Located on the shores of Lake Ontario, Toronto is
Canada’s cultural, financial, and communications capital.
It also may be the most diverse city in the world, with
residents originating from 170 nations and speaking
approximately 100 different languages and dialects.
In terms of population, Toronto is the fifth largest
metropolitan area in North America, with five million
inhabitants in the greater Toronto area (2.5 million in the
city proper). Yet, it is also rated as both one of the safest
large metropolitan areas in North America by Places Rated
Almanac and as one of the world’s most livable cities by
The Economist, having a low crime rate, a clean environment,
and a generally high standard of living.
Toronto is noted for its cosmopolitan and international population. Although English and French are the official languages of Canada, and English is the predominant language (including the street signs) in Toronto, over one third of Torontonians speak a language other than English at home. And Torontonians are noted for their friendly, welcoming attitude (with a healthy dose of humor).
Culturally, Toronto is among the elite cities in terms of live theatre and performing arts. It boasts 125 museums and public archives, 50 ballet and dance companies, six opera companies, two symphony orchestras, and is the third-largest theater center in the English-speaking world, after New York and London. Toronto also is the fourth largest media center in North America.
In terms of aesthetic beauty, Toronto also offers a lot. It is an architectural hotspot featuring uniquely designed buildings from many of the most celebrated architects in the world. Defining the Toronto skyline is the CN Tower, Canada’s most recognized icon, a Modern Wonder of the World that stands as the tallest free-standing land structure in the world at 553 meters (1,815 ft). Toronto has six major rivers, a shore on one of the world’s largest lakes, 8,000 hectares of parkland, and 3 million public trees. The miles of waterfront, boardwalks, and trails, and distinct neighborhoods with inspiring surprises ― from artisans’ exhibits to cool cafés - create a congenial atmosphere. New landmark attractions include Olympic Spirit, a unique and interactive showcase that embodies the sport, fun and spirit of the Olympic Games, and the Distillery District, a historic 1832 site that features art, cuisine and intriguing events.
Toronto’s Eaton Center, walking distance from the Congress venue at the Delta Chelsea, is Canada’s second-largest shopping complex; the Eaton Centre and the PATH feature more than 1,200 shops in over 16 miles of underground concourses. The city also has over 7,000 restaurants reflecting global tastes, cultures and ingredients, all served with a dash of Torontonian innovation. Toronto has both the largest public transit system in North America after New York City and is rated as the #1 cycling city in North America.
Beyond the city limits are regional attractions within a breathtaking countryside, including Niagara Falls, a renowned wine region, and many outdoor adventures - all within a short drive.