Sometimes you need to hear an outsider talk about Toronto to appreciate just how awesome we have it here.
That’s what happened upon reading a recent article in BBC Travel titled ‘Toronto: The city of 140 languages‘.
Author Lindsey Galloway’s piece weaves through more than a dozen of the city’s neighbourhoods with a uniting thread: diversity.
She juxtaposes a city growing at a clip of 100,000 new residents a year with its beaches, introduces readers to five neighbourhoods that stand as a namesake to their residents’ countries of origin – Little India, Little Italy, Portugal Village, Greektown, and Chinatown – and gives a shoutout to Toronto’s thriving tech scene while also acknowledging the city as a hot spot for creative types too. One of her sources teases your appetite by dropping banh mi and injera covered with kitfo in the same sentence.
All this might be expected in a city that speaks 140 languages. But that Toronto can harness all this diversity in an objectively kick-ass manner speaks to something special – something je ne sais quoi, as our friends in Montreal might say.
There’s plenty more praise: our parks and trails, the historic Distillery District, the islands, nearby wineries, internationally renowned jazz festival, and even affordability, referencing a 2017 Cost of Living Index that ranked Toronto just the 86th most expensive city in the world.
So while you might be daydreaming of your next escape from the city, perhaps you’ll be inspired to book a little staycation instead.