Vancouver or Toronto?

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1. Posted by usha (Budding Member 10 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I've been excepted to UBC in Vancouver and U of T in Toronto, and I don't believe that the qualities of the universities are drastically different in the area I'm interested in, so I'm curous as to the differences between the cities. I'm Indian and I was wondering which city has a larger Indian population. I here Vancouver is full of Sikh Punjabis, but I'm a Hindu Bengali and would like to find a large circle of friends that I can celebrate holidays with and go to parties with and such. Which city is more multi-culutural, which city has a cooler feel to it, which city has more going on, which city has better architecture? Any other insight would be appreciated. Thanks!

2. Posted by SamSalmon (Respected Member 626 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Go to Toronto.

If you're half as arrogant and limited as you sound you'll fit right in!

3. Posted by usha (Budding Member 10 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

um. ok. I'm not sure what your problem is, I just want to know about the two cities and how they're different and which one people think is a better place to live.

Anyone actually have some information about this?

Oh, I just realized tha you're probably offended by my sikh comment in some way or another like I have something against them, which I don't. They just celebrate different holidays and I would like to have people that I can enjoy Diwali and Holi with since. I actually don't know why I'm even explaining myself. I'll just stop.

4. Posted by MsNova (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Toronto! The weather in Vancouver is nicer, but there's a bit more cultural diversity in Toronto. Contrats on your university acceptance and best of luck with your move.

5. Posted by delirious (Budding Member 11 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi usha,

Vancouver and Toronto are both very large cities (by Canadian standards :)) and both are very multicultural. I'm sure you'll find individuals from your cultural background in order to celebrate holidays in either place. Also, I'd like to think that Canadians tend to be accepting of other people's traditions and I'm sure you'll meet people of other faiths and traditions who would be more than willing to learn about as well as celebrate cultural events with you.

If you will be making a decision about either school, you might want to think more broadly in terms of your preferences.

As MsNova mentioned, the weather in Vancouver is milder, the city and surrounding scenary is absolutely beautiful (UBC's location is amazing) and I generally found the people to be easygoing as well as more active. If you're an "outdoorsy type" UBC is definitely for you. On the other hand, I'm from Toronto and it's a great place too (my familiarity with T.O. may bias my posting slightly :)) It is very diverse and there are many cultural communities within the Greater Toronto Area. U of T is in the centre of downtown and it's a walk or short subway ride to great museums, galleries, clubs, restaurants, and other attractions. The centre of U of T's downtown campus is very beautiful and I find that sense of academia, tradition and the historical past surrounding it (this time -in terms of North American standards).

Additionally, you might want to check out the websites for both schools in terms of extracurricular clubs and events....each school should have a list of various associations (as well as links to the associations and clubs for further info) that you may want to get involved in, be they cultural, religious, or other.

Hope this helps you make a decision.

6. Posted by Smirnoff (Budding Member 43 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

You have chosen 2 out of the 3 most reputable (historically) schools in Canada, and as people have pointed out, the two largest cities. If you are into architecture, the Victorian style buildings at U of T may intrigue you. More importantly, if you choose the east coast location you have more options with respect to taking trips to see other prominent NA places. You will have an easier (and cheaper) time visiting the likes of Niagara Falls, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, New York, Boston, etc.

Both cities are highly multicultural and accepting, but the weather in Vancouver tends to be better. Vancouver can be considered more laid back, but the university experience is what you make it out to be. If you can accept periods of relative cold weather, and aren't too keen on living near near the ocean or enjoying the beautiful Canadian wilderness (for whatever reason that may be), then Toronto would have more to offer.

You can't go wrong with either one. Take the one that gives you more money, as housing is never cheap near these schools.

7. Posted by usha (Budding Member 10 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

This is going to be a hard decision. I don't think I'll go wrong either way. I guess I'll just have to find a time soon to go visit both places before making a final decision and see which city I feel more at home at. If I think they're equal after that I may jusst have to flip a coin!

8. Posted by Petra M (Budding Member 65 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hello Usha;

I completely agree, if you have the chance to visit both cities before making a decision, go and do it! Sometimes it's just the "feel" of the place that will make you decide which is the better university and city for you.

I am a Vancouverite who has never visited Toronto so I can't help you make the choice. But Vancouver is a truly multi-cultural city and is much smaller in size to Toronto so, it may have less options. Toronto also is a much older city, has a lot more history and architecture. I have been told by friends and co-workers from Toronto that Vancouver does not have a great nightlife or have many exciting events. I had one co-worker move back, because "gasp!", she missed her life in Toronto and found us boring!


Petra M, Vancouver

9. Posted by lotuszen (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi there,

I was just reading all the posts and they are great! I grew up in Vancouver all my life and i have visited Toronto during the winter time some four years ago.

Being from Van, TO kinda scared me, it is a much bigger city than Van.
I had friends who attended UBC and it is a awesome university, its like a little city of it's own it's so big!

As far as multicultural aspect, both are about the same i would say the only diff is TO is a much bigger city. So prob even more diversity.

Money wise they are both similar too, i found them to cost about the same, going to clubs might be slightly cheaper in Van , but not by much.

I think it will all come down to the size of the city for you, anyways enjoy and good luck! VAN ROCKS!

10. Posted by tania_lv1 (Inactive 6 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi Usha!!!

I have recently had a chance to visit both of the cities and i have to put my vote in for Toronto! Both of the cities are really big but i found Toronto to be a much nicer place (no offence to anyone). It just had a good vibe about it and as you are there for a while you will also have more opportunities to go and visit other places whereas Vancouver is a bit more alienated.
My friend is currently studying in UBC and if you are not used to big Universities you will be in for a shock! Its like a city within a city! Have not been to the one in Toronto so cant really comment.
But good luck in your decision!!!