Toronto: Did You Know?
- Some famous Torontonians are (were) Mary Pickford, Raymond Massey and Joe Shuster (Co-creator of Superman) and Howie Mandel, who made a ‘great deal’.
- Tim Horton, of coffee and donuts fame, was a star with the NHL Toronto Maple Leafs from 1952 to 1970.
- Broadway theatres dimmed their marquee lights July 13 in memory of Torontonian Ed Mirvish, the entrepreneur, theatrical impresario and Broadway producer who was known as “Honest Ed.”
- Toronto has 14 islands protecting its natural harbour and are accessible by ferry
- Casa Loma is the only real castle in all of North America.
- The Toronto Argonauts are notable for being the oldest professional football team in North America, and they are also the oldest professional sports franchise in North America to still retain its original name.
- The city’s 911 emergency services are equipped to respond in over 150 languages.
- Niagara Falls is a 45 minute drive from Toronto.
- Once the head office of the Goodenham and Worts Distillery, Toronto’s Flatiron building is one of the most photographed in the city. In 1891, the Goodenham family wanted local residents to recognize their success and the success of their distillery business, so they commissioned David Roberts, the family architect, to build a grander office space. At a cost of $18,000, an unusual Gothic Romanesque structure was built at the intersection of Front, Wellington and Church Streets on a triangular piece of land. The 5-story red brick building was one of the grandest of its time. What many do not realize is that Toronto’s Flatiron actually preceded New York’s famous Flatiron Building by more than 10 years.
- A chain of 15 tiny islands that provide a natural harbour for the city, the Toronto Islands are a favourite destination for locals and guests looking for a respite from city life. Canadian historians will tell you that the Toronto Islands weren’t always islands. In fact, they were a series of floating sand-bars that were carried westward from the Scarborough Bluffs by the Lake Ontario currents. The largest of the Toronto Islands is Centre Island. About one million visitors head to Centre Island annually to enjoy the carnival-like atmosphere that dominates here. The second largest of the Toronto Islands is Ward’s Island, home to most of the island residents. Three ferry routes connect Hanlan’s Point, Centre Island and Ward’s Island to the Queen’s Quay docks at the foot of Bay Street in Toronto. The islands are car-free, so the ferries are your only option to get here. The trip from the mainland to each of the islands takes about 15 minutes.
- Hanlan’s Point is notable for being the location of Babe Ruth’s first professional home run on September 5, 1914.
The Delta Chelsea Hotel
Located in the heart of downtown Toronto the Delta Chelsea Hotel is just minutes from the Theatre District, Toronto Eaton Centre and Yonge-Dundas Square. Featuring four restaurants and lounges, an adult-only fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment, indoor pool, seasonal sundeck, Family Fun Zone including the Kid Centre, Teen Lounge and the 130-foot long Corkscrew – downtown Toronto’s only indoor waterslide.
The Delta Chelsea offers guests great rates and packages from Great Canadian Weekends to No tax and Your Stay, Your Way options.
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