Welcome letter from Mayor Mel Lastman
Perhaps the safest major urban centre in North America, the Greater Toronto
Area has a population of almost 5 million, making it the fifth largest
city in North America. Located on the north shore of Lake Ontario,
Toronto is the financial and economic centre of Canada. With a
vibrant downtown core and active social scene, Toronto offers a huge
variety of opportunities for dining, shopping and entertainment. With
over 5,000 restaurants, Toronto has more restaurant per capita than
any other North American city, after San Francisco. It also boasts the
second largest live theatre centre in North America, second only to
New York. Toronto is
also the largest city in Canada, which has been ranked the best nation
in the world to live in, for the sixth year in a row. The
city of Toronto's Web site
gives more details.
There are many attractions in the city, from the almost-compulsory
trip up the CN Tower, to a visit to the always-fascinating Ontario
Science Centre, to exploring Casa Loma, a castle complete with secret
passageways. Or if you're in the mood for some sports, Toronto's
professional baseball, hockey, and basketball teams are all active in
April, playing in the SkyDome and the newly-built Air Canada Centre.
Be sure to check out the official
Tourism Toronto Web site to find out more about Toronto and what's
happening during your stay. You should also try
NOW magazine's Web site which provides extremely comprehensive
listings of events in and around the city.
Located in south-central Ontario, Toronto is also very close to a
number of other interesting places including Niagara Falls and the
Niagara wine region, Kingston and the Thousand Islands, and Barrie and
Georgian Bay. There are major casinos in both Niagara Falls and
Orillia, both about a 90-minute drive from the city. And don't forget
that the U.S. dollar is worth way more (about $1.50 Canadian during
summer 1999) than the Canadian dollar, so it goes a lot further.
And if you are visiting Toronto from outside of Canada you can get
a tax refund.
For more information on events going on around Ontario, try checking the
Travel and Tourism Ontario Web site.
Toronto's weather is much like that of the northern United
States. April tends to be a month of transition, especially early in
the month, and temperatures can fluctuate anywhere from 40 F (5 C) to
75 F (25 C) but tend to be around 55 F (13 C). And rain is not
uncommon in April. To check out the forecast for the Toronto area,
either of the following two Web sites give fairly comprehensive and
Toronto weather or
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