Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Toronto, the Provincial capital of Ontario, is the largest city in Canada. Situated on the southwestern shore of northern Lake Ontario, Toronto covers 243 square miles (630 square kilometers) and is consistently within the top most populated regions in North America.
Buildings in Toronto vary tremendously in design and age. Many date back to the mid-19th century while many other commercial and residential buildings have been built this century, including a surge in new condominium developments downtown. Outside of downtown, numerous residential communities have their own unique character. Rosedale, Cabbagetown, The Annex and Yorkville are known for their Victorian and Edwardian-era buildings. The Wychwood Park neighbourhood is significant for being one of Toronto’s earliest planned communities and is renowned for its architectural beauty.
The demographic diversity of the city’s residents is reflected in Toronto’s numerous ethnic neighborhoods including Chinatown, Corso Italia, Greektown, Kensington Market, Koreatown, Little India, Little Italy, Little Jamaica, Little Portugal and Roncesvalles. Each of these ethnic neighbourhoods represents a diverse culture and has its own architectural flair, making them intriguing for residents and tourists alike.
Toronto has a booming tourist economy, with millions of people visiting the city annually, but it’s not just tourists who are drawn to this vibrant city. Residents and tourists are drawn to the more than fifty ballet and dance companies, six opera companies, two symphony orchestras and numerous theatre productions in the city. The annual Toronto International Film Festival draws a large number of attendees, eager to celebrate the showcased international films of the year. For sports aficionados Toronto is also home to seven major league sports teams, including the Toronto Blue Jays baseball team and the Toronto Maple Leafs hockey team.
Toronto is recognized as the commercial capital of Canada and is home to the Toronto Stock Exchange and a high concentration of banks and brokerage firms on Bay Street. Other sectors that drive the city’s economy include business services, telecommunications, aerospace, transportation, media, arts, publishing, software, education, tourism and engineering.
Celebrating a wealth of history, culture, and diversity, Toronto is one of the world’s most sought after destinations to visit and live.