About The Fine City Of Toronto
Just as the country it sits in is billed as “America light,” the city of Toronto is known as a kinder, gentler version of New York City. Boasting over 2.5 million residents, Toronto is the capital of the province of Ontario and the largest city in Canada. It is also the fifth most populous city in North America. Toronto is also the country's economic powerhouse and home to the Toronto Stock Exchange.
Though it is said that Toronto's climate is moderate, experiencing a Canadian winter might change your mind. Torontonians are a hearty lot having grown accustomed to wind chill factors often falling below zero and lake effect snow blowing in off Lake Ontario. Frigid, brutal winter weather is the norm.
In terms of lifestyle, the city is rather expensive to live in, but, no doubt, well worth it. The same can be said for any major metropolis. Sure, the cost of living might be high, but at least a couple million people want to live there. It is consistently voted one of the world's most livable cities.
The art scene in Toronto is quite expansive and impressive. Toronto is a thriving international city that attracts artists, writers, musicians and other notable persons from all over the world. Like most major cities, Toronto has quite a variety of ear, eye and mind candy to experience and enjoy. In terms of culture, exposure to museums, art galleries, theater, the symphony, etc. is literally at your doorstep.
The city also hosts the Toronto International Film Festival which draws major celebrities and lots of media attention each year.
Oh and if you are into sports and I certainly am not, they have fine sports teams and athletic events and arenas to host them in as well.
Toronto is a great melting pot of people from various socio economic and ethnic backgrounds. The diversity of the environment offers many opportunities to experience a different taste of the city's flavor each day.
Much can also be said for the appeal of the city's architecture. Old school Toronto's architecture has its own distinct and authentic look and feel. Known as bay and gable, this architectural style is unique to the city of Toronto and is much celebrated. The classic bay and gable design is a two story red brick semi-detached structure and is one of the most popular designs of the late nineteenth and the early twentieth century in Toronto.
Having survived the ravages of the War of 1812 when the city was basically ransacked and the two fires of 1894 and 1904, the city of Toronto has made a triumphant comeback and it appears that for this cosmopolitan center the best is yet to come.
Enjoy your Stay in Toronto
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