I moved to Toronto from Winnipeg when I was 10 years old, which made me exactly young enough that I got a lot of things kids like to do in Toronto, but too old for certain things (Ghoster Coaster, I’m looking at you). For a girl who started out in the prairies, Toronto was the center of the universe. All the cool bands skipped over my city, stopping in Vancouver, Toronto, or Montreal. And Toronto was the only city in Canada with its own Major League Baseball team! So when I found out we were moving there, my heart leapt. Finally, I would get to experience all the cool things.
Of course, the majority of Canadians would disagree with my childhood opinion that Toronto is the center of the universe. (In fact, there’s even a documentary about it.) But living in this city when you have kids is a pretty amazing thing, for the most part. There are loads of wonderful experiences to share with them that allow you to revel in nostalgia and potentially have an obscene amount of fun yourself. As well, there are some Toronto-specific frustrations that all of us parents in the city can relate to. But really, what kind of Torontonian would you be, if you didn’t find something to complain about?