Our Multicultural Society
We have a lot of immigrants coming in from all different countries from around the world. Toronto is a multicultural city, you'll find that many of the people living there don't even speak English. You almost don't even need to speak English or French to come here...they have an China Town, Italy Town, etc.
More than half of Toronto residents were born outside of Canada; most of them are from Italian, German, Chinese, Portuguese, Indian, Polish and Caribbean origin.
But it's wonderful because they bring their cultures with them to Canada. China Town, for example is a fantastic place to visit. There are Irish pubs, Japanese markets, and all kinds of festivles from other cultures put on by immigrants that cme from that country. In some parts of Toronto, you may not even recognize it as Canada, and that to me, makes it an even more interesting place to visit. Canada is a country of immigrants; either we all are immigrants or descendents of immigrants, and all of the different cultures together are what form our Canadian identity of being multicultural.
CN Tower, the Sky Dome...catch...
CN Tower, the Sky Dome...catch a LEAFS game if you can (hockey)!! I live here.....it's nice....not sooo crowded....home of Iced Tea (they don't really have it in Europe nor do they have Cheese Cake!). It's cleaner than most cities....probably because we don't have as many people as say...New York.
Toronto City Pass
There is a 'Toronto City Pass' that can get you into six different Toronto attractions for one low price. Many different cities have this city pass: Seattle, Hollywood, San Fransisco, and Ney York. The Toronto one can be purchased online or at any of the participating attractions, which are:
*The CN Tower
*Royal Ontario Museum
*Art Gallery of Ontario
*Ontario Science Centre
The cost for a city pass for an adult is $35.17 American. And the combined value of visiting all those attractions is about $70.. so it's a good deal if those are things you want to see.
Here's the website to visit if you want to purchase the city pass online.
Buy an apartment here, if you love Canada as much as I do. I used to own an apartment in BAY STREET area and this is within 2 minutes walk to Eaton Centre, 5 minutes walk to Chinatown. Good food, lots to shop and only 2 stops from the Financial Center! Properties are of good value in this clean and cosmopolitan city. A two-bedroom apartment in downtown area costs US$100,000-200,000 on the average (& these are of the best quality furnishings and standards!).
Tipping is not always for a job well done
Tipping is not necessarily for good service but out of obligation here! Many feel obligated to do so because it is custom. Many rely on tips because service industry pays minimum wage.
You generally pay 15% at restaurants and hair salons. You also tip bartenders (which I hate doing)! Some places allow you to start a tab (you must give your credit card) - this might save on tipping each time....generally $1 or so when you get a drink (usually watered down)...even for opening a bottle of $3 water! You also tip cabbies and bellboys...I don't take cabs or stay hotels here so I can't say.
However, if you receive bad service, DO NOT feel obligated to tip....I have not tipped before for that reason.