Toronto is the capital city of the province of Ontario, south-eastern Canada. It’s a multicultural city and the country’s financial and commercial centre. Located on the north-western shore of Lake Ontario it forms a part of the border between Canada and the U.S.
Since the second half of the 20th century, the city has grown from a rather serene provincial town, ‘Toronto the Good’, to a lively, thriving, metropolitan area. Is the city really that good? Is it true that visitors leave the city with a smile? These interesting facts about Toronto are here to solve this dilemma …
Toronto is the 5th largest city in North America after Mexico City, New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago.
Toronto was formerly known as York, Upper Canada in 1793. The city was to later get incorporated and renamed Toronto in 1834.
Analysts have listed Toronto as the most liveable city after Brisbane, Sydney, and Vienna.
Toronto is home to more than 8,000 restaurants. The people of Toronto take dining out very seriously!
Since 1803, the St. Lawrence Market has been the community’s beating heart and culinary focal point of the city.
Toronto has a continental climate. The average temperature for January is in the low to mid-20s F (about –4.2 °C. In summer, the average July temperature is in the low 70s F (about 22.2 °C). It is not unusual to have summer days where the temperature exceeds 90 °F (32 °C) and the humidity is 100 %.
Unlike what most people in the world think, Toronto has 301 days of measurable sunshine, with December having the least days at 19.
The coldest temperature ever recorded in Toronto was -31.3°C (-24.3°F) on January 4, 1981. The wind-chill on that day was -44.7°C (-48.5°F), the coldest ever.
The highest temperatures ever recorded were 41°C (105°F) from July 7-9 in 1936.
Caribana Parade in Toronto is the longest Parade in North America. It hosts over 10,000 costumed performers over a 3.6-kilometers stretch. It starts at 10.00 am and ends at 8.00 pm.
The people of Toronto are certainly one of the most welcoming in the world. It’s the one city that feels like home away from home.
The top five visible minority groups in Toronto are South Asians (12% of the population), Chinese (11.4%), Black (8.4%), Filipino (4.1%), and Latin American (2.6%).
The multicultural population of the GTA is expected to reach 9 million people by 2036.
Toronto welcomes over 40 million visitors annually, with an overall visitor spending of $7.2 billion during their visits.
Over 180 languages and dialects are spoken in the city.
The city is also home to over 50 major attractions including art museums, heritage sites, cultural centres, and zoos. Hundreds of events, festivals, regattas, and marathons take place throughout the year.
The Toronto Zoo is the largest in Canada, with 16,000 animals calling it home. It rented two giant pandas from China in 2013 for $1 million per year. There’s an extra $200,000 charge each time a cub is born. That’s all on top of food, which can cost close to $200,000 a year.
The Toronto Islands are a very popular recreational destination and home to the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. Toronto Island lies on top of a 900-acre floating sandbag. Centre Island is also the place Babe Ruth hit his first professional home run.
There are over 1,600 named parks comprised of over 8,000 hectares of land and over 200 km of trails, many of which are suitable for biking and walking.
Toronto has a total of about 10 million trees, approximately 4 million of which are publicly-owned.
Toronto is the only Canadian city with representation in 7 major sports leagues.
The Rogers Centre is the first stadium in the world to have a fully retractable roof.
The Rogers Stadium, Toronto, Canada
There are 52 outdoor skating rinks in Toronto – open from the beginning of December until the end of February.
According to multiple sources, Toronto is the safest metropolitan area in North America.
The pacemaker is a life-saving device created by Winnipeg engineer John Hopps, who developed the first cardiac pacemaker in 1950 based on research from Dr. Wilfred G. Bigelow and Dr. John C. Callaghan at the Banting Institute in Toronto.
Toronto’s major contributions to technology include advancements in satellite communications, digital microwave transmission, and data distribution networks.
The PATH is the largest continuous underground shopping mall in North America, featuring over 1200 stores. According to Guinness World Records, it’s the world’s largest underground walkway.
The film industry in Toronto employs 28,000 jobs and brings in approximately $1.5 billion each year. Around 25% of Hollywood movies are filmed in Toronto.
The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir – Etobicoke, Toronto
The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) was originally called the “Festival of Festivals”.
The City of Toronto produces more than 30 annual festivals and cultural events.
Toronto’s 10 city-owned museums hold 147,000 artefacts and 1 million archaeological specimens in their historical collections.
There are 100 library branches across the city open for approximately 270,816 hours, with an estimated 19.3 million visits.
Toronto’s universities are world-renowned. The University of Toronto, McMaster, and Western are even included in the list of top 200 universities in the world.
A national icon, engineering Wonder, the CN Tower is Toronto’s is a “must-see” structure.
Toronto City Hall
There are around 160 completed skyscrapers in Toronto and 112 more are being constructed.
The Toronto Stock Exchange is the third-largest in North America and the 7th largest in the world.
The city is the second most business-friendly city in the world after Hong Kong.
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