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About Toronto

We are excited to welcome you to LinuxCon North America 2016 in Toronto, Ontario!

The land on which Toronto was built was purchased from the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation by the British Crown for a few hundred British pounds, 2000 gun flints, two dozen each of kettles and hats, 120 hand mirrors, a bale of flowered flannel and 96 gallons of rum. Wouldn't it be nice if real estate still worked like that?

Just like Linux, the Toronto we know today has an incredible base that has been built upon by many different people from all walks of life. Voted the most multicultural city in the world, Toronto showcases incredible architecture and art, is a foodie haven (Poutine!), has its own island getaway and hosts the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE), Canada's largest community event (which happens to be overlapping with LinuxCon!).

Also, did you know that Toronto City Hall was not only depicted in a 1969 Star Trek Comic Book, it was also in an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation as one of the destinations of an alien portal? Don't forget to write that down as a "must see" on your trip!


Things to Do and See

See the City from the Top of the CN Tower
The CN Tower is a 553 meter concrete communications and observation tower that was the tallest building in the world for over 34 years. It is now the 4th tallest in the world, and remains the tallest free standing structure in the Western Hemisphere. 


Take a stroll along High Park
High Park is Toronto's largest public park. Walk along the Grenadier Pond and escape the feel of the big city. The park is also home to a zoo, playgrounds, a dog park, sports facilities and many hiking trails.


Shop along the PATH
PATH is the largest underground pedestrian system in North America. It connects 1,200 stores and restaurants, 50 office towers, 20 parking garages, five subway stations, and a railway terminal over its 28km length. Each letter in PATH is a different color representing a different direction.


Take a ferry to the Toronto Islands
When you are in need of a break from Toronto's big-city atmosphere, hop a ferry from Queen's Quay (in Harbourfront) and head to the Toronto Islands. The collection of eight islands, plus a dozen or so smaller islets, offers a welcome touch of green. As a bonus, there are no cars on the islands, making them great for walking, biking, picnics, swimming in the wading pools, laying out at the beach, and sports. 


Eat and Drink through the Distillery District
Back in the 1800's, this waterfront neighborhood was home to Canada's largest distilling company, Gooderham-Worts Distillery. Today, this historic pedestrian-only neighborhood overflows with art galleries, workshops, cafes, restaurants, and breweries. 









Additional Helpful Links

Toronto Extended Weather Forecast
Getting Around Toronto
Interactive Map of Toronto




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