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FC: My Travel to Toronto | | By: Janna Ferdous

1: Toronto is the capital of the Province of Ontario and is located on the north shore of Lake Ontario. It is also the largest of Canada's 'vibrant urban centers.' It is the number one tourist destination in Canada. Toronto is the center of the nation's commercial, financial, industrial, and cultural life. |

2: The History of Toronto | Toronto is an 11,000 year journey. People have lived there since the last ice age, but the urban community dates to 1793. 1793 was when the British colonial officials founded the Town of York. That same village became know as the City of Toronto in 1834. Through its expansion and evolution, Toronto has emerged as one of the most multicultural places in the world. |

3: Toronto has many places of interest, but among some of the most popular ones are: Toronto Island Park Royal Ontario Museum The Art Gallery of Ontario Hockey Hall of Fame The Air Canada Center CNTower Pantages Theater The Beaches Toronto Zoo Chinatown Casa Loma | Places of Interest |

4: One of Toronto's historical sites is Fort York. Fort York was built in 1793 and is the birthplace of urban Toronto. It is best known as the location where the Battle f York came to its climax in 1813 during the war of 1812. The fort was the home of a military garrison until the 1930s and was the city's primary harbor defensive between the 1790s and 1880s. Today, its defensive walls surround Canada's largest collection of original War of 1812 buildings. Another one of Toronto's historical site is the Mackenzie House, the restored home of William Lyon Mackenzie. He was a basic journalist and publisher, Toronto's first mayor, and a leader of the Rebellion of 1837. The house was given to Mackenzie by friends and supporters who were thankful for his many years of serving the community when he retired. He was also named as a National Historic Person of Canada in 1949. | Historic Sites |

5: Recreational Activities | One of Toronto's many recreational activities available is the Toronto Islands. You can get to the island by taking a ferry from downtown and you'll find many picnic areas, an amusement park, a farm, restaurants, yacht club and much more. You can also visit the conservatories and greenhouses where you can learn about nature indoors and see different kinds of plants from different parts of the world. The Rouge Park is also another place to visit. It is Toronto's largest park and is becoming Canada's first national urban park. Another place to visit is the Toronto Music Garden. The park design was inspired by Bach's First Suite for Unaccompanied Cello, with each dance movement relating to a different section of the garden. |

6: Toronto is the Nation's cultural heartland full of a wide variety of arts and sporting events. The city is home to more than 70 film festivals, 200 professional performing arts organizations, countless galleries, museums and more. Toronto's city museums hold 1 million archaeological specimens and 147,000 artifacts. It is home to more than 66 percent more artists than in any other city in Canada. The entertainment opportunities keep growing as new attractions come in. | | Arts, Culture, and Entertainment

7: This is a guide to all the subways in Toronto. The green line in the Bloor-Danforth Subway. The yellow u-shaped line is the Yonge-University-Spadina Subway. The purple line is the Sheppard Subway, and the light blue line is the Scarborough RT. |

8: If you want temperatures above freezing, the March through November would be the best times to visit. During these months the streets come alive with patio restaurants, pedestrian marketplaces, and a lot of cultural events, but if you want low prices and temperatures above freezing, spring and fall would be your choices. If you want to go in the spring, then you might want to pack a few extra layers of clothing for sightseeing. The summer offers shelter from the cold Canadian climate, so you might want to be prepared for some heavy crowds. In the fall, the temperatures range from the upper 60s to the mid-40s. In the winter, however, the average highs are in the 20s. So you might want to bring a warm hat and durable gloves for the biting winds and snow. | Whens the Best Time to Travel? |

9: Cultural Awareness | Toronto has a population of 2.48 million people and 5.5 million in the Greater Toronto Area. It's ranked as the safest large metropolitan area in North America by Places Rated Almanac. Over 140 languages are spoken and over 30 percent of residents speak a language other than French or English at home. Half of the population was born outside of Canada, and the top 5 languages in 2006 were Chinese, Italian, Punjabi, Tagalog/Filipino, and Portuguese. Women outnumber men in all age groups except 14 and younger and among aboriginals in the city, 67.1 percent were North American INdians, 26.8 percent Metis, and 1.4 percent Inuit. As one of the most multicultural cities in the world, people mostly dress casually for everyday life. |

10: | Miscellaneous Information | -Toronto's name was obtained form the Huron word for "fishing weir." -More people live in Toronto than in Canada's four Atlantic Provinces combined. -The Niagara Falls is just over an hours drive from Toronto. -Toronto has over 8,000 restaurants. -Toronto is North America's 5th largest city after Mexico City, New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago. -Toronto is home to the world's second tallest free-standing structure, the CN Tower. -The Toronto Zoo is the third-largest zoo in the world and has over 5000 animals. -The film industry supports 28,000 jobs and annually gives 1.5 billion to the economy.

11: Dear Journal, Today is my first day in Toronto, Canada. After I signed into my hotel, the Westin Harbour Castle, i went to the Toronto Zoo. I was amazing! I saw so many animals I've never seen before! After the zoo, I went to one of the beaches for a relaxing end to the day. I am writing this as I listen to the comfortable lap of the waves against the shore. After I finish watching this beautiful sunset I'll head back to my hotel resting up for my second day in Toronto. |

12: Dear Journal, Today I made a trip to the CN Tower, the tallest free-standing structure in the world. I could tell that it was tall from a distance, but i knew why it was the tallest in the world once I was standing in front of it. When I got onto the elevator to go up, I met a man who looked like the type who would do the research about the place he was visiting before he went there. I asked him if he knew how long it took to build the tower, and he told me so much about it that I hardly remember any of it, but I do remember him saying that the tower is 1,815 feet tall; 1,756 feet taller than me. He also said it took over 40 months (a little more than 3 years) to build it, and that it was designed to be used as a communications tower. Well, I gotta go now, don't want to be late for my lunch reservation. |

13: Dear Journal, Today I took a ferry ride to Toronto Island for the first half of my day. It was a very peaceful and scenic ride. For lunch I decided to go to a bakery in downtown named Nadege. They served delicious sandwiches on croissants and beautiful cakes and pastries. Before I went back to my hotel, I went to the Shebourne Common and saw a variety of sculptures and green space. I got a lot of cool pictures from the "Light Showers" sculptures. Well, tomorrow is my last day in Toronto and I'll be heading back to Kansas after lunch, better get packing. |

14: Dear Journal, For my last day in Toronto, I decided to go see a dragon boat race. The boats were all so festive and colorful and the the spirit of the racers and people only reminded me of what a beautiful, multicultural place Toronto is, making the people living there nice and accepting to many different cultures. After the race, however, the excitement and spirit cooled down a bit, except for the winners and their fans. On my way back to Kansas, I stopped by Casa Loma, the only castle in all of North America. It has 98 rooms and has served as a location for movies such as X-Men, Strange Brew, Chicago, Twitches Two, Warehouse 13 and more. All in all, my trip to Toronto had been fun, relaxing, and a really great experience. |

15: Kansas City and Toronto are alike because they are are both multicultural cities. However, Toronto is a more well know tourist destination. The Kansas City Zoo, just as the Toronto Zoo, are both known zoos. While Toronto has a famous structure, the CN Tower, Kansas City doesn't. Both Kansas City and Toronto are great cities to live in.

16: This journey to Toronto has played an important part in my life. It has shown me that people from all places can join together and live in one multicultural city. I also got to go to a festival in which I saw so many new pieces of art and dance. This journey has given me an experience that I'll always remember.

17: "The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page," quoted St. Augustine. I have read another page in the big book of the world and as i go through life, I hope to read more.

18: "This presentation contains copyrighted material used under the educational fair use exemption to U.S. Copyright law."

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