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Location, location, location
Situated 566 feet above sea level on the northern shore of Lake Ontario (part of the Great Lakes system), Toronto is one of the southernmost cities in Canada. In fact, it has the same latitude as northern California.

  • Home to more than 100 cultures, Toronto truly is the city of imagination
  • With a population of 5.5 million, Toronto is Canada's largest city
  • Toronto is the 4th-largest city in North America, after Mexico City, New York, and Los Angeles
  • One-quarter of Canada's population is located within 160 km (100 mi.) of the city
  • More than 60% of the population of the United States is within a 90-minute flight

Languages spoken

There are two official languages in Canada – English and French. In addition to these official languages, the top 5 languages spoken in Toronto are Chinese, Italian, Tamil, Portuguese and Spanish.

Official holidays

Banks, liquor stores and government offices observe these holidays, as do most stores and business offices. Holidays that occur on weekends are observed the following Monday:

Official Holidays observed in Toronto:
Holiday 2014 2015 2016
New Year’s Day Wednesday, January 1 Thursday, January 1 Friday, January 1
Good Friday Friday, April 18 Friday, April 3 Friday, March 25
Easter Sunday Sunday, April 20 Sunday, April 5 Sunday, March 27
Easter Monday Monday, April 21 Monday, April 6 Monday, March 28
Victoria Day Monday, May 19 Monday, May 18 Monday, May 23
Canada Day Tuesday, July 1 Wednesday, July 1 Friday, July 1
Civic Holiday (stores open) Monday, August 4 Monday, August 3 Monday, August 1
Labour Day Monday, September 1 Monday, September 7 Monday, September 5
Thanksgiving Day Monday, October 13 Monday, October 12 Monday, October 10
Remembrance Day (stores open) Tuesday, November 11 Wednesday, November 11 Friday, November 11
Christmas Day Thursday, December 25 Thursday, December 25 Sunday, December 25

Fast Fact

Toronto was ranked #1 in Destinations magazine in 2003 for “Canadian City with the Most to Offer Groups”.






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