40 Reasons To Move To Toronto

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1. It’s North America’s boom-town.

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Toronto has tripled its number of skyscrapers from 13 to 44 in the last 9 years.

 

2. Toronto just became bigger than Chicago.

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Toronto’s 2,791,140 (and growing) vs. Chicago’s 2,707,120 (and shrinking).

 

3. It’s the world’s most multicultural city.

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Nearly half the city’s population was born outside of Canada

 

4. Toronto does post-industrial in style.

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The Distillery District.

 

5. It even does sewage treatment in style.

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The R.C. Harris Water Treatment Plant.

 

6. Toronto is clean. Like, really clean.

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7. It’s safe. Like, really safe. Maybe too safe.

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Toronto police during the 2010 G20 summit.

 

8. Toronto rappers are polite and wholesome…

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Started from Toronto now we here.

…while the mayor smokes crack in the projects….

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…and gets cranked in public…

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… and uses foul language on the regular…

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Rob Ford: always enough to eat.

 … and nobody seems to see anything wrong with this picture.

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9. Toronto’s street meat is superior to yours.

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Put me in your mouth.

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10. And it’s amazing washed down with the city’s plentiful micro-brews.

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11. St. Lawrence Market is one of the best in the world.

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12. Pea-meal (Canadian bacon) sandwiches rocks.

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Carousel Bakery.

 

13. Brunch is the closest thing to religion they have.

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The County General.

 

14. Toronto makes better poutine than Montreal. Yeah I said it.

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Classic poutine = fries, hot beef gravy and melty cheese curds.

 

15. Toronto’s food scene gives any city on the planet a run for its money.

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Bar Isabel.

 

16. Indy coffee shops outnumber Starbucks by a long shot.

 

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Te Aro coffeeshop.

 

17. Toronto was tolerant before it was trendy.

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18. Its big hometown bank never goes bust.

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19. Social housing looks like this.

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20. It’s Canada but Torontonians party on the beach every weekend.

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Cherry Beach.

Okay, not EVERY weekend.

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21. It gets pretty cold, but they don’t seem to mind one bit.

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 … sometimes they mind.

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22. The city has secluded islands just minutes away by ferry.

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23. Kensington Market rocks…

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Street music on Pedestrian Sundays in Kensington.

…and needs to keep fighting gentrification for Toronto’s sake.

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24. There’s a neighborhood for pretty much everyone.

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 And anyone.

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And everyone.

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25. They’ve managed to condense all of Asia into a single mall.

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26. Toronto has six Chinatowns.

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27. …which is great because Torontonians are crazy for Chinese dumplings.

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Mother’s Dumplings restaurant.

 

28. Caribana is the continent’s biggest bash.

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29. There’s a museum dedicated to shoes.

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Bata Shoe Museum.

30. The wildlife is always sharply dressed.

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The stranded Ikea Monkey waits for his ride.

 

31. … and helps with recycling duties.

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32. The old-fashioned streetcars.

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33. It’s New York… in the movies.

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34. There’s a whole other city underneath the city.

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35. (Some) Torontonians will always admit their faults (kinda)…

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 …like the fact that their public transport is a bit sad…

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 …and the fact that the government is the sole provider of booze…

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… and the soul-sucking sprawl eating up the surrounding farmland.

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36. But just past that mess is wine country…

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37. …and cottage country…

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38. …and some big waterfalls.

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39. Jane Jacobs knew that Toronto was a great place to live…

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40. …but still too few know how cool this place really is.

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23 thoughts on “40 Reasons To Move To Toronto

  1. Absolutely stellar post! Well done! Ah, I see Toronto has surpassed Chicago in population. I agree with everything in your list! But I must say that living here in Chicago makes me realize this place does have the best pizza on the planet! However, Toronto is a gem indeed. Cher xo

  2. Thanks for the fun and pictures. I lived in Toronto during the mid 80s and if not for the icy cold would not have left to go back to AZ, USA.

  3. In 1985 I was on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls(the falls were frozen solid) and visited Vancouver. What a refreshingly clean and well kept city and the people were ever so friendly. I have always wished to visit Nova Scotia and live there part of the year perhaps. Thanks visit my blog.

  4. Wow, what a post! Thank you for following WordBowlbyMsCharlieS.com and introducing me to your site — EXCELLENT reasons to book a trip (or contemplate a move) to Toronto…

  5. What a great post – after the winter we’ve had, it’s too easy to forget the good things sometimes. Thanks for the reminder! (And beautiful photos – are they all your own photography?)

  6. This post is unfair, very unfair because it’s making me miss Toronto in a major way. As for cities in the world, Toronto is my first love and having moved to Chicago from Toronto I’m gonna have to request that you modify #2 to be gentle to me and my homesickness. Hahahaha. All in all, the whole post is spot on.

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