Toronto, with a total population of 5.5 million, is Canada’s largest city by far. It’s also the fourth largest city in North America. Over half of the city’s population were born outside Canada which makes it one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world. English may be the official language, but records show that over 200 different languages are spoken in schools in the city.
Toronto has what’s called a semi-continental climate. That translates into warm, humid summers and cold winters. Toronto’s proximity to Lake Ontario is responsible for keeping the city warmer in winter and cooler in summer. Its relationship with the Great Lakes, is responsible for the often overpowering summer humidity.
Winters may be warmer than most cities in Canada, but they are still cold, with snow on the ground for at least three months of the year. The average maximum temperature from December to February is between -1°C and 2°C. Summers are warm and sunny with average maximum temperatures during June, July and August of around 25° – 26°C.
Dining and Entertainment
Toronto has some world class restaurants to experience and is often hailed as having one of North America’s best food scenes. There’s certainly an incredible choice of styles and nationalities to choose from. The obviously influences of French and English style cuisine are there, mixed with food from around the globe, including Chinese, Korean, Caribbean and any other country you can think of.
There are bars for everyone. From sophisticated cocktail lounges to Irish ‘spit and sawdust’ bars that serve a good pint of Guinness. The clubs in Toronto are also diverse. There are sophisticated supper clubs, dance clubs, clubs with VIP booths and those that showcase international DJ’s.
Toronto has a well-established music, film and theatre scene. Whether you enjoy Shakespeare and Beethoven or Broadway blockbusters and Oscar winning movies, Toronto will not disappoint you. The art galleries, museums and libraries are great to visit during the day but at night they are often transformed into places of music, drama, wine and fine dining.
Toronto has an excellent public transport system for those who prefer not to sit in the traffic, pay high parking fees and want to have a glass or two of wine with their dinner. Buses, subways, ferries, trams and trains cover every neighbourhood in Toronto.
Housing in Toronto
Housing in Toronto is much more affordable than cities like London, New York or Sydney. It also has over 140 different neighbourhoods to choose from, each with their own character and price tag. Up and coming Downtown has some wonderful old building which have been converted into upmarket flats. If you fancy life down by Lake Ontario, that will come with a hefty price tag. Areas popular with families are The Beeches, Allenby and Don Mills. Have a look at Toronto Life for info on the neighbourhoods of Toronto.