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TORONTO

Toronto is the largest city in Canada and the provincial capital of Ontario. It is located in Southern Ontario on the northwestern shore of Lake Ontario. The history of Toronto began in the late 18th century when the British Crown purchased its land from the Mississaugas of the New Credit. The British established a settlement there, called the Town of York, which its lieutenant governor, John Graves Simcoe, designated as the capital of Upper Canada. The city was ransacked in the Battle of York during the War of 1812. In 1834, York was incorporated as a city and renamed Toronto. It was damaged in two huge fires in 1849 and 1904. Over the years, Toronto has several times expanded its borders through amalgamation with surrounding municipalities, most recently in 1998.

When to go:
The climate in Toronto is moderated by its proximity to the Great Lakes (in particular Lake Ontario). Summer tends to be hot and very humid, while winter is severe with heavy snowfall. The average maximum temperature in January is -2 C, while the average maximum temperature in July is 27 C. Rainfall tends to occur throughout the year, but summer, though the sunniest season, is also usually the wettest. Autumn is perhaps the best time to travel to Toronto, as temperatures are less extreme than summer or winter, with mild days and cool nights.

Average monthly temperature (°C)

GMT:
-5hrs (GMT -4 from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November).

Language:
English.

Currency:
Canadian Dollar (CAD).

Tourist/Visa/Health information:
UK nationals must have a passport valid for the period of intended stay. A visa is not required for a stay of up to six months for passports endorsed British Citizen, British Citizen (Overseas), British Overseas Territories Citizen and British National (Overseas). Other British passport holders are advised to check on visa requirements for entry to Canada.

Flight Information:
There are plenty of direct flights to Toronto from main UK airports. There are also many indirect flights available, stopping over in various cities such as New York. The flight between Toronto and London takes between 10 and 11 hours.

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