I recently had a chance to visit Toronto, Canada for the first time. I went to Montreal once before when I was younger, but vacations with parents don’t count (especially when you’re 10 years old). With my first adult trip to Canada I didn’t know what to expect. The only thing I knew was that it was going to be super cold. Growing up in Maine I was used to the cold weather but I think that Southern California spoiled me for good. It’s interesting to note that before I left for my trip I drove around the Summerlin mall (in Las Vegas, NV) looking for a scarf. I went through roughly fifteen stores and only found one at Gap (on a mannequin). It took a few minutes of talking to the manager, but I finally got her to part with the inventory.
Armed with my suitcase, new scarf, and charged iPhone, I was ready to go. After a full five days in Toronto, here’s what I thought to be cool:
People from the different provinces are all -- well, different
Before coming to Canada I assumed that the people would be pretty similar. I know that this viewpoint was stereotypical, but I didn’t know how wrong I was until I got there. During my trip to Costa Rica I met a couple guys from Saskatchewan. So, I wrongly assumed that everyone I met would talk, walk, and dress like those guys. This couldn’t be farther from the truth.
Toronto was much more hip than I could have imagined. Although, I did find one interesting bit of information: most people I talked to spoke very negatively about Quebec. Apparently, the French Canadians are much more inclined to follow their French roots over the British ones. Who knew?
Most of the people I met were really friendly and relaxed.
Everyone loves Tim Horton’s
Another major finding was that everyone absolutely loved Tim Hortons. You know, it’s kind of like a Canadian version of Dunkin Donuts. I guess that in such a cold place warm coffee would be a big market.
People in Toronto are fashionable
I was really surprised to see how fashionable everyone was. This aspect really shocked me because I didn’t expect it. It was interesting to see how people would be creative with all of the layers they wore (because of the cold).
Cora is the best breakfast diner in the world
If you have never heard of a place called Cora, don’t worry because I haven’t either. It’s one of those breakfast places with really good pictures of food on the menu. I was expecting to get food that didn’t match what it was pictured like. Boy, was I wrong. The food looked even better. You could tell that they used the freshed ingredients for everything. If you ever get a chance to try Cora, do it. You won’t regret it.
The views are amazing
I checked out CN Tower and a few other places but I thought the best view was from the Thompson Hotel (downtown Toronto). I would say more about it but the panorama below says it all.
All in all, I really enjoyed Canada and would come back in the future. However, I would only come in the summer months because that cold wind in your face is just too blistering to bare anymore.
Panorama removed because Microsoft stopped supporting the app.