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Toronto, Ontario

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One of the best things about traveling is learning to see the world with new eyes. Having lived in Toronto for most of my life, I sometimes take this place for granted. But for visitor and long-time resident alike, this amazing city offers an endless array of places to see and things to do. On any ordinary day, I can take a leisurely walk along Queen Street West, pausing at small indie bookstores, one-of-a-kind shops and hip cafés. After a cup of coffee, I can gawk at paintings at the Art Gallery of Ontario, and wander through Chinatown’s loud and lively streets, perhaps picking up an egg tart or two.

Chinatown is but a short walk to Kensington Market, a hot spot for thrift-store chic. It is not far from the huge and historic University of Toronto or The Annex, a popular student-friendly neighbourhood. In Toronto, these unique communities thrive close together. Cabbagetown, Little Italy, Bloor West Village – each place has a distinct personality, but all share a common vitality and openness.

There are restaurants everywhere, each vying for customers with cheap but authentic fare. Whether you crave delicious dim sum or fresh, budget-friendly sushi or classic Indian cuisine, there’s plenty of it here in the culinary capital of Canada.

Besides a truly multicultural soul, Toronto offers top-notch entertainment. With one of the largest theatre districts on earth, visitors can choose from big-budget productions to small, student-run performances. At night, countless clubs come alive with crowds itching to dance and see the best bands.
Those seeking to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city can find refuge on the Toronto Islands, just a short ferry ride from the downtown core. The Islands offer parks that are perfect for picnics, as well as cycling trails. The awe-inspiring Toronto skyline is visible from the Islands, sparkling and shining through the night.

Every year, the city plays host to a number of world-famous events, including the ever-popular Toronto International Film Festival, the International Festival of Authors and Caribana, a massive celebration of Caribbean culture.

During the rest of the year, Toronto seems like the world’s best-kept secret. For the lucky visitor, Toronto offers a rare glimpse of both diversity and harmony, both community and metropolis.


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