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    Toronto - a brief overview

    Toronto is one of the most multicultural cities in the world, and its swirl of different flavours plays a large part in shaping the destination’s rich, welcoming character. Its diversity, however, is by no means restricted to its population – sitting pretty on the shores of Lake Ontario, it’s somewhere that balances

    space-age architecture with mellow parkland, hipster bars with high-end boutiques and hushed modern art galleries with clattering food markets. More than two and a half million people call Canada’s largest city home, and it has strong claim to being the country’s cultural heart too.


    Top 10 sights in Toronto

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    CN Tower

    301 Front Street W, Ontario
    M5V 2T6 Toronto
    Tel: 416 868 6937
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0900-2230

    The city’s most instantly recognisable symbol, it remains a hugely popular visitor attraction. Gaze out at the view from what is still the tallest free-standing structure in the western hemisphere.

    Royal Ontario Museum

    100 Queens Park, Toronto, Ontario
    M5S 2C6 Toronto
    Tel: 416 586 8000
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    Opening times:
    Sat-Thurs 1000-1730
    Fri 1000-1830

    A huge, all-encompassing gem of a museum, it focuses mainly on world cultures and natural history, with exhibitions on everything from dinosaurs to Canada’s First Peoples.

    Casa Loma

    1 Austin Terrace, Toronto, Ontario
    M5R 1X8 Toronto
    Tel: 416 923 1171
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0930-1700

    Billed as ‘North America’s only castle’, this Gothic Revival-style mansion was built only a century ago by a local financier. The house and gardens remain an enjoyable visitor attraction.

    Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

    288 Bremner Boulevard, Toronto, Ontario
    M5V 3L9 Toronto
    Tel: 647 351 3474
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0900-2300

    Open since late 2013 and occupying a plum downtown location, this is the largest indoor aquarium in Canada with more than 5 million litres of marine and freshwater habitats.

    Toronto Zoo

    2000 Meadowvale Road, Toronto, Ontario
    M1B 5K7 Toronto
    Tel: 416 392 5929
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0900-1900 (May-Aug)
    0930-1630 (Nov-Dec)
    Mon-Fri 0930-1630
    Sat-Sun 0930-1800 (Sep-Oct)

    A comprehensive zoo with a substantial conservation programme, it has more than 5,000 animals from various corners of the world.

    Ontario Science Centre

    770 Don Mills Road, Toronto, Ontario
    M3C 1T3 Toronto
    Tel: 416 696 1000
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Fri 1000-1600
    Sat-Sun 1000-1700

    Open since the 1960s – and originally one of the world’s first look-and-touch interactive museums – the centre has modernised to offer plenty to the modern visitor.

    Art Gallery of Ontario

    317 Dundas Street W, Toronto, Ontario
    M5T 1G4 Toronto
    Tel: 416 979 6648
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    Opening times:
    Tue and Thurs-Sun 1000-1730
    Wed 1000-2030

    Standing behind a strikingly modern facade designed by Frank Gehry, this excellent gallery has a collection of 80,000 works spanning various continents, styles and centuries.

    Hockey Hall of Fame

    30 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario
    M5E 1X8 Toronto
    Tel: 416 360 7765
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Sat 0930-1800
    Sun 1000-1800 (Jul-Aug)
    Mon-Fri 1000-1700
    Sat 0930-1800
    Sun 1030-1700 (Sep-June)

    A museum and hall of fame in one, this perennially popular attraction details the history of Canada’s favourite sport. It’s heaven for fans, and interesting for those curious about the local passion.

    Bata Shoe Museum

    327 Bloor Street W, Toronto, Ontario
    M5S 1W7 Toronto
    Tel: 416 979 7799
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Wed and Fri-Sat 1000-1700
    Thurs 1000-2000
    Sun 1200-1700

    One of Toronto’s – indeed Canada’s – quirkiest attractions, the museum follows the steps of footwear from ancient Egyptian footwear to high-heeled fashion accessories. Its tagline is ‘For the Curious’.

    Canada’s Wonderland

    9580 Jane Street, Vaughan, Ontario
    L6A 1S6 Toronto
    Tel: 905 832 8131
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1000-2200 (late Jun-Aug)

    A summer magnet for families and g-force lovers, this is a large-scale theme park with rides including Leviathan, Vortex, Shockwave and Behemoth. Planet Snoopy is on hand for younger visitors.

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    Country overview

    From Banff to Baffin Island, from Tofino to Toronto, Canada is a remarkable country. The world’s second largest country boasts an astonishing diversity of landscapes: rugged, unspoilt coastline abuts immense forests and emerald lakes containing a startling array of wildlife; vast, seemingly endless prairies become jaw-droppingly beautiful mountain ranges;

    laid-back, cosmopolitan cities are complemented by remote, quirky outposts. Whether you’re a hardcore adrenaline junkie looking for a backcountry adventure, an explorer heading out on a big road trip, a city lover hunting for cutting-edge culture and fine cuisine or a combination of all the above, Canada ticks all the boxes.


    Canada is the second largest country in the world after Russia, covering an area of 9,984,670 sq km (3,855,103 sq miles). It is bordered to the west by the Pacific Ocean and Alaska, to the east by the Atlantic Ocean, to the northeast by Greenland (across the Nares Strait), and to the south by the ‘Lower 48′ states of the USA. The polar ice cap lies to the north.

    Canada stretches 4,634km (2,879 miles) from its northernmost point on Ellesmere Island, Nunavut to its southernmost point on Middle Island, Lake Erie, Ontario. The longest distance east to west is 5,514km (3,426 miles) from Cape Spear, Newfoundland and Labrador to the Yukon-Alaska border.

    Canada also has the world’s longest coastline at 202,080km (125,566 miles). The country’s highest mountain with a peak at 5,959m (19,550ft) is Mt Logan in the Yukon Territory.

    The landscape is diverse, ranging from the Arctic tundra of the north to the great prairies of the central area. Westward are the Rocky Mountains, and in the southeast are the Great Lakes, the St Lawrence River and Niagara Falls. The country is divided into 10 provinces and three territories.

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    Population: 35158300

    Population Density (per sq km): 4

    Capital: Ottawa.


    Canada is officially bilingual (English and French). The use of the two languages reflects the country’s mixed colonial history – Canada has been under both British and French rule. However, while the federal government must operate in both languages as much as is practical, use of each language outside government varies widely across the country.

    In almost all of the province of Québec, as well as parts of New Brunswick and Ontario, French is the dominant language; in most of the rest of the country, English predominates. Montréal, Ottawa and Moncton have large concentrations of

    fluently bilingual people. Immigration has also changed the language picture considerably; while not official languages, Chinese, Hindi, Punjabi, Arabic and other languages are often heard on the streets of Canada’s largest cities.


    Canadian Dollar (CAD; symbol C$) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of C$100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of C$2 and 1, and 25, 10, 5 cents. Although the 1c coin (or penny) remains legal tender, as of 2013 it is being phased out of circulation.


    110-120 volts AC, 60Hz. American-style flat two-pin and three-pin (grounded) plugs are standard.

    General business opening hours

    Mon-Fri 0900-1700.

    Public holidays

    Below are listed Public Holidays for the January 2016 – December 2017 period.

    Some provinces of Canada have further Pubic Holidays.


    New Year’s Day: 1. January 2016
    Good Friday: 25. March 2016*
    Victoria Day: 23. May 2016*
    Canada Day: 1. July 2016
    Labor Day: 5. September 2016
    Thanksgiving Day: 10. October 2016*
    Remembrance Day: 11. November 2016*
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2016


    New Year’s Day: 1. January 2017
    Good Friday: 14. April 2017*
    Victoria Day: 22. May 2017*
    Canada Day: 1. July 2017
    Labor Day: 4. September 2017
    Thanksgiving Day: 9. October 2017*
    Remembrance Day: 11. November 2017*
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2017

    * not in every province


    Nightlife in Toronto


    If you know where to look, this is a city with a phenomenally eclectic range of nightlife options – and again, the city’s

    international flavours do much to shape the diversity that’s on offer.

    Black Hoof Cocktail Bar

    923 Dundas Street W
    M6J 1W3 Toronto
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    Does what the name suggests, and in some style, serving up everything from oak-aged gin martinez to guajillo margarita.

    Indie Alehouse

    2876 Dundas Street W, Toronto, Ontario
    M6P 1Y8 Toronto
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    A mecca for craft beer fans, this small-batch brewer has an ever-changing list of beers on tap – there’s food too.


    647 King Street W, Toronto, Ontario
    M5V 1M5 Toronto
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    A rooftop patio aimed at a classy, mature crowd – the name stands for ‘Everything for Sale’.

    Uniun Nightclub

    473 Adelaide Street W, Toronto, Ontario
    M5V 1T1 Toronto
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    Where to head for a lively house/techno experience, with regular international and local DJs.


    909 Dundas Street W, Toronto, Ontario
    M6J 1V9 Toronto
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    A laid-back wine bar, perfect for those who enjoy a decent tipple without dressing to the nines.


    Restaurants in Toronto


    Toronto’s multiculturalism translates into some seriously impressive dining options, whether you’re eating cheap, going upscale or just in search of some home-cooked comfort food.


    188 University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario
    M5H 0A3 Toronto
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    Price: Expensive

    Set within the Shangri La Hotel, this offers quality fine dining.


    1 Benvenuto Place, Toronto, Ontario
    M4V 1H3 Toronto
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    Price: Expensive

    Long one of Toronto’s best, with elegant French cuisine.

    Lisbon by Night

    802 Dundas Street W, Toronto, Ontario
    M6J 1V3 Toronto
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    Price: Moderate

    A Portuguese restaurant with an excellent reputation for its seafood.

    Richmond Station

    1 Richmond Street W, Toronto, Ontario
    M5H 3W4 Toronto
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    Price: Moderate

    A much acclaimed neighbourhood restaurant with inventive dishes.


    56 Bathurst Street, Toronto, Ontario
    M5V 2P7 Toronto
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    Price: Cheap

    A cheese-themed menu makes it a winner with families.


    Calendar of events

    Toronto International Dragon Boat Race Festival

    18 – 19 June 2016

    Established in 1989, the International Dragon Boat Race Festival is a two-day event that takes place late June in Toronto Centre Island. With over 5,000 athletes on 180 to 200 teams, the race is designed to evoke team spirit and community amongst the players. Teams are not only from Canada, but also come from the U.S., the Caribbean Islands, Europe, and Asia. During the event, spectators can enjoy booths that display performances by Toronto-based artists of various Caribbean and Latin American cultures.

    Pride Week

    24 June – 3 July 2016

    Venue: Downtown area

    Up to a million people take to the streets to enjoy this week-long, fun festival of arts and culture celebrating humanity’s diverse sexual and gender identities, histories, cultures, families, friends and lives. Within this broad remit, there is music and theatrical entertainment on 10 stages, a weekend street fair, a Dyke March and a keynote Pride Parade with prizes for the best and most fabulous entrants. Toronto’s Pride Week, the largest in Canada and one of the largest in the world, commences with The Pride Week Proclamation and Flag Raising Ceremony at Toronto City Hall at 12 noon.

    Toronto Fringe Theatre Festival

    28 June – 10 July 2016

    Venue: Various venues

    Toronto’s largest theatre and performance festival, this draws 90,000 people over 12 days every year to see more than 155 productions. Events range from dramas to musical extravaganzas to improv and take place in local theatres as well as in unusual spots: playgrounds, parking lots and more. A FringeKids! venue hosts several plays exclusively for children and families. The festival also has a beer tent, two outdoor patios and a free nightly cabaret.

    Caribbean Carnival Toronto

    5  July – 7 August 2016

    Venue: Exhibition Place and various locations

    Bringing the taste and colour of the Caribbean to Canada, the Caribbean Carnival Toronto is a whirl of music, cuisine and revelry over a three-week period. As the largest cultural festival of its kind in North America, the streets come to life with calypso, soca, reggae, hip hop and brass bands as well as visual and performing arts. Since it began in 1967, Caribana has expanded to embrace the communities of Jamaica, Guyana, the Bahamas, Brazil and other cultures represented in Toronto.

    Beaches International Jazz Festival

    8 – 24 July 2016

    Venue: Various Toronto beaches

    Jazz musicians from around the world congregate on Toronto’s beaches and lakeside parks for this annual international outdoor festival. Enjoy an eclectic mix of concerts from world-renowned and emerging artists, including swing, dixieland, Latin-inspired tunes and cracking big band performances. A highlight is Streetfest, where Canadian bands entertain the crowds along a 2km (1.2-mile) stretch of Queen Street East.

    Tennis Masters Canada (Women)

    23 – 31 July 2016

    Venue: Rexall Centre, Toronto

    The Rogers Cup Men’s event and the Rogers Cup Women’s event are each important legs of the ATP Masters Series. They rotate each year between the Rexall Centre in Toronto and the Uniprix Stadium in Montreal. The women’s event attracts the top names in tennis, drawn by big prize money. Record crowds turn up to watch this competition, but there is more than just tennis on offer. The Rogers Cup mixes sport and culture and includes music concerts, Tennis in the Street, and spectacular opening ceremonies.

    Toronto Queer Arts and Culture Festival

    12 – 14 August 2016

    Venue: Various venues in Parkdale and Queen Street

    Toronto’s Queer Arts Festival welcomes all genders and sexualities. Events range from a community fair, bike ride, and guest speaker presentation to the pulsating opening and closing night parties. The main aim of this colourful bash, though, is to celebrate gay arts and culture in the city. With dedicated exhibitions, installations and workshops run by artists involved with the Queer West Arts and Culture Centre, it’s the most colourful cultural event in Toronto’s packed calendar.

    Toronto International Film Festival

    8 – 18 September 2016

    Venue: Various Venues

    The Toronto International Film Festival has become the launching pad for the best of international, Hollywood and Canadian cinema, and is recognised as the most important film festival after Cannes. Celebrities from around the world congregate in the city during September for a sparkling round of premiers, parties and galas. Expect to see the likes of Johnny Depp, Ryan Gosling and Robert De Niro being ushered between film premiers.

    Cavalcade of Lights

    26. November 2016

    Venue: Nathan Phillips Square

    This glittering annual extravaganza kicks off Toronto’s holiday season with the first lighting of Nathan Phillips Square and its exquisite Christmas tree, energetic live music performances and a kaleidoscopic fireworks display. In winter, the square’s tranquil reflecting pool is transformed into a lively outdoor ice rink. Hire skates and glide beneath a canopy of twinkling stars strung below the Freedom Arches.

    Winter Wonderland Parade

    3 December 2016

    Venue: City Centre

    On the first Saturday of December, visitors can witness the beautiful spectacle that is Ontario’s annual Winter Wonderland Christmas Parade. It is the largest Christmas Parade in the region, and despite the cold, many spectators gather to watch the local entries of floats and marching bands.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.


    Hotels in Toronto


    A city as big and bold as Toronto is always going to have a ready choice of fantastic places to stay – and so it proves.

    Big or boutique, funky or no-frills, deluxe or down-at-home, Toronto’s hotel stock has it all.

    Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto

    325 Bay St, Toronto, Ontario
    M5H 4G3 Toronto
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    Category: Expensive

    This five-star property has more than 250 rooms and is renowned for its service levels.

    Drake Hotel Toronto

    1150 Queen Street W, Toronto, Ontario
    M6J 1J3 Toronto
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    Category: Moderate

    A self-proclaimed ‘hotbed for culture’, this is a fun, fresh, stylish choice.

    Stay Inn

    560 Evans Avenue, Toronto, Ontario
    M8W 2W1 Toronto
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    Category: Cheap

    An affordable option located reasonably close to the downtown area.

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    If you’re planning on skiing or enjoying winter sports, the best time to visit Canada is between December and April, though some resorts open as early as November and extend their seasons as late as June (or even July on Whistler’s glacier). If you want to enjoy the great outdoors without the snow, travel between May and September. Be aware however, that if there’s been heavy snowfall during the winter, some high-altitude hiking trails may be closed well into July. May, June and September are typically cheaper than July and August, but you’ll get the best of the weather in the latter two months.

    Summer thunderstorms are common throughout Canada. Occasionally, these may become severe. Tornados also occur throughout Canada, with May to September being prime months. The peak season is June and early July in southern Ontario, Alberta, southeastern Quebec, and a band stretching from southern Saskatchewan and Manitoba, through to Thunder Bay. The interior of British Columbia and western New Brunswick are also tornado zones. Earth tremors occur in the western mountains. Forest fires can occur at any time, regardless of the season, particularly in the grasslands and forests of western Canada.


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    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile Telephone

    Dialing Code: +1


    Most public telephones charge 50 cents a call, which can be paid with any combination of five-, 10- and 25-cent coins. Public telephones are becoming harder to find, due to the growing popularity of mobile phones. Many telephone companies offer a reduced long-distance rate Mon-Fri 1800-0800 and Sat 1200 to Mon 0800. For long-distance calls, telephone cards are available. You can find credit card telephones in larger centres. If you’re near an internet café, you can use Skype too.

    Mobile Telephone

    Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone companies. Coverage is good in major urban areas, but spotty in remote locations. Roaming rates can be high, so you should check with your provider before leaving home.


    Available throughout Canada, as are internet cafes (although the latter are not as common as they are in many other countries). You can often find pay-per-use Wi-Fi hotspots in coffee shops, fast-food outlets and airports; in some cases it’s free as long as you buy a drink or something to eat. Free public Wi-Fi is easiest to find in public libraries. Some hotels provide free Wi-Fi too, but others continue to charge exorbitant daily fees.


    Shopping in Toronto

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    Key Areas

    The city’s main shopping drag is Queen Street West, where you’ll find everything from comic-book shops to hot new design boutiques, alongside a whole host of more familiar stores. If haute couture’s your thing, the stylish Bloor-Yorkville neighbourhood is where to head.


    Kensington Market (Kensington Avenue) is a warren of vintage stalls and retro retailers, making it a great bet for one-off finds,

    while a complex of a very different kind – St Lawrence Market (92-95 Front Street East) – is where to come when you’ve worked up an appetite. It’s considered one of the world’s best food markets.

    Shopping Centres

    The inescapable Eaton Centre (220 Yonge Street) is right in the heart of downtown affairs and houses more than 230 retailers. Elsewhere, the vast Yorkdale Shopping Centre (3401 Dufferin Street) is another important mall, playing home to – among others – the famous department store Holt Renfrew.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social Conventions

    Handshaking predominates as the normal mode of greeting. Close friends often exchange kisses on the cheeks, particularly in French-speaking areas. Codes of practice for visiting homes are the same as in other Western countries: flowers,

    chocolates or a bottle of wine are common gifts for hosts, and dress is generally informal and practical according to climate. It is common for black tie and other required dress to be indicated on invitations. Exclusive clubs and restaurants often require more formal dress. Smoking has been banned in most public areas.

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    Main emergency number: 911

    Food & Drink

    Tap water is safe to drink and food safety standards are high. If camping in the backcountry, you should be aware of the risks of giardia, where water in streams or lakes has been contaminated by animal waste. This can cause diarrhoea, vomiting and headaches. Ensure you boil, filter or purify water first; purification tablets are easy to buy in any outdoor equipment store. You should also be aware of the dangers of eating shellfish directly from the sea, which can cause paralytic shellfish poisoning, resulting in illness or death. Check locally before you travel.

    Other Risks

    Summer can bring extremely high temperatures, so you should guard against the problems of heat and sunstroke. Wear sunscreen to prevent sunburn, particularly on days when the widely publicised UV rating is high. (Remember that sunburn can be a risk in winter too, especially if you’re skiing, when the high altitude and reflection from the snow can be a potent combination.) In winter, on the other hand, temperatures can be bitterly cold and frostbite is a real risk; ensure you wear multiple layers and a hat, and cover your face when outdoors.

    Rabies is present in animals. For those at high risk, vaccination before arrival should be considered. If you are bitten, seek medical advice without delay.

    An outbreak of hepatitis A was reported in Vancouver Island in 2011, but most cases have been confined to one cultural group on the island. Vaccination against hepatitis A is not advised unless you’re visiting the outbreak area.

    If walking in tick-infested woodland and brush areas, you should be aware of the risk of Lyme disease. Ensure you cover bare skin (tucking in all clothes), use insect repellent containing DEET and remove any attached ticks using tweezers. The disease is transmitted from the bites of the western blacklegged tick in British Columbia and the blacklegged or deer tick in other parts of Canada. Since 2010, there has been an increased risk in southern Quebec due to newly discovered populations of ticks carrying the bacterium that causes Lyme disease. The first symptom is usually a circular rash, accompanied by fatigue, chills, fever, headache, muscle and joint pain and swollen lymph nodes. You should seek treatment as soon as possible as symptoms can worsen if left untreated, though fatalities are rare.

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    Visa & Immigration

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    The IATA Travel Centre delivers accurate passport, visa and health requirement information at a glance. It is a trusted, centralized source for the latest international travel requirements. The IATA Travel Centre is the most accurate source available because it is based on a comprehensive database used by virtually every airline, and information is gathered from official sources worldwide, such as immigration and police authorities.

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