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Toronto is the capital city of the Canadian province of Ontario. The Greater Toronto Area, commonly referred to as the GTA, had a 2021 population of 6,712,341. The city is an international centre of business, finance, arts, sports and culture, and is recognized as one of the most multicultural and cosmopolitan cities in the world.

Weather in Toronto

Average daytime temperatures in November are about 8 °C (46 °F) and 2.3 °C (36.1 °F) are relatively common. There is a good chance of sun, though Ontarion fall also feature of rain (on about an average of 10 days). Toronto's temperature is generally more temperate and humid than GTA due to its proximity to Lake Ontario.

Though the summer solstice will have passed almost two months earlier, the sun usually rises at about 7:00 a.m. and sets at 5:00 p.m.

Canadian dollar

All Canadian banks provide currency exchange at the daily market value.[1] In some areas, private exchange bureaus will give better exchange rates and lower fees than banks. So if you have time during your travels to look one up, it might save you some money on the exchange both when you arrive and before you leave, because Canadian dollars may not be worth as much in your home country. Some hotels, souvenir shops and tourist offices exchange money, but their rates won't put a smile on your dial. Many places in Toronto accept US dollars for small transactions – with a rough 1:1 exchange rate – and it is advised to obtain some Canadian dollars if you will use cash. US coins are often mixed in with Canadian coins at stores since they are similar in appearance.

The USD-CAD exchange rate as of March 2023 has an average of 1.3 USD=1 CAD in 2023.[1]

Electricity plugs

Type A and B power plugs

Electrical plugs are the same throughout North America, usually 100–127 volts / 60 Hz, type A-B (NEMA connectors). If you are from a region outside of North or Central America, you may need an adapter. You can easily find these devices at any electronics store in Toronto.

Most airports, train stations, bus stations and hotels offer free access to electricity, either through normal electrical outlets or USB outlets. It is also common to have access to outlets in cafes and restaurants.

Since most of the electricity genrated in Ontario is from hydro renewable sources, many public places offer free access to electricity.

Internet access

If you have a mobile phone, tablet or computer that uses the cellular network, make sure your carrier's plan is appropriate for roaming in Canada. Fees may apply depending on your mobile plan.

Wi-Fi access in downtown Toronto is widespread and generally free; most public places have Wi-Fi hotspots, but you may need the password. You can visit towifi.ca and find a list of the places where hotpots are available (not necessarily up to date).

Notes and references
  1. 1.0 1.1 The exchange rate is an approximation as of March 2023. For an updated rate, visit Google finance website.
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