The provincial capital of Ontario, and the largest metropolitan area in Canada in terms of population, economic strength and geography, Toronto is widely revered as the most culturally diverse urban centre in the world. While relatively young in comparison to other global cities, the city on the Northwestern shore of Lake Ontario has world-class features attractive to all. Recently voted as the fourth “most livable” city on the planet by the EIU, Toronto is internationally recognized for its relatively low cost of living, exceptional transit services, cleanliness and safety. It is estimated that approximately one million immigrants will flood the streets of Toronto over the next ten years due large in part to the international praise it receives annually and its livable conditions.
Toronto’s dynamic culture generates boundless opportunity and exciting adventures for new visitors. Home to several museums, galleries and venues, Toronto has emerged as a mecca for history, fine arts and science. The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), and the Ontario Science Centre are major tourist destinations for both residents and visitors interested in gaining a stimulating perspective on global culture, history and emerging technologies. From 1976 to 2007, the CN Tower was noted as the tallest free-standing structure in the world, until it was surpassed by the Canton Tower in China, and the Burj Khalifa in the UAE. Other distinguished tourist attractions in Toronto, include: the Distillery District, High Park, Toronto Island, Casa Loma, Brookfield Place, Eaton Centre, Nathan Phillips Square and Canada’s Walk of Fame.
Toronto is a sports crazed town with several major league teams, including: the Maple Leafs (hockey), the Blue Jays (baseball), the Raptors (basketball) and the Argonauts (football). All of the city’s major sports venues, Air Canada Centre, Rogers Centre, BMO Field and Ricoh Coliseum are located in the downtown core and easily accessible by transit and foot. Toronto is considered the ‘shiny capital of the world’ and has over 50 outdoor skating rinks and facilities. There’s nothing more Canadian than an outdoor game of pick-up hockey!
The University of Toronto annually ranks as a top twenty educational institution in the world. Other notable institutions in the city include, York University, Ryerson University, OCAD University and the University of Guelph-Humber. Toronto is also source for health and medicine. In fact, over twenty medical facilities are located within the city, dedicated to innovative patient care and research.
Toronto is a hub of world cultures, values and activity. Whether you’re a sports fanatic, a fine-arts junkie or a progressive scientific mind, Toronto is the place to be. Explore GEOS Toronto’s various language courses now and get ready for the experience of a lifetime!