Toronto Ontario City Information information, listings and links
Here are some basic facts about Toronto:
Toronto (pronounceced "Tron-ta" by locals) is strategically located in the centre of Canada's major consumer and industrial market, anchoring the "Golden Horseshoe" of Ontario, about 90 minutes from the U.S. border. The Greater Toronto Area ("GTA") has a population of about 5.6 million (2006). Specifically, Toronto is situated at a latitude of 43 65' north and a longitude of 79 38' west, 173 metres (570') above sea level. We are in Eastern standard time, like New York, and 6 hours earlier than western Europe. Area: 243 square miles (630 km2); 71,040 acres (28,750 ha) and has a shorline of 46 kilometres *29 mi) along Lake Ontario.
The name "Toronto" came from the Mohawk word "tkaronto" which originally referred to The Narrows, a channel connecting Lake Simcoe discharges into Lake Couchiching, meaning "where trees are standing in the water". A 1680 French map showed Lake Simcoe appeared as "Lac de Taronto", and by 1686, Passage de Taronto referred to a canoe route along the Humber River, making the French name for rhe Humber River "Rivière Taronto", and by the 1720s the trading post at its mouth was named Fort Toronto.
Formed in 1974, Toronto is now recognized as Canada's 6th largest and fastest growing major city with a population of 695,000 residents representing cultures from around the world.
Toronto is Canada's leading head office and manufacturing city, in sectors that include finance, business services, telecommunications, aerospace, transportation, media, arts, film, television production, publishing, software production, medical research, education, tourism and sports industries.[
The region's proximity to Lake Ontario has a moderating effect on the climate in the area.
The area is the convergence of two weather patterns, one from the southwest bringing warm humid air (all the way from the Gulf of Mexico, actually)
and from the northwest brings drier Arctic air.
In the summer the area has high humidity levels with temperatures occassionally soaring above 30C, and in the winter Toronto is colder and cloudier but with relatively light snows.
The stabilizing effect of the Great Lakes means that Falls stay frost-free longer and the Spring comes later.
Easterly winds off the open waters of Lake Ontario may add substantially to local snowfall however the prevailing winds are from the southwest.
The average date for a late frost is May 3rd, and the first autumn frost occurs about the 15th day of October.
An approximate guide to Celsius Temperatures is as follows:
Toronto a total of 700 millimetres (28 inches) of precipitation per year,and 200cm (78 inches) of snow.
Some hotels include tips or gratuities with group programs to simplify bookkeeping. This will usually include gratuities for housekeeping, bell service and food service. In a hotel, bell service should be tipped about $1 per bag, and housekeeping $1 to $5 dollars a day (in proportion to your room rate). Visitors should know that the standard tip in restaurants is 10%-15% (on restaurant bills, an average tip will be 50% higher the GST & tax), with 20% (about double the GST & tax) for very outstanding service. This is especially important for visitors from countries where tipping on meals is not done: here the waitering staff depend on tips for a significant portion of their incomes. Tip taxis about 10%, and a dollar a bag they carry for you (not just unload), or at the very least round fares up to the nearest dollar.