Often considered the most culturally diverse city in the world, there are over 140 languages spoken in Toronto, with most residents born outside of Canada. It is in the traditional territory of the Wendat, the Anishnaabeg, Haudenosaunee, Métis, and the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation. Toronto is the largest municipality in Canada and serves as Ontario’s capital city. Historically, Indigenous peoples moved into the area after the glacial retreat over 12,500 years ago. The name “Toronto” came from the Mohawk word “tkaronto,” meaning “where the trees stand in the water.” In the 1700s, several prominent trading posts were established. Much later, Toronto was incorporated as a city in 1843, made up of Toronto, North York, Scarborough, York, Etobicoke, and East York. Today, it is an international hub for finance and culture, with attractions for everyone, such as the Royal Ontario Museum, the CN Tower, Casa Loma, Ripley’s Aquarium, the Toronto Zoo, the Toronto Islands, and several prominent sporting teams, like the Toronto Blue Jays and the Toronto Raptors. But don’t be discouraged by the towering cement city! There are also many opportunities to escape the bustling metropolis and immerse yourself in the surrounding nature. There are many popular beaches on Lake Ontario, not to mention the famous Waterfront Trail
, a great spot to explore the waterfront by foot or by bike.