Toronto is the most populous city in Canada with over 6.2 million people, and is part of a larger combined region in Southern Ontario known as the Golden Horseshoe, totaling over 8.1 million residents making up 25% of Canada’s population. Toronto is the fifth largest city in North America.
The city has a humid climate with warm, humid summers and cold winters. Precipitation is fairly evenly distributed throughout the year, but summer is usually the wettest season, the bulk falling during thunderstorms. There can be periods of dry weather, but drought-like conditions are rare.
Where to Go?
The CN Tower – It is the world’s tallest free – standing structure for more than 30 years. The 1,815 feet building attracts millions of tourists looking for a bird’s eye view of Toronto and the surrounding areas. Those people with a brave heart can stand on glass elevator to the 1,122 foot high indoor/outdoor observation deck where a portion of the floor is transparent. Instead of buying your admission ticket, you could also make a reservation at the tower’s top-floor restaurant to get the view.
Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) – It is the largest museum of world culture and natural history and the fifth largest museum in North America. It has more than 6 million items and over 40 galleries art, archaeology and natural science, the ROM offers up a world of interest and fun. It has notable collections of dinosaurs, Near Eastern and African art, East Asian art, European history, and Canadian history. It contains the world’s largest collection of fossils from the Burgess Shale with more than 150,000 specimens. It has also hosted many travelling exhibits. Even if you don’t step inside the ROM, it’s worth checking out the bizarre, jagged glass exterior that tends to either delight. A discovery gallery at the ROM and other interactive exhibits mean everyone’s senses get a workout and kids stay interested.
Hockey Hall of Fame – The Hockey Hall of Fame holds the largest collection of hockey memorabilia in the world. It has 15 full of interactive exhibits that put kids or adults in the heat of NHL action covering 57,000 square feet (5,300 m2). It houses the greatest prize in hockey, the Stanley Cup.
The Toronto Zoo – It is Canada’s largest zoo that boasts over 5000 animals from more than 500 species and has more than 10km of walking trails and encompasses 287 hectares (or 710 acres). You can get closer to the animals but you can also feel the zoo’s mandate to inspire folks to love, respect and protect wildlife and wild spaces. Their newest baby polar bear was also out and dancing about and the wonderful time to visit it in its Tundra Trek home is on winter season.
What to Eat?
Numerous other world cuisines are available throughout the city reflecting Toronto’s size and multicultural diversity. Different ethnic neighborhoods throughout the city focus on specific cuisines, such as authentic Chinese and Vietnamese found in the city’s six Chinatowns, Korean in Koreatown, Greek on The Danforth, Italian cuisine in Little Italy and Corso Italia, and Indian in Little India.
Toronto’s large Jewish population has also ensured a variety of Jewish restaurants and delis, with varying adherence to kosher rules. In addition to ethnic cuisines, Toronto is also home to many fine dining establishments and chain restaurants ranging from fast food to casual or upscale dining. Perhaps one of the most iconic and distinct Toronto offerings is the peameal bacon sandwich, normally on a Kaiser. The most famous offerings of the sandwich are Paddington’s Pump, Sausage King, and Carousel Bakery; coincidentally enough, all are located at St. Lawrence Market.