • 8. One of Toronto's main airport is named after a World War II pilot who was killed in an airplane crash near the city in 1940; "Billy Bishop" (for William Avery Bishop).
  • 9. Lester B. Pearson International Airport is located in the north of Toronto on the shore of Lake Ontario and is a hub for Air Canada. It is the largest airport in Canada.
  • 10. Toronto Pearson has five terminals (Terminals 1-3 and 5) with 43 gates, serving over 25 million passengers per year through more than 150 destinations. Terminal 4 is used by the low-cost carrier, WestJet.
  • 11. There are three short term parking lots at the airport - all located near Terminals 1 & 3 - at a maximum daily rate of $18 per day. Long term parking lots are located near Terminals 1, 2 & 3 at a maximum daily rate of $21 per day
  • 12. Among many things, Toronto is famous for its street art and some of it is even featured in its own annual art show called 'Graffiti Alley'.
  • 13. While Toronto is a multi-cultural city, over 80% of its residents are speakers of English as their first language and over 20% speak languages like Punjabi, Urdu, Polish, Spanish and Italian.
  • 14. The Toronto Stock Exchange is the 7th largest stock exchange in the world by market capitalization and the largest in Canada. It is also home to Canadian companies like Toronto-Dominion Bank, Royal Bank of Canada, and Canadian National Railway.
  • 15. Toronto has many nicknames, but the popular ones are T.O. and the 6.
  • 16. The CN Tower is a major international tourist destination for sightseers and was once the tallest free-standing structure and remains one of the most prominent structures in the Toronto skyline. It is 553 metres tall (over 1,815 feet) with two observation levels at 346 metres (1,136 ft).
  • 17. Toronto has many sports teams, but none more famous than the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League. They were founded in 1917 and are one of the most historic teams in professional hockey.
  • 18. Many people have visited Toronto's Hockey Hall of Fame which is home to over 3000 displays that demonstrate the proud heritage and history of Canada's national game.
  • 19. Toronto is home to many festivals like the Pride Festival, Caribana Festival, Feast of Fields and others. It is also home to many art exhibits at some of its major museums like the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) and Bata Shoe Museum among others.
  • 20. Professional baseball has a long history in Toronto, dating back to the late nineteenth century. The Toronto Blue Jays currently play in Exhibition Stadium (or SkyDome) which was built quickly after World War II with its first game being played on June 5, 1989, against their divisional rivals, the Baltimore Orioles.
  • 21. The Toronto Raptors are a major league professional basketball team that was founded in 1995 and play their games at the Scotiabank Arena which is located in downtown Toronto. It is the only Canadian team to play in the NBA.
  • 22. Toronto also has many of its own parks including High Park, Riverdale Park, and Centennial Park among others. These parks are enjoyed by locals and tourists alike for activities such as walking, cycling or fishing.
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