Are you looking forward to being able to enjoy Toronto’s sights without having to spend hours waiting in line? Well then prepare to be amazed! You might already know some of these interesting things about our beautiful city, but did you know that…
There are more than 200 parks and playgrounds within the GTA.
That makes them one of the largest park systems in North America. And if you’re on your way home from work or school, stop by a local park for an impromptu picnic with friends.
The Humber River Valley is Canada’s most densely populated green corridor
much of it has been designated as protected lands. So take advantage of this beautiful area whenever you can – whether it’s to explore the urban forests, visit historic sites, go camping, bird watching, or just relax under the blue sky. With over 2 billion liters of water flowing through its pipes every day, Toronto has the highest amount of public tap-water supply in North America.
Did you know there are over 6,000 trees planted along the Gardiner Expressway alone? They add up to nearly 1 million trees in all — so why not get out and walk, run, bike, rollerblade, skateboard, or simply stroll past them on your commute?
If you think Toronto looks like a huge maze, you’re right!
It’s called the “Maze of Streets & Homes” because that’s how many different ways it spreads across 700 square kilometers.
Torontonians love their sports.
Every year, we host hundreds of events at both professional and amateur levels. If you’d like to try something new, why not try inline skating, swimming, jogging, hiking, biking, horseback riding, soccer, rugby, football (soccer), baseball, softball, cricket, volleyball, tennis, basketball, lacrosse, hockey, golf, bowling, ultimate frisbee, curling, archery, cross country running, triathlon, diving, rowing, canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing, slacklining, snowsports, and even kiteboarding!
Toronto houses two universities:
York University and Ryerson University. These institutions offer courses that cover everything from fashion design to engineering, computing, architecture, medicine, law, business administration, education, journalism, fine arts, computer science, dance, film studies, music production, theatre, creative writing, marketing, psychology, chemistry, biology, physics, environmental sciences, international relations, languages, literature, sociology, anthropology, criminology, history, political science, economics, mathematics, statistics, geophysics, geography, religious studies, philosophy, and linguistics.
From recycling to gardening, they’re eager to share their time and knowledge. Plus, they help keep us safe during emergencies.
We have over 400 farmer’s markets throughout the GTA.
This means lots of fresh produce and amazing specialty food, vendors. Whether you want to shop for organic fruits and vegetables, artisan bread, locally made cheeses, seasonal pies, exotic spices, unique teas, handmade soap, flowers, herbs, meats, jams, honey, gourmet foods, gifts, crafts, clothing, accessories, books, toys, candles, crystals, rocks, gemstones, minerals, jewelry, artwork, antiques, collectibles, or anything else you can imagine…there will be a market near you where you can buy it.
A lot of our parks include walking trails, bike paths, playgrounds, pavilions, dog-run zones, splash pads, community gardens, ponds, wetlands, waterfalls, fountains, sculptures, and much more. With over 50% green space within city limits, outdoor activities are part of life here.
There are 12 official languages in Canada:
English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Russian, Polish, Ukrainian, Czech, Slovakian, Hungarian, Finnish, and Swedish. The most common language spoken in the Greater Golden Horseshoe is undoubtedly English. However, the fact remains that an astonishing 40% of Canadians speak another language as well.
While Toronto has its fair share of skyscrapers.
It also boasts a few buildings taller than 500 feet. One such example is the CN Tower, which holds the title of being the tallest free-standing structure in the world. Other notable examples include Harbour Front Centre, Scotiabank Arena, Rogers Centre, Air Canada Centre, Roy Thomson Hall, Metro Convention Center, Ontario Science Centre, Royal Ontario Museum, Art Gallery of Ontario, Distillery District Park, Woodbine Racetrack & Casino, Casa Loma, Bayshore Discovery Place, Downsview Park, Centennial College, and many others. Some of these buildings were built before World War II, while some are brand new.
Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) takes place every September/October.
TIFF showcases Canadian and International films from all genres and styles. It provides attendees with a chance to see some of today’s best movies up close and personal. Toronto hosts many big events throughout the year such as the Pan Am Games, Caribana Festival, Pride Week, and International Jazz Day.
Toronto is home to numerous museums, galleries, and cultural centers.
They provide visitors with tours, exhibits, lectures, seminars, art classes, festivals, workshops, performances, demonstrations, and so much more. These places help educate the public about different cultures, traditions, historical events, scientific advances, and other topics.
You don’t need to go far to find something fun to do around town. Just turn on your TV, radio, smartphone, tablet, laptop, PC, console, etc., any electronic device with internet access, and check out what Toronto can offer you.