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If you plan to visit Toronto, Canada this year, you’ll be visiting one of the world’s greatest cities. But just how well do you know the vibrant capital city of Ontario? Sure, you might know it lies along Lake Ontario and Niagara Falls is not far away. But don’t you want to learn more facts about Toronto before you arrive? After all, isn’t that why this story caught your attention? By learning as much as you can prior to your visit, you’ll be better prepared and certainly more knowledgeable about this magnificent city. Thus, without any further delay, here are some interesting facts you might not know about Toronto.

How Do You Pronounce Toronto in Canada?

If you’re like most people, you’ll pronounce Toronto the way it’s spelled. In other words, most people will say it’s Trr-ann-tow. However, if you want to sound like a Canadian or better yet a local, you’ll want to pronounce it as Trono or Tuh-ronno. That’s because the second t is silent and not used. In spite of this, you shouldn’t have to worry about the pronunciation since many locals will say it the way you think it should be. What’s more, if you see the word “Torontonian”, it’s pronounced exactly that way. In this case, it’s Tor-on-tonian! As it is, the city name isn’t the only word you might have difficulty with. For example, how do you think you should pronounce Queens Quay?

It’s the Fourth Largest City in North America

It’s widely known that Toronto is the largest city in Canada. Despite this, many people do not realize that it’s the fourth largest city on the entire North American continent. The largest city is by far Mexico City, followed by New York City and Los Angeles. But with nearly 2.8 million residents, Toronto’s population is higher than Chicago or Houston. Of course, if you count the population in the Greater Toronto Area, it’s nearly 6 million.

Tallest Free-Standing Structure in the Western Hemisphere

With a height of 1,815 feet (553.3 meters), the CN Tower is the tallest free-standing structure in the Western Hemisphere. By comparison, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere is New York City’s One World Trade Center at 1,776 feet. On the other hand, New York’s skyscraper has a taller observation deck than the main observation deck at CN Tower. But if you were to go further up to the SkyPod, you’ll be at a height of 1,465 feet! Even at the observation deck level at 1, 136 feet, you might be able to see Niagara Falls! If that’s not enough, you can go out on the EdgeWalk, if you dare. At 116 stories above ground level, EdgeWalk is the “ world’s highest full circle hands-free walk and the first in North America.

Save on Top Local Attractions with the Toronto CityPASS

If you plan to visit the tower’s observation deck and other attractions, you might want to consider a Toronto CityPASS. The company to bundle attraction tickets in the U.S., CityPASS can save you up to 42 percent off the admission of five major Toronto attractions. In addition to the CN Tower, you have access to four other attractions, including Casa Loma and the Toronto Zoo. You can make a reservation online and then access your pass via the My CityPASS app

One of the World’s Longest Streets is in Toronto

Extending nearly 35 miles, Yonge Street is by far the longest street in Toronto. However, there was once a time when it was thought to be the world’s longest at 1,896 km or 1,178 miles. What’s more, if you were to Google the words “world’s longest street” you’ll often see Yonge Street pop up on your search. What’s more, even the Guinness Book of Records said Yonge was the world’s longest. That all changed in 1999, when Guinness removed that record because Canada’s Highway 11 was a part of that lengthy record. Either way, Yonge Street remains one of the world’s longest streets and is of historical importance to Canada. In the event you want to see Canada’s version of New York’s Times Square or London’s Piccadilly Circus, that’s at Yonge-Dundas Square.

The World’s Most Culturally Diverse City

Toronto is the city most often known as the world’s most culturally diverse. That’s because over 200 ethnic groups reside in the city and over 140 different languages are spoken. For instance, among the languages you might hear are English, French, Spanish, Tamil (South Asia), Cantonese and Mandarin. What’s more, if you were to Google the world’s most culturally diverse city, the fact is that Toronto is the first to appear on your search. With this in mind, you can enjoy a wide variety of ethnic cuisines during your visit, particularly Chinese and Italian.

Third Largest Public Transit System in North America

When you visit Toronto, you really don’t need to rent a car to get around. That’s because the city has a very efficient public transit, with buses, streetcars and subway routes. What’s more, the city’s traffic can often be quite problematic. Fortunately, the city is known for having the best public transportation system in North America. That’s according to a recent survey by the World Conference on Transport Research Society (WCTRS). While residents may argue the TTC (Toronto Transit Commission) is unreliable, the facts prove otherwise. In all, the TTC is the third largest public transit system on the continent, behind only New York City and Mexico City. Moreover, the annual subway ridership is more than double the ridership on Chicago’s L subway.

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