Toronto

Toronto Skyline
The Huron and Iroquois peoples first inhabited Toronto dating back to 1500. Toronto is derived from the native people’s word “tkaronto” which means place where trees stand in water. British settlers arrived and purchased ¼ million acres from the Mississaugas people in 1787.

African Americans and the Irish also began to migrate to the new land. The territory grew in industry and by the 1860’s had the largest alcohol distillery and the largest whiskey factory in North America. By the 1980’s Toronto’s population was larger than Montreal’s and the city became the chief economic hub. The metropolis is currently the largest in Canada and the provincial capital of o­ntario.

Attractions are plentiful as are the shopping districts. The St. Lawrence Market is located in Old Town Toronto and houses more than 50 gourmet food vendors and a dozen lunch counters. A farmer’s market and an antique market hold weekly venues. The Eaton Centre is a massive multi-layered complex with an arched glass roof that contains more than 320 shops and restaurants, 17 cinemas and a Marriot Hotel.

Toronto’s waterfront is a popular destination where many visitor attractions are located. The CN Tower is the largest freestanding tower in the world at a height of 1,815 feet. In addition to transmitting signals, the CN has glass observation decks and a revolving restaurant. Close by is the Rogers Centre, home of the Toronto Blue Jays and the Toronto Argonauts. The building was the first sports complex to have a retractable roof. The Harbourfront contains art galleries, theatres, boutiques and offices all accessible by a waterfront promenade.

Toronto Islands
A 10-minute ferry ride takes guest to the Toronto Islands to get a spectacular panoramic view of the city skyline. The islands have beaches, barbecues, boat and bike rentals, paved paths, a children’s farm and an amusement park. The Toronto Zoo is the largest zoo in Canada housing over 5000 animals. Special exhibits include the New Great Barrier Reef, the African Savana and the Gorilla Rainforest.


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