6 Reasons You Couldn’t Pay Me To Live In Toronto And Sorry, I’m Not Sorry

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It’s no secret that Toronto gets all the hype in Canada, and people there usually think their home is the center of everything.

But after growing up on the East Coast and living in Ontario for a while, moving to Vancouver (the 6ix’s great rival) was a breath of fresh air. I always thought my distaste for life in Toronto was because I’m not a huge big-city girl, but living in Vancouver proved that theory wrong.

So I sat down, determined to find out why the hell I hate Toronto, and I wasn’t left empty-handed to say the least.

It’s overwhelming and too fast

I’ve lived in Ottawa and Vancouver, and neither is as overwhelming as Toronto. I have also visited many other cities and the ones I like the most are beautiful and scattered. For the most part, I like places where I feel like I’m not constantly surrounded by skyscrapers.

In Toronto it feels like everyone is moving a mile a minute, which is just too much for me.

Lake Ontario is not the ocean, and those bits of sand are not beaches

Ontario is generally too far from the ocean for me. Two of the four years I lived in Ottawa was spent trying to convince myself that lakes were a bit like the ocean. I have learned that nothing can replace the smell of salty air and the wide open sea.

I’ll see my Toronto friends post pictures on the beach, but let’s face it – that’s a man-made patch of sand.

It’s expensive like Vancouver but you don’t get the benefits

Toronto is more expensive than Vancouver, and here you have the ocean, warm weather, mountains, beaches and more at your fingertips.

I find it hard to think of anything that Toronto has that my house doesn’t.

The people are not that friendly

We have a little east coast nickname for all our Ontario friends – ‘Onterribles’.

I’m not 100% sure if that’s my family, to be honest, but most of my trips to Toronto have proven the term correct.

In all seriousness, I have some great friends from out of town, but when you walk around, the people aren’t as friendly as other places I’ve lived.​

It has zero character

I like going to cities like Montreal, which are brimming with character. Toronto’s glass buildings just don’t suit me.

To be fair, downtown Vancouver isn’t much better.

Nature – where are you?

I understand I’m biased to live in Vancouver right now surrounded by incredible nature, but seriously – Toronto is bleak.

There may be a few parks here and there, but nothing to really make you feel like you can escape the city feel.

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