With six million people and a population that is still growing, the Greater Toronto Area is by far the most densely populated region of Canada. Ever wondered why everyone wants to live here? Here are five of the things that we think make Toronto so great.
Fantastic food and drink There’s no question that Toronto offers some of Canada’s best wining and dining. The city’s Bar Isabel was recently named Canada’s Best New Restaurant, and many celebrity chefs have set up shop in Toronto—such as Mark McEwan (North 44 Restaurant) and David Chang (Momofuku Noodle Bar). And if you’re looking for something to wash it all down with, try a glass of locally brewed Steam Whistle beer or one of the many wines from the Niagara region.
Shopper’s paradise Whether you’re shopping for souvenirs or the latest fashions, you are sure to find it in Toronto. The city’s fashionistas can be found shopping for designer goods in the Yorkville area, bargain hunters head to the suburb of Halton Hills for the Toronto Premium Outlets, and Kensington Market attracts a “Bohemian” crowd and is known for one-of-a-kind items and vintage clothing. To take a taste of Toronto home with you, stop by the St. Lawrence Market—named by National Geographic as the World’s Best Food Market—for gourmet groceries and cookware, or drop by on Sunday when it’s filled with antique vendors.
Non-stop entertainment Don’t worry about finding something to do at night in Toronto—worry about how you’ll fit it all in. The city is booming with entertainment options, from theatre to concerts to nightly shows by the renowned The Second City comedy group. And, during conference season, sports fans can take in a game by the Blue Jays or maybe even the Maple Leafs (on the chance they reach the playoffs).
Opportunities to connect with nature Toronto may be a huge metropolis, but it’s surprisingly easy to get away from the city. For a quick escape, hop aboard the public ferry or a water taxi to the Toronto Islands for cycling trails, picnicking, beaches, and even bird-watching at a wildlife sanctuary. If you have more time, consider a day trip to see spectacular Niagara Falls, which is only 130 kilometres southwest of the city, or head north to the Muskoka region, where you can rent a cottage by the lake.
Multicultural to the max As nearly half of Torontonians were born outside of Canada, Toronto has truly become a world in a city. Where else can you start the day with a cappuccino in Little Italy, get a massage in Chinatown, shop for saris in Little India, and end it with a dinner of spicy bibimbap in Koreatown? If you’re back in the city in August, make sure to check out the schedule for vibrant festivals like Taste of the Danforth, which celebrates Greek culture and food.