Rogers Cup City Showdown: Toronto vs. Montreal

Tennis’ biggest names are in Canada this week competing in the Rogers Cup, but us fans south of the border will have to choose between Montreal and Toronto, where the ATP and WTA tournaments are taking place respectively. We couldn’t decide which city to feature for our Tennis Tournament Tourism post, so we’re leaving it up to you. Which city would win your heart in our first ever city showdown: Toronto vs. Montreal ?



People Watching

Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Grigor Dimitrov take the court in Toronto, while Maria Sharapova, Petra Kvitova and Serena Williams battle it out in Montreal. Unfortunately Canada’s sweetheart Eugenie Bouchard will be leaving Montreal prematurely after crashing out in the first round yesterday. It’s never good for the tournament turnout when the fan favorite can’t take the pressure. Ultimately the winner of this category depends on whether you have a crush on Dimitrov or Sharapova.


Which filter should I use?

We know half the reason you go sightseeing is so that you can geotag a cool picture of a building. We’ll save you some trouble and let you know what building that should be. In Toronto, you can’t miss the iconic CN tower, a needle-like skyscraper and the world’s tallest freestanding structure. Ride its glass elevators to see breathtaking views if you don’t mind waiting in line a couple of hours. If you have a fear of needles, Montreal’s Basilique Notre-Dame is more up your alley. The 19th-century basilica has 24-karat gold stars adorning its ceiling and is home to the largest church bell in North America.

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Foodie fight

If local and organic are the words you like to hear before food, look no further than Hopgoods Foodliner in Toronto, a Canadian seafood restaurant, where you can indulge in lobster spaghetti and hushpuppies with honey butter. Summer cocktails include a gin sour made with rose gin, rose petals and fruit. For fine French dining in Montreal, a must is La Chronique, where the motto is “le bonheur est dans l’assiette” (happiness is in the plate). Entrees include roasted cod and duck breast, which you can enjoy with one of the restaurant’s wine pairings.

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Ditch the tropical shirt

Stop looking like a tourist and go to one of these city’s summer events or festivals. Every Thursday in Toronto you can dance on the Lake Ontario pier, where singles and couples are welcome, but in Montreal it takes two to tango at the International Tango Festival through Aug. 10.

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Trying to meet some Canadian cuties? According to, Torontonians are “hesitant and shy” in the dating department, but Montreal residents are “approachable … and maybe just a little bit easier to get with.” So who do you declare the winner?


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