Toronto is proud to be the complex, imaginative, and balanced sum of its pieces. It is urban and sophisticated, optimistic and welcoming, with a dash of unpredictable nature thrown in for good measure.
The area's pillars are illustrated in a variety of areas, including over 200 communities on the sidewalks. (The fact that there are three Chinatowns and two Little Italys says a lot.) It's one of the reasons why the food scene has become so popular—there are more items to pull from the pantry. Toronto is a satisfying ultimate destination as well as a perfect rest stop, with four world-class sporting teams, a diverse cultural community, and a thriving coastline with its own airport.
Taking a ferry to the Toronto Islands if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of Canada's largest port. This array of islands and islets complements the city's skyscraper-shaped mainland with a soft green touch. The three islands, Centre, Ward's, and Algonquin, are linked together, meaning you won't have to think about getting on and off the boat to explore the place thoroughly. Each main island has something different to offer.
The St. Lawrence Market, located in Toronto's historic Old Town, has been through several transformations since its inception in the 17th century. In addition to serving as a grocery, the St. Lawrence Market has also served as a cultural center for the neighborhood and the City Hall. At the moment, the market sells gourmet cured meats on one end and hand-made jewelry on the other.
Earlier in the 1800s, this waterfront neighborhood was home to the Gooderham and Worts Distillery, Canada's largest distillery operation. This old pedestrian-only neighborhood is now home to art galleries, music clubs, pubs, restaurants, and even a brewery, surrounded by industrial-style Victorian houses and once lined with cobblestone on horse-drawn carriages. This is the spot to get a real understanding of Toronto's past. Throughout the year, attend festivals and sporting activities, take an art lesson, or sit back, relax, and enjoy traditional Canadian brewing.
This 10-acre resort, located all along the shores of Lake Ontario, has transformed from a dead end freight port into a luxurious village buzzing with hundreds of things to do. Demolished buildings have been converted into theaters and an art museum, building an atmosphere akin to San Francisco's Pier 39 and Baltimore's Inner Harbor.
From May to October is the best time to visit Toronto because the sun is out, the café patios are buzzing, and traffic is on the highway after a long winter indoors. June, July, and August are typically hot and humid, with 30°F feeling like 40°F. Over the summer, people would leave town for their cottages, bringing the city streets (and restaurant chairs) with them. Summer is when many of the city's festivals are held, with themes ranging from food and drink to the arts and theater, multiculturalism, music, and film. The climate does not simply turn off on August 31; in September, children return to kindergarten, adults return to work, and the sidewalks and shops reopen.
Area: 630.2 km²
Population: 29.3 lakhs (2017) United Nations