Toronto - A True Global City

As the second largest country in the world, Canada is a colossal land mass stretching from the Atlantic Ocean on the east, up to the Artic Ocean in the north and all the way round to the Pacific Ocean in the west. But whilst it is indeed a massive country that spans across a myriad of terrains and climates, it actually has one of the lowest population densities in the world, with only around 3.5 inhabitants per square kilometre, compared with 246 per square kilometre in the UK.

However, it would be difficult to tell this in a place such as Toronto, the largest city in Canada, and the fifth most populous municipality in the whole of North America. As Canada's economic capital, Toronto is generally considered to be a 'global city', playing a major part in the world's economic system. And like any modern metropolis, Toronto's skyline is a sea of skyscrapers and tall buildings; in particular the CN Tower taking centre stage.

At over half a kilometre tall, the CN Tower is the world's second-tallest freestanding structure and the tallest tower in the western hemisphere. It also has the world's highest man-made observatory, affording spectacular views across the city below. And for those who would like to make a night of it, a fantastic revolving restaurant is located a little over half-way up the tower, offering market-fresh cuisine and a vast selection of fine wine.

It's impossible to speak of Toronto without mentioning its famous entertainment district and its claim of being the third largest theatre-centre in the English speaking world; with a plethora of plays, musicals and operas being staged throughout the year. Furthermore, only a short walk away from the city's main railway station is the district's ideal central location, with a number of activities available in the form of dining and drinking, to shopping and live sports. In addition, Toronto is home to six professional major-league sports teams in baseball, hockey, basketball, football, soccer and lacrosse, whilst the city's two main state-of-the-art sport stadiums, the SkyDome and the Air Canada Centre, are located only a few blocks from each other in Toronto's entertainment district.

But for those who wish to explore the history of Canada's national pastime, Toronto is also home to the Hockey Hall of Fame, hosting exhibits of legendary players and NHL teams. The MCI Great Hall, one of the fifteen exhibit areas, contains portraits and biographical information about every person who has been admitted to the hall of fame.

In terms of accessibility to this popular destination, direct flights to Toronto take a little under eight hours from London if flying from the UK, with Lester B. Pearson International Airport handling over an estimated thirty million passengers in 2006 alone, making it one of the busiest airports in the world. And this accessibility can only help to cement Toronto's place as a major modern metropolis, and true 'global city' of the world.

The information contained within this article is the opinion of the author and is intended purely for information and interest purposes only. It should not be used to make any decisions or take any actions. Any links are included for information purposes only.

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