Welcome to Toronto
A multicultural urban paradise on the shores of Lake Ontario
Renowned for its dazzling skyline of monolithic high-rises shimmering over the northwestern shore of Lake Ontario, the city of Toronto serves as the capital of Ontario and is the principal city in the urban swath known as the Golden Horseshoe. Toronto thrives as a multicultural community that embraces the vibrant differences of people from all over the world.
The area of Toronto has seen settlements dating back to the ice age, but its urban community was founded in 1793 under the name of York and then was officially named Toronto in 1834. Since then, Toronto has experienced a rich and colourful history, culminating in its status as one of the world’s most diverse and dynamic metropolises with a population of 2.93 million.
As a bustling urban mecca, Toronto’s housing market is brimming with distinctive properties made to suit a wide range of needs. While there are plenty of luxe walk-ups near the water and new-build condominiums suited for young professionals and entrepreneurs, Toronto’s biggest gem in the residential real estate market is its abundance of single-family homes. From lavish bungalows to post-modern estates built into wooded lands, Toronto’s vast scope of housing options is sure to impress any buyer.
What to Love
- Diverse cultural and nationalities
- An incredible economy built on a variety of sectors
- Protected green spaces and dedication to the environment
- A myriad of housing options for families and individuals
People & Lifestyle
Despite its large size, Toronto is well-known for its family-oriented atmosphere. Suburbs and gated communities are sprinkled throughout the city and provide a quieter refuge from the bustle of urban living, all while keeping residents just steps from some of the world’s best commercial, economic, and entertainment areas.
Dining, Shopping, & Entertainment
The eclectic feel of Toronto’s multicultural community carries over into its commercial districts. The city has produced several exciting, unique neighbourhoods for shopping that all have their own specialties, from international luxury design on Yorkville’s Bloor Street to the Kensington Market’s bohemian-chic offerings. At the heart of downtown, shoppers will encounter name-brand retailers at grand-scale centres like the famous CF Toronto Eaton Centre, which houses over 250 stores and includes brands like Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom.
Toronto is also a culinary epicenter for excellence, recognized globally for its massive assortment of venues and cuisine. With too many choices to name, one could spend a lifetime exploring the fare of Toronto, savoring everything from decadent modern French cuisine at Alo to the romantic Italian meals at Carisma. Another notable must-try, ONE Restaurant serves up sumptuous creations by famed Chef Mark McEwan. Set in the world-class Hazelton Hotel, ONE’s venue boasts an opulent bar and a candlelit, tree-lined patio.
Things to Do
Toronto is an urban playground with room for hundreds of different passions and hobbies. Whether choosing to explore the city’s 1,500 parks and green spaces—including a national park right in the middle of the town—or expanding their intellectual horizons by visiting the city’s many museums, galleries, and theaters, residents of Toronto are always just steps away from a memory-making experience.
With its bevy of mixed-culture communities and plethora of international residents, it’s hardly a surprise that one of the most popular entertainment sources in Toronto would be its array of festivals and events meant to celebrate the colourful tapestry of its residents’ heritages. Toronto’s Caribbean Carnival, Caribana, is held over a long weekend in August and features live music, street food, an epic parade, dozens of nightlife events that often include celebrity sightings, art exhibits, dances, competitions, and so much more.
Another lively celebration of heritage, the Egyptian Coptic Festival, is an annual event that includes live music, food, shows, kids’ activities, and tons of other displays to teach residents about Egyptian history and culture. Toronto also hosts dozens of festivals throughout the year celebrating Latino culture, including Latin Sparks, TD Salsa in Toronto Festival, and Hispanic Fiesta. Most of these events are based in the downtown area, known to host weekly events of all varieties.
Toronto is home to several excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:
- Earl Haig Secondary School, 9-12, highly rated public high school with an integrated arts program
- Rosedale Public School, K-6, highly rated public junior school
- University of Toronto