Toronto

Introduction

Toronto is the largest city in Canada situated on the North shore of Lake Ontario. The city boasts a high quality of life and one of the safest urban environments in the world. Toronto’s population is extremely diverse, so much so that the United Nations recognized it as the most multicultural city in the world. Toronto is home to the world's tallest free-standing structure on land (CN Tower at 553.33 m) and the world's longest street, which starts at the city's lakeshore (Yonge Street at 1,896 km).

Toronto is often recognised as the world´s most culturally diverse city. There are many international communities (Chinese, Italian, Greek, Portuguese etc.) scattered across the city. The city of Toronto has 2.5 million inhabitants, whilst the Greater Toronto area has 5.5 million.

Language Spoken

The languages spoken in Canada are English and French. Toronto is home to many different nationalities and therefore you will hear a multitude of languages on the street.

Currency

The currency of Canada is the Canadian Dollar. 1 GBP = [CCExhange base="GBP" currency="CAD"] CAD*

Time Zone

Toronto is on Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is GMT – 5 hours.

International Dialing Codes

+1-416 (+ local number)

Climate

Toronto has a very moderate climate, one of the mildest in Canada. In summer the temperature will reach 25 Celsius and in Winter it will get just below freezing, with the exception of January, the coldest month when temperatures can reach -15 Celsius.

Emergency Numbers

The general emergency number for all services in Canada is 911.

Public Transport Information

With one of the most effective and well-maintained transport systems in North America, visitors to Toronto will find the city easy to travel around, regardless of the weather. The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) operates bus transport, subway trains and streetcars, which provide affordable travel throughout the city, eliminating the need for a car in downtown Toronto. While those who want to visit outlying areas around Toronto may choose to hire a car, convenient alternatives include train travel, coach transport and flights to other Canadian and US cities.

Airport Code

The international airport for Toronto is Lester B. Pearson International Airport, with airport code YYZ, 45 minutes from downtown Toronto.

And Another Thing...

Toronto is the 5th-largest city in North America after Mexico City, Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago.