It’s a telling statistic that every other citizen of Toronto was born elsewhere. In many ways, this is Canada’s leading city; it’s the richest, most populous and the central hub for many of its leading industries. But it’s also a member of an elite group of alpha world cities that come to transcend national boundaries; in a sense, this isn’t Canada at all.
The eclectic collection of restaurants serve up over fifty types of cuisine from all corners of the globe, while the modern city centre architecture is as reminiscent of Tokyo or Dubai as anywhere. There are a host of international offices and headquarters here, attracting a hugely multicultural workforce that have created one of the most open and tolerant metropolises on the planet.
Yet there are still plenty of Canadian touches; the clean environment, low crime rate and high standard of living all smack of a wide national dedication to a high quality of life. Consistently ranked as one world’s most liveable cities, this is a Canadian shining light in a global age.
Where to stay
Cambridge Suites provide outstanding amenities and excellent service, walking distance from a number of great places to eat and drink. The stylish rooms at Hotel Le Germain have a certain wow factor, with a great library and wine bar among the entertainment options.
Where to eat
Amuse-Bouche has a great outdoor patio to go with the fine food. Cava is a sparkling jewel hidden on an unlikely alleyway, with a wonderful mix of international flavours served in a creative tapas style.
What to see
The views from the top of the CN Tower, Toronto’s most iconographic landmark, are superb. The Royal Ontario Museum is one of the finest in the world, with particularly excellent natural history and far eastern collections.