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The Greater Toronto Area (GTA) is a metropolitan in Canada At the 2011 census, it had a population of 6,054, 191. The Greater Toronto Area is defined as the central city of Toronto, and the four regional municipalities that surround it: Durham, Halton, Peel and York. The regional span of the Greater Toronto Area is sometimes extended to include the city of Hamilton, Ontario and its surrounding region, to form the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. The city of Toronto is Canada’s largest city, the fourth largest in North America , and home to divers population of about 2.8 million people. It’s global centre for business, finance , arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world’s most livable cities.
Toronto – the name derived from the Huron word for “fishing weir” – is on the northeast shore of Lake Ontario. Located on a broad sloping plateau cut by numerous river valleys, Toronto covers 641 sq. km. and stretches 43 km from east to west and 21 km from north to south at its longest points. The perimeter is approximately 180 km.
Waterfront is 76.5 metres above sea level; shoreline stretches 43 km or 138 km when including in the bays and islands
307 km of rivers and creeks run through the city
Toronto has a total of about 10 million trees, approximately 4 million of which are public – owned trees. These includes approximately 600,000 street trees and 3.5 million trees in parks, ravines and other cultural areas.
5,600 km of roads
970 bridges and culverts
7, 945 km of sidewalk
322 km of public laneways
280 km of off-street trails
2,283 traffic control signals
The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) was established 1921 and offer rides to 540 million with
132 subway trains
211 accessible buses that provide 3.1 million rides annually
Toronto is served by VIA Rail, the network that provides all rail service throughout Canada
Historic Union Station is the hub of Toronto’s transportation network. 96 per cent of all GO Train riders pass through its concourse
Pearson International Airport is the busiest in Canada, 4th busiest in North America. The Grater Toronto Airport Authority is responsible for air traffic in Toronto area
North America’s largest continuous underground pedestrian system, PATH, connects approximately 1200 stores and restaurants, over 50 buildings/office towers, five subway stations, Union station, six major hotels and several entertainment centres under Toronto’s financial core.
PATH is also the largest underground shopping complex.
Toronto has more than 1,600 public parks and 600 km of trails
The parks system covers 8,000 hectares, or roughly 13 per cent of the city’s land area. It includes about 40 per cent of Toronto’s natural areas, many of which lie within the ravine system and along the Lake Ontario shoreline
Toronto has 5 golf courses and 676 sport fields
The City of Toronto offers 595,000 hours of instructional recreation programs, 42,000 hours of leisure recreation programs and various services and facilities for people of all ages and abilities, promoting active and healthy lifestyles
Toronto sustains urban forests by planting approximately 97,000 trees annually, reviewing 6,900 applications for construction and development near trees and tree removal
39 centres that offer select recreation programs at no charge.
Toronto has 100 library branches across the city which are open for approximately 270, 816 hours, with an estimated 19, 3 million visits, 6.3 million workstation uses and 1.5 million wireless sessions
Toronto libraries receive 26.3 million virtual visits for online library services.
Toronto is heralded as one of the most multicultural cities in the world and is ranked the safest large metropolitan area in North America.
Over 140 languages and dialects are spoken here, and just over 30 per cent of all recent immigrants speak a language other than English or French at home.
Half of Toronto’s population was born outside of Canada, up from 48 per cent in 1996.
Toronto’s unique identity rooted in diversity and a rich array of cultural assets worth developing and sustaining. The city is home to more than 80 film festivals, 200 professional performing arts organizations, internationally recognized symphony, ballet and opera companies, countless commercial and not-for profit galleries and museums, and much more. Toronto’s 10 city – owned museums hold 147,000 artifacts and 1 million archaeological specimens in their historical collections.
The city of Toronto provided logistical support to around 600 major festivals and events.
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