Litmop saidI've been to Toronto and really enjoyed it, quite a diverse city. People were very friendly but there did seem to be a bit of a "complex" towards Americans. Not in a bad way, but on several occasions people felt compelled to tell me Canadian culture was superior, as if it was a competition.
Bitch, you're America's hat, live with it.
One nice thing, at least in Toronto, most businesses accepted dollars. The exchange rate with the Canadian peso is about 1-1.
Not the bargain it used to be but not bad.
Haha. Canadian Peso.
Vancouver is incredibly beautiful: it's surrounded by mountains and oceans. It's very clean, and about the same cost as Toronto. No, a diet coke does not cost $5. Remember that it's a new city, so there isn't as much history as the East, but it's a beautiful, awesome city with tons to do and beaches dowbtown.
Toronto is growing rapidly with about 131 sky scrapers in construction right now (compared to about 88 in NYC). It's got some beautiful old buildings, and it disticintly feels like medium sized midwest city that has been experiencing intense growth since around 1970 (when it became the financial cente of Canada).
The province of Quebec feels very different than the rest of NA. People complain about their politics and stuff, but it's a fascinating and incredibly beautiful place (at least the places I've seen.
Montreal is the old, big city of Canada. It has beautiful architecure, parks, univerisites, and waterfronts. Parts of it feel extremely old (cobblestone streetd and auberges from the 1700's). The city is the informal cultural capital of Canada, and there always seems to be a festival or street party of some sort going on. It has a unique character that most of Canada lacks; this probably dye to its age, and the fact that it was a very wealthy major port of NA for some time. Oh and itvs French, but almost everyone will speak English. Montrealais are generally friendly to Americans.
One nice thing about Montreal is that you can take a day trip to either Ottawa (the capital of Canada) or Quebec City. Both are beautiful; Ottawa is filled with parjs and museums - as a capital should be - and Quebec City is like a little slice of seventeeth century europe, complete with seigneuries and streets that look likevthey belong in 'A Christmas Carol,.
I say visit Montreal. It's super gay-friendly, full of energy, and quite cheap. Not to mention French Canadian men are often super hot!