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About Toronto

We are excited to welcome you to CloudNativeDay 2016 in Toronto, Ontario!

People have been calling Toronto home since 1793, when British colonial officers founded the Town of York on what was then the Upper Canadian frontier. That village grew to become the City of Toronto in 1834. Through expansion and evolution, Toronto has emerged as one of the most welcoming and multicultural urban places in the world!

 

Toronto Fun Facts 

Toronto is Canada's largest city - with a population of almost 5.6 million people. It is the 5th largest city in North America. 

Toronto has more than 8,000 restaurants!

Over 30% of Toronto's residents speak a language other than English and French. Dual langauge street signs can be founds in Little Italy, Little Portugal and Chinatown.

Caribana, hosted in Toronto, is the largest single day parade in North America. The parade route is 3.6 km long and takes about 8 hours to complete. More than 1 million spectators come to see the 10,000 costumed participants.

 

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. 

 

 

 

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Toronto Extended Weather Forecast
Getting Around Toronto
Interactive Map of Toronto

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