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About Canada

About Canada
Canada is one of the most popular destination countries for international students because Canada is an English-speaking country considered to be safe and with a relatively low-cost of living compared to other industrialized English-speaking countries. 

Canada has more than 37 million people and more than 100 cultures represented within its geographical boundaries. This means that there is great variety in the food we eat, the events we produce, and the customs we follow. Making your move to Canada can be exciting and overwhelming at the same time.

Toronto is one of Canada’s most southern cities and is situated on the shores of Lake Ontario. The city is a wonderful mix of downtown urban skyscrapers and green space. In fact, the City of Toronto is often called “the Green City” because it contains so many parks, walking trails, hiking paths, and of course, the Toronto Islands.

One of the five largest cities in North America, Toronto is a rich collection of multicultural neighborhoods that provide places to live, shop and eat for people from around the world. The people who live in Toronto can choose to shop in stores that cater to their customs and tastes, and live in neighborhoods that reflect the cultural diversity of this exciting city. The main Toronto multicultural neighborhoods are:

China town
The main neighborhood for those of Asian and South East Asian descent is in the Spadina and Dundas area of Toronto, right in the downtown core. Here you will find dim sum restaurants, stores and sidewalk retailers, food markets and the Dragon City Mall, the hub of the downtown Asian neighborhoods, There are also Asian neighborhoods in several other areas of Toronto, the largest in the northeast corner of the city.

Korean town
Korean foods and merchandise can be found in the downtown area bordered by Bathurst and Christie.

Corso Italia
“Little Italy” is a Mecca for cafes and restaurants that offer the best in Italian cuisine, as well as fashionable retail outlets.

Greek town
Along the Danforth in the east end of Toronto lies Greek town, an area with a great variety of Mediterranean peoples as well as restaurants, shops and one of the city’s most popular annual street festivals.

Kensington Market
Kensington Market is the hub for those seeking foods and restaurants of other cultures. The market is a weekly destination for those seeking specialty food items from Europe, the Caribbean, the Middle East, South America and Asia.

Some of Our Favorite Places and Events
Visit world-class museums and art galleries attend international-level film, music and theatre festivals, enjoy popular dance clubs and entertainment complexes, watch international sports teams at state-of-the-art facilities, attend free summer concerts and special events!

St. Lawrence Market
Located in downtown Toronto, this market houses specialty vendors and a busy food market that is wildly popular on Saturday mornings.

CN Tower
One of the world’s tallest freestanding buildings, and an important telecommunications hub, it attracts more than 2 million visitors each year.

Caribana Festival
North America’s largest Caribbean festival, it runs for 17 days, offering everything from food extravaganzas to the annual parade which attracts over 1 million visitors each year.

Toronto International Film Festival
Ranked among the top three film festivals in the world, Toronto’s festival is one of the premiere places for directors to introduce their new files to the public and media.

Rogers Centre
A landmark on the Toronto skyline, Roger's Centre has the world’s only fully-retractable roof and is home to the Toronto Blue Jays Baseball team. It also hosts a variety of sports and entertainment events, such as live concerts.

A system of buses, subways and streetcars, the TTC costs $3/ride (2012) and has bus/subway connections throughout the city. The TTC is very dependable and efficient. You can also purchase a monthly pass, which makes it far more convenient for those who travel often between UMC and home.

About Weather
Spring: April to June 10 to 18 degrees (50 to 65F) 
Summer: July to September 21 to 29 degrees (70 to 85F)
Fall: October to December 3 to 16 degrees (38 to 60F)
Winter: January to March -1 to -8 degrees (20 to 30F)

This means that if you are staying for any length of time in Toronto, you must be prepared for a wide variety of weather conditions and pack accordingly. You will need light clothing for the summer months, while warm boots, hats, coats and gloves are absolutely necessary in winter.