Lifestyle in Toronto

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Just over a year ago, we packed our bags and moved from Mumbai, India to Toronto. In this post we share how our experience has been living in Toronto and what advice we would give to would-be new Toronto residents! This post may contain compensated affiliate links.

For more info please see our full disclosure here! If home is Lifestyle in Toronto the heart is, the decision to up and move to a new town, city, country or continent is not one to be taken lightly. After all, what we derive our sense of home from is hard to define, and a concept that perhaps becomes ever more elusive, the more we travel in search of it. The nature is incredible. Canadians are so friendly.

The political situation is so much better there. This post is written from our own learnings about the experience of moving to and living in Toronto — and perhaps some of what we wish we would have known before hand. We like peace and quiet. We like travelling. We love nature. We love good food even more. And, we love warm weather you can see where this is going. Toronto is perhaps the perfect introduction to Canada. For us that was a bonus point. For obvious reasons we love our Indian food, and Toronto is not short of Indian grocers, supplies and restaurants although the better ones are in Brampton and Mississauga.

The main method of getting around is by trams streetcar as they are called in Torontoor for journeys that happen to coincide with the central north-south or west east lines there is a limited subway. Torontonians themselves are welcoming and are generally willing to help those who look lost or are in need of assistance.

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The Summers! As a consolation prize for the extended months of ice, Toronto gets a hot and humid summer: Which invariably means spending summers out of town alongside lakes better start saving for that summer cottage nowtrips to the Toronto Islands on the Ferry and plenty of things to do in Toronto in Summer from browsing Farmers Markets and Food Festivals to enjoying the green spaces outside of the city.

The Cost of Living has been creeping steadily up in Toronto over recent years, particularly as more people move to the city and demand for everything increases. The Construction. As Toronto has soared in popularity as a place to live, it has quickly run out of places for its new- and old- comers to live, especially affordable ones. Clearly, more accommodation needs to be built. Come summer the season which the ground is not frozen in and many a luxury downtown condo is surrounded by construction of the same.

Cranes pepper the Toronto skyline, like many other world cities. The idea of it taking more than a day to get somewhere by train is unheard of. The idea of not being able to get a train there even less so. Hardly an option for a day trip. The Food — this one might be a bit controversial, as to many, Toronto is a foodie destination, with a wide range of cuisines and cutting edge eateries inspired from around the world. Our issue was with the quality of ingredients. Depending on your perspective, this might be a good thing. Well: Ontario and especially not Toronto look nothing like that.

Ontario is flat, full of woods and lakes and is pleasant, but getting out to the prettiness of those woods and lakes takes time, money and a car. Accessing countryside around Toronto is really difficult without a vehicle: Your best bet is to hire one.

There is one public bus service during summer to Alonquin Park as an alternative that is worth checking out. Renting a cottage in cottage country is also an option, but prepare to have deep pockets for summer weekends and book well in advance. The Job Market can be Tough. We had assumed that it would be relatively easy for Ravi to find work in Toronto — after all he has an MBA and several years of experience working in marketing. But the Toronto job market is tough and getting Lifestyle in Toronto — as local students and immigrants compete for jobs.

We are the north has a literal meaning, too! Ravi and I now have a running joke between us that before we want to move anywhere, we have to check the weather forecast. For all seasons of the year. For those who like their weather warm like us and are Lifestyle in Toronto about Canadian winters, you have every right to be!

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Montreal gets colder, as does Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa and of course anywhere further North. But the Toronto winter can have a real impact on your life. It gets windy in downtown Toronto, bringing arctic gusts around the tall buildings, creating a piercing chill as you wait for Lifestyle in Toronto streetcar. For winter in Toronto, newcomers need to be well prepared. That means serious winter coats made from down that will set you back a few hundred dollars. You need a coat that at least goes down to your thighs and has a hood. Hats, good gloves and boots that can handle the snow are all a must.

But then aside from the winter itself are its effects. Much of Toronto seems to hibernate and social activities grind to a halt for all but the most determined. I found myself getting headaches from the cold on windy days as my brain struggled to understand how it could look so warm and beautiful looking outside from in the winter skies are often a piercing blue despite the temperature being degrees celsius. Clearly we are not fans of cold and the winter got us down.

All of the things to do in and near Toronto in winter involve winter sports, so if you are not a winter person, we urge you to think carefully about this aspect of living in Toronto as winters are long and can last more than half the year. Our favourite place in Toronto: Corktown Common.

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Our experiences of living in Lifestyle in Toronto may not be those of typical newcomers to the city. But then we ended up in Toronto. Our journeying to Toronto from Mumbai — a warm, wet, still partly jungled city could not have provided more of a contrast. The lack of people on the street, the privacy and the overwhelming consumerism of the average North American city provide real reverse culture shock. Finding friends who you can call up to hang out with at five minutes notice takes time — more time than we were willing to give Toronto.

But the cost of living is also high. Despite the hardships that are prevalent in many developing countries, they all have something which is missing from the streets of Toronto: Innocent joy. Sharing with others can be a good way to save money too. Winter is usually bright skies and sunny days, but chilling temperatures of down to negative 20 or negative 30 degrees centigrade, more when you add in wind chill.

Winter generally lasts from October — March or April. Everyone has their own ideas about what makes a great place to live.

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So in Augustjust over a year after we moved to Toronto we made the call to follow our hearts and head west, to Vancouver Island. Are you considering moving to Toronto, or are you living in Toronto as an expat? Let us know your thoughts and questions in the comments below! Moving to Toronto. Visiting Toronto Islands in Winter. Before blogging, she worked for 12 years in hospitality and online travel.

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Ellie started this blog during a sabbatical trip inwhile hopping on trains around south Asia. When not travelling, she is happiest with the latest issue of Conde Nast Traveller and a hot bubble bath. Hi Ellie. Thank you for your interesting article on Toronto.

How are you finding life in BC? Hey, I just read your article. My company is considering me for a move to either Mississauga right next to Toronto or London. I am currently 24 years old. Would you be able to share with me the pros and cons of both cities? Just have to know where to shop. Try Mountain Warehouse. Canadians are friendly in general but like anywhere else, it takes time to Lifestyle in Toronto friends in our social-media crazed world. You sound like a decent couple…if I ever move back to TO, we can meet up for coffee and maybe friend up.

I too an am immigrant and have made many good Canadian friends over the years…just need to go at Canadian pace ie slowly. Lots here resonated with me having lived in Toronto for 3 years. You can forgive that in summer but couple with the bleak winters, it gets you down. I often wondered whether the difficulties I encountered at work were as a a result of me being brought in from abroad. This all said — I enjoyed it.

Its a friendly place compared to London, UK, and people stop and give you the time of day. My local shopkeepers knew me and chatted with me.

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And despite it being expensive for Canada, compared to London I could rent a lovely one bed flat, with a garden, surrounded by lovely shops and restaurants AND be only a 30 min walk from downtown. To Paulina above — I really hope you went for London. I find Americans are in general more outgoing, extroverted and friendlier but that does not mean they are your friends. Toronto is more multicultural with a lot more arts and culture. In general, I find Canadians a little more like Europeans even though they often sound rather American. Hope this helps a bit.

Thank you for this honest review. Been an eye-opener! We are considering moving to Vancouver but would like to know the good, bad and ugly about the city as well! Would be very helpful knowing the reality of moving to the most expensive city in the West. Loved your fresh perspective and raw honesty! This was exactly what I needed to hear! Sooooo cold!!!! Save my name,and website in this browser for the next time I comment. This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish.

Accept. About Contact Work With Me. September 28, Sharing is caring! You may also like. Our Favourite Things to Do in Toronto in Our Vancouver Lifestyle in Toronto Bucket List. Renee Gunter January 12, - am Hi Ellie. Paulina Mievre February 12, - pm Hey, I just read your article. Kwene March 7, - pm C in Toronto is rare. William January 20, - pm Lots here resonated with me having lived in Toronto for 3 years.

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