What Canadian city had the nickname "Muddy York"?
And the answer: Toronto.    
Photo credit: Aaron Davis

“Muddy York” refers to the early days when the city lacked proper roads and a drainage system. The “York” refers to the colonization of the city, then known as the “town of York” after Prince Frederick, the Duke of York. Today, Toronto is known as the center of the film industry and the most populated city in Canada.

Toronto is the capital of the providence of Ontario, and is home to over 2.8 million people (though, is also one of the fastest-growing cities in North America). The CN Tower, a landmark on its iconic skyline, is the tallest free-standing structure in the Western Hemisphere. In fact, for 32 years it was the tallest structure in the world, but in 2007 that crown was passed to the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

Toronto is also a home to sports fans— of all different kinds. The Leafs (NHL), the Raptors (AHL), the Blue Jays (MLB), the Marlies (AHL), the Rock (Lacrosse), Toronto FC (MLS), the Wolfpack (Rugby) are all Toronto-based teams. With a team in every major league, there's plenty to do in every season.

The Toronto International Film Festival, also called TIFF, is one the largest publicly attended film festivals in the world. In past years, the event could attract nearly 500,000 people to the province— celebrities and film fans alike. The festival has become one of the city’s most important events, as the “People’s Choice Award” is often considered the key indicator for Oscar darlings.

Learn more about the history, culture and life in Toronto here.

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