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I don’t live in either Canada or the US, but I always enjoy this time of year online. Everything feels a little lighter, everyone is in a summer-y mood, there are endless BBQ and slaw recipes and patriotic tablescapes, not to mention all the summer sales and the happy-smiling-shiny people that make you briefly forget the unrelenting sh!t storm of current events. Guyana also celebrates Caricom Day, which is also a National Holiday.  It falls on the first Monday of July, so it coincides nicely with the online mood. I even forgot that we had a long weekend so I’m currently one of those happy-smiling-shiny people I just told you about.

I came across a random Canada Day article and in the headline, they mentioned “the 6ix”. Yes, it’s a nickname for Toronto, but why? Then I started thinking about all of the other nicknames, and well, hello rabbit hole! I’ve compiled the most popular ones into a a little table below for your viewing pleasure.



The New York Times: 36 Hours 150 Weekends in the USA & Canada. I bought the original first edition in 2011 but there’s an updated 2014 2nd edition. Basically, the book gives you a cool city-by-city itinerary if you only have 36 hours. Pretty cool, right? Perfect for any upcoming weekend you may have.


43.6777° N, 79.6248° W. These are the coordinates for the Pearson International Airport. Why? Umm, Toronto is pretty big and this location actually features in this post.

So Happy Canada Day / 4th of July / Caricom Day, or just simply Weekend! Hope it’s a good one.

The 6ix / YYZ / Hogtown / Tdot

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