Feeling Nostalgic: Winter Commute in Toronto

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One cold winter day in Toronto.

One cold winter day in Toronto.

Ivan here.

Winters in Canada can make you wish you were dead, with temperatures dipping below -25 degrees Celsius (-35 with wind chill). In places like Winnipeg, Manitoba, conditions are indistinguishable from the surface of Mars. 

In the winter, Torontonians wear one of two colours: black or grey. They are New Yorkers without the attitude, as distant and withdrawn as the British. In the mornings, the subway cars and buses are crammed with silent commuters, over half of them immigrants. The only sounds that can be heard are the collective crunch of boots on ice, belonging to a distracted people with somewhere else to be.  

A few years ago, some hippie sell-outs from the West Coast came up with a billboard to sell beer in Vancouver:

There are only two things on a winter commute that makes living worthwhile: 

1. A "Double Double" from Tim Hortons

Source: CBC.ca

Source: CBC.ca

A double double is Canadian for a coffee with two cream and two sugars. 

Before 2013, and its belated adoption of the coffee sleeve, Tim Hortons served its scalding hot coffee in two stacked cups, making it a double double in a double cup. 

This means when Roll Up The Rim season *rolls* around (Editor’s note: bite me), commuters get two chances to win a brand new SUV. In other words, a chance to swap the crowded TTC subway platform for the million vehicle pile-up on the Gardiner Expressway. 

Source: blogTO

Source: blogTO

2.  Jamaican Patties

Like a Midwesterner’s idea of Florida, Jamaican patties are small pockets of Caribbean sunshine in an otherwise cold and dreary winter.

They come in beef, spicy beef, spicy chicken and vegetarian, and taste almost as good as the crack Rob Ford smoked while he was mayor of Toronto.