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Toronto – the name derived from the Huron word for “fishing weir” – is on the northwest shore of Lake Ontario at Latitude 43 39 N, Longitude 79 23 W.
Located on a broad sloping plateau cut by numerous river valleys, Toronto covers 641 sq.km. and stretches 43 km from east to west and 21 km from north to south at its longest points. The perimeter is approximately 180 km.
Toronto has approximately
- 5,600 km of roads
- 970 bridges and culverts
- 7,945 km of sidewalks
- 322 km of public laneways
- 280 km of off-street trails
- 2,283 traffic control signals
- Toronto has North America’s third largest public transit system after New York City and Mexico City
- The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) was established 1921 and offer rides to 540 million with
- 132 subway trains
- 248 streetcars
- 1,878 buses
- 211 accessible buses that provide 3.1 million rides annually
- GO Transit is the inter-regional public transit for the Greater Toronto Area (GTA)
- Toronto is served by VIA Rail, the network that provides all rail service throughout Canada
- Historic Union Station is the hub of Toronto’s transportation network. 96 per cent of all GO Train riders pass through its concourse
- Pearson International Airport is the busiest in Canada, 4th busiest in North America. The Greater Toronto Airports Authority is responsible for air traffic above the Toronto area
- North America’s largest continuous underground pedestrian system, PATH, connects approximately 1200 stores and restaurants, over 50 buildings/office towers, five subway stations, Union Station, six major hotels and several entertainment centres under Toronto’s financial core.
- PATH is also the largest underground shopping complex
Parks and Recreation
- Toronto has more than 1,600 public parks and 600 km of trails
- The parks system covers 8,000 hectares, or roughly 13 per cent of the city’s land area. It includes about 40 per cent of Toronto’s natural areas, many of which lie within the ravine system and along the Lake Ontario shoreline
- Toronto has 5 golf courses and 676 sports fields
- The City of Toronto offers 595,000 hours of instructional recreation programs, 42,000 hours of leisure recreation programs and various services and facilities for people of all ages and abilities, promoting active and healthy lifestyles
- Toronto sustains urban forests by planting approximately 97,000 trees annually, reviewing 6,900 applications for construction and development near trees and tree removal
- 39 centres that offer select recreation programs at no charge
- 100 library branches across the city which are open for approximately 270,816 hours, with an estimated 19.3 million visits, 6.3 million workstation uses and 1.5 million wireless sessions
- Toronto libraries receive 26.3 million virtual visits for online library services
- Waterfront is 76.5 meters above sea level; shoreline stretches 43 km or 138 km when including in the bays and islands
- The intersection of Steeles Avenue West and Keele Street is the highest point at 209 meters
- 307 km of rivers and creeks run through the city
- All rivers and creeks flow into Lake Ontario and are part of the Atlantic Ocean Drainage Basin
- Most northerly point is the intersection of Steeles Ave E. and Pickering Town Line
- Most southerly point is Lake Ontario’s shoreline at the border between Toronto and Mississauga
- Most easterly point is the meeting of the Rouge River and shoreline of Lake Ontario
- Most westerly point is the intersection of Steeles Ave W. and Albion Road
- Toronto is in plant hardiness zone 6, and on the eastern edge of the Carolinian Forest zone
- There are over 1,600 named parks comprised of over 8,000 hectares of land (ravines, valleys, woodlots, parks, beaches, golf courses, destination parks, parkettes) and over 200 km of trails, many of which are suitable for biking and walking.
- Toronto has a total of about 10 million trees, approximately 4 million of which are publicly-owned trees. These include approximately 600,000 street trees (e.g. located on public right of ways on boulevards and commercial trees in sidewalks, etc) and 3.5 million trees in parks, ravines and other natural areas.
Toronto, with a population of 2.79 million people (5.5 million in the GTA – Greater Toronto Area) is heralded as one of the most multicultural cities in the world and is ranked as the safest large metropolitan area in North America by Places Rated Almanac.
Over 140 languages and dialects are spoken here, and just over 30 per cent of Toronto residents speak a language other than English or French at home.
- In 2006, the City of Toronto was home to 8 per cent of Canada’s population, 30 per cent of all recent immigrants and 20 per cent of all immigrants
- Between 2001 and 2006, Canada received 1,109,980 international immigrants. The City of Toronto welcomed about one quarter of all immigrants (267,855) to Canada during this period of about 55,000 annually
- Half of Toronto’s population (1,237,720) was born outside of Canada, up from 48 per cent in 1996
- In 2006, half of all immigrants to the City of Toronto have lived in Canada for less than 15 years
- In 2006, more than half of all immigrants living in the City were age 25 and over; 7 per cent were pre-school age 5 and under; 16 per cent were school age 6 to 14; and 22 per cent were youth 15 to 24
- In 2006 the City of Toronto had 45 per cent of the GTA’s population in 2006, and was home to:
- 4 per cent of all GTA immigrants
- 36 per cent of all immigrants living in Ontario
- 20 per cent of all immigrants living in Canada
- 4 per cent of all visible minorities in Ontario
- 9 per cent of all visible minorities in Canada
- 47 per cent of Toronto’s population (1,162,635 people) reported themselves as being part of a visible minority, up from 42.8 per cent (1,051,125) in 2001
- The City of Toronto’s visible minority population increased by 10.6 per cent since 2001, and by 31.8 per cent since 1996
- The top five visible minority groups in Toronto were:
- South Asian at 298,372 or 12 per cent of our population
- Chinese at 283,075 or 11.4 per cent
- Black at 208,555 or 8.4 per cent
- Filipino at 102,555 or 4.1 per cent
- Latin American at 64,860 or 2.6 per cent
- Toronto remains a mosaic of many languages. In 2006, forty-seven percent of the population had a mother tongue in a language other than English or French.
- The top 5 mother tongue languages in 2006 were:
- Chinese (420,000);
- Italian (195,000);
- Punjabi (138,000);
- Tagalog/Filipino (114,000);
- Portuguese (113,000).
Aboriginal Identity refers to those persons who reported identifying with at least one Aboriginal group (North American Indian, Métis or Inuit), or those who reported being a Treaty Indian or a Registered Indian as defined by the Indian Act of Canada, or those who reported they were members of an Indian band or First Nation.
- Despite this, only 15.7 per cent of aboriginals lived in one of the country’s six major metropolitan areas. Among these, Edmonton had the largest aboriginal population (52,100 persons) followed by Vancouver (40,310), Toronto (26,576), Calgary (26,575), Ottawa (20,590) and Montreal (17,865).
Entertainment and Tourism
Toronto’s unmatched diversity shines through in its countless arts and entertainment opportunities. As the nation’s cultural heartland, Toronto hosts international audiences at a wide variety of arts and sporting events in world class facilities.
- Toronto is the leading tourism destination in Canada, attracting more than 25 million Canadian, American and international visitors annually (Tourism Toronto, 2012)
- In 2012, the Toronto region welcomed 9.9 million overnight visitors
- Visitors to Toronto spend about $5.1 billion in direct expenditures during their visits
- Visitors to the Toronto region support more than 329,000 people who work in tourism and hospitality
- Based on 2013 estimates, Toronto welcomed 13.69 million overnight visitors. 1.42 million visitors arrived from overseas markets (all countries other than Canada and the U.S.) with a further 2.18 million Americans staying overnight – a 1.7 per cent increase over 2012 and a 9.7 per cent increase over 2010 (Tourism Toronto, 2013)
- The U.K. remains Toronto’s largest overseas visitor market with 201,000 arrivals in 2013. China leads the new growth increasing 15 per cent over 2012 figures and 58 per cent since 2010 accounting for 181,000 visitors to the Toronto region in 2013 (Tourism Toronto, 2013)
Places and events of interest
- The Pan Am/Parapan Am Games will be hosted in Toronto in 2015
- The Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada opened in 2013
- The $300 million Aga Khan Centre is slated to open in 2014
- The Rogers Centre is the world’s first stadium to have a fully retractable roof. A 31 storey building could fit inside it when the roof is closed
- Toronto plays host to the largest number of theatre and performing arts organizations in Canada and one of the largest cultural centres in North America. The Canadian Opera Company, The National Ballet of Canada, Mirvish Productions and Dancap Productions perform in over ten major theatres
- The City is also home to over 50 major attractions including art museums, heritage sites, cultural centres and zoos. Hundreds of events, festivals, regattas and marathons take place throughout the year
- The City of Toronto produces more than 30 annual festivals and cultural events including Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, Winterlicious and Summerlicious and Doors Open Toronto that celebrate the vibrancy and diversity of Toronto.
- Toronto has several luxury hotels, including: The Ritz Carlton, Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto, Thompson Toronto, The Hazelton Hotel, Le Hotel Germain, Shangri-La Hotel and Four Seasons Hotel
- A record number of hotel nights were sold – 9.22 million – up 2.8 per cent over 2012, which translates into an average 69.3 per cent hotel occupancy for 2013
- Toronto has over 43,000 hotel rooms
Film and entertainment
- Toronto is the third-largest screen-based production centre in North America with over $1 billion spent on film and television productions shot in Toronto each year. To find out more about Toronto’s film industry and to see what productions are filming on City streets visit www.toronto.ca/tfto
- The Toronto International Film Festival ® is the leading public film festival in the world, screening more than 300 films from 60+ countries every September
Toronto is home to seven professional sports teams:
- Toronto Blue Jays (Major League Baseball)
- Toronto Raptors (National Basketball Association)
- Toronto Argonauts (Canadian Football League)
- Toronto Maple Leafs (National Hockey League)
- Toronto Marlies (American Hockey League)
- Toronto Rock (National Lacrosse League)
- Toronto FC (Major League Soccer)
Source of all these interesting facts: www.Toronto.ca