Welcome to Toronto! There is so much to see and do here we just can't wait to show you around. The city of Toronto boasts the highest population in all of Canada and is the provincial capital of Ontario. We are located on the northwestern shore of Lake Ontario and have over 2.5 million residents, making us the fifth most populous municipality in all of North America. To get you more familiar with Toronto, we have put together some fun facts about our great city which we hope you can review before your tour. If you have any questions, just let your Driver Guide know and they will be happy to help you.

Need to get around after your tour? Just use the TTC, otherwise known as the Toronto Transit Commission. In case you didn't know, Toronto boasts the third largest public transit system in North America and day passes are available for as little as $10, allowing you unlimited travel on all buses, streetcars and subways.

 

Population

  • The population of the Greater Toronto Area is 5.1 million.
  • It is the 5th largest metropolitan area in North America.
  • 46% of Toronto's population are immigrants to Canada.
  • 128 languages and dialects can be heard on the streets of Toronto.
  • Toronto's population is predicted to increase to 7.45 million by 2031.
Geography

  • The GTA is 5,900 square km (2,278 square miles)
  • 307 km (191 miles) of rivers run through Toronto.
  • There are 3 million publicly owned trees in Toronto.
  • 18.1 per cent of Toronto's area is parkland.
Economy

  • Toronto Stock Exchange ranks the 3rd largest stock exchange in North America; 7th largest in the world.
  • Toronto-based businesses export $70 billion of goods and services worldwide each year.
  • 60% of Toronto's workforce has a post-secondary education.
Business

  • More than 100 medical / biotech companies, represent about 40% of the Canadian industry, employ over 140,000.
  • With over 25,000 designers, Toronto has the largest design workforce in Canada and the third largest in North America.
  • Over $1 billion is spent on film and television productions in Toronto annually.
  • Toronto is North America's fastest expanding financial services sector - growing 41% between 1994 and 2004.
  • Toronto is home to Canada's 5 largest banks, 50 foreign bank subsidiaries and branches, and 112 securities firms.

Currency


  • Toronto's currency is the Canadian dollar.
  • For denominations under five dollars we use coins - some even have cute names: the loonie ($1), and toonie ($2).
  • U.S. dollars are accepted in most Toronto establishments, although you'll receive change in Canadian funds.
  • Exchange rates will differ from merchant to merchant.
  • You'll find cash machines / ATMs in most banks, hotels and shopping centres.

Arts


  • There are 125 museums and public archives in the Greater Toronto Area. Nine of these are Toronto City museums.
  • There are over 50 ballet and dance companies, six opera companies and two symphony orchestras.
  • 200 pieces of public art and monuments add to Toronto's landscape.
  • Toronto has the largest number of art schools of any North American city.
  • Millions attend Toronto's three biggest annual parades: Gay Pride, Caribana and Santa Claus parades.

Entertainment


  • There are more than 1,000 festivals and events in Toronto year round.
  • Toronto is recognized as the third-largest theatre centre in the English-speaking world, after New York and London.
  • Considered "Hollywood North" by the film industry, on any given day, there are up to 40 productions filming in Toronto.
  • The film industry supports 28,000 jobs in Toronto and annually contributes $1.5 billion to the economy.
  • Toronto has 79 ethnic publications, several radio stations broadcasting in a variety of languages.
  • Toronto has more print, radio, and television outlets than any other city in North America.

Tipping

  • If you're happy with the service you receive, a 15-20% tip on the pre-tax bill is a standard expression of appreciation.
  • Note that some restaurants automatically add this gratuity when serving large groups, so be sure to check your bill. 
  • Tips are also expected for services such as haircuts, shoe shines and EcoCab rides.

  • Taxes

  • The Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) is a 13% tax that is applied to most purchases.
  • The HST consists of a 5% federal portion and an 8% retail sales tax portion.

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