Toronto is the most populous city in Canada, and the capital of the province of Ontario. Toronto is a bustling, cosmopolitan city. It is the business center of Canada and shares many recreational and cultural facilities with millions of visitors each year. Toronto is also the Canadian center for education, technology, entertainment, and industry. Toronto is located on Lake Ontario, the 8th largest freshwater lake in the World, and has over 1500 parks, including sports parks, trails, recreation centers and botanical gardens and conservatories.
English-Canadian is the official language in Toronto, but over 100 other languages are also spoken by immigrant minorities. Toronto has one of the most ethnically-diverse populations in the World.
Toronto is a prominent center for music, theater, motion picture production, and television production, and is home to the headquarters of Canada's major national broadcast networks and media outlets. Its varied cultural institutions, which include numerous museums, festivals and public events, entertainment districts, national historic sites, and sports activities, are key attractions to the over 25 million tourists that visit the city every year. Toronto is well known for its skyscrapers and high-rise buildings.
St. Lawrence Market
In the centre of historic Old Town Toronto, close to the hub of today's downtown sits the St. Lawrence Market Complex - three buildings that have served as Toronto's social centre, City Hall and marketplace throughout the City's history. The south market building with its restaurants, artisans and specialty food vendors offering visitors the unique and lively atmosphere of an authentic farmers market; the Market Galley with changing exhibits dedicated to Toronto's art, culture and history; and the Market Kitchen with cooking classes for all ages and abilities. In the north market building the farmers' market where farmers arrive every Saturday at dawn to sell their meat, cheese and produce, just as they have been for more than 200 years. The St. Lawrence Hall, which contains the magnificent Great Hall, continues to be Toronto's favourite site for social and business functions.
Harbourfront Centre is a year-round facility, featuring concerts, dance performances, readings, films and kids' shows every weekend and many weeknights throughout the year. The centre puts a large emphasis on culturally diverse acts, and the corporate community's involvement enables an incredible draw of international talent. Harbourfront Centre has several major venues for music, dance and cultural events, in and around two major multi-use buildings. The Queens Quay Terminal houses a wide variety of shops and services. The York Quay Centre houses an art gallery, installations, the Lakeside Terrace, a patio and an information booth. There is also a large pond that doubles as a seasonal, outdoor skating rink.
Rogers Centre (formerly the Skydome), situated close to Lake Ontario and the CN Tower, the world's first multipurpose retractable domed stadium, and now a defining part of the Toronto skyline.
Home to the Toronto Blue Jays and the CFL's Toronto Argonauts, Rogers Centre has already had its share of sports milestones - especially the baseball memories of '92 and '93. The dome also hosts various sporting events, concerts and trade shows. It is also home to Roundhouse Park, which is located just outside gate five. The park is a perfect venue for a variety of pre-game events, including concerts, picnics and barbecues.
- The roof moves at a rate of 71 feet (21 metres) per minute and takes 20 minutes to open or close. When the roof is open, 100% of the field and 91% of the seats are uncovered.
- Rogers Centre is the only facility in the world to wash 37,000 seats in addition to all areas of the stadium after each event. It takes 14 people 8 hours to complete.
- With the roof closed, a 31-storey building could fit inside.
Medieval Times Toronto
Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament is a living link to the past where the glory, chivalry and valor of old burst to life in authentic tournament action. While guests enjoy a four-course banquet served medieval style, six brave knights compete in games of skill astride magnificent Andalusian stallions. Lances splinter against steel shields, broad swords spark and a champion emerges, to the cheers of the enthusiastic crowd. The spectacle unfolds nightly inside a fully enclosed European-style castle.
Fort York National Historic Site
The site of the 1813 Battle of York and the birthplace of modern Toronto, Fort York is home to Canada's largest collection of original War of 1812 buildings which now house exhibits and restored period room settings.
Nathan Phillips Square
Located in front of City Hall, Nathan Phillips Square is an events landmark in the centre of the city. During the summer, the square is in motion daily, with people watching concerts and dance performances, viewing art at outdoor exhibitions, shopping for fresh produce at the farmers' market one afternoon a week, attending weekly children's events or sitting mesmerized by the fountain, eating lunch. The Peace Garden is a small green haven in the square, ideal for quiet contemplation or reading. In the winter months, the reflecting pool becomes a skating rink, with skates available for rental.