Introduction

Toronto skyline

Streetcar on College Street
Streetcar on College Street

Toronto is the largest and most important city in Canada and possibly the most cosmopolitan city in North America. It is a unique mosaic of different cultures: Italian, Chinese, Greek, Caribbean, Portuguese, Indian, Polish, Ukrainian, and many others. At least 100 languages are spoken by residents, half of whom are immigrants.

Sylvana was born in Toronto and has lived most of her whole life here. For many years, she worked downtown, within walking distance of many sites pictured here. She has little respect for the downtown after dealing with the rush-hour crowds - often having to wait on the subway platform letting three or four trains pass before finding one with room.

Hans moved to Toronto in 1981 after quitting school. His last job in Toronto was downtown in the Fashion District, commuting daily on the GO train.

On these web pages, you can find our impressions of the city.

For those who wish to visit the city, some things should be noted. Toronto, like most of southern Ontario, is unlike much of the rest of Canada. Southern Ontario more closely resembles the American states of New York and Ohio. If you want to find the "Real Canada", you need to drive further north. Two hours will get you to Muskoka, but that's home to thousands of cottagers from Toronto, so that's not it yet. But only three hours north of Toronto, you get into an area where you have to start worrying about where to find the next gas station. There, you start seeing landscape which is more typical of the bulk of Canada.

Neighborhoods

Toronto Map
Map of Toronto. Selected neighborhood:

In the above map, the different colored spots indicate neighborhoods covered here. Click on the spot to see some pictures of the neighborhood. Or select a neighborhood from the menu at the left.

You can use the legend at the bottom of each neighborhood page to go from one neighborhood to its immediate neighbors. This way, you can do a virtual "walking tour" of the city.

These neighborhoods are included for the simple reason that I had my camera with me as I walked through them. If your favorite neighborhood is missing, it's just because I haven't gotten there yet. If you'd like to see some photos of your favorite neighborhood, send me an e-mail explaining why yours should be included. Currently, the following are some of the areas on my "to-do" list: Bloor Street West, Davenport, and St. Clair Gardens.

Neighborhoods - Full Index

Allan Gardens
The Annex
Art & Design District
Augusta Avenue
Av & Dav
Avenue & St Clair
Balmy Beach
Bathurst & Strathearn
Bay & Bloor
Bay & College
Bay & Wellesley
Bayview
Bayview & Eglinton
Beaches
Beach View Crescent
Black Creek Pioneer Village
Bloor & Brunswick
Bloor & Church
Bloor & Dundas
Bloor & Jarvis
Bloor & Sherbourne
Bloor & Spadina
Bloor & St. George
Bloorcourt Village
Blue Jays Way
Blythwood Ravine
Brant Street
Bremner Blvd
Brick Works Park
Broadview
Brockton
Cabbagetown
Casa Loma
Castle Frank
Centre Island
Charles Sauriol CR (N)
Charles Sauriol CR (S)
Chinatown
Christie Pits
Church & Wellesley
Clarence Square
CN Tower
College & Spadina
College Street
Corsa Italia
Coxwell & Mortimer
Cullen Bryant Park
Danforth & Chester
Danforth & Coxwell
Danforth & Donlands
Danforth & Greenwood
Danforth & Main
Danforth & Woodbine
Davisville
Donlands Village
Donlands & Mortimer
Dovercourt Village
Dundas & Bay
Dundas & Coxwell
Dundas & Roncesvalles
Dundas Square
Dupont & Bathurst
Dupont & Ossington
Dupont & Spadina
Eastern & Bayview
Eastern Beaches
Eaton Center
Edwards Gardens
Eglinton & Bathurst
Eglinton & Don Mills
Eglinton & Keele
Eglinton & Laird
Eglinton & Leslie
Eglinton & Oakwood
Eglinton & Spadina
Eglinton & Wynford
Eglinton Hill
Eglinton Park
Eglinton Way
Eglinton West Village
Entertainment District
ET Seton Park
Exhibition
Fashion District
Financial District
Flemingdon Park
Forest Hill Village
Front & Bathurst
Front & Spadina
Front Street
Front Street 1983
Gerrard & Greenwood
Gerrard & Woodbine
Glen Stewart Park
Gooderham & Worts
Grange Park
Greektown
Greenwood & Mortimer
Hanlan's Point
Harbour Square
Harbourfront
Harbord Street
Haverson Park
High Park
Hillcrest Village
Humber River
India Bazaar
Inner Harbor
John Quay
John Street
Junction
Keele & Rogers
Kensington Market 1976
Kensington Market 1983
Kensington Market 2006
Kew Gardens
King & Bathurst
King & Dufferin
King & Portland
King & Strachan
Kingston & Waverley
Koreatown
Leaside
Leaside Bridge
Leslieville
Liberty Street
Little Italy
Little Norway
Maple Leaf Quay
Mirvish Village
Moss Park
Mt Pleasant
Mt Pleasant & Eglinton
Mt Pleasant Cemetery
Museum
Nathan Phillips Square
Norway
O'Connor & Greenwood
Olde East York Village
Ontario Place
Osgoode
Pape & O'Connor
Pape Village
Parkdale
Parliament Square
Peter Street
Portugal Village
Queen & Bathurst
Queen & Broadview
Queen & Carlaw
Queen & Church
Queen & Coxwell
Queen & Greenwood
Queen & Neville Park
Queen & Spadina
Queen & Woodbine
Queen Street West
Queen Street West 1981
Queen's Park
Queens Quay East
Queens Quay West
Richmond & Spadina
Riverdale
Roncesvalles
Rosedale
Rosedale Station
Rua Açores
Ryerson
St Clair & Bathurst
St Clair & Spadina
St Hilda's Park
St James Park
St Jamestown
St Lawrence Market
St Patrick
Science Centre
Sheldon Lookout
Sherwood Park
Silverthorne
Spadina Quay
Summerhill
Sunnybrook Hospital
Sunnybrook Park
TD Tower View 1970
Taylor Creek Park
Thorncliffe Park
Todmorden Mills
Trinity Bellwoods Park
Union Station
University & College
University of Toronto
UT - Hart House Circle
UT - King's College Road
UT - St. George Street
UT - Victoria College
Upper Beaches
Ward's Island
Wellington & Portland
West Queen West
Western Beaches
Wilket Creek Park
Woodbine & Cosburn
Woodbine & O'Connor
Woodbine & Sammon
Yonge & Bloor
Yonge & College
Yonge & Eglinton
Yonge & Elm
Yonge & Front
Yonge & Glencairn
Yonge & King
Yonge & Lawrence
Yonge & Queens Quay
Yonge & St Clair
Yonge Street
Yonge Strip
York Eglinton
York University
Yorkville