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** [[Toronto/Downtown|Central Business District (CBD)]] - The downtown core is the economic center of Canada. Bay Street is the home of the head offices of the "Big Five" Canadian banks, as well as North America's third largest stock exchange, the TSX. While full of powerful hustle during the work week, this area is generally dead at night, though not unsafe, and never totally empty.
 
** [[Toronto/Harbourfront|Harbourfront]] - Along the waterfront from Spadina to Yonge.  
 
** [[Toronto/Harbourfront|Harbourfront]] - Along the waterfront from Spadina to Yonge.  
 
** [[Toronto/Chinatown|Chinatown]] - One of North America's largest Chinese districts (and one of six to be found in and around Toronto). Centered on Spadina Avenue and Dundas Street, and home to a large produce market, it is very popular on weekends - especially with Chinese-Canadians from surrounding areas seeking Chinese foods not usually available in regular grocery stores.
 
** [[Toronto/Chinatown|Chinatown]] - One of North America's largest Chinese districts (and one of six to be found in and around Toronto). Centered on Spadina Avenue and Dundas Street, and home to a large produce market, it is very popular on weekends - especially with Chinese-Canadians from surrounding areas seeking Chinese foods not usually available in regular grocery stores.

Revision as of 18:27, 13 August 2006

Toronto [1] is a city in Canada and is the largest city in Canada, and 5th largest city in North America, with a metropolitan population of more than 5 million people. It is the capital of the province of Ontario, Canada's most populous province.

The Rogers Centre and CN Tower, as seen from the harbour

Contents

Districts

  • Downtown:
    • Central Business District (CBD) - The downtown core is the economic center of Canada. Bay Street is the home of the head offices of the "Big Five" Canadian banks, as well as North America's third largest stock exchange, the TSX. While full of powerful hustle during the work week, this area is generally dead at night, though not unsafe, and never totally empty.
    • Harbourfront - Along the waterfront from Spadina to Yonge.
    • Chinatown - One of North America's largest Chinese districts (and one of six to be found in and around Toronto). Centered on Spadina Avenue and Dundas Street, and home to a large produce market, it is very popular on weekends - especially with Chinese-Canadians from surrounding areas seeking Chinese foods not usually available in regular grocery stores.
    • The Annex - A food and shopping mecca, well known by Torontonians as one of the friendliest neighborhoods.
    • Toronto Islands - A chain of islands in Toronto harbour and home to a small residential community, an airport, miles of bike trails, picnic grounds and a nude beach.
    • Kensington Market - Bohemian and cosmopolitan, where cultures from all over the world mix, and home to a number of vintage clothing stores.
    • Clubland/Theater District - Home of entertainment and party people alike. Toronto's theatre industry is the second largest in North America, second only to Broadway in New York. Major productions with world-class production values can be found, as well as independent plays in rep-theatres.
    • Church/Wellesley - Toronto's Queer district. Toronto rivals San Francisco as the gay capital of North America, and every June the Pride Festival and Parade weekend draws tourists from all over the world as the streets fill with proud homosexuals (and others enjoying the party).
    • Yonge Street - Ample shopping and activity along this heavily visited main district.
    • Fashion District/Queen Street West - Home to some of Toronto's more off-beat clothing stores and shops, but still fairly commercial and very popular with young adults seeking to look their best. Many excellent restaurants and small music venues dot this street, where a great up and coming live band might be seen on any given night.
    • Greektown - Located on Danforth Avenue from Broadview to Jones, "The Danforth" is a delightful place to spend a summer afternoon shopping, especially if you like Greek food. Very popular with locals.
    • Cabbagetown - Located along Parliament Street, this was once where the highly affluent members of the city lived. Many of Toronto's oldest houses are here, and just to the East you will find Riverdale Farm, with access to Toronto's fantastic parks system, winding for miles throughout the Don Valley.
    • Bloor West Villlage/High Park
    • Bloor-Yorkville - Located along Bloor Street from Yonge to Avenue Road and North to Hazelton Lanes, and boasting some of the country's most upscale shopping, from the flagship Canadian retailer, Holt Renfrew and Harry Rosen, as well as Roots, to internationally known Tiffany's, Armani, Gucci, and many others. The area also offers luxury hotels and numerous chic restaurants, very popular with visiting celebrities, particularly during the Toronto International Film Festival (every September). It's a wonderful area for strolling, particularly on the streets directly north of Bloor, popular with locals and offers casual rooftop dining and sidewalk patios in summer,with establishments such as Hemingways, Remys, Dimmis, and The Pilot. At the corner of Bloor and Avenue Rd. you will find the Royal Ontario Museum, the second largest in North America.
    • Corso Italia - A neighbourhood along College Street West featuring many small Italian Cafés and restaurants. The area is also home to CHIN radio which has been broadcasting in Corso Italia for
  • East End - The former city of Scarborough has a less than perfect image, though this is not totally deserved. Largely designed during the 1970s, similar mistakes were made in urban planning as found in some US cities with respect to uninspiring low-income housing clumped together in large blocs, with unfortunate results in terms of poverty, crime and urban decay. Scarborough is quite large though, and other areas do not suffer this problem.
  • Midtown - Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue is a popular young neighbourhood with vibrant street shopping, movie theatres and many excellent restaurants. Colloquially called "Young and Eligible."
  • North York - A large number of upscale condominium buildings has added vigor to this area in recent years. Also the home of Little Moscow and other cultural districts. Large Chinese, Korean, and Iranian communities exist in North York.

WEST YORK

Understand

In the late 1990s the city of Toronto was amalgamated with several surrounding cities and boroughs - Scarborough, North York, Etobicoke, York, and East York - to form a new city of Toronto. This is also known as Metropolitan Toronto or "the 416" after its area code (although now there are some new minor area codes, the overwhelming number of phone numbers in the new City are "1-416...") and has a population of over 3.2 million people. Fully half of these were born in some country other than Canada - a fact obvious to any visitor immediately, as the city has many vibrant bustling neighborhoods with street signs in several languages. Toronto and its surrounding suburbs are collectively known as the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Outlying suburbs are also known as "the 905" after their area code, although technically this code is also used in both Hamilton and the Niagara Region, stretching to the border in Niagara Falls. The entire area including Toronto is known as the "Golden Horseshoe" and has a population of over 8 million people.

Free weekly newspapers, distributed from boxes on street corners and in racks in stores and restaurants (can be good sources of information on cinema, dining, music, theatre, and other events and local news):

  • Eye Weekly [2] - Thursdays
  • Now Toronto [3] - Thursdays

Sports teams & arenas

Toronto has several major league sports teams:

  • Toronto Argonauts [4] - Canadian Football League, play at the Rogers Centre
  • Toronto Blue Jays [5] - Major League Baseball, play at the Rogers Centre
  • Toronto Maple Leafs [6] - National Hockey League, play at the Air Canada Centre
  • Toronto Raptors [7] - National Basketball Association, play at the Air Canada Centre
  • Toronto Rock [8] - National Lacrosse League, play at the Air Canada Centre
  • Toronto F.C. [9] - Major League Soccer, Coming Spring 2007

The Air Canada Centre [10] (40 Bay Street) is sometimes referred to as "The Hangar".

The Rogers Centre [11] (1 Blue Jays Way) is often referred to by its original "SkyDome" name.

Get in

By plane

Pearson International Airport (YYZ) (or LBPIA - Lester B. Pearson International Airport) is about 45 minutes by car from the downtown core and is serviced by most major international carriers.

Several options exist for getting downtown from Pearson:

  • Airport Express bus service is quick, convenient, and frequent (peak periods: every 20 minutes; off-peak periods: every 30 minutes). It picks up at all 3 terminals, and stops at several major hotels in the downtown core. Adult fares are $16.45 one way, $28.35 for round trips.
  • TTC (Toronto Transit Commission) provide a few public bus services that run to and from Pearson. The best TTC option is the 192 Airport Rocket that runs between Kipling Station on the Bloor-Danforth Subway, in the west end of the city, and Pearson Airport. Kipling Station is the western most subway stop on the Bloor-Danforth line and it takes between 30-45 minutes to reach downtown. One way adult fare on the TTC is $2.75.

Toronto City Centre Airport (YTZ) (or TCCA, or "the Island Airport") handles much less traffic. It offers short-haul regional flights to neighboring Canadian and American cities.

A free ferry service makes the short crossing (just 121 metres - possibly the world's shortest regularly-scheduled ferry route) between TCCA and the mainland every 15 minutes, 6:45AM-10:07PM.

By bus

Greyhound provides transportation from most major Northeast cities, Ontario Northland provides service from the northern parts of Ontario and Coach Canada links Montreal and Toronto. GO Transit provides buses from outlying Toronto areas. Greyhound, Coach Canada and Ontario Northland buses stop at Toronto Coach Terminal, which is a short walk to the Dundas or St. Patrick subway stations of the Toronto Transit Commission.

By train

Toronto is situated along a primary VIA Rail corridor. Trains travel both east towards Montreal and westwards towards Western Ontario.

Express service exists between Toronto and Montreal. The only stop in between is Montreal Airport. It is a very nice service with beautifully painted carriages. Remember to ask for student fares if you have an ISIC card.

The Canadian service operated by VIA (three times weekly) goes through "Northern" Ontario, across the praries, then through the mountains all the way to Vancouver.

Daily Maple Leaf service goes to New York and is operated by Amtrak. One schedule uses a train all the way through. Other schedules use a bus from Toronto to Buffalo.

By car

Major highways leading into Toronto are the QEW, the 404, the 401, the 400, and the 427. Toronto is in the enviable position of being the largest city in Canada, so it's relatively easy to find a sign pointing you in the right direction. Be advised that traffic on incoming highways can be extremely heavy.

Get around

Public transit in Toronto

Toronto has a well maintained and effective public transportation system, run by the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), and you can get pretty well anywhere you want in the main part of the city with the subway / streetcars / buses.

Current fares are $2.75 (discounted to $2.10 if you buy 5 or 10 tickets or tokens at a time).

A TTC Day Pass is available for $8.50. This pass allows unlimited travel on all TTC services within the City of Toronto, except for Downtown Express buses. For one person, it allows unlimited one-day travel on any day of the week, from the start of daytime service (5:30AM) until 5:30AM the next morning. On Saturday and Sunday, and statutory holidays, up to 6 people can travel with the TTC Day Pass, from the start of daytime service until 5:30AM the next morning:

  • 2 adults alone, or with up to 4 Children/Youths (Youth = *19 years of age or under).
  • 1 adult alone, or with up to 5 Children/Youths (Youth = *19 years of age or under).

The day pass does not have to be purchased on the day of use.

For many years, the TTC has offered a monthly pass, the Metropass. This usually costs $99.75 a month, though it is available at a lower price under certain conditions. The monthly pass is transferable, allowing owners to transfer the pass to another person at the end of their trip.

A weekly pass was introduced in September, 2005, for $30 a week. It lasts from the start of daily service, 5:30AM Monday morning, to 5:30AM the following Monday. The weekly pass is also transferable.

There are three subway lines:

  • The Bloor-Danforth line runs east-west along Bloor Street and Danforth Avenue. It meets the Yonge-University line at Bloor-Yonge, St. George, and Spadina stations, and meets the Scarborough Rapid Transit (RT) line at Kennedy station.
  • The Yonge-University-Spadina line runs in a U formation, travelling north-south along Yonge Street, bending at Union Station, then travelling north-south along University Avenue, Spadina Avenue, and Allen Road. It meets the Sheppard line at Sheppard-Yonge station and the Bloor-Danforth line at Bloor-Yonge, St. George, and Spadina stations.
  • The Sheppard line runs in an east-west direction along Sheppard Avenue. It meets the Yonge line at Sheppard-Yonge station and terminates at Don Mills Station in the east.

Other TTC services are provided by buses, streetcars, the Scarborough RT line, and Wheel-Trans vans (for people with disabilities). There are also a number of Downtown Express buses that run during rush hour, for which additional fare must be paid.

Connecting public transit services

The areas that surround Toronto--Mississauga, Brampton, York Region, Durham Region--have their own transit systems. There are no free transfer privileges between the TTC and these other transit systems. To use both the TTC and another system, two fares must usually be paid (though see GTA Pass below). In many places, these networks do overlap, so you can transfer easily. Prices are similar to prices for the TTC.

A weekly GTA Pass (Greater Toronto Area Pass) is available for the price of $43.00 (recently raised from $41.25). It is valid on the TTC and the transit systems in Mississauga, Brampton, York Region, but not Durham Region. This pass is also tranferable, although only one rider may use it at a time. If you are travelling through the fare-zone boundary in York Region with a GTA pass, you will have to pay an additional $1.00.

A system of regional trains and buses, GO Transit, connects Toronto to its surrounding areas. The majority of these services, especially trains, are oriented to weekday commuters travelling to and from downtown Toronto. Go Transit charges fares by distance.

Discounts on the fares for connecting transit services are available under certain conditions, if you are traveling to or from a GO Transit rail station. The GTA Pass is not valid on GO Transit.

Taxis

Taxis are plentiful and safe, but not cheap. As with most big cities, driving a car downtown can be annoying; parking is often hard to find and expensive, and traffic along certain streets can make vehicle travel slower than mass transit.

By bicycle

In recent years the "core" central area has become relatively bike friendly. The city government has installed many new bike only lanes that span major east-west or north-south corridors. It takes a reasonably pro-bike position and a bike-map is available on the City website. Doughnut shaped bike lock racks have been installed on many sidewalks, usually in front of shops, restaurants or major points of interest.

Any resident or tourist can buy a season pass at a not-for-profit organization called BikeShare (http://www.bikeshare.org). The price depends on stay time and income. Once one has the pass, the person can take out bikes from any hub for upto three days at a time. Then the person can return the bike to any hub. An online database keeps track of all the bikes. The system is like a library.

By far one of the nicest bike paths is the Martin Goodman Trail, the east-west route that hugs lake Ontario, spanning the city from Etobicoke to the eastern ends of the city. Take care- this path, while busy, is also enjoyed by pedestrians and rollerbladers who are not a speedy as the typical biker. Biking is fairly common on major routes without bike paths too, such as Yonge Street, King and Queen Streets and Dundas and College. Beware of parked cars - often accidents are not caused by moving cars, but rather by careless drivers or passengers who unexpectedly open their driver's side door. However, by and large Toronto is about as safe for bikers as most European cities, and certainly safer than most U.S. cities with their much reduced density of bikers. Here, at least you are expected. Also be cautious of street car tracks as bike wheels can be easily caught and cause a spill. The city is general pretty safe and in the center of the city mainly flat which makes it ideal to bike, while dodging busy public transit, traffic jams or taxi fares or the severe parking fees and scarce spaces, and most of all SEE the city. And it is fast: door to door, in all of downtown Toronto bike beats car every time.

A special treat for bikers of all levels is a tour out to the Leslie Spit lighthouse and bird sanctuaries (no cars!) east of the islands (bring a picnic); as well, the island ferries transport bikes at no extra charge (again, no cars on the islands) and this is just the best way to get around by far.

Biking in the winter months is only enjoyable with proper equipment for regular bikers though, it does get cold, it can be quite windy, and the Canadian attitude to clearing snow on the street can be, shall we say, relaxed.

See

Urban Sprawl. Looking north from the CN Tower

see Downtown district article for more possibilities & further information:

  • Art Gallery of Ontario [12]
  • CN Tower [13]
  • Hockey Hall of Fame
  • Ontario Science Centre [14]
  • Toronto Island [15]

see Toronto Islands district article for more possibilities & further information:

see The Annex district article for more possibilities & further information:

  • Casa Loma [16]
  • Royal Ontario Museum [17]
  • Yonge Street
  • Kensington Market

Tours

Toronto has great tours available; most are very affordable ($25-$35) and offer hotel pick-up and drop-off.

Do

see district articles for more detailed information

  • Beaches - Toronto has some excellent beaches in the east end that offer typical beach activities such as volleyball, bike/rollerblading paths and a boardwalk along the water. Lake Ontario tends to be quite cool, even in mid-summer, and is cleaner than its local reputation might suggest - testing is conducted regularly and beaches have notices posted if the water is considered unsafe for swimming. The Toronto Islands tend to have the cleanest beaches (including a clothing-optional beach at Hanlan's point).
  • The Distillery District [22] the former Gooderham & Worts distillery lands have been rejuvenated into a pedestrian-only village dedicated to the arts and entertainment. It has fantastic restaurants, festivals, and art galleries.
  • The Lakefront, in the downtown core offers biking and walking trails, with an excellent view of the Toronto skyline.
  • Theatre - Toronto has a great theatre scene for every taste and budget. Check out the big theatres on King Street and Yonge Street for the big splashy (and pricey) shows, such as the former runs of Chicago, The Lion King, Les Miz, Cats, etc. Small theatres in the Annex and elsewhere offer smaller productions that range from original Canadian works, avant-garde, experimental theatre, small budget musicals to British murder mysteries.

Buy

see district articles for more information

Toronto has ample opportunities for shopping, and nearly any section of the city has unique places to shop and find deals:

  • Yonge Street is the longest continuous street in the world. It runs from the edge of the Lake right to just shy of Thunder Bay (on the far shore of Lake Superior). The in-town end is a touristy-shopping district with many restaurants, souvenir and gift shops etc.
  • Located a short walk west of the Eaton Centre is the city's fashion district along Queen Street West, an area usually bustling with local hipsters looking for the latest looks in a variety of trendy stores.
  • Kensington Market, around College and Spadina, has hundreds of stores. Most of them are food vendors, but there are a number of used clothing shops as well.
  • Pacific Mall at Steeles and Kennedy in Markham, [23]. The largest Chinese indoor mall in North America.
  • Chinatown, centered at Dundas Street and Spadina, is one of North America's largest Chinatowns with many stores geared towards tourists. It is a good place to pick up souvenirs though it is important to pay attention to the quality of the items.
  • Toronto Hockey Repair and Goalie Heaven [24] is a world renowned hockey equipment vendor, attracting people from around the world to shop.

Eat

Toronto is generally considered to be one of North America's top food cities. It has the same variety as New York or San Francisco, many places are open much later, and the compact and safe downtown keeps them closer together. The immigrants make them authentic, and the Canadian dollar makes them cheaper. It is easy to eat out in Toronto and have a superb meal for cheap.

see district articles for further information

Farmer's Markets

Surrounded by the extensive fertile farmlands of Southern Ontario, Toronto has an abundance of farmer's markets - one is happening, in season, almost every day. Several markets are year round, while others are seasonal, generally running from May to October.

  • The St. Lawrence Market has been bringing the freshest foods into the city for Torontonians and visitors alike since 1901. Located at Jarvis and Front, the St. Lawrence Market stretches over 2 buildings, the 'North Market' and the 'South Market' - and often over the section of Front street between them! The North Market is home to a Farmer's Market, open Saturdays during the summer. It features fresh vegetables in season, preserves, spices and herbs, and direct from the source foods, such as honey direct from the beekeeper or maple syrup from the people who tapped and boiled it. The South Market has over 50 specialty vendors, with a large seafood section, a dozen butchers, several bakeries, and three very extensive cheese shops. In the basement, there is also a specialty area for handcrafters, and an extensive foodcourt, with merchants often cooking food that they bought fresh that morning from upstairs. The South Market is open year round, Tue-Thu 8AM-6PM, Fri 8AM-7PM, Sat 5AM-5PM.
  • Riverdale Farm at 201 Winchester Street (three blocks east of Parliament Street) is a year-round producing farm owned by the City of Toronto as part of its extensive park system, open daily for tours, education, and more 9AM-5PM. The Friends of Riverdale Farm operate an onsite store and restaurant, Shop at the Farm and Farm Kitchen, in Simpson House (daily 10AM-4PM), and a weekly Farmer's Market (Tuesdays, May 10 - Oct. 25, 2005, 3:30-7PM). Riverdale farm is a working farm, with barns and outdoor paddocks, and animals of all types. In an attempt to provide education about farming, the staff is approachable, and will discuss chores as they go through the daily tasks of keeping a farm running. Tours are available, or you can wander the 7.5 acres freely.

Other farmer's markets in Toronto:

  • City Hall, Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen Street West - Wednesdays, June 1 - October 5, 10AM-2:30PM (except June 29 due to Jazz Festival)
  • East York Civic Centre, 850 Coxwell Avenue - Tuesdays, May 24 - October 25, 9AM-2PM
  • Etobicoke Civic Centre, 399 The West Mall - Saturdays, June 4 - October 29, 8AM-2PM
  • North York Civic Centre, Mel Lastman Square, 5100 Yonge Street - Thursdays, June 16 - October 20, 8AM-2PM
  • Scarborough Civic Centre, Albert Campbell Square, 150 Borough Drive - Fridays, June 3 - October 14, noon-5PM
  • The Dufferin Grove Farmer's Market, 875 Dufferin Street (across from the Dufferin Mall) - Thursdays, year round (outdoors around the rinkhouse in summer and in the rinkhouse in winter) 3:30-7PM

Interesting Food Districts

  • A small section of Baldwin Street (east of Spadina, north of Dundas) has many small outdoor cafes ideal for summer lunches.
  • King Street between University Avenue and Spadina Avenue has many upscale restaurants appealing to theatre goers.
  • College Street to the west of Bathurst has a cheaper set of eclectic restaurants popular with university students from nearby University of Toronto.
  • Bayview Street south of Eglington, is the location of some of Toronto's best French pastry shops, including Rahier and La Cigogne
  • Bloor Street to the west of Spadina in the Annex has a similar set of restaurants to College.
  • Yorkville - it's more about being seen than actually eating but there are a few hidden gems - Toni Bulloni (152 Cumberland Ave) is a GREAT, un-pretentious Italian spot. Sushi Inn (120 Cumberland) is one of the most popular sushi restaurants in the city..enjoy!! CS

Cafés

  • Bulldog Coffee 89 Granby Street [25] serves the best espresso and espresso based drinks in Toronto. One of the owner/baristas regularly wins competitions for his latté art. Daily 7AM-7PM.
  • The Red Tea Box 696 Queen Street W (map) - excellent teas, good food, cozy atmosphere, and decadent desserts that look too good too eat. Not cheap, but very good. Only open for lunch. 416 203 8882.

Vegetarian

see district articles for further information

Bo De Duyen (Chinatown)

Café 668 (Kensington Market)

Buddha's Vegetarian Food (Kensington Market)

King's Café (Kensington Market)

Vegetarian Haven (Baldwin Street)

Live (The Annex)

Annapurna (The Annex)

Drink

see district articles for more information

The majority of Nightlife in Toronto is centered around the appropriately named Clubland and in the fashion district on Queen Street West. Nearly everywhere is packed to the brim with pubs and bars, but none so much as Adelaide and Queen Street in those districts. Clubs tend to operate on Richmond and Adelaide streets (both run east-west, 1 block apart); names change frequently, but the district keeps on going. Three other clubs of note outside this district: The (long-lasting) Phoenix (on Sherbourne), The Guvernment (Toronto's largest club - on the harbor east of Yonge Street) and the Docks (literally operating on part of Toronto's commercial port, but this place has an outstanding view of the city on warm summer nights, and boasts an extensive entertainment complex).

Hipper more art and music oriented crowds tend to gravitate towards Parkdale (Queen West past Bellwoods Park). The hipsters hangout and comment on their outfits (and sometimes the art) in the wide array of bars, galleries and clubs that dot the area - in particular the Stones Place (mostly Indie and sometimes gay crowds), The Social (a mixed bag), and the Drake and its poor cousin Gladstone Hotels. The same folks also frequent the Annex / Kensington Market Area of the city at night for club nights, casual drinks and art / music events. One of the main "corsos" of the city is Little Italy: College Street, between Bathurst and Ossington flows over with music, sidewalk cafes and excellent food and a crowd that enjoys the summer heat and the offerings. The drinking age is 19.

  • The Green Room 296 Brunswick Avenue (416) 929 3253 (map) is a cozy funky bar hidden in an alley just off Bloor. It has affordable prices and a beautiful courtyard garden when the weather is warm. Daily noon-2AM.

Sleep

see district articles for detailed information

Most hotels and hostels are situated directly outside the downtown core. Prices for rooms generally range from $150+ for a standard hotel, $60-80 for a motel, and $20-40 for a bed in a hostel.

Hostels

Toronto has several youth hostels, including ones in the downtown area. Downtown Backpackers at Spadina and King is perhaps most famous (with its garish color scheme). Equally situated is a Hostelling International located at the foot of Church Street.

Bed & Breakfast

Another popular alternative for over nighters are Bed & Breakfasts, of which Toronto has hundreds, many of them in the downtown core. Prices range from $60 to several hundred dollars depending on the house and amenities offered. The Toronto Townhouse are Toronto Tourism award winners and still is one of the better ones. They have two locations - one in Cabbagetown and the other in the Annex area.

Learn

International students often prefer to study in Toronto because of its safety, proximity to other tourist destinations, and favorable exchange rates and visa policies.

Toronto is home to three universities - the University of Toronto (Canada's largest) is spread out all over the city (including the main downtown campus, an East-end campus, and University of Toronto at Mississauga (UTM) in the neighbouring city of Mississauga). York University (the third largest in Canada) is located on the northern border of the city, though the original Glendon College campus at Bayview and Lawrence is still in existence; and Ryerson University is located in the heart of the downtown core.

George Brown College is known for its business and culinary faculties which are located right behind its St. James Campus which is located downtown. Its other campus, Casa Loma Campus, is located midtown, near Casa Loma.

Toronto, like other Canadian cities, also has dozens of English as a Second Language (ESL) schools. The largest association of private English and French language schools is the Canadian Association of Private Language Schools.

Contact

For emergency, dial 911 (you can dial it at the pay phone without putting in any coin).

Local call at the pay phone costs 25 cents each. It is not metered, so you can talk as long as you want. However, due to the popularity of mobile phones, pay phone booths are disappearing at an alarming rate.

Toronto has two area codes: 416 and 647. These area codes overlap. That is, they are both associated with the same geographic area. The suburban areas outside of the city also have two overlapping area codes, 905 and 289. As a result, Toronto has 10-digit local dialing. You must always dial the area code as part of the number you are trying to reach.

Toronto is a city with many Internet cafés, especially on Yonge Street around Bloor and Bloor Street between Spadina and Bathurst. It's not hard to find a place to call home and the costs are relatively low, from $3 for 30 minutes. However, currently Internet cafés are opening and closing at an astounding rate so on repeat visits to the city you may find that the one you used last time has disappeared. For a guide to some of them, see YYZTech's Internet cafe reviews.

Stay safe

Although the overall violent crime rate in Canada is much lower than that found in the United States, it is still higher than the rate in some European countries such as Germany. In 2004, Toronto's murder rate was lower than most other large Canadian cities although there has been an increase in violent gun-related crimes in the past two years.

Among the major world tourist cities, Toronto has the third coldest winter temperatures with the first & second place cities of Montreal & Moscow being significantly colder. The average January high temperature in Toronto is -1°C and the average low is -8°C.

Get out

Toronto is a great starting point for exploring southern Ontario. The Niagara Region, including Niagara Falls and Niagara on the Lake, is less than an hour's drive from Toronto towards the United States border at the Falls. The Waterloo Region to the west has colleges and culture, and Muskoka, to the north and The Kawarthas to the east of Toronto, is cottage country, with country inns, hundreds of lakes and rivers, camping, fishing/hunting, provincial parks, and a wealth of year-round outdoor activities.




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