Today, on our segment of “did you know”, we are going to portray an interesting picture of Toronto, the provincial capital of Ontario. As far as tourism and visitors are concerned, let us take the pleasure in telling you that Toronto’s dynamic culture offers a bundle of exciting opportunities and adventures for all those who are visiting for the very first time. For an interest in Arts you can always go to the Royal Ontario Museum, the Art Gallery of Ontario and for an interest in Science you can visit the Ontario Science center. Furthermore, Toronto is sports central, like literally. For this you can visit the Air Canada Center, the Rogers Center, BMO Field amongst many more, to see some of the major league teams in action. Moving on, we bet that there are tourism facts that you probably already knew about. What you didn’t know is what you will find out on our list of things to know about Toronto which includes trivia, interesting facts and quirky things so read on.
10. Immigration Rate : Things To Know About Toronto
Like we stated in our introduction, Toronto has one of the most diverse cultures in the world. Well this first fact on our list of things to know about Toronto is just a proof of why is it so! Did you guys know that Toronto literally has the world’s third largest percentage of immigrants? This means that it is third behind Dubai which has a total of 71% immigrants and Miami with 59% percent of immigrant population! We are sure you would like to think that the percentage includes all the geese that immigrate their but no sir, it is the population of human immigrants.
9. The Number of Languages and Dialects
Here we are again with the next fact on our list of things to know about Toronto relevant to the cultural diversity of the place. If a city has so much many cultures mixed together in one place then it should not come as a shock that the residents of Toronto literally speak more than 140 languages and dialects. Out of the entire population of 2,790,000, 30% of the population speaks a language other than English or French, and mind you, most Canadian people do speak these two languages for sure!
8. The Biggest Street Festival – Caribana
Next up on our list, we are going to introduce you to one of the most exciting things about a city you will ever know! It so happens that Toronto has the festival called Caribana which is a celebration of the Carribean Culture. We are sure that most of you were aware of this particular thing, but what most of you were not aware of is the fact that Caribana is North America’s biggest street festival! Book a trip – soon!
7. Competitive Corporate Global City
Now this again is one of the most impressive facts about Toronto. And along with the fact that the city is known worldwide as one of the most competitive business global cities (it literally ranks second in the world) in the world which means that it is literally stocked up high with professionals from all sectors. It is the twelfth most economically powerful city especially if you take into account the economic output, innovation and the global economic power score. No wonder it is predicted that by the year 2020 (which isn’t all that far away in the future), people say that the place will have the largest number of condominiums.
6. Public Skating Rinks
The next fact on our list of things to know about Toronto is going to make you drool especially if you love to skate. Did you guys know that there as much as 52 public rinks in Toronto, and yes all of them are functional. What is even more amazing is the fact that the rinks make the city look beyond gorgeous at night!
5. Private Streets
The next fact that you will learn here on our list of things to know about Toronto, is the fact that the city has almost 250 private streets and yes, private means private. The residents who own them, pay the maintenance bills themselves and are allowed to gate them up!
4. Underground Washrooms and Nuclear Fallout Shelter
Did you guys know that Toronto has a series of underground washrooms and the fact that the subway was designed to be a nuclear shelter in case of a nuclear disaster? The washrooms underneath the streets are no longer in use (their condition does not really allow usage) but that does not mean they can never come in handy! Imagine a “walking dead” scenario, you will want to run straight downstairs no doubt.
3. The Toronto Zoo
The Toronto Zoo is the largest zoo in all of Canada and houses more than 16,000 animals. And wait till you hear the best part; we bet you didn’t know that these 16,000 animals belong to 150 different species of animals including wildlife.
2. The Toronto Stock Exchange
The next fact on our list of things to know about Toronto is that the Toronto Stock Exchange is the seventh largest in the world and the third largest in North America! No wonder it is amongst the strongest economic cities in the world eh?
Last but not the least, on our list of things to know about Toronto, we would like to introduce you all to PATH, which is the world largest underground walkway. It stretches a massive 29 km and connect 5 subway stations, six hotels, a railway terminal and 50 office towers. A street side sale festival also takes place at the PATH.