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Tempted by Toronto - TheMoveChannel.com

(EMAILWIRE.COM, April 03, 2009 ) Toronto, Canada - What has Canada’s largest city got to offer (aside from the fact that it regularly plays New York City’s body double?) TheMoveChannel.com finds out why it attracted more then ten million tourists last year alone…

A self-proclaimed ‘mega-city,’ Toronto mirrors New York City and is made up of what were once six separate cities; Etobicoke, North York, York, Scarborough, Toronto and the borough of East York.

The area was annexed into the City of Toronto in 1998, but the areas are still often referred to by their former names and maintain a unique flavour.

To get a feel for what the city looks like, bear in mind that, in countless films, Toronto, which lies along the northern shore of Lake Ontario, has doubled for New York City.

The Harbour front is a popular area in Toronto, home to entertainment venues and a lakeside walking trail. The celebrated CN Tower offers fantastic views across the cityscape from its viewing platform at the top – 1,815 feet up.

Toronto is a city built within a park, and with 1,500 named parks and 8,000 acres of parkland, offers the perfect green-living antidote to busy city-life.

One of the best known parks is Allan Gardens, which used to be rather seedy, but since the University of Toronto relocated its Botany Greenhouses there in 2004, has been infused with new life.

Allan Gardens was Toronto’s first civic park, created on 10 acres donated to the city by former Mayor George William Allan. Originally called the Horticultural Gardens, the city renamed the park after Allan died in 1901.

The stunning glass-domed Palm House conservatory dates back to 1910 and contains six huge greenhouses. It has been joined by the University’s restored and renovated greenhouses, which are now called the Allan Gardens Children's Conservatory.

Toronto also boasts The Music Garden, conceived by internationally renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma as an interpretation of Bach’s First Suite for Unaccompanied Cello; and Rouge Park, which is the largest natural and cultural heritage park situated in an urban area in North America.

Toronto is ranked as the number one cycling city in North America, with more than 522 miles of trails, the most notable being the Martin Goodman trail, a 14-mile path along the waterfront.

Now we can start to see why Toronto pulled in over ten million tourists last year. Brits make up the highest proportion of visitors from any one country, all drawn by the outdoorsy opportunities and cultural twist.

Yorkville, the city’s trendiest neighbourhood, is home to the most elegant shopping and dining. The Toronto Eaton Centre in Yorkville is one of North America’s top shopping destinations and Toronto's most popular tourist attraction with over one million visitors flocking in per week.

Greektown on the Danforth has one of the highest concentrations of restaurants per kilometre in the world. The area hosts the annual Taste of Danforth festival, a celebration of Hellenic cuisine and culture, which was modelled on the hugely popular Taste of Chicago festival.

The Distillery District, a pedestrian village, is a more bohemian area of the city and is bursting with boutiques and art galleries.

Toronto is also home to more than fifty ballet and dance companies, including the National Ballet of Canada, the Canadian Opera Company and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra calling the city home.

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Notes to editors:

TheMoveChannel.com is a property website that was founded in 1999 as an online resource for buying, selling and learning about property. It now receives as many as 300,000 visits per month and advertises over 50,000 properties in nearly 90 countries, which are listed by over 500 partner organisations.

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0207 952 7650

Dan Johnson
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