I decided to head to see Toronto Canada because I don’t planning on coming back to this side of the world after I head east. I already have a draft of my itinerary around the world and wanted to make sure I get to see at least part of the great country. I honestly was expecting an extension of United States. With American culture engrained so deep in so many countries around the world I assumed the country right next to it should be just like it. Don’t ever tell a Canadian that because they hate to be called American because in their defense they really aren’t.
Once I arrived I really had a case of culture shock. I’ve lived in many different places and have been lucky to experience many things in my life. An experienced traveler generally expects the unexpected but when you are travelling to Canada could you honestly expect something other than an extension of America? What I experienced is what I call European America: not quite America but not quite Europe either. Canada has developed its own culture right in-between and at the center of that is diversity. You thought America was a melting pot? Go to Canada and see what a real melting pot is like.
In the United States there are many different cultures but they all seem to become Americanized at some point and their all minorities (although the Latins are catching up since their breeding like rabbits). In Toronto, 50% of the population is not white. Being the largest city in Canada and one of the top 5 Canada attractions its incredible to actually think that half of the population isn’t Canadian. I recommend you go Dundas Square (one of the popular Toronto attractions) to sit down have a coffee and people watch. If you can see the whole world walk by in Paris, then you can see every culture walk by in Toronto.
They have the best of both America and Europe with a twist (diversity); Dundas Square is a miniature version of Times Square in NYC, all major retailers like Best Buy and Subway are common, instead of Dunkin Donuts they have Tim Hortons, Canada’s official languages are English and French, and the CN Tower can be compared to the Empire State building. Again you can see Toronto is a mini New York but with a European twist.
I would highly recommend getting to see this multicultural city because it’s a true culmination of cultures from every walk of life. I met a Guyanese person for the first time and learned conversational Persian at the local Starbucks; South Americans, Africans, and even Europeans. It would be a great experience for anyone from any walk of life. Check out our top 5 things to do in Canada and around the world!