May 6, 2013

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Toronto at a Glance

Toronto is a growing, multicultural city that sits on the north shore of Lake Ontario. The city of Toronto has a population of about 2.5 million people and the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) has about 5.1 million.

• Toronto is the capital of the province of Ontario.
• Toronto is the largest city in Canada.
• Toronto is the fifth largest city in North America (after Mexico City, New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago).
• Canada’s financial centre - The Toronto Stock Exchange is North America's third largest stock exchange by value traded
• Centrally located between Chicago and New York, Toronto is roughly parallel with Boston and Northern California.
• Half of Toronto’s population was born outside Canada; 200 different ethnic origins are represented with 130 languages and dialects spoken.
• Toronto has the longest street in the world, Yonge St., which starts in Toronto and ends 1896 km (1178 miles) later in Rainy River, Ontario.
• Toronto is home to North America's largest continuous underground pedestrian system, PATH, connecting 1200 stores and restaurants, 50 office towers, five subway stations, Union Station, and six major hotels. PATH holds the Guinness World Record for "Biggest Underground Shopping Complex".
• Toronto is made up of dozens of ethnic neighborhoods including five Chinatowns, Kensington Market, Greektown, two Little Italy’s, Little India, and Koreatown.
• Toronto has more than 9000 restaurants.
• Toronto has more than 38,000 hotel rooms.
• Toronto has 125 museums and galleries.
• Its primary airport, Toronto Pearson International Airport, is Canada’s busiest and has more daily flights into the U.S. than any other airport in the world.
• The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) is a vast network of subways, streetcars, and buses that service about 1.5 million passengers daily.
• Toronto boasts 71 Business Improvement Areas (BIA), including the first ever, the Bloor West BIA, formed in 1970.

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