Discover Toronto
The city of skyscrapers and parks
Megalopolis Toronto is spread on the bank of Lake Ontario

Districts of Toronto

Citizens of Toronto figuratively divide their city into West Side and East Side.

West Side is especially popular among tourists. That’s where you’ll find the majority of attractions and the most expensive district — Queen Street West.

East Side is the most comfortable part of the city for living. The Beaches district that is considered to be the most prestigious is situated here. East Side is also famous for its beautiful park and beaches on the bank of the ocean.

The following neighborhoods are the most attractive for travelers:

  • Harbourfront. Here you shall find the renowned CN Tower with an observation deck, cultural Harbourfront Centre where you can attend exhibition halls, galleries, and a skating rink.
  • Cabbagetown. This is a historical district of Toronto with numerous monuments and buildings constructed in Victorian style.
  • Yorkville. Fans of museums and displays love this part of the town. Here you can see the impressive exhibits of the Royal Ontario Museum, Ceramics Museum, Bata Shoe Museum.
  • Path. This is a real paradise for shopaholics with a diversity of supermarkets and boutiques neighboring with cozy cafes, restaurants, and small parks.

Map Toronto


Almost three million people live in the city. The total population of the Great Toronto metropolitan area reaches six million. It’s one of the most multi-national megalopolises on the planet. Over 47% of the citizens living in the administrative center of Ontario were born in foreign countries. The Indians are the largest diaspora in Toronto. They conclude 9.6% of the immigrants. Many Chinese, Italians, and Filipinos also live in the city. Around 2.5% are immigrants from the former Soviet Union.

A brief history

There are two versions of the origin of the city’s name. According to one of them, Toronto means “a meeting point”. Another hypothesis states that the translation sounds like “where trees are standing in the water”. In the XVII century, Toronto used to be a district on the northern bank of Lake Ontario. Indian tribes who changed their settlements often used to stop here.

The British bought these lands in the XVIII century. The colony of Upper Canada with the capital in Toronto was formed. Back then, Toronto was known as York. The city was developing and growing rapidly. At the beginning of the XIX century, it was invaded by the American forces that plundered it and burned down.

York was gradually reconstructed, and life got back on track. It was renamed into Toronto in 1834.

At the end of the XIX century, the city had a developed traffic infrastructure, a suburban railroad, and launched the first electric tram.

At the beginning of the XX century, immigrants began to come here on a massive scale. This factor triggered the intense industrial development of the region.

Nowadays, the city and its adjoining settlements form a large metropolitan area known as the Greater Toronto Area. The leading megalopolis of the world ranks the fourth position on the quality of life among 140 cities on the planet.

A diversity of cultures and architectural styles, the dynamics of the fast-growing city attract crowds of tourists who are looking for new impressions and entertainments.

Trip budget

Before the trip, you should calculate the approximate budget that you will require for the travel:

The best time to visit Toronto

The city has a humid continental climate. Winters are cold and have frequent snowfalls and the average temperature of -6 ºС…-15 ºС. Sometimes, the stem of the thermometer reaches -20 ºС…-25 ºС. Summer is warm and damp. The air temperature is +20 ºС…+25 ºС. The end of spring and the beginning of autumn is the most favorable time for visiting Toronto. In September of every year, movie fans from all over the world gather in the city to attend the Toronto International Film Festival. The winner of the contest is the movie that received the majority of votes from the audience.

If you love jazz, come to Toronto at the end of June. In this period, they have the International Toronto Jazz Festival. The most famous jazz performers delight the visitors who come to this event.

Useful notes

What should a tourist do in Toronto?

  • Admire the grandeur of Casa Loma —a palace built at the beginning of the XX century. The mansion combines numerous architectural styles. It seems that it was moved to Toronto from Medieval Europe. It’s hard to check out all 98 rooms in the castle within one day. But you should definitely admire the exhibits at the museums located inside the mansion. The fabulous palace often becomes a location for many films and series.
  • Fall in love with the marvelous view from the observation deck of the worldwide known CN Tower. It had been the tallest tower in the world for thirty years. After you have admired the megapolis from the bird’s-eye view, you can rest and dine in the largest and highest rotating restaurant.
  • Spend the whole day in the Distillery District — the bohemian tourist destination in the city. The area appeared in the XIX century during the bloom of the distillery industry in the country. Nowadays, the former workshops and departments of distilling and brewing in the Victorian style host picture galleries, shops, and restaurants. The Distillery District is the favorite place for spending leisure for both locals and guests.
  • Stroll down the longest street in the world, Yonge Street. The central street of the city is 1896 meters in length. It connects the banks of Lake Ontario and Lake Simcoe. Walk along the most lively arterial route in Toronto, dropping by its numerous shops and boutiques. If you are a fan of a loud nightlife, pay attention to the diversity of bars and nightclubs that attract crowds of travelers.
  • Get impressed by the futuristic forms of one of the largest museums in North America — the Royal Ontario Museum. The extraordinary construction made of glass and metal resembles an enormous crystal with irregular facets. Inside, you can see the unique models of fossils, dinosaurs’ skeletons, minerals and meteorites, the Ancient Egypt sarcophagus, Medieval ceramic vases, pieces of art, artifacts, and many other fascinating exhibits.
  • See the Old City Hall building of unusual shape. The construction was designed by an architect named Viljo Gabriel Revell and made his name famous all over the world. It consists of two towers of different height and a round building between them. Sit on a bench in front of the City Hall and enjoy the beauty of a fountain.
  • Get acquainted with the history of the city on the territory of Fort York. The unassailable fortress of the XIX century remembers the battles between the Americans and the British. Here you can see one of the largest military collections in the world. During the Canadian national holidays, they throw military parades in the fort. To feel the taste of the bygone era, try the flavored pastry that is cooked following the ancient recipes of the officers’ cuisine.
  • Rest in the favorite park of the citizens - High Park. The marvelous park zone attracts with its diversity of small lakes and hollows, blooming gardens, and picturesque paths.
  • Devote the whole day to exploring one of the largest zoos in the world. It has over sixteen thousand animals! Many of them can be seen only in this zoological garden. The display of the prehistorical dinosaurs’ models attracts the attention of both adults and children. It’s quite a challenging task to see every corner of the park’s enormous territory. Using a zoomobile — a train with four cabins, — is a convenient solution.
  • Drop by the St. Lawrence Market. It’s one of the largest markets in the country. It is located inside the XIX-century building and offers goods produced all over the province of Ontario. You can purchase the flavored pastry, home-made cheese, cooked meat products, and other farmers’ goods.
  • Try local dishes. The combination of many nations and cultures reflects on the national cuisine of Toronto. However, among all the diversity, we would highlight various kinds of meat that take minimum thermal processing. Taste the BBQ, steaks, and pastes. Don’t forget to treat yourself to dishes with the gastronomical symbol of Canada — maple syrup. Order some bacon with maple syrup and eggs, or a dessert “The Beaver Tail”.

Hotels in Toronto

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