Insider Guide: Best of Toronto
The New York of the “Great White North” is a standout international destination
Toronto would be just another dot on the map of the United States had Canadian, British and First Nations warriors not banded together to beat the Americans and win the War of 1812.
Two centuries later, the city once known as York is the biggest in Canada and one of the most multicultural in North America, home to 2.5 million people (5.5 million in the Greater Toronto Area, or GTA) of more than 200 distinct ethnic origins.
Other Canadians often mock Torontonians for their center-of-the-universe attitude, but top dogs are always targets for those with bones to pick. This city is the country’s economic and social powerhouse.
Once ruled by Victorian and Protestant morality, it has matured over the past few decades into a truly international destination, with a vibrant bar, restaurant and club scene, not to mention world-class sports teams and arts institutions.
Toronto the Good, as it was once called (and sometimes is still called in jest), isn’t afraid to show its bad side — or any of its sides.
It’s a city of neighborhoods — Chinatown, Little Italy, Riverdale. It’s a city of festivals — the Toronto International Film Festival, Caribana, Gay Pride. But above all, the best of Toronto makes it a livable city, one full of promise and potential.
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