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22 Things You'll Understand If You're From Pickering, Ontario

No, it's not the same as Ajax.

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1. It annoys you to no end, but it's true: Nobody knows where the fuck Pickering even is.

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2. If someone's from really far away, you usually just lie and say you're from Toronto.

It's only, like, a 40 minute drive away.
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It's only, like, a 40 minute drive away.

3. But if anyone from Toronto heard you say that, they'd call you out immediately.

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4. If they have heard of Pickering, they say, "Oh, where the nuclear power plant is."

SORRY FOR OFFENDING YOU WITH ALL OUR ELECTRICITY.
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SORRY FOR OFFENDING YOU WITH ALL OUR ELECTRICITY.

5. Which makes you afraid to admit that you’ve spent summer days at the beach... Right next to the power plant.

It's not that bad.
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It's not that bad.

6. But at least that's better than when people call Pickering a shithole.

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Only we are allowed to call it a shithole.

7. Never mind that you frequently take the GO Train into Toronto just so you have something to do.

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8. You've lost count of how many times you've been asked, "Aren't Pickering and Ajax pretty much the same town?"

Ajax is a TOWN and Pickering is a CITY, so NO, THEY ARE NOT THE SAME, ahthankyouverymuch.
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Ajax is a TOWN and Pickering is a CITY, so NO, THEY ARE NOT THE SAME, ahthankyouverymuch.

9. But then you've had to admit that yes, Pickering Village is in Ajax, and no, you don't really know why.

You know there's some reason for it, but you've long given up caring what that reason is.
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You know there's some reason for it, but you've long given up caring what that reason is.

10. And yes, Pickering High School is also in Ajax.

But that's because it's in Pickering Village, which, again, is in Ajax. For some reason.

But that's because it's in Pickering Village, which, again, is in Ajax. For some reason.

11. (But if the two did combine, "The PickAx" would be the most bad-ass city name ever.)

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(Just saying.)

12. The pedestrian bridge that connects the Pickering GO Station to the mall is the best thing to happen to the city in decades.

You're so glad you don't have to go all the way up and across Liverpool Road anymore.
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You're so glad you don't have to go all the way up and across Liverpool Road anymore.

13. In your teens, you spent many weekend afternoons just wandering around Pickering Town Centre.

Even if you didn't buy anything. In fact, you rarely bought anything.
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Even if you didn't buy anything. In fact, you rarely bought anything.

14. It's got an H&M and and American Eagle Outfitters, so obviously it's not total shit.

H&M
American Eagle Outfitters

Now, if only they'd get a Sephora.

15. You were so grateful when you got your driver's license, even if you mainly used it to go to the Famous Players on Friday nights.

Along with everyone else you know.
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Along with everyone else you know.

16. Because depending on Durham Transit to get around is the biggest headache.

17. You always have to think hard about how to spell "Dunbarton High School."

No, it's not DUMBarton, you jerks.
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No, it's not DUMBarton, you jerks.

18. You spent at least one class trip at Pickering Museum Village.

Pioneer village FTW!
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Pioneer village FTW!

19. You wish people would remember that Pickering has a beautiful waterfront, too.

With an awesome boardwalk.
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With an awesome boardwalk.

20. And that Pickering has some of the best nature trails in the Greater Toronto Area.

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21. Plus, don't forget that adorable teen pop crooner Shawn Mendes is from Pickering.

So it can't be ALL bad, right?
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So it can't be ALL bad, right?

22. No matter what, at least you can take comfort in the fact that you don't live in Oshawa.

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(Sorry, 'Shwa.)