The city's mosaic of different nationalities has created a dynamic microcosm, making Toronto the cultural heart of English Canada. From Rosedale to Cabbagetown, from the Annex to Greektown, from the Beaches to Little Italy and the many different areas of Chinatown, Toronto's neighbourhoods are its main attractions. Each of these areas is an absolute delight to discover.
Proximity to a major body of water is an important asset to most cities, and Toronto is no exception. Ferries transport passengers back and forth to the Toronto Islands Park. The dock is just behind the Harbour Castle Westin Hotel. The Toronto Islands are the ideal spot to relax, catch a little sun, go for a bike ride or in-line skate, take a stroll, or go for a swim.
Harbourfront Centre is one of Toronto's most
exciting areas. Apart from the pretty little cafés and the numerous shops, a variety of
shows and cultural events are also held here. The SkyDome is the pride of Toronto, and
the first sports stadium in the world with a fully retractable roof.
This area is the heart of Toronto, extending from Adelaide Street to the north to Front Street in the south, and between University Avenue to the west and Yonge Street to the east. Here majestic buildings adorned with cornices, porticos and other ornaments stand alongside towers of steel and glass. All are occupied by the headquarters of Canadian financial institutions.
Queen Street West
In 1965, the municipal administration of Toronto moved out of its Victorian city hall and into New City Hall. This modernist masterpiece quickly gained a certain notoriety and became as symbolic of Toronto as the CN Tower. Stretching out in front of New City Hall is Nathan Phillips Square, a vast public space with a large pool of water straddled by three arches, which is transformed into a skating rink in the winter.
Chinatown and Kensington
The intersection of Spadina and Dundas streets is the
heart of Toronto's Chinatown. The best time to explore the fascinating tea shops,
herbalists and Chinese grocers is on Sunday, when the sounds of Cantonese pop music, the
mounds of fresh vegetables, the racks of roasted duck and the smell of ginseng tea
transport you to another world. Sunday is when most Chinese families head out for
brunch, though they call it dim sum, and there are no scrambled eggs or baked beans on
Situated in the centre of Queen's Park on University Avenue is the
Ontario Provincial Parliament. It was designed in the neo-romanesque style by architect
Richard A. Waite of Buffalo, who is also responsible for several other Canadian
North of Toronto
The Ontario Science Centre houses 650 different expositions. The centre is sure to be a big hit with kids of all ages, since it features many hands-on exhibits and experiments.
For a long time, Toronto had a
reputation of being somewhat boring. This is certainly no longer the case, as it is now
one Canada's most culturally diverse and dynamic cities. In addition to its thriving
cultural scene, there are plenty of bars, nightclubs and pubs -- enough to suit just
about everyone's taste.
Where on earthSituated on the shores of Lake Ontario, Toronto benefits from an exceptional location. The Aboriginals who inhabited this region for more than 10,000 years were well aware of the advantages of this site, which the Hurons called Toronto (meeting place): its excellent natural port and easy access to Lake Ontario and Lake Huron.