35 Things only True Torontonians Know

By: Isadora Teich

5 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Do you know the difference between TTC and PATH? Know the name of the place where you can catch a Maple Leafs games, or where you can find Toronto's most popular neighborhoods and landmarks? Any idea which famous films or TV shows were filmed in Toronto -- and where you can visit scenes from these productions? If you know the answer to all these questions, take our quiz to prove you're a true Torontonian!

The capital of the Canadian province of Ontario, Toronto is the largest city in Canada, and the fourth largest by population in all of North America. The more than 6 million residents of the Greater Toronto Area represent more than 200 ethnic origins -- making the city one of the most diverse and multicultural on the planet. On top of that, the city is a hub for finance, business, entertainment, fashion and the arts -- attracting visitors from around the globe.

While tourists might stroll through shopping districts or ride the elevator to the top of the CN Tower, only those who are true Torontonians at heart know the ins and outs of this major cosmopolitan city. Take our quiz to find out if you're one of them!

Is Dufferin Mall great or terrible?

Torontonians are split on whether Dufferin Mall is great or horrible. Its reputation and all of the horror stories surrounding it really speak for themselves, though.

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What's the TTC?

TTC stands for Toronto Transit Commission. It's the name of the city's subway systems and connecting transport modes. Torontonians love to complain about it.

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Sunday is for what?

Sunday brunch in Toronto can be an even bigger deal than all the partying the night before. Weekends in Toronto revolve around Sunday brunch.

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What kind of mayor was Rob Ford?

Known for his erratic behavior and drug habit, former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is a figure that you just can't forget. Even if you desperately want to.

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When within city limits, where are you from?

Torontonians know that you're never from Toronto, but your own unique neighborhood within the city. Whether it's Parkdale or the Fashion District, you'll defend it.

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Union Station is often:

Commuters often get packed in like sardines during rush hour at Union Station. Getting off and on the subway can be a nightmare.

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What is Toronto's big stadium really called?

This stadium was originally called SkyDome before being renamed over 10 years ago. True Torontonians know that it's not the Rogers Centre, it's SkyDome forever.

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It's hard to tell the difference between TTC subway tokens and:

Torontonians have definitely accidentally given homeless people bus fare when they asked for change. It's part of living in the city.

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What has been filmed in Toronto?

Toronto is a filming hotspot. Everything from movies like "Scott Pilgrim" to TV shows like "Hannibal" and "Suits" has been filmed there.

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What is the PATH?

In the downtown core of Toronto is a massive underground mall called the PATH. It's a pedestrian walkway lined with shops that's very easy to get lost in.

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What are Winterlicious and Summerlicious?

During these food festivals, many of Toronto's restaurants offer fixed-price menus for some delicious and innovative dishes. Unfortunately, getting reservations is impossible.

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Are you going to the next Nuit Blanche?

Nuit Blanches are all-night arts festivals packed with contemporary art. Unfortunately, they get overrun with rowdy college kids fast, making them kind of overrated.

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What is Taste of the Danforth?

This is Canada's biggest street festival. It celebrates Toronto's multicultural past and present.

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The real two seasons of Canada are winter and:

When it's not freezing winter, it's time for heavy construction. Good luck getting anywhere during the summer.

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Which of these animals is every Torontonian obsessed with?

You can find Toronto street graffiti dedicated to raccoons everywhere. Torontonians love their little garbage-digging trash pandas.

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Toronto is only quiet in:

Waking up early enough to hear Toronto at its quietest is a very unsettling experience for many Torontonians. It only happens if you're awake after all the bars and shops have closed.

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It's hard to be in the dark in Toronto: True or false?

You may never even have to turn on the lights in your apartment. The street lights will blare through the windows all day and night.

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In Toronto, everyone knows everyone: True or false?

People who have lived in Toronto for the long haul know that It's impossible to make a new friend or acquaintance without having a dozen acquaintances in common. It's really a small world.

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What can you buy at the dollar store?

If you can't get it at a Toronto dollar store, it probably doesn't exist. The stores themselves are known for smelling weird and being full of weird people.

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People from outside Toronto think Torontonians dress:

If you're a true Torontonian, you've definitely stepped outside the city and had someone ask you why you bothered to dress up. Torontonians just consider it getting dressed.

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Is being able to drive important?

Many Torontonians don't drive at all and are even surprised when someone can. Having a non-expired license is rare in Toronto.

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Which part of the city is there not much reason to go to?

Unless you are going to Cherry Beach, there's no real reason to go to the east side of Toronto. All Torontonians know that.

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Walking past awards shows and movie sets is:

So many awards shows, films and TV shows are shot in Toronto that many Torontonians are tired of the traffic. They are also tired of the tourists.

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Are streetcars ever on time?

It's no secret that you can't count on streetcars to be on time in Toronto. You have to watch a few pass by in the way you aren't going first.

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How likely are you to accidentally run into someone you know in Toronto?

Toronto is a city of over 2 million people. Despite that, longtime Torontonians know that no matter how small the errand you're running is, you'll probably run into someone you know.

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Which of these have you lived above?

Almost all long time Torontonians have lived above either a bar or a store. It's hard to find a place without them in the city.

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Which of these will you find most of in Toronto?

You can't throw a stick without hitting a condo in Toronto. There are just so many of them.

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People in Toronto eat a _______ diet than those in the suburbs.

Everyone complains about how much more expensive food is in the city. However, go outside of it, and you might have a hard time finding any trendy healthy or vegan staples.

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Many Torontonians think TTC bus drivers are:

Torontonians know how hard it can be to get anywhere by bus. Many think the drivers are constantly taking breaks.

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No Torontonian is as excited to be from Toronto as:

Drake is known for repping his Toronto roots in his songs. He also has the 416 Toronto area code tattooed on his side.

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All year, people look forward to:

Throughout the long dark winter, Torontonians dream of patio season during the summer. Eating outside on the patios of your favorite restaurants is great, if you can get a table, that is.

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Is it OK when people who live in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) say they live in the city?

People who live in the GTA may live hours outside the actual city. Real Torontonians tell you what neighborhood they live in first.

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Is it easier to drive in Toronto than take public transportation?

Most Torontonians would rather deal with public transport than rude and bad drivers any day. They'll take the occasional crowds and lateness.

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How long has it been since the Toronto Maple Leafs won the Stanley Cup?

The Toronto Maple Leafs haven't won the Stanley Cup since 1967. Torontonians are not happy about it.

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Going on a date to the Toronto Islands is:

While it seems like it would be a romantic getaway, the travel time alone is enough to knock the wind out of your sails. Dragging all of your food, drinks and supplies all the way out there can also be exhausting.

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