- City Guide - Toronto
Welcome to Toronto – to capital of Ontario!
Toronto is located on the northwest shore of Lake Ontario and is home to more than 2.5 million people. Its’ history dates back to the late 18th century, when it was first purchased by the British Monarchy, and was originally named “Town of York” – and proclaimed itself the capital of Upper Canada.
Toronto is a major international centre for both business and finance. It is generally considered the financial capital of Canada, and has a high concentration of banks and brokerage firms on both Bay Street and in the Financial District. Toronto is also home to The Toronto Stock Exchange, which is the seventh largest in the world. It is also home of the five largest financial institutions of Canada, collectively known as the Big Five, which all have headquarters in Toronto.
Toronto has something to offer everyone – whether your are travelling, visiting family and friends, or want to raise a family.
Toronto is home to – what is considered by Food and Wine Magazine – one of the world’s 25 best food markets. The market boasts more than 50 gourmet food vendors, dozens of lunch counters, and countless fresh food tables. The market also hosts several festivals and events every year – making it a must see for anyone in the area.
Some of the more notable attractions in Toronto are; The CN Tower, The Eaton Centre, Harbourfront, The Rogers Centre, Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, Canada’s Wonderland, Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), The Toronto Zoo, Ontario Science Centre, Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), Caribbean Carnival and Winterlicious – just to name a few.
Visitors will never run out of things to do – or places to stay. Toronto offers more than 32,000 hotel rooms throughout the city, 7,000 restaurants, countless bars & pubs, shopping galore and beautiful scenery to drink in.
Let the capital of Ontario capture your heart – Toronto is the place to be!