Toronto is the most populous city in Canada, and the capital of the province of Ontario. In 2011, Toronto had a population of 2,615,060, making it the fourth most populous city in North America, after Mexico City, New York City, and Los Angeles. The Greater Toronto Area (GTA) is the most populous metropolitan area in Canada with 5,583,064 people living in the census metropolitan area as of 2011. Classified as an alpha global city by the GaWC, Toronto is an international centre of business, finance, arts, and culture.
Toronto is a prominent centre for music, theatre, 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, festival 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, in particular the tallest free-standing structure in the Western Hemisphere, the CN Tower.
As Canada’s commercial capital, the city is home to the Toronto Stock Exchange, the headquarters of Canada’s five largest banks, and the headquarters of many large Canadian and multinational corporations. Its economy is highly diversified with strengths in technology, design, financial services, life sciences, education, arts, fashion, business services, environmental innovation, food services, and tourism. Toronto is placed among the Global Leaders in the Global Financial Centres Index, and is also consistently rated as one of the world’s most liveable cities by the Economist Intelligence Unit and the Mercer Quality of Living Survey.
We The North
Toronto is home to six professional sports teams and many deluxe sporting facilities. The city is a sport lover’s paradise that hosts major annual sporting events such as the Bell Canadian Open, the Rogers Cup, and the Honda Indy. Toronto also hosted the 2015 Pan/Para-Pan American Games. Sporting events across the city are routinely sold out, but compared to other global cities, ticket prices are affordable and venues can be easily accessed by public transport.
Torontonians are among the most loyal and enthusiastic sports fans on the continent. Along with generating the greatest revenues of any team in the National Hockey League (Toronto Maple Leafs), Toronto is the only city in Canada with both a National Basketball Association (Toronto Raptors), and a Major League Baseball team (Toronto Blue Jays). Fans can also cheer on the Toronto Football Club (Major League Soccer), the Toronto Rock (National Lacrosse League), or the Toronto Argonauts (Canadian Football League) at one of the city’s many year-round sporting events.
Teams in Toronto
- Hockey: Toronto Maple Leafs | Air Canada Centre
- Baseball: Toronto Blue Jays | Rogers Centre
- Basketball: Toronto Raptors | Air Canada Centre
- Football (CFL): Toronto Agronauts | Rogers Centre
- Soccer: Toronto FC | BMO Field
- Lacrosse: Toronto Rock | Air Canada Centre
Our Surrounding Areas
An international destination of choice, Montréal is easily accessed by land, water and air. Daytime, nighttime, anytime, Montréal’s downtown is alive and kicking. It’s not called centre-ville for nothing: the downtown core is the very heart of the city that pulsates with the vibrant energy of its diverse inhabitants. Quick, safe and clean, the metro connects downtown to major tourism attractions, as well as to numerous bus stops and train stations. In addition, cycling enthusiasts enjoy 450 kilometres of bicycle paths, many of which lead to major tourist areas.
Ottawa is blessed with an abundance of attractions that will enliven your visit no matter the time of year. Bask in the city’s wealth of historic landmarks — from the iconic Parliament Buildings to the Rideau Canal — all located within its downtown core; marvel at the architectural wonders that house national museums and galleries, before taking in their world-class exhibitions; and, soak in Ottawa’s natural beauty, the perfect backdrop for your next outdoor adventure.
Niagara offers a variety of things to do, while on your vacation visit our main tourist areas: Clifton Hill, Falls Ave, Victoria-Centre, Fallsview and Lundy’s Lane. The sights and sounds of Niagara Falls attractions aim to dazzle and thrill you – from helicopter rides and indoor skydiving to an amazing aviary and games galore at places like the Skylon Tower. Many of the attractions are nearby Niagara hotels, and within a short walk of each other while many of the theme parks, water parks, shows, scenic rides and towers with a view are just a leisurely drive away.
Equi-distant from Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa, where the St. Lawrence River meets Lake Ontario and the Rideau Canal (a UNESCO World Heritage site) – Kingston is a stunning, historic city that consistently ranks as one of the best places to live in Canada. Kingston is home to Queen’s University, the Royal Military College of Canada and St. Lawrence College, Fort Henry and the Kingston Fortifications, the resting-place of Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada’s first Prime Minister, a healthy and bustling downtown core offering a variety of independent shops and superb restaurants as well as beautiful parks, trails and strolls steeped in history,
Algonquin National Park
The essence of Algonquin is in its vast interior of maple hills, rocky ridges, and thousands of lakes. The only way to explore the interior of this park is by canoe or on foot. Here you can enjoy camping at one of eight campgrounds, hike one of 14 trails, take part in extensive Natural Heritage Education programs, and visit Algonquin’s exceptional Visitor Centre, Logging Museum and Art Centre. Algonquin offers amazing moose viewing opportunities along Highway 60 as the moose are attracted to roadside salt left after the winter sanding operations and outstanding bird watching opportunities throughout the park with spring arrivals and migrants.
Stratford is a destination internationally renowned as one of North America’s great arts towns. A short, scenic drive from Toronto or London, Stratford makes a great day trip or weekend getaway. The beautiful City celebrates a vibrant art and music scene, our famed theatre, modern recreational facilities and a variety of recreational programs. Preserved 19th-century architecture and acres of parks and gardens (along its own Avon River, no less) are certain to charm. Stratford has also gained a reputation for culinary creativity, showcased at some of the finest restaurants in the country.