Canada is far from being a historic world power, but in modern times, it has certainly become a significant player on the global scale. Toronto is not only the largest city in Canada by population, but it is also the capital of the state of Ontario. This makes it a very significant place to visit in North America.
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Beginning in the late 18th century when the British Crown purchased land, Toronto was originally named the Town of York. In 1812, the city was raided during the war in what is known as the battle of York. Finally, in 1834, York was actually incorporated as a city and renamed as Toronto.
Like any major city around the world, there are a plethora of things to see and do in Toronto. Though you will not find the historical sites that you might see in Europe, there are many contemporary places of interest.
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The Royal Ontario Museum calls Toronto its home, and it has plenty of exhibits on culture and natural history. Visitors can also check out the Toronto Zoo, home to more than 460 unique species. For the cultural activist, there is also the Art Gallery of Ontario, which houses galleries of artistic work from all around the world.
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Other art attractions in Toronto include: the Institute for Contemporary Culture, Toronto Sculpture Garden, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art and more. If you’re visiting at the right time of the year, the oldest annual fair, the Canadian National Exhibition, is also held in Toronto at the Exhibition Place.
Of course, perhaps the most prominent places to go in Toronto are the sporting events. Home to 14 different sports team, seven of which are in major league sports, there is no shortage of entertainment.
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So, whether you are going for the cultural experience or looking to see some major league sporting events, Toronto has plenty to offer for the whole family.