A 200,000 strong student population ensures there’s never a dull moment in North America’s fourth-largest city. With 200 nations represented – speaking some 140 languages – Toronto is also the most multiculturally diverse place on the planet. Remarkably most of its inhabitants seem to get along pretty well.
Toronto is often called the New York of Canada and it’s not hard to see why. Aside from the high-rise skyline and grid system of roads, this is a fast-paced city that pulses 24-7, full of hip hotels, ultra-cool bars, amazing street art, eclectic festivals and an adventurous and constantly evolving food scene. Yet it still manages to remain relaxed, liveable and remarkably friendly.
Toronto is filled with impressive sites and attractions that are well-known to visitors and locals alike. There’s the CN Tower, the world’s tallest building until 2009 when it was overtaken by Dubai’s Burj Khalifa. For the ultimate thrill, harness up for a walk on top of its restaurant roof. Also well worth a visit are Ripley’s Aquarium with its 20,000 aquatic inhabitants, the Frank Gehry–redesigned Art Gallery of Ontario and the historic St Lawrence Market, a great place to tap into Canada’s globally renowned food scene.
Check out too the botanical paradise that is Edwards Gardens where you can enjoy a leisurely stroll and a spot of chipmunk spotting, and the curious and fantastical Casa Loma, a Gothic Revival castle built in the early twentieth century. At The Monkey’s Paw bookstore meanwhile, you’ll not only find an amazing collection of tomes but the Biblo-Mat, a unique coin-operated vending machine that dispenses randomly-selected antiquarian books!
A city with four distinctive seasons, the best times to visit Toronto are late April through May and September through October.
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