Who are we kidding it's all about street cred really. Especially in a city like Toronto. You either have it or you don't. It's not something you can learn or pick up on a sunday afternoon. You may acquire it after many years of living here or you might just have it from the get go.
1. You're unfazed by naked people
2. You jaywalk without looking both ways
3. You don't even flinch when cars honk at you
4. You have some sort of vintage bike
5. You act like nothing is ever a big deal, excitement is so lame
6. You live south of bloor
7. You refuse to go north of bloor
8. You only drink Americanos
9. You only drink Americanos from Jimmy's coffee
10. You once saw a lady give birth on the streets and you were all like "meh whatevs"
11. You don't have a blog, you are that cool
12. You drink PBR in random alleys
13. You run with Rob Ford's crowd
14. And you don't brag about it
15. You get up at the very last minute when getting off the subway
16. You would never go to a blue jays game
17. Yet you wear at blue jays hat (in all fairness it totally goes well with your tattoos)
18. You're friends with a bunch of people who run tattoo shops
19. You know people in fashion
20. You know people in the "industry"
21. You party on monday nights
22. You give hipster bartenders as much attitude as they give you
23. And you get way better service this way
24. You never talk about crazy people on the streetcar
If you like an apartment you see, you pretty much need to sign and submit your application even before you leave your viewing. It is a competitive market to rent a place in Toronto, and because of that, there will often be multiple bids on the same unit that you're looking at.
As soon as you see a place that you love -- or at the very least checks most of your boxes -- don't chance it and put down a deposit as soon as you are able.
Calgary and Vancouver have some pretty solid public transportation, but moving to Toronto and trying to figure out the TTC was a whole other beast. With different subway and streetcar lines, and buses that run 24-hours-a-day, it is overwhelming at first.
Eventually, it does get easier, and once you figure out the difference between east and west, you'll even know what side of the platform to stand on that'll get you closest to the exit for the station you're heading out at.
On top of that, the TTC covers a fair bit of ground in the downtown core. Uber is an easy option but totally not necessary if you're getting around the 6ix. The TTC may have service closures every now and then, but it'll still be easier on your wallet.
Bagged milk is not a universally shared experience across Canada, and the first time you go to the grocery store may be a lot more chaotic than you might expect. Did you know there was an entirely separate container to put your bagged milk in? And did you know there's a certain way to cut the bag, too?
Your typical Toronto grocer will still carry cartons and jugs of milk, so you don't have to take the plunge with precarious packaging if you don't want to.
Toronto has it's own brand of slang
Toronto is a melting pot of different cultures, and with that comes a lot of slang, so if one of your new friends starts talking about a "ting," "a Toronto mans," or asks to "come scoop you," don't panic just do a quick urban dictionary search and you'll be fine.
Winters are way worse in Toronto than out West (and that's including Calgary)
Many people automatically assume that since Calgary is situated right near the Rockies that Calgarians are just constantly freezing, but since the 6ix sits right by a lake, the winter air is much more biting because of the humidity.
Your super cute boots may live in the back of your closet during the winter
Speaking of winter, you're going to need to buy proper boots with insolation and gripped soles. Yes, they will not be as cute as your heeled booties but slipping and smashing your knees into the sidewalk because you slipped on a patch of ice is so much more embarrassing.
People will help you up because it is Canada, and we are polite, but the stink of weather inappropriate footwear shame will follow you in the form of many bruises.
The bright side is you can wear them for fall.
The CNE & The Stampede are pretty much the same (just without the cowboys)
This might be a hot take, but the fairs at the CNE and the Calgary Stampede are virtually the same. They're both filled to the brim with food stalls that offer out-of-this-world food options, games that you can just sink your dollars into trying to score a prize, and wild rides that'll make you feel like you're a little kid again.
But, the biggest difference, of course, is that the CNE is lacking cowboys and the Stampede's renowned rodeo culture. So unless you're itching to kick some boots and line dance with cowboys, the CNE will still scratch that itch.
Every new Torontonian moving to the city for university or in their early 20s falls into the clutches of Warehouse. The cheap spot has multiple locations, including one on Queen Street West and one on Yonge and the hold this restaurant has on Toronto's new youth is unshakeable. Yes, the food and drinks are cheap, but waiting hours for a table or to get in the bar during the winter is not worth it.
We promise there are other cheap bars that are just as good and less overrated to check out.
Service taxes vary in each province, which came as a shock at first. Calgary has a 5% GST (or goods and services tax) so Toronto's 13% HST was a big jump at first. It was an adjustment at first budgeting for outings and shopping dates, but it quickly gets ingrained in your head.
The sushi quality in TO can never live up to Vancouver's
Brooke Houghton | Narcity
East coast sushi just isn't the same as Vancouver sushi.
Sushi in Toronto is so much more expensive and sadly less fresh. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but Ontario, you're overpaying for your sushi hand over fist compared to Van.
So if you're a lover of sashimi, you'll definitely notice a difference in price and quality when you move. Our solution is to find a good all-you-can-eat place and if you can't bank on quality, go for quantity.
The opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the views of Narcity Media.