Moving to Toronto/Lifestyle in Toronto


McMillan
#1
Hello everyone,

I'm new here so bare with me. I'm hoping that there is a few of you who have either lived in Vancouver or moved from Toronto to or vice verse. I have lived *almost* my entire life in Vancouver and quite frankly, I'm bored of it. Yes the scenery is great but the general snobbish attitude, ridiculous real estate and general "no fun zone" is getting a bit over the top.

I've been interested in giving Toronto a run for my money. Now I've heard people say it's expensive (as far as real estate) but comparing it to Vancouver, it's cheap. Also I REALLY want snow in the winter however I'm quite concerned about the summers since I've heard they're rather hot.

Anyway I'm rambling a bit here but what I was hoping I could get is a few people who have lived in both or even just people who live in Toronto to say a few things they like about it and things they don't. It'd be interesting to hear a few different opinions.

Thanks!
 
Dexter Sinister
#2
Quote: Originally Posted by McMillan View Post

...the general snobbish attitude, ridiculous real estate and general "no fun zone"...

If that's what you don't want, Toronto isn't the place to go. If you want an "everybody welcome" attitude, reasonable real estate, good times, and snow, and you're not bilingual, you want the prairies or the maritimes.
 
Liberalman
#3
too many gays in Toronto
 
Cliffy
#4
Quote: Originally Posted by Liberalman View Post

too many gays in Toronto

I hate to say it but that picture of Pierre in your avatar looks gay.
 
Unforgiven
#5
Quote: Originally Posted by McMillan View Post

Hello everyone,

I'm new here so bare with me. I'm hoping that there is a few of you who have either lived in Vancouver or moved from Toronto to or vice verse. I have lived *almost* my entire life in Vancouver and quite frankly, I'm bored of it. Yes the scenery is great but the general snobbish attitude, ridiculous real estate and general "no fun zone" is getting a bit over the top.

I've been interested in giving Toronto a run for my money. Now I've heard people say it's expensive (as far as real estate) but comparing it to Vancouver, it's cheap. Also I REALLY want snow in the winter however I'm quite concerned about the summers since I've heard they're rather hot.

Anyway I'm rambling a bit here but what I was hoping I could get is a few people who have lived in both or even just people who live in Toronto to say a few things they like about it and things they don't. It'd be interesting to hear a few different opinions.

Thanks!

Hi and welcome.
I've lived in both places and like yourself, mountians and forest is beautiful but even a perfect steak gets boring when it's all that is on the plate. Toronto is different than Vancouver. Not to say there aren't snobs here. Some of the worst probably. Real estate is nuts here too. But you can find a gem to the north and east of you look hard enough. Toronto also has the temperence crowd but the real fun is under the radar. You can go and do pretty much as you like without anyone getting upset over it if you don't bother them.

Toronto is like many very small villages all with their distinct flavour and culture.
No where is as diverse as Toronto. Once you get to know some of these, you will find walking a pleasant passtime. There is of course the lake which will take care of any ocean going habits you happen to have as well, there are thousands of smaller lakes just right for a canoe trip. A couple hours outside of Toronto and you can find the peace and solitude of any B.C. wilderness.

The weather is fine. We get winter here but the hard cold winter doesn't last more than a couple of weeks a year. A good time to take a week in the south to warm up and get some decompression time in.

Summer is not bad at all. Last year it was really rather cool. Few really hot days with high humidity. I loved it! Hot and sunny during the day and cool enough to sleep at night. Right now it's 7 and climbing to 10 degrees with bright sunshine.
I think I will take a walk with the dog, and see what I can find. Just last week I found not far from my home an international significant site that is one of the first and few places on Earth that show clearly the changes of climate from about 450 million years ago to today. From tropical sea to glacial scraped bedrock, it's all right here to look at. Make my own few turns around the block seem so very quick and insignificant.

Lots of places to take the pooch out though there is breed specific ban in place in all of Ontario.

A big part of Toronto is actually not Toronto at all. It's cottage country. A lot of people have a place to escape from the hustle and bustle in the summer. There is no shortage of places to go either. If you are a boater, you will have all the adventure you want right here. From the Great Loop which can take you down to the Gulf of Mexico and along the Eastern Seaboard returning through the St.Lawrence to Lake Ontario, to the Eastern Loop, and the journey through the Trent Severn water way locks from Kinston to Georgian Bay will both test your abilities and show you some nature at it's best.

Of course everything is on a world scale here. Niagra Falls being one of the seven wonders of the world is just an hour and a half drive from Toronto through wine country. New York is an eight hour drive or just a short flight from downtown. Montreal of course is also easily within a days drive so there is all the Canadian heritage and history you could want to see.

Toronto isn't for everyone. But for those who fit in and can deal with the levels of stress, hustle and bustle it's not difficult to see why this is the center of the universe.

Something you might try if you have the money is a short term rental in Toronto. Come stay for a couple of weeks or a month and get on the ground to see it's the place for you or not.
 
Liberalman
#6
Quote: Originally Posted by Cliffy View Post

I hate to say it but that picture of Pierre in your avatar looks gay.

I guess you agree that there are too many gays in Toronto
 
DurkaDurka
#7
Quote: Originally Posted by Liberalman View Post

I guess you agree that there are too many gays in Toronto

Do you hang out on Church street, Liberalman?
 
Liberalman
#8
Quote: Originally Posted by DurkaDurka View Post

Do you hang out on Church street, Liberalman?

no but you must live there
 
Unforgiven
#9
Quote: Originally Posted by Liberalman View Post

I guess you agree that there are too many gays in Toronto

You've been counting homosexual people?
You know that just sounds nuts right?
 
TenPenny
#10
I just hope you're not a hockey fan, because that's one thing you'll have trouble finding.
 
JBeee
#11
"it's not difficult to see why this is the center of the universe."....

More like the earth`s sphincter.



Quote: Originally Posted by Unforgiven View Post

Hi and welcome.
I've lived in both places and like yourself, mountians and forest is beautiful but even a perfect steak gets boring when it's all that is on the plate. Toronto is different than Vancouver. Not to say there aren't snobs here. Some of the worst probably. Real estate is nuts here too. But you can find a gem to the north and east of you look hard enough. Toronto also has the temperence crowd but the real fun is under the radar. You can go and do pretty much as you like without anyone getting upset over it if you don't bother them.

Toronto is like many very small villages all with their distinct flavour and culture.
No where is as diverse as Toronto. Once you get to know some of these, you will find walking a pleasant passtime. There is of course the lake which will take care of any ocean going habits you happen to have as well, there are thousands of smaller lakes just right for a canoe trip. A couple hours outside of Toronto and you can find the peace and solitude of any B.C. wilderness.

The weather is fine. We get winter here but the hard cold winter doesn't last more than a couple of weeks a year. A good time to take a week in the south to warm up and get some decompression time in.

Summer is not bad at all. Last year it was really rather cool. Few really hot days with high humidity. I loved it! Hot and sunny during the day and cool enough to sleep at night. Right now it's 7 and climbing to 10 degrees with bright sunshine.
I think I will take a walk with the dog, and see what I can find. Just last week I found not far from my home an international significant site that is one of the first and few places on Earth that show clearly the changes of climate from about 450 million years ago to today. From tropical sea to glacial scraped bedrock, it's all right here to look at. Make my own few turns around the block seem so very quick and insignificant.

Lots of places to take the pooch out though there is breed specific ban in place in all of Ontario.

A big part of Toronto is actually not Toronto at all. It's cottage country. A lot of people have a place to escape from the hustle and bustle in the summer. There is no shortage of places to go either. If you are a boater, you will have all the adventure you want right here. From the Great Loop which can take you down to the Gulf of Mexico and along the Eastern Seaboard returning through the St.Lawrence to Lake Ontario, to the Eastern Loop, and the journey through the Trent Severn water way locks from Kinston to Georgian Bay will both test your abilities and show you some nature at it's best.

Of course everything is on a world scale here. Niagra Falls being one of the seven wonders of the world is just an hour and a half drive from Toronto through wine country. New York is an eight hour drive or just a short flight from downtown. Montreal of course is also easily within a days drive so there is all the Canadian heritage and history you could want to see.

Toronto isn't for everyone. But for those who fit in and can deal with the levels of stress, hustle and bustle it's not difficult to see why this is the center of the universe.

Something you might try if you have the money is a short term rental in Toronto. Come stay for a couple of weeks or a month and get on the ground to see it's the place for you or not.

 
Unforgiven
#12
Quote: Originally Posted by JBeee View Post

"it's not difficult to see why this is the center of the universe."....

More like the earth`s sphincter.

It all depends on which way you're looking Joey.
 
bizzymum
#13
I have visited Canada a few times and found ALL of Canada very friendly because I usually get what I give back. I never travel with the "ugly tourist" mentality. I found Toronto like my home in London and like my family's home in New York. It had a great vibe about it and it is the place for more diversity in regards to employment. I am a nurse so I can find work anywhere, but I have to take my other family members into consideration in regards to their professions so Ontario, esp Toronto, or even Ottawa would be considerations to move to. I have visited Halifax, NS during the "off" season and it was very blighted and things closed due to not having the tourists to boost and maintain the economy at that time. Also it seemed like most of the homes needs a good dose of paint and sprucing up. Vancouver was absolutely beautiful, but I could only live there if I won the lotto.
People here in the states and UK actually say the same thing about New York and London respectively as the Canadians say about Toronto, but it depends on what you a looking for and the place where you can succeed. People like Halifax, but it is not that progressive in the high tech fields and international business for example so you have to go to a province where it will fit your lifestyle. Also I was told that Quebec was awesome by people who lived there and currently live there. The people who I was told that they hated it, were not the best of character of people anyway so you have to judge the source of information.
Anyway...good luck on moving to Toronto. I found it GREAT!
 
countryboy
#14
Quote: Originally Posted by bizzymum View Post

I have visited Canada a few times and found ALL of Canada very friendly because I usually get what I give back. I never travel with the "ugly tourist" mentality. I found Toronto like my home in London and like my family's home in New York. It had a great vibe about it and it is the place for more diversity in regards to employment. I am a nurse so I can find work anywhere, but I have to take my other family members into consideration in regards to their professions so Ontario, esp Toronto, or even Ottawa would be considerations to move to. I have visited Halifax, NS during the "off" season and it was very blighted and things closed due to not having the tourists to boost and maintain the economy at that time. Also it seemed like most of the homes needs a good dose of paint and sprucing up. Vancouver was absolutely beautiful, but I could only live there if I won the lotto.
People here in the states and UK actually say the same thing about New York and London respectively as the Canadians say about Toronto, but it depends on what you a looking for and the place where you can succeed. People like Halifax, but it is not that progressive in the high tech fields and international business for example so you have to go to a province where it will fit your lifestyle. Also I was told that Quebec was awesome by people who lived there and currently live there. The people who I was told that they hated it, were not the best of character of people anyway so you have to judge the source of information.
Anyway...good luck on moving to Toronto. I found it GREAT!

"Any place is as good as you make it"...that's what I got from your post, and it's a good, sensible message. Good for you!
 
weaselwords
#15
Toronto the good, Toronto the bad, Toronto the ugly, Toronto the diversre,. Don't come to Toronto with any preconcieved notions as its sure to suprise you. You have to experience it to understand how flexible it is in adopting & welcoming newcomers while keepng its "centere of the universe attitude".