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Fun Facts About Toronto

Pink candy. Photo licensed by Shutterstock.

Pink candy. Photo licensed by Shutterstock.

By Luca Morgante

Welcome to the fact room where you can enjoy a number of cool TRUE facts for your intellectual enjoyment. The topic: the City of Toronto


  1. In 1912, Toronto banned tobogganing on Sundays.
  2. On November 1, 1946, the Toronto Huskies hosted the New York Knickerbockers at Maple Leaf Gardens, in a game the NBA now regards as the first played in its history.
  3. There are more than 10 million trees in Toronto! Now that’s a lot of trees, more trees than people!
  4. Toronto Island was not always an island. It was attached to the mainland by a 9 km long sand spit. In 1858 an aggressive storm blew a hole at the base of the spit and separated it – creating the island.
  5. Toronto has the largest population of Italians outside of Italy. When Italy hoisted the World Cup trophy as the top soccer nation in the world in 2006, St. Clair Street transformed into one big party. Viva Italia!
  6. The market was the centre of town during the early part of the 19th century and market day was the highlight of the week, a place to buy, sell and trade and meet friends. For about 30 years, petty criminals were strung up there along with sides of beef. Some were put in stocks or pillories on market day, where being pelted with refuse and heckled by passersby was part of the humiliation of their sentence.
  7. There are 9,520 streets in Toronto.
  8. Toronto’s first cemetery, known as the Potter’s Field, is located underneath Yorkville. Around 6,700 people lay buried under the office towers along Bloor and the boutiques and restaurants on Cumberland Ave.
  9. According to Guinness World Records, PATH is the world’s largest underground walkway with a total of 29 km (18 miles) of retail space.  PATH connects 50 office towers, and 5 subway stations.
  10. City hall was featured in Star Trek!
  11. Most importantly, Toronto continues to be ranked among one of the best places to live and work in the world!

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