Toronto is a Canadian city, which serves as the provincial capital of Ontario. It is located on the northwestern shore of Lake Ontario, at the heart of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). The economic capital of Canada, Toronto houses the seventh largest stock exchange in the world. The city forms a part of the Golden Horseshoe, a densely-populated region in south-central Ontario. A cosmopolitan and international city, it has foreign-born residents making up more than 50 percent of its population. More than 80 different cultures exist in Toronto, with over 100 languages and dialects being spoken here. Read on and get some more fun and interesting facts about Toronto.
Fun & Interesting Facts about Toronto
- Toronto is the largest city in Canada.
- Toronto is the fifth-most populous municipality in North America.
- Toronto is the capital city of the province of Ontario.
- As per OECD 2003, Toronto is the city with the highest percentage of university educations, than in any other country in the world.
- Toronto is the largest financial centre in Canada.
- Toronto is the fourth largest economic centre in North America.
- Toronto is the cultural, educational, entertainment, financial, high tech, commercial as well as industrial centre of Canada.
- The Police Force of Toronto is amongst the most efficient, friendly and respected police forces in the world.
- Toronto is one of the most peaceful, large and cosmopolitan cities in the world.
- Toronto is home to the Canadian headquarters of all foreign banks.
- All major Canadian banks have their world headquarters in downtown Toronto.
- The one and only real castle in North America is in Toronto.
- Toronto islands do not permit the entry of private vehicles. You have to take public ferry boats, crossing the Toronto harbor, to reach them.
- Niagara Falls is just an hour’s drive from Toronto.
- Toronto is home to CN Tower, the tallest free-standing structure of the world, at 553.33 m.
- More people live in Toronto than in Canada's four Atlantic Provinces combined.
- Toronto is located along Lake Ontario, one of the largest freshwater lakes in the world.
- There are as many as 1,500 parks in Toronto, including sports parks, trails, recreation centers and botanical gardens & conservatories.
- The longest street in the world - Yonge Street, is in Toronto.
- Toronto's first commercial batch of ice cream was sold in May 1893.
- The Toronto Stock Exchange is the seventh largest stock exchange of the world.
- Toronto has been rated as one of the world's most livable cities, by the Economist Intelligence Unit and the Mercer Quality of Living Survey.
- In 2006, Toronto was ranked as the most expensive Canadian city to live in.
- The residents of Toronto are called Torontonians.
- Toronto ranks 3rd in TV and film production and 2nd in export of TV programming, in North America.
- Around 40 percent of Canadian companies on Fortune's Global 500 are based in Toronto.