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 2006 movie, "Hollywoodland" and 1997 movie, "The Lost World: Jurassic Park"
Well-known residents have included:
· Dan Aykroyd, comedian and actor
· Keanu Reeves, actor
· Neil Young, musician
· Peter Jennings, TV news anchor
· Joni Mitchell, musician
· Norman Jewison, director, producer
· Wayne Gretzky, hockey player
Local bands: Rush, Dream Warriors
Local festivals include:
· 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
· 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
Dates often change. Check Toronto web sites and events links in the sections below.
Nearby parks & recreation: High Park, Toronto Island Park, Ontario Place, Toronto Islands
Performing arts: Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra & Chamber Choir, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Toronto, National Ballet of Canada, Canadian Opera Company
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, Market Gallery, Colborne Lodge, Hockey Hall of Fame, Police Museum, Enoch Turner Schoolhouse, Sesquicentennial Museum & Archives, Historic Fort York, Textile Museum of Canada, Canada's Sports Hall of Fame, Mackenzie House, York Museum, CBC Museum, Montgomery's Inn, Collections & Conservation Centre, Scarborough Historical Museum, Gallery TPW, Spadina Museum, Aerospace Museum, Historic Zion Schoolhouse, Casa Loma, Todmorden Mills Heritage Museum & Arts Centre, 48th Highlanders Museum, Art Gallery of Ontario, Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, Old City Hall, Bata Shoe Museum, Campbell House Museum, Children's Own Museum
Archives: City of Toronto Archives
Colleges and universities: University of Toronto, George Brown College, Seneca College, York University, Ryerson University, Centennial College, Humber College, Ontario College of Art & Design
"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