SPAWC 2014

Toronto - June 2014

Toronto and Environs

 With a population of well over 5 million people, Toronto is Canada’s largest city, and one of the largest in North America. It is consistently ranked as one of the world’s “most livable” cities. In 2011, Toronto was ranked 4th by the Economist Intelligence Unit and 15th by Mercer. By virtue of its diverse population—nearly 50% of its residents were born outside of Canada—Toronto is a multicultural city with several neighborhoods offering concentrations of particular cultures, including Chinese, Italian, Greek, Polish, Ukrainian, Jamaican, Indian, Portuguese, Brazilian and Korean. As befits a major city, Toronto has a thriving visual and performing arts scene, including the Art Gallery of Ontario, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, the Royal Ontario Museum, symphony and Baroque orchestras, national ballet and opera companies, and a thriving jazz scene, and it is the world’s third-largest English-language theatre centre. Toronto also has much to offer the sports fan. Summer time sports attractions include the (Ice) Hockey Hall of Fame, the Toronto Blue Jays Major League Baseball team, the Toronto Argonauts Canadian Football League Team, and the Toronto FC Major League Soccer Team. For the conventional tourist, the CN Tower, pictured above, is a major attraction, especially as it now hosts the world’s highest external walk on a building (pictured below). In addition, for the tourist engineer, the tour of the “SkyDome” sports venue next to the CN tower offers an opportunity to inspect the construction of the retractable roof.


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 The EdgeWalk on the CN Tower, 356 metres above ground level (source: Globe and Mail)


Further afield, Niagara Falls, the elegant village of Niagara-on-the-Lake, which hosts the Shaw Festival (theatre), and the Niagara wine district are less than 90 minutes to the south-west of the city. Between two and three hours to the north, the district of Muskoka and the Algonquin National Park offer opportunities to experience the natural beauty of Canada, either from the comfort of a sophisticated lake front cottage, or from a canoe as you paddle and portage your way from campsite to campsite.

For more information visit the official web site of Tourism in Ontario



 Horseshoe Falls. (source:

 Editorial Note: Please don’t go beyond the barriers, not matter how tempting it might seem to be.


 Street scene, Niagara-on-the-Lake (source: Chris Beard Photography)



Niagara Wine Country, famous for its Ice Wine, a desert wine from grapes harvested after the first frost.