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Toronto is the largest city in Canada and the provincial capital of Ontario. It is located in Southern Ontario on the northwestern shore of Lake Ontario. If you look on a map, you will be very surprised at how far south it is, dipping in appearance into the United States. With over 2.5 million residents, it is the fifth most populous municipality in North America and ethnicity abounds.

Toronto is part of a densely populated region in Southern Ontario known as the Golden Horseshoe. When I lived there the largest ethnic group was Italian, but now is Chinese. However, over 200 languages are spoken, making Toronto one of the most diverse cities in North America. It can be honestly said that Toronto's population is both cosmopolitan and international, reflecting its role as an important destination for immigrants and visitors alike. About 49% of the population was born outside of Canada.

Because of the city's low crime rates, clean environment, high standard of living, and friendly attitude to diversity; Toronto is consistently rated as one of the world's most livable cities in which to live and to visit. Residents of Toronto are called Torontonians. Be a Torontonian for a day or a week and enjoy all Toronto has to offer.

If you are from the U.S you, no doubt, have noticed, everything written in English and Spanish. I was surprised to find everything in Toronto written in English and French.... the two official languages of Canada.

A trip to Toronto would not be complete without a trip to one of Canada's tallest buildings. The Toronto-Dominion Centre, with over three acres of outdoor courtyard and plaza space, was designed as a place for people to gather. Look for the "bronze cows". An unexpected delight. Directly connected to the TD Centre, is the underground city. Contact Guest Services at 416-864-6448; tdccares@cadillacfairview.com or visit http://www.torontopath.com for more information. For art, important to Canadians, visit the Gallery of Inuit Art. This gallery serves as the permanent home of a selection of the bank's renowned collection of Inuit Art. The gallery is located on the ground floor of 79 Wellington Street West and is open Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Visit http://www.tdcentre.ca or call +1 416 869 1144.

It can get pretty cold in Toronto with winds coming off the lake and in winter it stays cold. Summers can get hot, but usually for just a short time.

Toronto's leading economic sectors include finance, business services, telecommunications, aerospace, transportation, media, arts, film, television production, publishing, software production, medical research, education, tourism and sports industries, You can have fun, relax, or even learn in Toronto on a visit there.

Be it sports, food (ethnic restaurants from A-Z), or just sightseeing Toronto has something for almost everyone.