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  • On the northern shore of Lake Ontario, near the US border,

  • lies Canada's largest city.

  • Toronto is the capital of the province of Ontario

  • and is a major economic and cultural center for the country.

  • Founded as York by the British in the late 1700s,

  • Toronto is now a proudly Canadian city

  • and nearly six million people call the Greater Toronto Area home.

  • The Megacity attracts people from all over the world

  • and neighborhoods such as China Town, Greektown and Little Italy

  • are just some examples of Toronto's diversity.

  • Nearly everywhere you go,

  • you can catch a glimpse of the city's iconic CN Tower,

  • one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World.

  • Architecture meets art in the Art Gallery of Ontario,

  • designed by the groundbreaking Toronto-born architect Frank Gehry,

  • who used to visit the original gallery as a child.

  • No less impressive, but from a different era altogether,

  • is the elegant hilltop castle Casa Lomo

  • It was dreamt up a century ago by the ambitious Sir Henry Pellatt,

  • whose family motto was "Foremost If I Can".

  • This motto perfectly reflects the spirit of the Torontonians,

  • in what is nicknamed "the City that Works".

  • The entrepreneurial Canadians also know how to relax.

  • Take a stroll in one of Toronto's many green spaces,

  • such as the Edward Gardens and High Park.

  • Families, couples, and students share the botanical displays

  • with the curious chipmunks.

  • Near the waterfront,

  • Toronto's rejuvenated distillery district mixes the old with the new

  • in a tasteful way.

  • One of the most striking contemporary twists to a historic building

  • is the design of the Royal Ontario Museum.

  • Browse the galleries with artifacts of Canada's Aboriginal Peoples

  • and depictions of the country's past.

  • Then see artworks from across the globe and explore the nature exhibits.

  • Overlooking Lake Ontario is modern Canada Square,

  • a cultural hub in the heart of the award-winning Harbourfront Centre.

  • Relax a while in the centre's pleasant marina

  • or visit a theater or brewhouse.

  • Sports fans can catch a game in Rogers Centre

  • or visit the nearby Hockey Hall of Fame.

  • First-timers are often surprised by the size of Toronto,

  • which is North America's fourth- largest city.

  • Dundas Square, the downtown end of Yonge Street,

  • is reminiscent of New York's Times Square.

  • Find designer brands in the Eaton Centre

  • or shop in the city's huge underground mall called the PATH.

  • A different shopping experience altogether

  • are the vintage clothes stores at the Kensington Markets.

  • This central neighborhood represents the funky,

  • "anything goes" side of Toronto.

  • When it's time for lunch,

  • try Italian or Greek food or a typical "Hogtown" treat.

  • Saint Lawrence Market, in the heart of the Old Town,

  • is the best place to go for fresh produce.

  • Families should check out the fun Ontario Science Centre

  • or visit Toronto's exciting entertainment parks.

  • See the bears take a nap or take a splash in the Toronto Zoo

  • and meet Snoopy and his friends in Canada's Wonderland.

  • Don't leave Ontario before taking a day trip to the Niagara Falls.

  • The largest of them all, the Horseshoe Falls,

  • sits on the border with New York state.

  • Each year, millions of people come to watch this spectacle

  • an experience you'll never forget.

  • The Falls are the perfect finale to your Toronto visit.

On the northern shore of Lake Ontario, near the US border,

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