Toronto, Canada lies on the north shore of the river Ontario, the lake is unmistakable image of the city: The CN Tower is one of the tallest in the world. Around it is a collection of skyscrapers, which leaves room for residential areas, parks and green spaces.
The capital of Ontario, Toronto is Canada’s largest city and fifth largest in North America. A dominant force in business and economy, Toronto is also Anglophone Canada’s cultural center.
Initially claimed by the French in the eighteenth century, only during the American Revolution groups of loyal to United Empire fled to Toronto. Then known as York, the city had a predominantly British character, working as the administrative center of English Canada. In 1834, the city was renamed Toronto, a Huron Indian word meaning “meeting place”.
Toronto City of nineteenth and twentieth centuries was a law-abiding city, where rules were made, which were rarely broken and where the main concern was making money. As a result, Toronto has earned a reputation as the enclave of Protestantism. Older residents still remember the days when the work was stopped in town every Sunday, and only few restaurants served wine.
In the late 1950s a new wave of immigrants brought new foods in the city, new idioms, and, most importantly, new attitudes. Italians, Portuguese and Eastern Europeans were the first to come, followed by immigrants from the Caribbean, Asia and India. They were established in places that would become the city’s great ethnic neighborhoods – Greek Quarter, Little Italy and Chinatown.
Toronto has gradually became a multi-ethnic society, leaving behind the Colonial shell, even though it kept some vestiges of the English domination, like the pubs and clubs and the conservative habit of toasting in the name of the Queen before eating.
Today’s Toronto, is a highly animated and cultural city, with hot summers and cold winters. This is the most important city in Canada in terms of economics, a center of finance and media services.
Attractions in Toronto, Canada
- CN Tower – One of the biggest buildings in the world (553 meters), was completed in 1976, becoming the world’s tallest free-standing structure and world’s tallest tower.
- Rogers Centre – This architectural wonder, formerly known as SkyDome, is the world’s first stadium with a retractable roof. It seats over 50,000 spectators and features on of the largest video screens in the world. Rogers Centre was built in response to Olympic Stadium – Montreal of the rival town.
- Casa Loma – Beautiful building reminiscent of a medieval castle, built by Sir Henry Pellatt, a Canadian multimillionaire and one of the first to understand and exploit the economic potential of Niagara Falls.
- Museum of Ceramic Art – The museum displays objects of pre-Columbian ceramics (Nazca, Peru and Mexico), European porcelain (Delft, Meissen, Vienna, Svres) and Italian majolica.