Toronto reminds me of a cross between New York City and San Francisco with is diverse population and cuisine, neighborhoods that allow you to experience different parts of the world without ever leaving Toronto, tall buildings that appear to almost touch the sky, street cars, laid back atmosphere, and beautiful architecture. When I wasn’t attending travel conference sessions and networking events, I was trying new food, meeting new people, and exploring the city on foot capturing the beauty of Toronto to share with you.
- Toronto is the 5th largest city in North America (after Mexico City, New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago).
- Canada’s financial centre – The Toronto Stock Exchange – is North America’s 3rd largest stock exchange by value traded.
- Half of Toronto’s population was born outside Canada; 200 different ethnic origins are represented with 130 languages and dialects spoken.
- Toronto has the longest street in the world, Yonge Street (in photo above), which starts in Toronto and ends 1,896 kilometres (1,178 miles) later in Rainy River, Ontario
- Toronto has over 9,000 restaurants (may need to start using that gym membership you bought after going a a yummy food tour)
- There are over 70 film festivals held in more than 20 languages every year.
- Legendary baseball player Babe Ruth hit his first professional home run in Toronto on September 5, 1914. He was playing for the minor league AAA team the Providence Grays against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Island Stadium, which stood on Hanlan’s Point, near where the Island Airport is now. The ball landed in the bay.
- St. Lawrence Market is the oldest continually operated market on the same site in North America. There has been a market on the site since 1803.
- Ernest Hemingway’s first job was at the Toronto Star in the 1920s.
- The Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre is the world’s last operating double-decker theatre with two separate and distinctive stacked theatres. It was built in 1913, and is celebrating 100 years this year, and houses the largest collection of vaudeville scenery.
Did any of these surprise you? I think it’s time to add Toronto to your list to destinations to explore!
Until Next Time! -xo AGT