Flickr: jtaylor77 / Via Justin Taylor 1. It's North America's boomtown. Flickr: wyliepoon / Via Flicker: wyliepoon Toronto has tripled its number of skyscrapers from 13 to 44 in the last 9 years. 2. Toronto just became bigger than Chicago. Flickr: rockandrollfreak / Via Flickr: Freaktography Toronto's 2,791,140 (and growing) vs. Chicago's 2,707,120 (and shrinking). 3. It's the world's most multicultural city. Flickr: imuttoo / Via Flickr: Ian Muttoo Nearly half the city's population was born outside of Canada. 4. Toronto does post-industrial in style. Flickr: 40351463@N00 / Via Flickr: paula soler-moya The Distillery District. 5. It even does sewage treatment in style. Flickr: lewolf011 / Via Jackman Chiu The R.C. Harris Water Treatment Plant. 6. Toronto is clean. Like, really clean. Flickr: maurizio_l 7. It's safe. Like, really safe. Maybe too safe. Flickr: katerkate Toronto police during the 2010 G20 summit. 8. Toronto rappers are polite and wholesome... Flickr: 65386099@N05 / Via mp3waxx.com Started from Toronto now we here. ...while the mayor smokes crack in the projects.... Flickr: postbear ...and gets crunked in public... Flickr: ashtonpal ... and uses foul language on the regular... Flickr: doctorow Rob Ford: always enough to eat. ... and nobody seems to see anything wrong with this picture. Flickr: josephmorris / Via Flickr: Joseph Morris 9. Toronto's street meat is superior to yours. Flickr: imuttoo / Via Ian Muttoo Put me in your mouth. Flickr: alexcameron 10. St. Lawrence Market is one of the best in the world. Flickr: karenchen 11. Peameal (Canadian bacon) sandwiches rock. Flickr: lricharz Carousel Bakery. 12. Brunch is the closest thing to religion they have. Flickr: henryfaber The County General. 13. Toronto makes better poutine than Montreal. Yeah I said it. Flickr: lricharz Classic poutine = fries, hot beef gravy and melty cheese curds. 14. Toronto's food scene gives any city on the planet a run for its money. Bar Isabel. 15. Indy coffee shops outnumber Starbucks by a long shot. Flickr: flossyflotsam Te Aro coffeeshop. 16. Toronto was tolerant before it was trendy. Flickr: greyloch 17. Its big hometown bank never goes bust. Flickr: doctorow 18. Social housing looks like this. Flickr: cityoftoronto 19. It's Canada but Torontonians party on the beach every weekend. Flickr: ericrobinson / Via bending light Cherry Beach. Okay, not EVERY weekend. Flickr: bensonkua 20. It gets pretty cold, but they don't seem to mind one bit. Flickr: kevo89 ... sometimes they mind. Flickr: mutovkin 21. The city has secluded islands just minutes away by ferry. Flickr: jvetterli 22. Kensington Market rocks... Flickr: hyfen Street music on Pedestrian Sundays in Kensington. ...and needs to keep fighting gentrification for Toronto's sake. Flickr: xiaozhuli 23. There's a neighborhood for pretty much everyone. Flickr: lt_paris And anyone. Flickr: stevenh / Via Flickr: sssteve.o And everyone. Flickr: 23775118@N06 / Via theharv58 24. They've managed to condense all of Asia into a single mall. Flickr: nmcbean 25. Toronto has six Chinatowns. Flickr: zacharyparadis 26. ...which is great because Torontonians are crazy for Chinese dumplings. Flickr: calamity_hane Mother's Dumplings restaurant. 27. Caribana is the continent's biggest bash. Flickr: loozrboy 28. There's a museum dedicated to shoes. Flickr: palmdiscipline Bata Shoe Museum. 29. The wildlife is always sharply dressed. Via Instagram: @dzd_lisa The stranded Ikea Monkey waits for his ride. 30. ... and helps with recycling duties. Flickr: lexnger 31. The old-fashioned streetcars. Via lezumbalaberenjena 32. It's New York... in the movies. Flickr: 18378305@N00 / Via Canadian Pacific 33. There's a whole other city underneath the city. Flickr: rhygin 34. (Some) Torontonians will always admit their faults (kinda)... Flickr: hyfen ...like the fact that their public transport is a bit sad... Flickr: fotogrog ...and the fact that the government is the sole provider of booze... Flickr: johnnyrunner ... and the soul-sucking sprawl eating up the surrounding farmland. Flickr: ajcb / Via Carnotzet 35. But just past that mess is wine country... Flickr: drewott 36. ...and cottage country... Flickr: pigdump 37. ...and some big waterfalls. Flickr: davaodude / Via David Peckham 38. Jane Jacobs knew that Toronto was a great place to live... upload.wikimedia.org 39. ...but still too few know how cool this place really is. Flickr: thefrankfurtschool / Via Kino Praxis So pack a bathing suit and a parka and go north!