Toronto is the provincial capital city of Ontario and the largest city in Canada. Toronto city is located on the northwestern shore of Lake Ontario.
Toronto is considered an alpha world city by the Globalization and World Cities (GaWC) study group.
Toronto contains more corporate headquarters than any other Canadian city, including those of Canada’s five largest banks. According to Forbes, Toronto is the tenth-most economically powerful city in the world. The cost of living in Toronto was ranked highest in Canada in 2011.Toronto is one of the world’s top international tourist destinations. Toronto city’s most prominent landmark is the CN Tower, which once stood as the tallest free-standing land structure in the world at 553 metres (1,814 ft).The Royal Ontario Museum is a major museum for world culture and natural history. The Toronto Zoo, one of the largest in the world, is home to over 5,000 animals representing over 460 distinct species.The Art Gallery of Ontario contains a large collection of Canadian, European, African and contemporary artwork, and also plays host to exhibits from museums and galleries all over the world.The Gardiner Museum of ceramic art is the only museum in Canada entirely devoted to ceramics, and the Museum’s collection contains more than 2,900 ceramic works from Asia, the Americas, and Europe.
The Bata Shoe Museum features many unique exhibitions focused on footwear throughout history. Textile Museum of Canada possesses another niche collection of great quality and interest.Other prominent art galleries and museums include Design Exchange, Museum of Inuit Art, TIFF Bell Lightbox, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Institute for Contemporary Culture, Toronto Sculpture Garden, CBC Museum, TD Gallery of Inuit Art and the future Aga Khan Museum. The city also runs its own museums, which includes the Spadina House.The Canadian National Exhibition is held annually at Exhibition Place, and it is the oldest annual fair in the world. It is Canada’s largest annual fair and the fifth largest in North America, with an average attendance of 1.25 million.
The Yorkville neighbourhood is one of Toronto’s most elegant shopping and dining areas. You will spot many celebrities from all over North America in the area, especially during the Toronto International Film Festival.
The Distillery District, Queen West, Harbourfront, the Entertainment District, the Financial District, and the St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood are also popular areas for tourists. The Eaton Centre is one of North America’s top shopping destinations, and Toronto’s most popular tourist attraction.
Greektown on the Danforth, is a peculiar attraction of Toronto boasting the highest concentrations of restaurants per kilometre in the world.It is also home to the annual “Taste of the Danforth” festival which attracts over one million people in 2½ days. Toronto is also home to Canada’s most famous “castle” – Casa Loma, the former estate of Sir Henry Pellatt, a prominent Toronto financier, industrialist and military man. Other notable neighbourhoods and attractions include The Beaches, the Toronto Islands, Kensington Market, Fort York, and the Hockey Hall of Fame.