Toronto, city, capital of the region of Ontario, southeastern Canada. It is the most crowded city in Canada, a multicultural city, and the nation’s money related and business focus. Its area on the northwestern shore of Lake Ontario, which structures some portion of the outskirt among Canada and the United States, and its entrance to Atlantic transportation by means of the St. Lawrence Seaway and to major U.S. mechanical focuses through the Great Lakes have empowered Toronto to turn into a significant universal exchanging focus.
Besides, the city is situated on the edge of probably the best farmland in Canada, with an atmosphere good to growing a wide scope of harvests, accordingly making Toronto a transportation, dispersion, and assembling focus. In particular, its focal area, alongside a large group of political arrangements favoring global exchange, puts this city with the best monetary connections to, and impact from, the United States. Since the second 50% of the twentieth century the city has developed amazingly, from a somewhat calm commonplace town—”Toronto the Good”— to an exuberant, flourishing, cosmopolitan metropolitan region. Zone 244 square miles (632 square km); metro. region, 2,280 square miles (5,905 square km). Pop. (2011) 2,615,060; metro. zone, 5,583,064; (2016) 2,731,571; metro. zone, 5,928,040.
The liquefying of ice from the past frosty age adjusted the Toronto locale’s scene significantly. Roughly 11,000 years back a waterway a lot bigger (around 130 feet [40 metres] higher) than the present-day Lake Ontario was in presence there—a cold lake alluded to as Lake Iroquois. With the opening up of the St. Lawrence River, the lake waters subsided, dropping more than 300 feet (90 meters) underneath the present level. After some time, the water levels rose to the current condition, leaving a muddy shoreline yet a fine normal harbor. The site of the city is consistently level, despite the fact that 3 to 4 miles (5 to 6 km) inland there is a genuinely sharp ascent of somewhere in the range of 40 feet (12 meters)— the shoreline rise of the previous chilly lake.
The assets of the encompassing area were additionally critical to Toronto’s improvement. The rich sedimentary soils of southern Ontario gave magnificent farmland, and the antiquated shake of the Canadian Shield toward the north not exclusively was a wellspring of significant mineral riches yet in addition was enriched with woods of spruce and pine. Another physical component is Toronto’s area at the mouth of the Humber River, a stream that encouraged an exchange course north to Lake Simcoe and an alternate way to Georgian Bay on Lake Huron.