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Living in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

City of Toronto – Layout

Toronto skyline at sunsetWith 2.7 million residents, Toronto is the largest city in Canada. It is the capital of Ontario, and the fifth largest city in North America. Toronto is located on the northern shore of Lake Ontario. Laid out in a rectangular grid, for the most part, the city stretches for more than 100 square kilometres. `Downtown’ usually refers to the area from Eglinton Avenue, south to the lake, between Spadina Avenue in the west and Jarvis Street in the east. Yonge (pronounced Young) Street is the longest thoroughfare in the world, stretching from Lake Ontario in the south well beyond Highway 401 in the north. It is the main north-south route, dividing western cross streets from eastern cross streets.

You will probably also hear the phrase `GTA’ used quite often. This refers to the Greater Toronto Area, of which a map is provided below courtesy of `City of Toronto map library and DMTI CanMap Route Logistics, 2002.’

 map of the GTA