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)
50. Jennifer Keesmaat – chief planner
More parks and bicycle paths, low-rise developments, improved transit, a walkable city, keeping our youth and young families in mind, and inventive use of the city’s laneways for housing. These are all issues Toronto’s chief planner has championed. Jennifer Keesmaat is unafraid to ruffle the feathers of her superiors at city hall, and she’s serving residents’ best interests.
— jennifer keesmaat (@jen_keesmaat) November 24, 2016
49. Our Trendy Ice Cream and Bakeshops
New and trendy gourmet ice cream and bakeshops are popping up all over Toronto’s great neighbourhoods and our dentists couldn’t be happier. Staples like Sweet Jesus, Bang Bang, Chimney Stax, and newer spots like La Diperie are garnering line-ups around the block with some creative cake and ice cream combos. Be sure to grab a date and give into your sugar cravings this summer!
48. A City With Transportation Options
Toronto doesn’t fear change. We embrace it. Just a few years ago, hailing a cab past last call took patience and a little bit of luck. Fortunately, we have the luxury of a hassle-free ride within minutes and right at our fingertips with services such as Uber, readily available bicycle sharing, the TTC, and car share options. It’s far from perfect, but the city’s public transit system is getting better.
47. Marijuana Dispensaries
While marijuana has not yet been legalized in Canada, many Toronto entrepreneurs got a foot in the door to the burgeoning industry early. Toronto police cracked down on the city’s dispensaries in May of 2015, but upwards of 40 remain open for business. They offer a place to purchase edibles and other marijuana products.
46. Outdoor Skating and Hockey Rinks
Keeping active in the winter months can be challenging. It’s a good thing Toronto has a plethora of outdoor ice surfaces where you can get some fresh air and give your legs a workout. Alexandra Park, Christie Pitts Rink, Ramsden Park, Riverdale Park, and Hodgson Public School are among the best shinny rinks in the city. The pond on Ward’s Island, tracks at Evergreen Brick Works and Greenwood Park, and Nathan Phillips Square are great for family skating.
45. Sing your heart out at karaoke
20-somethings unite at a plethora of hipster-esque karaoke bars sprinkled throughout the city. Your best bets are the Wednesday regulars at Bambi’s or to take a trip to The Abbey to sing your heart out to the best mainstream hits.
44. Living with Urban Wildlife
Let’s face it, the city’s raccoon population is only increasing. Raccoons, squirrels, and birds can burrow under our patios, peck their way into our attics, and break into our trash cans. Rather than driving them out of town via inhumane practices, we’re adapting. Get yourself one of those new green bins with a raccoon-proof lid, and if you’re facing an unwanted pest in your residence just lean on any one of the city’s humane pest removal companies.
43. Great Views
No, we’re not talking about Drake. With all due respect to Drizzy, we’re talking about the best the city has to offer for both professional and amateur photographers to snap away. Think Humber Bay, the top of the CN Tower, Toronto Island, and the beautiful Scarborough Bluffs.
42. Our Craft Beer Scene
There’s no such thing as too much beer, right? Toronto boasts an eclectic craft beer scene, with truly something for everyone. British-style porters, maple syrup-infused ambers, black IPAs, and the best in simple, yet refined, lagers. Get out and explore one of the best cities in the world for craft beer.
It’s okay to not be okay. And Toronto is striving to help those who recognize just that. Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is opening three new walk-in clinics specifically for youth’s mental health. People aged 11 to 25 will have access to peer support, psychiatric services, brief solution-focused therapy and much more. If you or someone you know is in crisis, talk about it. Call the Distress Centre: 416-408-HELP (4257) or in an emergency call 911.