Toronto is Canada’s largest city and a world leader in such areas as business, finance, technology, entertainment and culture. Its large population of immigrants from all over the globe has also made Toronto one of the most multicultural cities in the world. Toronto Island lies on top of a 900-acre floating sandbag. Centre Island is also the place Babe Ruth hit his first professional homerun. It serves as an urban oasis for residents and tourists alike and is the largest car-free network in North America.
According to multiple sources, Toronto is the safest metropolitan area in North America. A North American low of 78.4 violent crimes were recorded last year compared to a high of 2,122.9 in Detroit. In turn, the EIU ranks Toronto as the fourth most livable city in the world in terms of safety among other categories including, public transit and cleanliness. It is projected that by 2020, Toronto will have the highest number of high-rise condominiums in the world. Toronto has the third largest percentage of immigrants in the world at 49.9% of the total population only behind Miami (59.5%) and Dubai (71%).
According to Guinness World Records, PATH is the world’s largest underground walkway with a total of 29 km (18 miles) of retail space. PATH connects 50 office towers, 5 subway stations, six hotels and one railway terminal.
Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is widely noted as the second most prestigious in the world, only behind Cannes. Established in 1976, TIFF has garnered international recognition for showcasing both local, independent films along with major Hollywood blockbusters. Even though Canada has two official languages, English and French, French is the 12th most spoken language in the city.
In early August, Toronto hosts Carabana, a festival celebrating Caribbean culture, North America’s largest one-day parade. The parade covers 3.6 km and hosts over one million spectators on an annual basis.
Toronto has the largest population of Italians outside of Italy. When Italy hoisted the World Cup trophy as the top soccer nation in the world in 2006, St. Clair Street transformed into one big party. Viva Italia!
The Toronto streetcar system is the largest system in the Western world in terms of regular riders, length of track and number of cars.
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