As Canada’s biggest city, Toronto, home to 2.5 million people, is the 5th biggest city in North America. Although not the country’s capital, it is entrenched as the nation’s financial, communications and business hub, having the busiest Canadian port on the Great Lakes and being a major centre for banking, manufacturing and publishing. Since World War II the city has been melted by successive waves of Portuguese, Greek, Italian, Latin-American, Chinese, Indian, Caribbean and South-East Asian immigrants; 1 out of every 4 Canadian immigrants settles in Toronto, and there are a lot of them. Seemingly tolerance is a reigning virtue in the city, as it seems to be in Canada itself.
TO || Little NYC?
Close your eyes and you could be in New York City. I’d heard that about Toronto – TO if you’re cool – before arriving in the city and it’s true. It’s little wonder then that the city is commonly used as a backdrop for NYC in many Hollywood movies. But it’s not a fair comparison; TO is much smaller than NYC & a lot more manageable for the tourist. A lot of the city’s main attractions – The CN Tower, The Rogers Centre, Old City Hall in Nathan Philips Square, St. Lawrence Market, Yonge Street, the city’s main north-south artery, & The NHL Hall of Fame – are within a few blocks of each other in the Downtown area, in or around the scenically refurbished Harbour Front. This means you could conceivably ‘do’ Toronto in a day, good if you only have a few hours in the city. And if you happen to be in the city on a bitterly cold winter day, as today was, then you can fight off hypothermia by utilising the city’s awesome 5 kilometer PATH system, Downtown Toronto’s underground pedestrian walkway, an accidental labyrinth of mostly underground corridors connecting many downtown sights and department stores. They don’t have one of those in NYC. Go Toronto!