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
· Wayne Gretzky, hockey player
· Joni Mitchell, musician
· Peter Jennings, TV news anchor
· Norman Jewison, director, producer
Local bands: Rush, Dream Warriors
Local festivals include:
· Springfest - May 5, 2007
· Fringe Festival - July 4-15, 2007
· Canadian National Exhibition - Aug. 17-Sept. 3, 2006
· Robbie Burn's Day Celebration - Jan. 21, 2007
· Buskerfest - Aug. 23-26, 2007
· Fall Fair - Sept. 16, 2007
· Festival of South Asia - Aug. 18-19, 2007
· International Festival of Authors - Oct. 22- Nov. 1, 2007
· International Festival of Music & Dance - Aug. 11, 2007
· Roncesvalles Village Polish Festival - Sept. 15-16, 2007
· WinterCity Festival - Jan. 26.- Feb. 28, 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: Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra & Chamber Choir, National Ballet of Canada, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Canadian Opera Company, Orchestra Toronto, Toronto Symphony Orchestra
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, Hockey Hall of Fame, Aerospace Museum, Canada's Sports Hall of Fame, Casa Loma, CBC Museum, Colborne Lodge, Collections & Conservation Centre, Enoch Turner Schoolhouse, Gallery TPW, Historic Fort York, Historic Zion Schoolhouse, Mackenzie House, Market Gallery, Montgomery's Inn, Police Museum, Scarborough Historical Museum, Sesquicentennial Museum & Archives, Spadina Museum, Textile Museum of Canada, Todmorden Mills Heritage Museum & Arts Centre, York Museum, Art Gallery of Ontario, 48th Highlanders Museum, Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, Bata Shoe Museum, Children's Own Museum, Old City Hall, Campbell House Museum
Archives: City of Toronto Archives
Colleges and universities: York University, Ontario College of Art & Design, Ryerson University, University of Toronto, Centennial College, George Brown College, Humber College, Seneca College
"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