“Will it be like Degrassi?” Joe joked about my upcoming trip to Toronto.
“I don’t think so,” I responded, though I didn’t know much about the Canadian teen drama. Or Canada in general.
In the less than 24 hours I spent in the Canadian city, I discovered Toronto to be a lot like Chicago in many ways. Toronto, too, has a Great Lake flanking its eastern border, towering skyscrapers and a dining out scene that makes foodies salivate. Just add a slice of European sensibility, a pinch of greener practices and an extra dash of multiculturalism, put it in Canada—and then voila, Toronto!
At the urging of my favorite Canadian, Andrea, I wandered west down Bloor Street, a long street that bisects several of the city’s neighborhoods. My hotel was located in Yorkville, an area that rivals Michigan Avenue with exclusive, swanky shops like Hermes, Gucci and Louis Vuitton. Walking just a few blocks, the landscape metamorphosed into the culturally rich, slightly more bohemian, college town-esque version of Chicago’s Roscoe Village, The Annex. I was so mesmerized by the street’s change that I, too, transformed—into that tourist with a camera, minus the vinyl fanny pack. Now, let’s begin the walking tour.
Not pictured is my downtown adventure and tiny glimpse into the Canadian business world. From what I saw, I know there’s more I’d like to explore.
Until next time. Thank you for being a part of my six-block tour of Toronto.