Toronto can be considered the King of Canada. The city is an ideal vacation destination featuring everything you can ever dream of. It’s also a safe city. Places Rated Almanac ranked it as the safest largest metropolitan area in North America. The city is huge. More people live in Toronto than Canada's four Atlantic provinces combined.
Prepare yourself to come in contact with people from lots of different countries. Nearly all of the world's culture groups are represented and more than 100 languages and dialects are spoken. Don’t worry about renting a car. The public transportation system is the largest in North America after New York City.
There’s a couple of must see attractions including the CN Tower (features glass floor observation decks, a revolving restaurant, and a Simulator Theatre), the St. Lawrence Market, located in the heart of the historic Old Town Toronto, The Royal Ontario Museum, one of the Canada's largest museums and one of the top 10 in the world; and the Toronto Zoo, Canada’s largest zoo, which features more than 5,000 animals right in their natural habitat.
The Eaton Center is another big tourist attraction, which has 320 shops and restaurants, 17 cinemas and a 400-room Marriott Hotel. Art lovers can check out the Annual Art fair at the Metro Convention Center, held at the end of October. Browse art, listen to guest speakers and discover future art trends. To hob knob with the rich and trendy, spend two hundred bucks to attend the opening night preview, which will give you a chance to purchase works of art before the fair opens to the public. Drink cocktails and enjoy lots of delicious hors d’oeuvres. Film lovers shouldn’t miss the Toronto International Film Festival, which attracts producers, artists and writers from all over the world.
The festival held in September screens about 400 movies and is in the Yorkville area, a trendy downtown neighborhood. Jews represent in Toronto. In the 1840’s Jews from Eastern and Central Europe began to infiltrate the area. The Jewish population grew steadily. In 1871, 157 Jews lived in Toronto, in 1891, it rose to 1,425, and, by 1901, the Jewish population had increased to 3,090. Toronto is a particularly good place to get a feel for Jewish traditions. Canadian Jews traditionally held stronger traditional links than those in the States because mass immigration to Canada was much later.
The city has been good to Jewish women. The Holy Blossom Congregation, a reform synagogue and one of Toronto’s oldest synagogues were the first Canadian congregation to hire a female rabbi. The synagogue, founded in 1856, has continued its tradition to have one female as part of its clergy staff. The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) was founded in Toronto in 1897.
The many chapters were independently formed by upper class British and German Jews who were involved with the integration of new immigrants to Canada. Hadassah, the largest Jewish women’s organization in Canada was founded in 1916 in Toronto.