17 Interesting Facts You Never Knew About Toronto

As the capital of Ontario, Toronto is home to illustrious food, fun and multiculturalism.

But did you know that Toronto’s city-owned museums contain approximately 1 million archaeological exhibits? Or that the soundtrack to 1964’s Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was recorded near Yonge Street?

Check out these cool facts you never knew about Toronto; they’ll make you proud to be a Torontonian!

Fact #1 Out of all of North America, Toronto ranks as the fourth largest city.

Fact #2 Caribana attracts over a million viewers each year.

Fact #3 Boasting 710 acres, the Toronto Zoo is one of the largest zoos around the globe.

Fact #4 According to the City of Toronto, there have been residents living in the city since the end of the last Ice age!

Fact #5 Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada (located by the Rogers Centre) displays giant lobsters that are over 100 years old.

Fact #6 In 1998, the Guinness World Records awarded Yonge Street as the world’s longest street.

Fact #7 50 percent of Torontonians were not born in Canada.

Fact #8 In 2006, the City reported that the top five languages spoken were Chinese, Italian, Punjabi, Tagalog and Portuguese.

Fact #9 Just how many trees are sprinkled around Toronto? The surprising answer is 10,000,000.

Fact #10 9.9 million visitors stayed overnight in the city during 2012.

Fact #11 The largest Sony screen in the world is found in the Rogers Centre at 33 ft. x 110 ft.

Fact #12 The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) was formerly called the Festival of Festivals.

Fact #13 On April 7, 1977, the Toronto Blue Jays played their first game in front of a crowd of 44,649.

Fact #14 One quarter of Hollywood’s movies are filmed in Toronto.

Fact #15 The first public transportation company operated in 1849 and consisted of stagecoaches and horses.  

Fact #16 There are over 8,000 restaurants across the city.

Fact #17 Documents from the CN Tower’s grand opening are locked up in a time capsule, which includes letters from Pierre Trudeau and school children. The time capsule will be opened in 2076.

Now that you know these cool facts about Toronto, which one is your favourite?  Feel free to share this post to entertain your family and friends!

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