Toronto city life
Toronto is a booming centre for art, fashion, music, theatre, culinary variety and beautiful natural scenery. The city’s varied cultural institutions and events include numerous museums, international festivals, live performing, entertainment districts, national historic sites, and sports activities.
Some defining landmarks in Toronto include: the Royal Ontario Museum, the Toronto Zoo, CN Tower, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, Ontario Science Centre, the Bata Shoe Museum, and the Textile Museum of Canada, the Toronto Sculpture Garden, Ripley's Aquarium of Canada, and Allan Gardens, among many others.
City shopping areas include the Yorkville neighbourhood, Queen West, the Eaton Centre, Harbourfront, the Entertainment District, the Financial District, and the St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood.
Tourists who enjoy exploring and outdoors activities will appreciate Toronto’s vast network of rivers, deep ravines, and urban forest. You can also visit the Toronto Islands and Niagara Falls, go snowboarding or skiing on one of the ski resorts within and around the city, or enjoy a hockey game.
Toronto has an outstanding nightlife brimming with character, and many bars, pubs and clubs to suit all tastes (check out: Lees’ Palace, the Horsehoe, House on Parliament, the Hoxton, Wildflower, etc.). You’ll also find a thriving LGBT scene in Toronto and a supportive environment for the community.
International atmosphere in Toronto
Toronto has been classified as one of the most diverse cities in the world, as almost half of Toronto’s population is foreign-born. A truly multi-cultured metropolis, Toronto is home of well over 80 different ethnic communities and recognises two official languages, English and French, although English is more widely spoken.
The most common ethnic origins in Toronto comprise English, Chinese, Canadian, Irish, Scottish, East Indian, Italian, Filipino, German, French, Polish, Portuguese, etc.
Toronto’s ethnic diversity is reflected in neighbourhoods such as Chinatown, Corso Italia, Greektown, Kensington Market, Koreatown, Little India, Little Italy, Little Jamaica, Little Portugal and Roncesvalles.
Toronto experiences warm and humid summers and cold winters. The average temperature between June-August reaches 25°C (77 °F), while the average maximum temperature in January being -1 °C (30 °F). Winter weather can last up to six months here (November to April), so you can expect to still wear a winter coat in April.