Toronto, the largest city in Canada, is home to the most festivals, restaurants and events in Canada. Towering over the city is the CN tower, formerly the tallest free standing structure in the world. Located on Lake Ontario, many people take a short ferry over to Toronto Island where you can go picnicking, swimming, and relaxing in the park. Toronto is very multicultural with something for everyone. It has a diversity of districts including Little Italy/Portugal Village, Chinatown, Korea town, Little India, The Danforth, Yorkville, and Distillery District. To be a true Torontonian, you will have to check out the Hockey Hall of Fame as well as catch a Toronto Maple Leaf hockey game. Toronto is also home to many other sports teams including The Blue Jays (MLB - baseball), The Raptors (NBA - basketball), The Argonauts (CFL - football) and Toronto FC (MLS - Soccer). The best time to visit Toronto is in the summer months (May-August). During this time the weather is beautiful and the city blooms with life. There are many great landmarks in Toronto to see including the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), Art Gallery of Ontario, Casa Loma, The Ontario Science Centre & The Toronto Zoo. During the summer months, going to a Blue Jay's game on a nice day when the Sky Dome's roof is open is a must! Watching the Toronto FC at BMO Field in the summer is also a great way to spend the evening. There is a very lively night life in Toronto with a high concentration of bars found around Bathurst & Queen St. West. There is also plenty of shopping in Toronto from the Trendy Queen Street West, to Downtown's Eaton Centre or uptown's Yorkdale mall, you will not have a problem finding something to fit your style. With so much action going on, you will never find yourself short of things to do!
The best and most common time to come to Toronto is in the summer (May-August). Students on Bilateral exchanges will have their accommodation already organized before they arrive by another bilateral exchange student. The accommodation can be any thing from their own apartment, a school residence building or even in their family's house. If you plan on arriving early or staying late there are many cheap hostels in Toronto. Two of which are Hi-Toronto and Canadianna Backpackers Inn. More can be found at http://www.hostelworld.com. Average expenses for food and entertainment can be upwards of $500/month. Though the University of Toronto, we offer SCORE and SCOPE exchanges. SCOPE & SCORE exchanges can take place at any of the University's affiliated hospitals such as but not limited to: Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, St. Michael's Hospital, Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto General Hospital and Hospital for Sick Children (Sick Kids). As there are several exchange student that usually come to Toronto each summer, the Local Exchange Officers are more than happy to provide support connecting fellow exchange students. We will gladly show you around town to the local hot spots for dinner, drinks or entertainment and always be available to help you feel right at home!
University of Toronto (U of T) is Canada's largest university. It is among the top in the country and compares to many top American Universities. The University St. George Campus is located in the heart of downtown Toronto and sprawls all across the downtown core with many beautiful and eye-catching buildings. A large portion of the buildings are located off of St. George Street which gave the Campus it's name.
Toronto Hospitals serve the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and more the 5.5 Million people. Many hospitals are clustered south of University Avenue and College St. With such a large population to service, Toronto has developed the reputation of having some of the Canada's most advanced and specialized care. Sick Kid's Hospital is a specialized hospital innovating the care of children, while Princess Margret Hospital does the same for cancer patients. Many other hospitals have become known nation-wide for their special area of interest in which they excel. There are endless medical education opportunities to be had in Toronto at a large variety of Hospitals. While on exchange, one might be placed at any of the following hospitals: Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, St. Michael's Hospital, Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto General Hospital or Hospital for Sick Children (Sick Kids).
Public transportation in Toronto is provided by the TTC (Toronto Transit Commission). It includes the subway, buses, and streetcars and makes it very convenient to get around the city. A single fare is $3 but you can buy tokens or monthly passes which reduces the fare.https://www.ttc.ca/
Besides public transportation, walking and biking are very convenient ways of getting around the city (since you can avoid traffic). Bikes can be rented at various points within the city: http://www.bikesharetoronto.com/
Taxis are also safe to use but can be more expensive so public transportation, walking, and biking are highly recommended. One popular taxi company: http://becktaxi.com/