Courtesy Tourism Toronto

Courtesy Tourism Toronto

• The name Toronto is believed to have originated from the Mohawk phrase Tkaronto. Experts say the Mohawk phrase means “where there are trees standing in the water.”

• Toronto is the fifth largest city in North America, with a population of approximately 6 million. While only Mexico City, New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago are larger, Toronto is not the capital of Canada. (That honor goes to Ottawa.) Toronto is the capital of Ontario.

• Yonge Street divides the city into east and west, serving unofficially as the city’s meridian. This iconic street, which starts on the shore of Lake Ontario in Queens Quay, is 56 km in length but was once erroneously believed to extend a staggering 1,896 kilometers. Yonge Street, in fact, was once listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest street in the world. The title was dropped in 1999, after experts figured out the street officially ends in a farm lane in Keswick, Ontario, and does not continue any further.

• The Toronto Islands, located just off shore in Lake Ontario, are a popular recreational destination and home to a residential community comprised of approximately 300 homes. Island residents live primarily on Ward’s Island and Algonquin Island. There are paved pathways throughout the islands, as well as an amusement park, and with the exception of municipal vehicles, the Toronto Islands are entirely car free. The community and other islands can be accessed year round via the Toronto Island Ferry Terminal (located at the Toronto Harbor) or, if you’re feeling adventurous, can be reached with a kayak or canoe (how Canadian!).

• In 2015, the venerable Economist magazine voted Toronto the “best city in the world to live.” The ranking was based on their Safe Cities Index, as well as livability rankings and other indices that factor in the business environment, degree of democracy and global food security.

By |June 1, 2015