Toronto’s claim to the title of world’s most multicultural city is a tough one to argue with. 160 different languages are spoken in the city, and the celebration of diversity is a huge part of what life in Toronto, and Canada as a whole, is all about.
Unlike most other cities around the world, Toronto isn’t about landmarks as much. The one exception of course is the CN tower. After you dare riding up the outside elevators, you get to stand on the glass floor at the top. And quite possibly wish you hadn’t.
Toronto is all about ethnic communities like Greektown and Little Italy. It’s what makes the heart of the city tick. To find something to eat, skip the chain restaurants you’ll find all around the world. Try one of the many hole-in-the-walls the city is rich. Cheap tasty finds are the rule, not the exception here.
Toronto is very much the sum of all its parts – its lively, colorful, distinctive parts. And that’s not just Toronto – it’s Canada altogether. A melting pot of all kinds of different cultures, where even this Dutch immigrant found a home. It’s also why Canada’s 150th birthday last year failed spectacularly. Sure, it was a nice year with celebrations all around. Nobody minded the free access to Canada’s national Parks for a year. Thanks, eh.
But what really defines Canadian culture? It’s more of a melting pot, if anything. Especially in recent years, immigrants group together in their own communities – which is starting to make up for little islands inside the melting pot instead of a true mix of everything. Which is unfortunate.
Every once in a while I enjoy having a drink with some of my fellow Dutchies in this city, but did you really move to the other end of the world to socialize with people you might have not liked as much in your home country either? No offence, Dutchies, but I’d rather wander across Toronto’s Distillery District for a craft beer (or three).