Toronto’s unique identity is rooted in diversity and a rich array of cultural assets. The City is home to more than 80 film festivals, 200 professional performing arts organizations, internationally recognized symphony, ballet and opera companies, countless commercial and not-for-profit galleries, museums, and much more. Toronto’s 10 city-owned museums hold 147,000 artifacts and 1 million archaeological specimens in their historical collections and more than 200 City-owned public art works and historic monuments enrich Toronto’s urban landscape with artistic flair. Toronto is the leading tourism destination in Canada, attracting more than 25 million Canadian, American and international visitors annually.
From an infrastructure perspective, Toronto has North America’s third largest public transit system after New York City and Mexico City. PATH, North America’s largest continuous underground pedestrian system connects approximately 1200 stores and restaurants, over 50 buildings/office towers, five subway stations, Union Station, six major hotels and several entertainment centres under Toronto’s financial core. Toronto has more than 1,600 public parks and 600 km of trails including 5 golf courses and 676 sports fields. The City also features 39 Recreation Centres, 45 Ambulance Stations, 84 Fire Stations and 100 library branches.
On the entertainment side, Toronto is home to a variety of professional sports teams including the Toronto Maple Leafs (hockey), Blue Jays (Baseball) , Raptors (Basketball), Rock (Lacrosse), FC (Soccer) as well as 10 major theatres, the Air Canada Centre and Rogers Centre, home to countess concerts and special events, the CN Tower and Ripley’s Aquarium. The City itself produces over 30 major cultural festivals annually.
From a culinary perspective, Toronto rivals perhaps any leading city in the World for the breadth and quality of restaurants. Some classic and new favorites include Scaramouche, Canoe Restaurant & Bar, Barberians, The Senator, MomoFuko Shoto, Keg Mansion, Mildred’s temple Kitchen and Café Boulud.