Toronto is the largest city in Canada and also the capital of the district ofOntario . It lies on the western shore of Lake Ontario. Together with the surrounding communities it is the largest metropolitan area in Canada. The population of the metropolitan region in 2006 was 5.5 million.
Toronto (historical name: York, also called “Little York” in comparison to New York) is divided into the inner city (the actual Toronto) and the districts of North York, York, and Etobicoke in the west as East York and Scarborough in the east. Toronto is built on a checkerboard pattern. The central axis of the city’s Yonge Street, extending from Lake Ontario extends from the north and then northwest across runs through the entire province of Ontario. In an east-west one of the major cross streets, the Bloor Steet is. The intersection of two streets marks the upper end of the actual city. At the same under these two roads running the only subway lines in the city, and one can therefore say that the corner of Bloor-Yonge is virtually the heart of Toronto. The districts of the city of Toronto in turn are divided into various “neighborhoods” which often have their own character. Thus, the Staddteile “Annex” and “Yorkville” northwest of Bloor-Yonge very urban and hip, with upmarket restaurants, but also student pubs. Yorkville is also the Toronto Film Festival takes place, the largest in North America. Bloor-Yonge is located northeast of Rosedale, a suburb of a peaceful and rich with impressive homes and a park-like landscape. Directly south of it is St. James Town / Cabbagetown. Originally named after the Irish emigrants who here their cabbages cultivated in small gardens, this area is now a mixture of rich and poor, straight and gay. Further east along Bloor St, across the Don Valley, Riverdale are located in the South and “the Danforth”. This changes its name to the Bloor Danforth St, hence the name. In this district, many Greeks have settled, moussaka, souvlaki and other specialties are here in the first-class quality offerings. Riverdale, however, is dominated by Thais and Indians, with many good and inexpensive restaurants. Who wants to buy a sari or Bollywood films, has a great selection here. Further south and right on the lake is the “Studio District” – here the heart of the media world beats in old industrial buildings have been converted to lofts in part. Next to the East: “The Beach” – actually a district with sandy beach and a mile-long “boardwalk” on Lake Ontario. In summer you can skate here, play beach volleyball or a coffee in the pavilion. You can reach the best district by tram (“The Rocket”), which runs on the Queen Street (another east-west street). At the eastern end of the line, the RC Harris Filtration Plant is, prepared an impressive water works in the Art Deco style, the water from Lake Ontario for the city. From here you can spend hours in an easterly direction along the lakeside walk. The city is here above the sandy cliffs and the beaches are quite lonely.
From humble beginnings as a transshipment and trading center of the English, which has operated here the fur trade with the Indian tribes of the hinterland (Toronto means “meeting place” in the language of the Hurons) to the city (first called by the settlers York) becoming the economic center Canada developed.
Today, Toronto is a city that attracts people from all over the world. Nowhere in the world more different ethnic groups were counted. The coexistence of these immigrants form the image of Toronto. For each group, there are typical streets that offer with specialty shops, restaurants and cultural institutions, a piece of home across the ocean. Ukrainians, Jews, Indians, Thais, Chinese, Greeks, Italians, Portuguese, Japanese, Polish, Korean, Brazilian and many more have lent her face Toronto.
The large clip for this coexistence is the location on Lake Ontario, which is also the province its name (“sparkling water”), with sandy beaches and hills, which date from the Ice Age. Toronto is a good starting point for trips through the surrounding areas, the Muskokas, the Bruce Peninsula, the Niagara Escarpment, Georgian Bay (Lake Huron), Algonquin Park or the Niagara Falls
The airport is accessible via the Gardiner Expressway in Toronto. The most convenient way to get from the airport into town is next to the taxi to the Airport Express .It is a bus shuttle that operates every 20 minutes, major hotels in downtown. He also stops at a hotel across from Union Station, so you can get on the subway. A single ticket costs about 27 CAD, with a return ticket to save slightly for two rides. A taxi ride to downtown costs about 46 CAD. The cheapest way to get from the airport to downtown is a combination of bus and subway (TTC). The 192 bus commutes regularly between all three terminals and the terminal stop “Kipling” the subway. (Including how often you want to change) A one way ticket costs 3 CAD.
The Toronto City Airport is located on an island in Lake Ontario and is by car ferry (crossing time 2 min) to achieve. It is generally used for domestic flights and flights to the USA. Before even starting from this helicopter scenic flights.
The entire inner-city network of trains and buses is from the Toronto Transit Commission administers (TTC). The access to the network will cost at least 3 CAD. On the subway stations, so-called tokens, or even multi-day tickets are purchased. In the bus you have to show either his ticket, or pay with a token (passend!) bar. Once a power line you can change as often as you want. In the bus you have to leave this, however, give a ticket.
The Yonge-Spadina line describes a U of Downsview in the north of the WR Allen Rd, Spadina Ave and University Ave to Central Station (Union Station) in the south and runs from there to the north on Yonge Street to the other north end of the Finch Ave. This line is at its northern end to the GO Transit (local bus and train for Toronto and surrounding area) connected
The other major subway line runs east-west streets in the Bloor / Danforth, linking the districts of Etobicoke and Scarborough. Here is the western terminus of Kipling (with connections to the GO-traffic) and the east, rises in Kennedy (includes bus, subway in price) to above-ground station for an extension to east.
The subway network is complemented by several trams (Torontonians call their trams like “the rocket”), the roads both north-south as well as through an east-west, such as on the Queen Street, College Street / Carlton Street or the Spadina Ave.
A peculiarity of Toronto are the ferries that connect Toronto Iceland (in Ontario, just outside the city) with the mainland. From the ferry landing on the south side of Yonge St. Hanlan’s Point, you can, begin Centre Iceland and Iceland’s Ward. The islands are interconnected, closed to car traffic and to explore by bicycle, roller skates or on foot. Another ferry connects the Toronto City Airport, also located on the island with the mainland
Toronto Iceland, the Toronto islands. These are very popular in summer, because they are a recreational area. The islands are accessible by ferry. From a dock on the mainland adjacent to the Westin Hotel on Queensquay (corner of Yonge Street) put all the ferries to the islands. A ticket includes round-trip ticket costs 6.50 CAD. In the summer, but you have to wait up at the docks. An alternative is for water taxis. If you walk from the docks on the waterfront to the west, you will find the boats. For $ 10 per person per trip comes as one of the islands. On the way back you can safely take the ferry, because then the tickets will no longer be checked.
The town is good for exploring by bicycle. But beware, not the drivers take a great deal of consideration.
In Downtown, there are several good restaurants. A special highlight is the Richtree Market Restaurant in Brookfield Place. There is obtained near the entrance and a local map, which are cast in ‘stalls’ which delicacies. At one level, there are sushi, another is freshly squeezed juice and offered at one another again, it smells like pancakes. As a guest you go from stall to stall, takes with it what you want to eat. The prices are stored at each booth on the map, which is given off when leaving the restaurant and paid for. Brookfield Place: Union subway, take the PATH to Brookfield Place (Hockey Hall of Fame).
Downtown Toronto offers a huge variety of restaurants and cafes. Especially in the summer time, the majority of restaurants have opened their beer garden. These are bestzt popular and fast. For every budget can be found. King St West and Queen Street West are the addresses to go out. Here are restaurants and pubs lined. There are also clubs in this area a lot. Toro Tonie go less in large discos. In Ontario, heard on the night by 2 clock. VOR 2 clock there is the last call, the rush to the bars is then great. The TTC, public transport goes only to 1 clock in the rule. There are night buses, but it should first be looked up on the homepage of the TTC. Food to another popular neighborhood is Chinatown. The intersection of Spadina and Dundas is the hotspot. Her small, there are many Chinese restaurants that are worth visiting. Every few years, shifting the party scene. Insiders love the neighborhood and Toro Tonie Ossington between Queen and Dundas St. West St West. Many new restaurants and clubs here are just opened.