Photo: Nathan Phillips square

During winter, the reflecting pool at Nathan Phillips Square is turned into an ice rink for skaters.

Photograph by Barrett & MacKay/AllCanadaPhotos.com

Canada’s largest metropolis has long been crowned Toronto the Good, lauded for all that is safe, polite—and unromantic: clean streets, polite denizens, user-friendly infrastructure. The city has long ago outgrown its stubborn Puritanical reputation. Toronto has matured into a (still polite) multicultural patchwork of vibrant neighborhoods and has recently enjoyed a billion-dollar cultural renaissance. Mapped with a green world of hidden ravines, Toronto is glutted with an exhaustive range of ethnic restaurants, arts festivals, and shopping drags. Toronto’s virtues are now also its pleasures.

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