50 Things to Love About Toronto: 30-21

What we love about this great city.

While the rest of the country may have resentment towards us Torontonians from time to time, we have nothing but pride for our city. Our music, arts & culture, fashion, compassion and world-class innovation are just a few of the things that make our city special.

Although this is a numbered list, it is not intended to be a definitive ranking. It was designed to provide entertainment and elicit some spirited debate, so read up and let us know your thoughts! (Full list here)
 

30. Ripley’s Aquarium

Steal a kiss from your significant other while situated underneath a shark! You can spend hours admiring a seemingly infinite array of eye-catching creatures within your own city! No tropical destination required.


 

29. The PATH

So we don’t have that TTC relief line yet, but we do have an elaborate underground network of shops and passage ways. The PATH is essential to navigating downtown in the winter months. Limit the amount of time you need to spend outside in the freezing cold and head underground to get to work, shop, eat, and have a post-work beverage before heading home.

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28. DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry

The Toronto Raptors have gone from NBA afterthought to one of the Eastern Conference’s best teams, and a big part of that has been the evolution of DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry. DeRozan ranks among the league’s top scorers, while Lowry is one of the most consistent point guards in basketball. Both players are heading to the NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans later this month. #WeTheNorth

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27. The Vintage Shopping Scene

You can’t venture far without someone sporting duds more dapper than yours in the 6ix, but we’re here to help. Toronto has a plethora of wonderful vintage shops to update your dull duds. Courage My Love, the annual Toronto Vintage Crawl, Black Market, Cat’s Meow, numerous spots in Kensington Market and more are here to satisfy your inner fashion fiend. Or just look for our street team at the Leslieville Flea to look your sharpest!

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26. The Blue Jays

Toronto caught baseball fever in the summer of 2015 when the Blue Jays marched into the post-season for the first time since 1993. They did it again in 2016. While Edwin Encarnacion left via free agency this winter, one-time American League MVP Josh Donaldson, shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, pitchers Aaron Sanchez and Marcus Stroman remain in the fold for 2017. Oh, and one of the franchise’s all-time greats, Jose Bautista, just re-upped for another run in the 6ix.

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25. Our Beaches

Chill at one of Toronto’s many cute beaches. Cherry Beach, Toronto Island, Woodbine Beach, Sugar Beach, The Bluffs and more are just a few to tick off of your summer bucket list and bask in the warmth of the sun.


 

24. Kensington Market

In the heart of the city lies one of Toronto’s coolest neighbourhoods. Kensington Market was proclaimed a National Historic Site of Canada in 2006. It’s a cultural and creative hotbed, where pedestrians rule the road. Great food, vintage clothing finds, and unique markets keep locals and tourists alike coming back for more.

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23. The Tech and Creative Job Market

Toronto ranked 12th in Forbes’ ranking of the best cities in North America for tech workers. Companies like Slack are opening offices in Toronto and this city is proving to be a hot market for developers.

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22. Our Museums

With a stunning array of new exhibitions and special events, you can learn about everything from Tattoos to Dinos and even Ancient Muslim works of art. Check out the Aga Khan Museum, The ROM, AGO, Hockey Hall of Fame and more in Tdot.


 

21. Free Wifi For Those Who Need It Most

Google has partnered with Toronto public libraries to offer portable WiFi hotspots, loaned out for up to six months at a time. It’s goal: to provide free Internet access to Torontonians who can’t afford it. Knowledge is power!

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