Mar 27, 2012
One of the most impressive and diverse cities in Canada is Toronto. The history of this great city has influenced and shaped Canada in a way that has not been seen by other cities.
Located on the north shore of Lake Ontario, Toronto is filled with many activities and family-friendly fun making this city a great place to spend a holiday and an incredible place to live.
History of Toronto
Although native people have lived in the area for centuries, the community of Toronto was founded by the British in 1793 as a trading post, military post, and supply center.
The British called their community “York” and it became the provincial capital of the area. Toronto was a focal point during the war of 1812 and as a result experienced much turmoil.
After the war, Toronto saw a period of rapid expansion with the building of banks and schools and quickly became the urban center of the region.
Earning the name “Toronto” in 1834, the city’s population had exploded to nearly 10,000 and its influence was being seen across the region. Today, Toronto is a bustling and vibrant community, home to nearly 2 million people.
Tourism in Toronto
As with any vibrant community, there are many activities waiting for both the local and the visitor. Take a hop-on hop-off bus tour for a panoramic view of the city.
Become oriented to the city and hear from a local the history and tips for visiting the area. Several professional sports teams call Toronto home.
Depending on the time of year, visitors can enjoy a major league baseball game with the Toronto Blue Jays, Hockey with the Maple Leafs, or even Canadian League football. The NBA also has a presence here as the home of the Raptors.
With Soccer and Lacrosse rounding out the venues, there are many opportunities to enjoy the athleticism of this Canadian province. If sports aren’t your style, check out one of the top amusement parks in Canada. Paramount Canada’s Wonderland is full of family-friendly fun and games and makes for a great day.
There is more to Toronto that just sports. Visit one of the many microbreweries, such as the S Steam Whistle Brewing Company. Enjoy a picnic in High Park, Toronto’s most impressive, yet unkempt, park. Shopping in Toronto is a great experience. Find great deals on jewelry and other souvenirs to take home to loved ones.
For a fantastic day trip just outside the city of Toronto, visit the impressive and incomparable Niagara Falls. This day trip is one that is unforgettable. Visitors can easily rent a car and drive to this impressive location, or there are many companies that offer day trips to the area and some even include meals.
This is a great way to see the falls, as all arrangements are made for you. Take a trip to the base of the falls on the “Maid of the Mist”. Hike behind the falls to a viewing portal for a view that is unlike any other in the world. At dusk, there is can incredible light show that should not be missed.
Getting to Toronto
Getting to Toronto is easy. Many of Canada’s major highways intersect here providing access to the city from nearly anywhere in Canada. From the United States, a check point station is set up at all entry ports and a passport is required for entry or departure from the country.
For visitors that are flying into Toronto’s Lester B. Pearson International Airport, there are many taxi companies that run a service from the airport to the city. In addition, a well-functioning bus subway system run throughout the city making getting around quick, easy, and affordable.
Toronto is a wonderful place to spend a holiday. From sports and outdoor activities, to history and so much more, Toronto has much to offer visitors from every background. Visit Toronto and see what makes this city special.