Toronto is the provincial capital of the region of Ontario. It is also the economic capital of Canada and is regarded as a global city.
The earliest settlers in the land were the Iroquois tribes. In 1793 this settlement was named York by the governor of the region and the town was incorporated as Toronto in 1834. The city grew fast and became one of the major centers for immigrants to the country of Canada. In 1904 the Great Toronto Fire damaged a large portion of downtown Toronto. However the city was re-built quickly. After World War II there was immigration from different parts of the world and in the 1980s the city became one of the most populous cities in Canada.
Toronto enjoys a moderate climate due to its southerly location in the country. It experiences humid continental climate. There are warm summers and cold winters. Precipitation is evenly distributed through the year.
Toronto has no single architectural style and there are structures that belong to different eras and styles. There are historic marvels that date back to 1800s and there are new constructions as well.
The CN Tower - This is the most prominent structure in the Toronto skyline. It has a height of 553.33 meters and is one of the tallest structures in the world.
Distillery District - It is situated on the eastern side of downtown Toronto and is the biggest as well as the best preserved collection of the industrial architecture of the Victorian era. It is a well known pedestrian village that has art galleries, boutiques, artist studios, restaurants, and small breweries including the well-known Mill Street Brewery.
The Royal Ontario Museum - It is one of the most reputed museums in the world for natural history and world culture.
The Toronto Zoo- It is another important attraction and is home to more than 5000 animals belonging to 460 species.
Greektown - It boasts of the highest concentration of eateries per kilometer in the world. It is at this place that the "Taste of the Danforth" festival is celebrated annually.
Toronto is a city of high-rises and has more than 2000 buildings with over 90 meters height. The city has undergone an architectural overhaul with buildings such as the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Gardiner Museum, The Royal Ontario Museum, and the Ontario College of Art.
The city has a wide range of public spaces, ranging from public parks to city squares. Nathan Phillips Square, the most prominent square in the city is the entrance to the City Hall. The Yonge-Dundas Square is a new square that has become famous as one of the busiest meeting places in the city. Some other squares are Harbourfront Square, Mel Lastman Square and many more.
Toronto also has a lot of green space and some of the best known downtown parks are Moss Park, Grange Park, Little Norway Park, Allan Gardens, Riverdale Park, Queen's Park, Trinity Bellwoods Park and many more. Both the parks and the squares are associated with pools or rinks to facilitate ice-skating.
The city is an important center as well performing arts. There are numerous theatres, opera companies, dance companies, orchestras and many more. There are the Canadian Opera Company, the National Ballet of Canada, the Canadian Stage Company and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra that are situated here.