Pokémon GO is taking over our lives. Here’s the lowdown.
What the hell is Pokémon GO?
You remember the Pokémon games from the 1990s right? Well, this July, (like everything else we remember from our childhoods) it got a reboot, with the release of Pokémon GO.
As you walk around, your avatar does too – the goal being to find Pokéstops and Pokémon gyms, where you can collect items or battle others for supremacy.
Just how popular is Pokémon GO?
Pokémon GO has been at the top of the US Apple App Store and the Google Play App charts since the day of its release, July 6.
According to analytics site SimilarWeb, Pokémon GO’s already on more US Android devices than Tinder and most of those downloaders are using it more than Whatsapp, Instagram, Snapchat, and Facebook Messenger.
Is Pokémon GO available in Canada?
Pokémon GO is only officially available in the US, Australia, and New Zealand – but a huge number of people around the world are trying to download it with workarounds.
On Android, that means using an apk – Android application package – service to access the Canadian version before its release. On iOS, you’ve still got to use a US billing address.
Are there Pokéstops and Pokémon gyms in Toronto?
Yes! Ahead of the Canadian release, players who have managed to download the Pokémon GO in Canada have discovered Pokéstops and Pokémon gyms already here.
Here’s a list of 16 places of interest so far, whether Pokéstops, Pokémon gyms, or hubs where Pokémon GO players are gathering, around Toronto.
These were sourced from Canadian Pokémon GO players who have posted online – we’ve put together a map below.
- Dupont and Spadina: Kingler, Ferow, Jynx, Pidgeotto
- Yorkdale Mall: Jynx, Drowsee, Caterpie, Magikarp, and Weepingbell
- Leslie and Lawrence: Growlithe, Machop, Caterpie, Spearow, Tauros, Pidgey, Poliwag, Squitle
- Victoria Park and Lawrence: Rhydon, Jynx, Hypno, Haunter, Gastly, Kingler, Pidgeotto, Horsea, Electabuzz Possibly a Venasaur (shadow was spotted just south of this intersection)
- Eaton Centre: Drowsee (as far as the eye can see)
- Yonge and Sheppard: Pidgeys, Pidgeotto, Ratata, Spearrow, Zubat, and of course Drowzee. Tauros, Ferrow and possibly Psyduck (Used incense.)Shadows of Meowth, Magnemite, Kingler
- Yonge and Steeles: Electabuzz
- Sheppard and Bathurst: Weedle, Eevee
- Yonge and Lawrence: Clefairy
- Billy Bishop Airport: Tauros, Pinsir, Voltorb
- High Park: Clefairy
- Woodbine beach and Ashbridges Bay: Eevees, Hitmonchans, Staryus, Goldeen
- Bay and Wellesley: Lapras
- Lawrence West Station: Onix
- U of T Stadium: Kingler, Bulbasaur
- Etobicoke: Squirtle, Mankey, Geodude, Clefairy, Electabuzz, Hypno, Bulbasaur
There’s also a guy on reddit who’s throwing a luring part tonight at Yonge-Dundas square at 8pm. He’s putting $40 up to help lure these suckers in and based on comments it looks like lots of people will be there to join in.
Have you spotted any Pokéstops, Pokémon gyms, or Pokémon GO hotspots in Toronto? Let us know in the comments below!