Life in Toronto
Nicknamed “Toronto the Good,” “Hogtown,” and “The 6” (after its 416 area code), Toronto is distinguished for its higher education, arts and culture, sports, entertainment, and shopping. And despite a population of over 5 million in the Greater Toronto Area, it is consistently ranked as one of the world’s most liveable cities. This is likely because it is a city of neighbourhoods that reflect its extraordinary cultural diversity. From Chinatown to Greektown, Little Italy to Little India, and Portugal Village to the stretch of Ethiopian restaurants on Bloor Street West, virtually all of the world’s cultures are represented in this vibrant city. It is also easy to get around on the TTC, the city’s public transportation system that includes buses, streetcars, and four subway lines.
Toronto is home to the Leafs, Jays, Raptors, and other professional sports teams, and its Theatre District is the third-largest in the English-speaking world. Film lovers flock to the world-class Toronto International Film Festival in the fall and the Hot Docs Festival in the spring, while arts and culture aficionados are regulars at the Royal Ontario Museum, Art Gallery of Ontario, and the city’s many smaller galleries. Toronto’s restaurant scene has also exploded in recent years, with everything from white-table-cloth fine dining to hipster haunts. Finally, for those who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life, Toronto has many parks and an extensive ravine system, as well as easy access to short trip destinations such as cottage country, Niagara-on-the-Lake, and Stratford.