2001 population: 2,481,494
(Source: Statistics Canada)
Toronto is in the province of Ontario. It is on Lake Ontario. The city is the provincial capital.
The city's name derives from a Mohawk term for "trees standing in the water."
Former and merged community names include:
Various nicknames in the city's history have included Little York, Muddy York, Toronto the Good, Hogtown, and T.O.
In 1787, the British, desiring a strong presence in the interior of the Great Lakes, struck a deal with the Mississauga Indians that gave them the Toronto area in exchange for 1,700 pounds, cloth and axes.
The current city of Toronto was formed in 1998 by the merger of Toronto, North York, Scarborough, York, East York and Etobicoke.
Filming location for 1997 movie, "The Lost World: Jurassic Park" and 2006 movie, "Hollywoodland"
Well-known residents have included:
· Dan Aykroyd, comedian and actor
· Keanu Reeves, actor
· Neil Young, musician
· Joni Mitchell, musician
· Norman Jewison, director, producer
· Wayne Gretzky, hockey player
· Peter Jennings, TV news anchor
Local bands: Dream Warriors, Rush
Local festivals include:
· Roncesvalles Village Polish Festival - Sept. 15-16, 2007
· Canadian National Exhibition - Aug. 17-Sept. 3, 2006
· Buskerfest - Aug. 23-26, 2007
· Festival of South Asia - Aug. 18-19, 2007
· International Festival of Music & Dance - Aug. 11, 2007
· Fringe Festival - July 4-15, 2007
· WinterCity Festival - Jan. 26.- Feb. 28, 2007
· Robbie Burn's Day Celebration - Jan. 21, 2007
· Fall Fair - Sept. 16, 2007
· International Festival of Authors - Oct. 22- Nov. 1, 2007
· Springfest - May 5, 2007
Dates often change. Check Toronto web sites and events links in the sections below.
Nearby parks & recreation: Ontario Place, Toronto Islands, High Park, Toronto Island Park
Performing arts: Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Toronto, National Ballet of Canada, Canadian Opera Company, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra & Chamber Choir
Attractions: Toronto Zoo, Ontario Place, CN Tower, Riverdale Farm, Humber Arboretum
Sports teams: Maple Leafs (NHL), Marlies (AHL), Blue Jays (AL), Raptors (NBA), Argonauts (CFL), Roadrunners (AHL)
Historic sites and museums: Royal Ontario Museum, Ontario Science Centre, Canada's Sports Hall of Fame, Textile Museum of Canada, Mackenzie House, York Museum, CBC Museum, Montgomery's Inn, Collections & Conservation Centre, Scarborough Historical Museum, Gallery TPW, Spadina Museum, Aerospace Museum, Historic Zion Schoolhouse, Todmorden Mills Heritage Museum & Arts Centre, Casa Loma, Market Gallery, Colborne Lodge, Hockey Hall of Fame, Police Museum, Enoch Turner Schoolhouse, Sesquicentennial Museum & Archives, Historic Fort York, Art Gallery of Ontario, 48th Highlanders Museum, Bata Shoe Museum, Campbell House Museum, Children's Own Museum, Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, Old City Hall
Archives: City of Toronto Archives
Colleges and universities: Ryerson University, Centennial College, Humber College, Ontario College of Art & Design, University of Toronto, George Brown College, Seneca College, York University
"People from Toronto used to go to Buffalo for the weekends, the men to watch girlie shows and drink after-hours beer, the women to shop; they'd come back jumped-up and pissed and wearing several layers of clothes to smuggle them through Customs. Now the weekend traffic is the other way around."
-- Cat's Eye
Transit: Toronto Transit Commission, Greater Toronto Transit Authority