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The dynamic urban character of Canada’s largest city blends seamlessly with the natural beauty of the city’s waterfront and regional natural heritage sites like Canada’s largest botanical garden, the Royal Botanical Gardens, and the Niagara Escarpment, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.  The strength of the region’s $222 billion economy and its ranking as one of the World Intellectual Property Organization’s most innovative municipalities provide the financial foundation for a community recognized as one of the safest and most welcoming in the world.

Rated by Reader’s Digest as the world’s third most polite city, Toronto shows off its hospitality to almost 20 million visitors annually. In fact, the city of Toronto and the nearby, legendary Niagara Falls are Canada’s two most-visited tourist attractions.

  • The Mercer survey on global livability ranked Toronto as the best city in the Western Hemisphere for personal safety.
  • The Province of Ontario has the most highly educated workforce in the world according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
  • Toronto is one of the world’s media capitals with three major television networks, six daily newspapers, four all-sports television networks, several specialty sports television channels and one of the first all-sports radio stations in the world.
  • Torontonians support the city’s bid for the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games. A poll conducted by Ipsos Reid Research early in the bid process indicated that 80% of respondents supported the bid to host the Games in 2015.

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Toronto is one of the world’s most culturally diverse cities and is ranked in the top ten of Foreign Policy magazine’s Global Cities Index, where it joins London, Paris and New York in being one of the top four cultural experience cities in the world. 

  • Toronto is the third largest financial centre in North America.
  • The Economist ranks Toronto the fifth “most liveable” city in the world based on factors including stability, health care, culture, environment, education and infrastructure.
  • With a population of 2.6 million people, Toronto is Canada’s largest city and the fifth largest in North America.
  • Toronto’s surrounding region is home to 8.1 million people, all living within an hour’s drive of the Games area.
  • Approximately 20% of the Toronto region’s population was born in the Caribbean, Central America, South America, the United States or Mexico.

History & Geography

Toronto, the largest city in Canada and the capital of the province of Ontario, celebrated its 175th anniversary in 2009.  Located on the picturesque shoreline of Lake Ontario, Toronto is the heart of Canada’s most populous region and just over an hour's drive from the American border.

  • At 112 metres (367 feet) above sea level, downtown Toronto’s altitude offers ideal conditions for high-performance athletes.
  • Toronto features warm but moderate summer temperatures with an average of fewer than five days in July with temperatures above 30° Celsius (86°F).
  • Average monthly rainfall for July is only 67 millimetres. On average, one in three days will offer some precipitation, but only one day in nine has rainfall greater than 5 millimetres.
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  1. City Hall

    City Hall

  2. TO2015 Kids

    TO2015 Kids

  3. PACHI looking at the CN Tower

    PACHI looking at the CN Tower

  4. PACHI at the CN Tower

    PACHI at the CN Tower

  5. VVA Leafs VIVA!

    VVA Leafs VIVA!

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  1. City Hall

    City Hall

  2. TO2015 Kids

    TO2015 Kids

  3. PACHI looking at the CN Tower

    PACHI looking at the CN Tower

  4. PACHI at the CN Tower

    PACHI at the CN Tower

  5. VVA Leafs VIVA!

    VVA Leafs VIVA!

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