Often mistaken as Canada’s national capital, which is actually Ottawa, Toronto is probably Canada’s best-known city, in large part because of the hubbub around the Toronto International Film Festival, the sky-high CN Tower, and major sports franchises like the Blue Jays, the Toronto Maple Leafs, and the Raptors.
Toronto is a bustling, multicultural metropolis, with large swaths of distinct populations and neighborhoods that include Greek, Italian, and Korean and the second largest Chinatown in North America. Toronto is also the country’s financial center and has lots of men in expensive blue suits swaggering around its downtown.
In addition to all the urban finery of a major city (museums, great shopping, and live theater), Toronto has ready access to miles and miles of Lake Ontario waterfront as well as three rivers that intersect the city and provide a respite by way of trails and parks.
Toronto is less than two hours from both the U.S. border and Niagara Falls and withintwo or three hours of Ontario’s cottage country and loads of provincial parks.