Focus on Toronto

New York may be the greatest city in the world, but, in our opinion, Toronto remains the finest metropolis in North America. We explore a few of the city's essential attractions and activities.
Text by Crai S. Bower | Photo editing by Connie Ricca
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Dec 7, 2012 6:12PM
Thanks for the comments. I'm glad to see readers concur about the cultural importance of embracing immigrants. I grew up across the lake from Toronto in Rochester with very little sense about other cultures until I left home for San Francisco. Now, I can't imagine living without major aesthetic diversity. 
Nov 2, 2012 7:06AM

@ christine yergeau   Toronto is so diverse and tolerant of different cultures that embracing their differences is key to everything there.  That said I haven't yet seen what this amazing city has to offer first hand but I do have a cousin who made Toronto his home after growing up in Montreal. I was in Ottawa once because I had the pleasure of staying at The Chateau Montebello before the Fairmont Group bought it but never had the time to enjoy the Provonce. I am from VT and my people came from Quebec to the states a few generations ago. I was  fortunate enough to spend a month every summer with relatives in Montreal  since I was around 12 years old. I witnessed the Quebecois battling for French domination from the late sixties into the early seventies. After four years of French in High School and that month every summer growing up I was almost fluent in French.  As a young man I returned many times when I lived less than 3 hours away in Burlington VT for obvious reasons.  Just as you did not refer to all Americans as haters...  I will not refer to all Canadians as lovely people .

This is not directed at the citizens of Toronto . The Quebecois can be rude and downright insulting to  the Americans spending money in their quite beautiful city of Montreal . I used to find it amusing since they were mainly bi-lingual and when I would listen to them trash my friends and myself in French ,to reply to them in French ,especially local slang to let them know that some Americans can speak French. The looks on their faces were priceless . However I do not paint all French speaking Montreal citizens with the same brush . To me French is a beautiful language and they are proud of their heritage as they should be. I feel lucky to grow up in two worlds but when the "Language Police " started measuring signs and would  fine business owners" if the English signs were too large compared to the  mandatory French ratio of being bigger is just silly. Also this talk of seceding from Canada is crazy . Even the recent victory for the Quebecois which I applaud the first lady ever to be elected to her position and her election victory albeit bittersweet when the shooter tainted it  they are a minority party and have said themselves there will be no talk of seceding from Canada for years to come but...


Any country or sizable group numbers wise is going to have the same percentages of deviants, criminals , and so on.


I still love Canada and comparing them with Americans I must say at a glance they are a polite society but not perfect.

Thanks for Listening.

John H.



Oct 12, 2012 6:41AM
The haters in America would have you believe that the immigrants were the cause of our high crime rates. This proves them wrong, and shows how good it can be if we embrace our differences rather than fight them. I grew up in the Buffalo area and was amazed by how clean and safe Toronto was. As soon as you crossed the border you knew you weren't in the U.S. anymore, and the Canadians are lovely people.
Sep 28, 2012 12:27PM
Went to Toronto a few years ago. Great city, fun city and it is very safe. The countryside is great day trip.
Sep 28, 2012 11:33AM
This is so true, I was lucky to live in this wonderful city for 2 years when I was a kid, I haven't been able to go back, but would love to see it again some time later on. I highly  recommend this lovely city for the one's that haven't been there!
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