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Toronto is the capital city of the Canadian province of Ontario. It is the most populous city in Canada and is an international hub of business, finance, arts, and culture, making it one of the most multicultural and cosmopolitan cities in the world. It is situated north-west of Lake Ontario and was settled in 1750.
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HISTORY OF TORONTO
- Toronto was originally inhabited by the Iroquois prior to European arrival; they had displaced the Huron people who had originally lived in the area as far back as before the year 1500.
- The name “Toronto” is derived from the Iroquoian word “tkaronto” which means “place where trees stand in the water.”
- In 1763, with the signing of the Treaty of Paris, French territories in North America, including the Toronto region, were ceded to the British, and it was renamed “British North America.”
- Toronto was named the capital because of its strategic location for defense and trade; the name was changed to York in 1795.
- The city was incorporated on March 6, 1834 and restored to its prior name of Toronto; from this point on, transportation improvements, increased immigration, and revised political policies advanced Toronto’s position within British North America.
- During the 19th century, sewage systems were built to improve sanitation, long-distance railways were constructed to link major cities, and electric streetcars were introduced.
- An influx of immigrants from all over the world came through in the 20th century, many as refugees after World War II.
- Toronto grew exponentially between the 1960’s and 1980’s, and celebrated its 175th anniversary in 2009.
- The city continues to grow and attract immigrants; it remains one of the fastest growing cities in North America.
GEOGRAPHY OF TORONTO
- Toronto’s proximity to rich soils, excellent farmland, the Humber River, the Great Lakes, and the ancient rock of the Canadian Shield all made Toronto’s development quick and strong.
- The proximity of the Great Lakes (Lake Ontario, in particular) to Toronto affects its climate, as well as the “urban heat island” effect, which means it is significantly warmer due to a high concentration of human activities.
- Toronto’s summer and winter seasons are long, and its spring and autumn seasons are shorter with varying temperatures and precipitation periods.
- Winters are cold, with much of Toronto’s snowfall being a result
of what’s known as “lake effect snow” which is accumulated moisture from the Great Lakes that produce strong storms.
- Toronto has several ravines, valleys, and hills that were carved out during the last Ice Age.
- Many animals seen in Toronto have adapted to an urban environment; they include several species of snakes, frogs, and birds, as well as larger animals such as coyotes, the red fox, beavers, deer, squirrels, raccoons, and a variety of bat species.
CULTURE AND ECONOMY OF TORONTO
- Toronto has a thriving arts district with more than 50 ballet and dance companies, two symphony orchestras, and several theatres, including the oldest continuously operating theatre in North America, the Royal Alexandra Theatre, as well as the Prince of Wales Theatre, and many others.
- Toronto hosts a wide range of festivals, parades, and celebrations each year, including Caribana, Pride, TIFF, and many others.
- Toronto also boasts several museums, including the Royal Ontario Museum, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the TIFF Bell Lightbox, the Canadian National Exhibition, the Hockey Hall of Fame, and hundreds more.
- Five major sports leagues represent Toronto, including the NHL, MLB, NBA, CFL, and MLS.
- Foreign-born people make up about 47% of Toronto’s population.
- The three most commonly reported ethnic origins are Chinese, English, and Canadian, but there are several more; this diversity is
reflected in the city’s ethnic neighborhoods – Chinatown, Corso Italia, Greektown, Kensington Market, Koreatown, Roncesvalles (Polish), as well as Little India, Italy, Jamaica, and Portugal.
- Toronto’s economy is known primarily as a center of business and finance, with a high concentration of banks, media, publishing, IT, telecommunication, and production industries.
- Toronto is home to many forms of transport, including highways, subways, bicycle lanes, streetcars, light and heavy transit lines, underground pathways, and airports, including Canada’s busiest airport, Toronto Pearson International Airport.
This is a fantastic bundle which includes everything you need to know about the Toronto across 22 in-depth pages. These are ready-to-use Toronto worksheets that are perfect for teaching students about the Toronto which is the capital city of the Canadian province of Ontario. It is the most populous city in Canada and is an international hub of business, finance, arts, and culture, making it one of the most multicultural and cosmopolitan cities in the world. It is situated north-west of Lake Ontario and was settled in 1750.
Complete List Of Included Worksheets
- Toronto Facts
- The Wyandot People
- Match the Borough
- City Scattergories
- Toronto Wordsearch
- The CN Tower
- Postcard from Toronto
- Notable Torontonians
- Toronto Acrostic
- Toronto Crossword
- Major Events in Toronto
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