6 Reasons I Could Never Live in Vancouver and You Can’t Convince Me Otherwise

This Opinion article is part of a Narcity Media series. The opinions expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Narcity Media.

When people think of moving from Toronto to another city, Vancouver usually comes across as a fantastic option, but that has never been the case for me.

Toronto, in my opinion, is the perfect city that thrives as a metropolis, but also has trees and water to give it a nature feel.

It’s big enough that moving from one neighborhood to another can feel like moving to another country.

Toronto has been my home for nearly eight years, but I’m no stranger to other cities in the country, having visited many. In fact, I have been to Vancouver more times than to Montreal and that says a lot.

So here are six reasons why I’d rather live in Toronto than Vancouver, anytime!

It always rains

There’s no doubt that Vancouver is a beautiful and scenic city, but you can’t enjoy it most of the time because it always rains — okay, not always, but most of the time.

Whether you plan on biking the seawall or visiting Granville Island, it’s always a “bring your umbrella just in case”, and that kind of crap.

It is literally called the “rainy town”.

Downtown Vancouver is small

When you say let’s go to downtown Toronto, it means you’re going on an adventure, because downtown is so big and ever-changing, you never know what to expect.

While downtown Vancouver is so small you can more or less walk from one side to the other.

Nightlife sucks

OK, why do people think Vancouver has great nightlife when there is no nightlife, seriously?

I visited Vancouver in the summer and fall and the nightlife just wasn’t the right one. I understand the lifestyle there is more chilled, so going to a bar and listening to local bands is pretty cool, and maybe that’s the “sound” of the city, but why do people leave usually around midnight?

In Toronto, the optimal time to get to the club is 12:00 a.m., and places usually don’t close until 3:00 a.m.

Do you know where the meeting point for that hot dog stand is on King Street West? Well, there is no meeting point in Vancouver because everyone is going home.

The food is way too healthy

Yes, Vancouverites are generally known as the “healthiest Canadians,” perhaps because of the outdoors the city lives in, but come on, why can’t ice cream be ice cream?

I was biking to Stanley Park in the summer of 2021, and all I wanted was ice cream. Instead I found sorbet, organic popsicles and healthy ice cream. Where are my dessert lovers?

I agree that sometimes we need to remember that our bodies are our temples and that we need to nourish them with good food, but sometimes I want this bad-for-you dessert to be worth it.

Oh, and forget the late night meals, good luck finding something worth your time.

It’s too slow

Do you like the hustle and bustle of a city? Then Vancouver is definitely not your place. The people of Rainy City are more laid back. They enjoy their walks to their dates.

If you thrive in Toronto because of the fast-paced environment, don’t say I didn’t warn you. Moving to Vancouver means taking a little break to calm down before embracing the slow outdoors.

Transit

Not quite sure if it’s because Toronto has such an intense public transit system that you can get anywhere, but that wasn’t like the case in Vancouver.

I was constantly lost and waited too long when using Vancouver’s public transit system. So I regularly rented a bike, took a taxi or walked everywhere.

I know a lot of people complain about the TTC but compared to other Canadian cities I think we are pretty lucky.

Unpopular opinion, but I would totally move to Victoria rather than Vancouver, it just makes a lot more sense there. But that’s a story for another time.

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