Toronto is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world; a place where international ideas intersect with Canadian culture. A centre of rare openness, warmth, energy and style, Toronto is enriched by the fusion of traditions, passions and perspectives on life of the more than 100 cultures found here.
A city of contrasts, Toronto’s skyline includes the CN Tower, one of the Modern Wonders of the World and glass skyscrapers juxtaposed with historic limestone facades. Miles of waterfront, boardwalks, parks and trails nestle together with urban delights like cafés, artisans’ exhibits and one-of-a-kind shops.
Recent “starchitectural” enhancements to prominent arts attractions have prompted pundits to refer to a “cultural renaissance” taking place in Toronto. Daniel Libeskind’s addition to the Royal Ontario Museum, Frank Gehry’s renewal of the Art Gallery of Ontario and the wholly new Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, designed by Jack Diamond, are just a few of the remarkable additions to the cityscape.
Beyond the city limits are breathtaking attractions within bucolic countryside. Experience the wonder of Niagara Falls, a renowned wine region, outstanding theatres and outdoor adventures—all within a short drive.
Nightlife abounds with some 200 dance and theatre companies offering everything from mega-musicals to avant-garde works, Toronto rivals New York and London with its live theatre offerings. Clubs offer enticing distractions including hot jazz, side-splitting comedy, acoustic artistry and celebrities taking in the latest DJs.
Multiculturalism is reflected in the food most of all—from street food to white linen dining—innovation and fusion are the watch words in Toronto tastes. With over 7,000 restaurants dishing out anything one’s stomach desires, it’s hard to go hungry here.
Shoppers delight in trendy Queen Street West, Yorkville’s designer boutiques, fabulous malls like the Toronto Eaton Centre and Vaughan Mills and the PATH, which features more than 1,200 shops in over 16 miles of underground concourses.
To learn more about Toronto, download Tourism Toronto's new See Toronto App. Available for iPhone, Android, Blackberry and Windows Phone, it provides tips on things to see and d,o including easy-to-search event, dining, attractions and shopping listings.
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