Formerly named as York, Toronto was first established in the 18th century by British Army General John Graves Simcoe, where it was announced as the permanent capital of Upper Canada on 1st February 1796, and given the name Toronto in the year 1834.
The most populous city in Canada and the centre of the Greater Toronto Area, Toronto is recognized as one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world. A city of soaring skyscrapers and hub to countless world-class business, education, dining, shopping, sports and entertainment, Toronto is also the home to one of the most recognizable structures in the world: the CN Tower.
In a city where over half of its residents reflect visible minorities and over 200 distinct ethnic origins are represented, there is no question of Toronto’s pride in multiculturalism. The primary language spoken by Torontonians is English, but over 160 languages are spoken in the city.
It is this blend of world-class offerings and multicultural heritage that makes Toronto unique. A city that reflects so many international cultures, Toronto reflects a mosaic of business and culture not commonly found in one place.
It only makes sense that a world-class city would offer its residents a wide array of world-class education. From elementary, secondary, post-secondary and mature student levels of education, the city of Toronto is well-known for its offerings of higher-learning and top-rated facilities. The city is home to several high-ranking elementary and secondary schools. Just to name a few:
The city is also well known for its wide range of renowned private school institutions, including:
For a complete list and ranking of Toronto private schools, OurKids.net is an excellent resource. This metropolitan city is also home to several renowned international schools. To name just a few:
The city is also home to many internationally-ranked post-secondary institutions spanning all educational sectors and designations, including:
Business, arts, finance and culture are integral to the fabric of the city, where countless industry leaders and major international businesses are based. Much like New York, London and Tokyo, the City of Toronto is considered a base point for international business in North America and consistently ranks as one of the most influential cities in the world.
Toronto is home to:
When it comes to fostering new business and supporting existing ones, the City of Toronto offers resources to businesses in the industries of:
You can’t be a world-class city without world-class healthcare – and Toronto more than meets this criteria. The city is home to twenty public hospitals, including:
There are also several state-of-the-art designated research sites within the city, including a biomedicine research centre in Toronto’s Discovery District, situated on a 620-acre research park, and the MaRS Discovery District, created in 2000 for the purposes of strengthening research and innovation in Ontario.
It’s not surprising that one of the world’s busiest cities would also be home to some of the world’s greatest and most diverse collection of attractions. From state-of-the-art architecture, to world-class dining, internationally-renowned art and so much more. Here are just a few of the city’s most popular sights to see and experience:
With so many world-class attractions within the city, it’s impossible to list them all – but some notable local gems include the iconic waterfront Ontario Place, the Toronto Zoo, the endless action always happening at the famed Yonge-Dundas Square, the Ontario Science Centre, and so much more.
The Toronto Eaton Centre is easily the city’s most popular shopping centre, offering visitors over 230 shops spanning over 2 million square feet of indoor retail space, dining options, accessibility via the underground PATH network, a skywalk over Queen Street West and two subway stations, this mega-mall is an anchor and major landmark amongst the city’s wealth of shopping options.
While there is no shortage of vintage markets, local shops, major shopping chains and the like, there are some shopping districts in the city that are better known than others.
For high-end boutiques, fine dining and luxurious services in the city, the Bloor-Yorkville area can’t be beat. Known as “Toronto’s Fifth Avenue”, here you’ll find the flagship Holt Renfrew location, endless designers within Yorkville Avenue and Yorkville Village, top-ranked dining options, top-tier hotels and a number of fine art galleries.
Some other key shopping (and dining) destinations in the city include Queen West’s eclectic assortment of shops, the Chinatown district, the historic Distillery District, Leslieville, Greektown and of course, the Downtown District.
Sports is king in this city, where hometown pride is everywhere you look. From professional to semi-professional teams and leagues, amateur teams and even e-sports, Toronto is home to some of the greatest sports teams – and sports fans – in the world. The city also boasts state-of-the-art stadiums and sports facilities, including The Rogers Centre, Scotiabank Arena and BMO Field. Just a few of the many major professional sports teams in Toronto being the Toronto Blue Jays (MLB), the Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL), the Toronto Raptors (NBA), the Toronto Argonauts (CFL), and the Toronto FC (MLS).
Recreational options are everywhere in the city, from CampTO programs, accessible and virtual programming options, ActiveTO, sports and leadership programs, winter sports and so much more. At last count, the city of Toronto operates 700 sports fields, 123 community recreation centres, 118 swimming pools, hundreds of recreational facilities and others that are operated by community organizations.
Arts, culture and recreation are paramount in this city, where over 30,000 city-funded cultural events draw in over 17 million attendees each year. As far as enjoying the great outdoors, with over 1,500 parks spanning 8,000 hectares, the city is well-equipped for all of its residents’ recreation wants and needs, catering to those of all ages and abilities.
Getting around is easy, with one of the world’s most extensive and highly-ranked transportation networks in the world. The TTC is the city’s local transit service, and is the third-largest system in North America, commuting over 300,000 passengers daily. From trip-planner resources to accessibility options, the TTC has established themselves as a leader in transit the world over.
Toronto’s landscape has been designed with livability in mind. From education and employment to recreation and entertainment – and everything in-between – this is a city that has covered all its bases.
When it comes to living in Toronto, it’s not hard to see why this is one of the world’s most in-demand urban pockets, where development and growth is never-ending and there are property options for every residential and commercial need.
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