7 facts about Toronto you didn’t know, but should

Toronto is world-famous and known worldwide as one of the coolest places to visit. We have a great culture scene, great multicultural values and people and tons and tons of things to do.

If exploration by feast is your chosen method, check out these Flavours of Toronto:

But it’s also a quirky, awesome city that’s full of oddities. Check out these seven little-known facts about TO.

bicycles propped up against a tree on the sidewalk

Some say it’s good exercise too!

Bicycle signals

Ever notice those three white dots in the pavement at some intersections around the town? These neat little things detect when a cyclist approaches and stops, so it can signal the traffic light (that would otherwise just stay green) that someone’s there and it needs to change. How cool is that?

There’s a house cut in half on Patrick Street

It’s a lovely, red-brick piece of vintage real estate at 54 ½ Patrick Street that just happens to only be half of a full house. Apparently, the situation existed because the original owner didn’t want to sell it to a developer who bought out all the neighbouring properties. Nowadays, it remains a really neat landmark, to say the least!

Skyline of toronto at sunset

Also, Canada’s most beautiful city (according to us).

Were Canada’s largest city

That may not exactly come as a surprise to a few of you, but with over 6 million people residing in the Greater Toronto Area, that makes it easily the biggest city in Canada. In fact, with a population of 6 million, it’s bigger than all of Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and PEI combined!

We’re the world’s 4th most liveable city

According to the Economist, based on five areas: stability, infrastructure, education, healthcare and environment, Toronto ranks fourth in the world! That’s pretty high praise for something we already knew in our hearts – Toronto really is awesome!

view of bar inside restaurant

Gotta try ’em all.

Toronto has over 8,000 restaurants

If you’ve ever wanted to be in a great city that’s full of delicious food, you’ve come to the right place. Even if you went to a new place, every single night, it would take you over 20 years to visit them all!

There are over 1,600 named parks in Toronto

Whenever anyone thinks of Toronto, they usually think of a vast concrete jungle, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have any green spaces! Toronto is littered with beautiful parks, so take advantage of them!

You can bring Fido too! There’s a great selection of dog parks too.

park bench during fall with leaves on ground

Toronto isn’t just another city

We’re a great place with a unique history and culture and we should be proud of it!

Born on the Prairies, Erin Cardone grew up knowing there was more to life than canola fields and AAA Alberta Angus. So she escaped, living in Europe and Australia, white-knuckling it through plates of calf brains and raw horse meat, and learning languages she can't remember anymore. After a stint as a jaded, skeptical journalist, she changed tack and began writing rather awesome blogs and showing businesses that advertising is dead, so long live social media, with her businesses Legendary Social Media. She now splits her time between various Canadian cities, Costa Rica and wherever else the wind blows.

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