STD & HIV/AIDS 2019 Meeting & Hospitality
Toronto is the capital city of the province of Ontario and the largest city in Canada by population. Toronto is the fourth-largest city in North America based on the population within its city limits. Toronto trails only Mexico City, New York City, and Los Angeles by this measure, while it is the fifth-largest (behind also Chicago) if ranked by the size of its metropolitan area. An established global city, Toronto is an international centre of business, finance, technology, science and healthcare, arts, and culture, and widely recognized as one of the most multicultural and cosmopolitan cities in the world. The city’s population was traditionally Protestant and largely of British origin, but during part of the 1950s and ’60s Toronto became one of the fastest-growing urban areas in North America, with an influx of European immigrants that transformed the character of the city; by 1961 less than half the inhabitants of the central city were of British extraction. There is an active winter season of cultural activities, with a rich fare of concerts, theatre, opera, ballet, and films. Lectures, seminars, evening classes, and meetings of all kinds cover a multitude of subjects, and the religious life of the community is sustained by a variety of churches, synagogues, mosques, temples, and other meeting places. Many ethnic groups organize traditional festivals, balls, entertainments, and social activities. Toronto is the main regional tourist centre serving the Muskoka Lakes, the Haliburton Highlands, and Georgian Bay, all magnificent lake land and forest areas with fine hunting, fishing, and camping facilities. Toronto Parks and Recreation administers approximately 20,000 acres of parkland, and ambitious plans have been made for the development of Toronto’s waterfront. Camping, cottaging, boating, and fishing in summer and skiing, ice hockey, and curling in winter are the most popular forms of outdoor recreation.