Canada’s boldest metropolis – Toronto

September 28, 2004

Canada’s boldest metropolis – Toronto

Here in Canada?s boldest metropolis, its citizens know they?ve got the world at the cost of a subway token, the most inventive cuisine dangling from the edge of every fork, kaleidoscopic multicultural festivals that attract millions of people and a string of jewel-like islands and beaches. What, you were imagining the Great White North? Welcome to the new millennium, and Toronto?s great spring thaw.

Like hypnotized subjects, many visitors can?t say exactly what makes Toronto so satisfying. The spicy corners of the city?s markets call, as do the beachfront boardwalks. Summer festivals seize you with their fervor, and a living mosaic of historical and ethnic neighbourhoods will inspire wanderlust.

You can disappear for a day in the crystal galleries of the Royal Ontario Museum or at Tommy Thompson Park, an oasis of wildlife on the shores of Lake Ontario. Toronto?s very own islands lie in the waters of the lake, facing off against the downtown skyline. The longest transcontinental rail route in Canada starts here. Just beyond the city limits are the fertile vineyards of the Niagara Peninsula, and of course, the mighty falls themselves.

The fifth largest city in North America and the largest in Canada, Toronto captures the flavors of the world with its cosmopolitan cuisine, vibrant neighborhoods and dynamic multiculturalism. So what are you waiting for? Whether you’re cycling the city’s jewel-like islands, sipping martinis in a sky-high cocktail lounge at the CN Tower, shopping at Kensington Market?s vintage stores and hip Queen West boutiques, or rubbing shoulders with Hollywood stars at the Toronto International Film Festival ? you?re bound to find what you?re looking for in Toronto.

From Lonely Planet?s new guide to Toronto.

2nd edition
ISBN 1 74104 179 1
232 pages, 34 pages colour, 30 maps
A$ 29.90

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