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30 Interesting Facts About Toronto

Facts About Toronto

  • Toronto is the capital city of the Canadian province of Ontario.
  • Toronto is the most populous city in Canada and the fourth most populous city in North America.
  • Toronto is the anchor of the Golden Horseshoe.
  • The city is home to the Toronto Stock Exchange, the headquarters of Canada’s five largest banks, and the headquarters of many large Canadian and multinational corporations.
  • Toronto is the only Canadian city with 7 major sports teams.
  • When Europeans first arrived at the site of present-day Toronto, the vicinity was inhabited by the Iroquois, who had displaced the Wyandot people, occupants of the region for centuries before c. 1500.
  • Toronto is the third-largest city for English theatre, being just behind New York and London.
  • Toronto Pearson International Airport is the busiest airport in Canada. In 2015, 41 million travellers passed through the airport.
  • The Toronto Islands are the largest urban car-free community in North America.
  • The name Toronto is likely derived from the Iroquoian word tkaronto, meaning “a place where trees stand in the water”.
  • Toronto covers an area of 630 square kilometres, with a maximum north-south distance of 21 kilometres.
  • Toronto has over 1,500 parks and 10 million trees.
  • The Toronto Public Library consists of 100 branches with more than 11 million items in its collection
  • 56.7% of Torontonians are Christian, making Christianity the largest faith group in the city.
  • Toronto has partnerships with Chicago, Illinois, United States; Chongqing, China; Frankfurt, Germany & Milan, Italy.
  • The city of Toronto was known as York, the capital of Upper Canada in 1793. York was incorporated and renamed Toronto in 1834.
  • The coldest temperature ever recorded in Toronto was -31.3°C on January 4, 1981. The hottest temperatures ever recorded were 41°C from there are over 8,000 restaurants in Toronto, and it would take you 22 years to try them all if you tried a new one every night July 7-9 in 1936.
  • The Toronto Zoo is the largest in Canada.
  • Toronto has friendships status with Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Kyiv, Ukraine; Quito, Ecuador; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Sagamihara, Japan & Warsaw, Poland.
  • There are around 160 completed skyscrapers in Toronto and 112 more are being constructed.
  • Toronto is 76.5 metres above sea level.
  • English is the predominant language spoken by Torontonians with approximately 95 per cent of residents having proficiency in the language, although only 54.7 per cent of Torontonians reported English as their mother tongue.
  • Over 180 languages and dialects are spoken in the city.
  • The city hosts the annual Honda Indy Toronto car race, part of the IndyCar Series schedule, held on a street circuit at Exhibition Place.
  • Dundas Street is actually the product of multiple smaller streets being joined together.
  • Toronto has the second-largest public transit system in North America.
  • Little Italy, Little Portugal and Chinatown have dual-language street signs written in both English and a language other than French.
  • Toronto is North America’s third-largest venue for movie production. There are over 25,000 jobs in feature film production.
  • There are 9,520 streets in Toronto. The longest street is Lawrence Avenue East.
  • There are 301 measurable days of sunshine in Toronto.
Facts About Toronto
Facts About Toronto

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