Interesting and Fun Facts About Toronto, Canada

Toronto bird view

It is likely that you are already aware that Toronto is Canada’s largest city. It is the capital of Ontario and the fifth largest city in North America. But while you may be superficially familiar with this cosmopolitan city, you may not know these interesting and fun facts about Toronto:

Fun and Interesting Facts About the History of Toronto:

  • By 1000 CE Iroquoian-speaking peoples had moved into the region of present-day Toronto.
  • Later, Haudenosaunee, and Algonquian speakers also settled here.
  • The name Toronto comes from the Mohawk language word tkaronto, meaning ‘where there are trees standing in the water.
  • ‘Toronto was not always called Toronto. It started modern life in 1793 as ‘York’ – the capital of Upper Canada, following the British conquest.
  • Toronto’s downtown sits on the shore plain. A rise around 4km inland from Lake Ontario marks the edge of Lake Iroquois, which was formed over 12,500 years ago by glaciers.

Fun and Interesting Facts About Toronto’s Place in the World:

  • The city leads the way in business – it is ranked as the second most business competitive city in the world.
  • Toronto also ranks as the 12th most powerful city in the world based on its economic output.
  • Based on capitalisation, Toronto’s stock exchange is the third largest in North America and the seventh largest globally.

Fun and Interesting Facts About Living in Toronto:

  • Toronto has been ranked as the fourth most liveable city in the world.
  • This is a very diverse city. Almost a third (30%) of the residents here speak a language other than English or French.
  • Toronto is a great place for food-lovers – it boasts more than 8,000 restaurants.
  • Toronto has 301 days of measurable sunshine, on average, each year.
  • The coldest temperature ever measured here was -31.3 degrees C. – with a wind chill of -44.7 degrees C.!
  • The hottest temperature ever recorded in Toronto was 41 degrees C.
  • The Toronto Island -just a short ferry ride from the downtown area, are the largest car-free urban area in North America.

Fun and Interesting Facts About Toronto’s Attractions:

  • The CN Tower, one of the city’s most iconic sites, is 553.3m tall.
  • Toronto has the largest zoo in Canada. It is home to more than 16,000 animals representing 491 different species.
  • The city has PATH – the largest underground pedestrian system in North America.
  • Toronto boasts no fewer than 52 outdoor skating rinks that are open from December until the end of February.
  • The city owns over 200 public artworks and historic monuments.
  • Toronto hosts a huge range of festivals and events each year, including over 70 film festivals.
  • Toronto is a green city, with plenty of park areas to enjoy, and around 10 million trees.

There is a lot more to Toronto than initially meet the eye. So why not plan a visit and get to know this amazing city a little better?

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