Toronto is the largest city in Canada by population. The name Toronto many historians say, comes from the word toronton which is a word used by the indigenous Huron people meaning “place of meetings, or “wood in the water” from the indigenous Mohawk peoples phrase tkaronto, either way, both original words serve to describe Toronto, where many early immigrants from England, Italy and Portugal met and have prospered near Lake Ontario surrounded by plenty of greenery.
Toronto has become a top international travel destination, offering exquisite food, shopping experiences and plenty of events all year round which many visitors and tourists must see. In recent years, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada has opened its doors for all to come and see a world of 16000 aquatic animals. The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is one of the largest museums in North America and hosts many seasonal events throughout the year. The museum is cited as “one of the world’s architectural marvels and one of six modern buildings to rival Australia’s Sydney Opera House”. Toronto is also home to several sports teams including the Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL), the Toronto Raptors (NBA), the Toronto Argonauts (CFL), the Toronto Blue Jays (MLB) and Toronto FC (MLS).
Toronto is also known as a city of neighbourhoods providing a unique ethnic experience in the many different ethnically populated areas, entering these areas makes you feel as if you are not in the same city. Visit the oldest neighbourhoods “little Italy” “China Town” “Greek Town” "little India" and “the Annex” (where our academy stands) to experience and taste their defining characteristics. Many restaurants provide an authentic food experience. Japanese restaurants including noodle houses and "izakaya" (Japanese tapas bar) in particular have been booming in recent years.
Shopping in Toronto, no problem. There are many malls to enjoy a shopping experience: Eaton centre, Fairview mall, newly renovated Scarborough Town Centre and ever larger and upgrading Yorkdale mall. If malls are not your bag Toronto has trendy neighborhoods like Queen west featuring unique, one of a kind items found in distinctive small independent stores, or for that upscale feel there is always the Yorkville area.
Summer in Toronto is the most beautiful season. Torontonians enjoy the heat and long daylight hours, until around 9:30 p.m. Torontonians love being on the patio drinking a bottle of cold beer appreciating what mother nature has to offer us.
Lastly, Toronto is a perfect city to learn English in for international students. Given the multicultural make up of the city there is no defining accent that the natives have in my opinion, so you will feel comfortable living and studying here. Toronto offers endless choices for schools and academies like ours, while enjoying what the city has to offer.
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