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Expectations VS Reality Of Fall In Toronto

Fall is officially here and if you couldn't tell by the weather, you could probably tell by the amount of people swapping their denim shorts for denim jackets! While Fall in Toronto can easily be seen as one of the most beautiful times of the year, it can also be the most confusing from weather to our expectations on what spending the cooler months in the city can be like!

If anyone out there is struggling on whether to pack up your summer clothes and unpack your sweaters - you're seriously not alone.  While this particular fall weather has been more than a little confusing it's not the only thing causing us to scratch our head in confusion. 

It seems this season especially draws a lot of expectations from people in general- let alone Torontonians on how they will spend the months leading up until Christmas season begins. Because let's be real, up until December 1st it's all about the pumpkin spice everything, the flannel blanket scarves, and the many cute insta photos you can take with the fall colours and fashion.  

Whether it's pumpkin picking or hiking, it seems that everyone channels their inner Pinterest-mom during the Fall! If you want to see some of the biggest expectations most Torontonians have when it comes to the Fall season in the city and what actually happens, then click next!

For 'First Day Of Fall,' click 'Next.' 

The First Day Of Fall 

via @_jo_elliott

Expectation: The first day of Fall? Perfect, I'll pack all of my Summer clothes away and start pulling out all my fall staples. Maybe I'll wear my Aritzia blanket scarf to keep me warm while I grab a pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks before I head to class!

Reality: *Is actually sweating profusely in a t-shirt and shorts*

Seriously though, I did not need to spend my first day of Fall practically melting in a denim jacket that I refused to take off because it was the first day of Fall and I was officially on my denim-short strike.

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Haunted Houses

Expectation: You're down for anything and everything haunted or spooky. Whether it's going to one of the haunted spots in the city, going on a zombie hunt or sitting in on a scary movie marathon at the AGO, you aren't only down to go but you are HYPE about it.

Reality: *watches one scary movie* "I haven't slept in three days every time I try to close my eyes all I see is the Babadook."

Fall is a great time of year but it's also a time when anybody who has a low fear tolerance is put on edge for a solid 31 days regardless of whether they actually watched a scary movie or not.

For 'Fall Drinks,' click 'Next.'

Fall Drinks

via @sweetjesus

Expectation: "I'm going to switch it up from the pumpkin spice lattes from Starbs and try out all these new fall drinks in the city! Maybe I'll even go through the coffee shop map and see how many I can check off my bucket list before October ends!"

Reality: *gets the exact same black coffee throughout Fall apart from the latte you bought mostly because you wanted to get a pic of it for Instagram*

As much as I'd like to think I'm going to hit up every single coffee shop Toronto has to offer and get their signature Fall drink, in reality I know I'm probably going to hit a few then stick with chains because I'm lazy AF and you probably are too.

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Expectation: "OMG there are so many options and I've got so much time to plan out a really sick costume! I can't wait to spend 4 days on Pinterest looking for the perfect idea before spending 20 hours making it!"

Reality: *day before halloween: still no costume* "I'll be a cat."

I can appreciate anybody who has the time and energy to put in some serious effort into their costumes, seriously, I'm not being sarcastic at all. On the other hand, I can also resonate with the girls who pull up to clubs in black leggings and cat ears because we have all been there.

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Fall Hikes 

Expectation: "This bucket list of places to hike in the Fall is perfect. I'll complete it by the end of the month!"

Reality: *Barely has the energy to walk to class let alone trek up a hill for fun*

From Dundas Peak to Rattlesnake Point, Ontario is home to an abundance of options when it comes to hiking. Not only is it a great way to exercise but in the Fall the views are out of bounds incredible- that is, if you are able to make it to the top!

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