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Why 2.7 Million People Call Toronto Home

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Toronto is home to more than 2.7 million people - more than any other city in Canada. But it’s not just the jobs that keep people in the city. Despite the freezing winter weather, this city plays host to over 200 different cultures meaning that any trip to the city is a truly global experience. Here’s why you should pay it a visit.

All You Can Eat Festivals

Festivals are a staple of life in Toronto, with one festival being held practically every week. Perhaps the most famous of all the festivals and marches is Pride which will be coming up in the next couple of months. To the surprise of many, the city is also home to a large Caribbean population, and there is a festival in their honor held at the end of August.

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If film is your thing, Toronto, like many other global cities, holds its own film festival once a year in early September. This is a splendid time to catch a glimpse of your favorite celebrities, many of whom will be in attendance at the show, promoting their new movies. The film festival is one of the largest in the world. Each year there are over 300 screenings of different films from all over the globe. You’re bound to find something new and exciting.

Great Accommodation And Restaurants

The Toronto brand might not be particularly famous - at least not as famous as New York or Paris. But the accommodation is arguably just as good, if not better. If you like having your own place, furnished apartments in Toronto are a great option and are close to the city center. The city has also seen huge amounts of private investment go into updating its restaurants. Up and coming like Against the Grain are making an impact, selling “free from” cuisine for fussy eaters and people with allergies. You can also head on down to the Leaside neighborhood where you’ll find a multi-million dollar redevelopment, housing dozens of restaurant outlets and grills. Here you can find steak frites, duck, cured trouted and kimchi tacos if that’s your thing.

The Toronto Islands

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Although Toronto is hundreds of miles from the ocean, it has a bit of a seaside feel, thanks to Lake Ontario, a giant lake to the south of the city. Lake Ontario plays host to the Toronto Islands, a series of islands in the lake that have been popular with tourists for decades. Ferries leave for the islands on a regular basis, and they’re an excellent opportunity to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city itself which can be overwhelming at times. Unlike the city, the Toronto islands retain their link to the past. Here you’ll find quaint, old cottages, hiking and biking paths as well as some beautiful beaches. The islands are also a great place to take children since motorized transport is banned here. It’s also a perfect place to sit back and take a look at the Toronto skyline. It’s quite incredible when viewed from a distance.

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