There are those that Hate HogTown
Having lived a few hours outside of Toronto for much of my life, I always wondered why so many Canadians resented Toronto so much. I know I never liked Toronto much, but that's because I was never a fan of big cities. I found Toronto to be too congested, too insane to drive in, and too polluted.
After seeing other large cities, however, my opinion of Toronto has improved a lot. Although there is definitely a smog problem, the city is quite clean. It's not the friendliest place in the world, but I always feel safe.
But love it or hate it, you can't deny that Toronto offers an endless number of things to do and see. You can easily spend a week in Toronto and the surrounding area and not see it all. I definitely recommend it as a place to stay for a good long visit!
Visit Toronto Island park, it...
Visit Toronto Island park, it is an oasis in a bustling city, and the view of the city skyline on a clear day is amazing. It is only a $2.50 ferry ride from the downtown (Bay St. and Queen's Quay.) My fondest memory is attending the Canadian National Exhibiton in late August as a child, and seeing the air show on the Labor Day weekend. The jets scream by over the water.
Pros and Cons
Here are some pros and cons of living in Toronto:
SEA - I was born on the sea and it makes me happy to live in a city that has a sea coast. Well, Ontario Lake is not really a sea, but differences like the smell, plants and no swimming rule don't bother me much. Along the lake there is few attractive spots for visitors:Downtown area west from Yonge (Harbourfront) looks very luxurious and it is constantly getting face lifts. 'Musical garden' is a nice touch to this area where most expensive condo buildings are. 'Beaches' - east from downtown - gets very attractive during summer. It is a place for beach volleyball (over 50 courts right on the beach), walking, jogging, rollerblading. Dog beach is also here. Brave ones can also swim, but due to cold and polutin only swimmers are usually kids!
NIGHT LIFE - so much choice here. Toronto's main entertainment district is located in downtown in between Queen St. W., King St. W., Simcoe, and Peter Streets. Plenty of discotheques, pubs, theaters, and jazz clubs are located here. Why I rarely go here is parking problem. All parking lots owners are competing who is going to get away with higher price. Some nights (mostly Saturdays) price goes up to $20.
LIVE SHOWS - my favourite way of entertainment. Whether you are into operas, classical, rock, jazz, or world music concerts, stand-up comedies, or theatre shows you can find it here. Check 'Kool House', 'Air Canada', 'Hummingbird', or 'Molson' concert halls on
www.toronto.com to see who's in town!
CULTURAL DIVERSITY - Everyone is welcome here. I am a foreigner speaking with an accent but I never noticed that that bothers anyone here. Cool!
OK there is lots more I like about this city, but here are few of the cons:
LIVING EXPENSES - Toronto is one of most expensive cities to live in Canada (with a good reason though - it is not like I am complaining!)
SPEED OF LIFE - Everyone is rushing somewhere (me too), and days pass by very quickly.
WEATHER - Well this is Canada so it is understood - six months of winter.
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One of the things I miss most about Boston is all the things you encounter while walking the City. Toronto reminded me of this. I love to be walking the streets or subways and suddenly be met by a street musician. This happened several times in Toronto and only made me love the City even more.