Welcome to Toronto

Information on Toronto, travelling here, maps, guides, what to see and do, as well as coupons

“FAN”TASTIC Toronto

Canada’s largest city and the 4th largest in North America, the Toronto region is a destination filled with sports enthusiasts, fans and players. With seven professional sports teams and sports leagues throughout, you’ll find a keen pulse of passion for sport and celebration.

The Toronto region has a population of nearly 6 million and a surrounding area of millions more, offering access to a huge pool of fans, resulting in successful, well-attended sporting events.

One of the most multicultural cities in the world —more than 140 languages and dialects are spoken here —Toronto is inspired and enriched by the passions and traditions of all the world’s cultures. A city of neighbourhoods, Toronto is home to over 100 different ethnic and lifestyle groups. The city sparkles with life; its center remains vibrant while its residential area consists of a patchwork of ethnically-flavoured neighbourhoods—Chinatown, Little Italy, Greektown, Little India, to name a few.

The Toronto region has hosted many sporting events including the 2014 U-20 Women’s World Cup Canada, the 2014 Women’s World Wheelchair Basketball Championships, 2012 Ontario Summer Games and the 100th Anniversary Grey Cup (2012). In 2015, the Toronto region hosted the Pan American and Parapan Games – a great legacy event for sports in our city.

Toronto is a safe destination. Fortune Magazine called Toronto one of the safest cities in the world and the safest major city in North America. With its low crime rate and visitor-friendly attitude, you can comfortably stroll along Toronto streets and travel on public transit at any hour of the day or night.

Toronto is one of the world’s most liveable cities with its clean, sustainable environment, high standard of living and welcoming population. Natural landforms frame the city from the Toronto Islands to the environmentally-protected Greenbelt that forms a quarter of the region surrounding the city. These are linked by the city’s extensive ravine system which is interspersed throughout communities and offers a change of pace just moments from the urban core.

Situated 566 feet above sea level on the northern shore of Lake Ontario (part of the Great Lakes system), Toronto is one of the southernmost cities in Canada. In fact, it has the same latitude as northern California.

Home to more than 100 cultures, Toronto truly is the city of imagination

With a population of 5.5 million, Toronto is Canada’s largest city

Toronto is the 4th-largest city in North America, after Mexico City, New York, and Los Angeles

Toronto is the capital of Ontario, and the business center of Canada. Financial services, high technology, and insurance companies top the list of businesses represented there. Toronto is home to more top-ranked international companies than any other Canadian city.

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Destination For Sports

A centre of sporting excellence, the Toronto region is the perfect place to host your next sport event. We’re one of the world’s most exciting, diverse and vibrant destinations – ideal for celebrating the human potential, spirit and achievement that is synonymous with sport. Toronto offers the perfect mix of sports and tourism infrastructure to ensure your event success. We have endless opportunities and ideas to host and stage your events and inspire your players and fans both on and off the field.

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Money and Weather

Toronto offers visitors world-class products without world-class price. Be sure to pack an extra bag for the loot you’ll want to bring back home. Toronto’s currency is the Canadian dollar. For denominations under five dollars we use coins – some we’ve even given cute names: the loonie ($1), and toonie ($2).U.S. dollars are accepted in most Toronto establishments.

TIPPING

If you’re happy with the service you receive, a 15-20% tip on the pre-tax bill is a standard expression of appreciation when dining out in the city. Note that some restaurants automatically add this gratuity when serving large groups, so be sure to check your bill. Tips are also expected for services such as haircuts, shoe shines and taxi rides. 15-20% is standard in these situations as well.

WEATHER

Toronto enjoys a more moderate climate than most other areas in Canada any time of the year due to its southern location, which is tempered by the effects of Lake Ontario. Summers are also longer in the south but more humid as well. Mean daily temperatures reach close to 20ºC from mid-June to mid-September, with week-long heat waves in the 30s not an uncommon occurrence. The average temperature for Toronto in July averages between 18 and 27 degrees Celsius.

things to do

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 Most Ontario cities and towns have carefully preserved historic buildings. You can see accurately rebuilt forts and  pioneer villages around the province, including Upper Canada Village in Morrisburg and Fort Wellington in Prescott.

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Travelers can enjoy the many experiences Ontario has to offer, from a wilderness expedition in the north, to a “shop till you drop into your theatre seat” city excursion.

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Some towns, like Niagara-on-the-Lake and Elora (both 1 ½ hour drive outside Toronto), make a special effort to preserve the flavour of the past. Ottawa’s distinctive parliament building and Toronto’s impressive legislative building remind us of our history (4 ½ hour drive or 1 hour flight from Toronto).

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Touring Ontario is easy by highway, boat or rail. You can visit attractions throughout the province, from country fairs and museums to zoos, floral gardens, theme parks and special events. Don’t forget to visit Niagara Falls, one of the world’s natural wonders.

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Ontario’s beautiful natural settings are home to all kinds of activities. Summertime brings swimming, boating, baseball, hiking, camping, fishing and tennis.

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Other sights include the Ontario Science Centre, Science North, Ontario Place, the Niagara Parks Commission, the St. Lawrence Parks Commission and many provincial parks.