Top 20 Differences Between Ontario and PEI

Now that I’ve lived in Ontario for about half a year, I think I’m ready to do my first full-blown comparison between PEI and Ontario. The two are very different species as I’ve come to learn. Let me guide you through the top 20 things I think are different between the Land of Anne of Green Gables and the Land of Lots of People.

20. No longer shall I have to buy everything from Futureshop. Friends will know what I think of those big box stores. Now I get to choose between 1024902935829385 semi-legitimate computer shops.

19. No longer shall the 10-story Delta dominate the landscape. Finally I can see a true skyscraper! 😉

18. Residents of Ontario think they’re ‘Eastern’ Canada. They’ve clearly never been to PEI before.

17. Everyone and their dog has a cell phone over here. When asked for my cell number all I can do is mutter something about not having a need for one. They continue to look at me with disgust. Enter today: I’m getting a cell phone. (peer pressure)

16. There’s an Apple Store! Yeah, in the Yorkdale Mall. And my oh my, is it ever nice. And I’m not even an Apple man myself. We had a little shack called the Mac Shop in Charlottetown I think.

15. PEI’s surrounded by water but I get more rain here in Waterloo. I probably should have guessed when I applied…

14. During the winter and Spring semesters here at UWaterloo, there are about 28K people up and about. That’s just about the population of Charlottetown.

13. Ontario has companies that have a larger net income than PEI’s annual budget of $1B.

12. North River Road in Charlottetown is too congested. Plans are to expand it to 4 lanes. The 427 in Ontario is getting too congested (again). It is already a minimum of 12 lanes along its entirety.

11. At its narrowest point, it’s possible to walk across the Island in an hour. It’s also possible to cross most roads in Toronto in under an hour.

10. Tolls are paid to cross obstacles. On PEI it was to cross the Northumberland Strait (Confederation Bridge). In Ontario you pay to cross Toronto (highway 407).

9. IPods are cool gadgets to be shown off and bragged about on PEI. IPods are for hiding from the thieves in Toronto.

8. PEI finally has a public transit system! Runs 6 times a day! Waterloo has a mass transit system too. Six runs each hour.

7. This is a true story. It happened to a friend of a friend of mine. No, not really, it happened to me. Okay so you open the door for someone on PEI, they say thanks and you walk through. End of story. I decided to be nice and open the door here at UWaterloo. Apparently they thought I was a doorman or something. With the continuous stream of people, I didn’t get a chance to go through myself. I ended up rudely cutting some guy off.

6. Universal greeting in Charlottetown – “Hey, how are you? Saw your son in the paper this morning.”
Universal greeting in Toronto – “Here, just take it.”

5. No municipality on PEI wants in the “Greater Charlottetown Area”. Everyone in Ontario is already in the “Greater Toronto Area”. Soon, when asked, the neighbor to the north of the States will be the GTA.

4. On PEI, people stop when they hit a bird while driving. In the rest of the country, a person may be hit up to three times without someone stopping.

3. The commonly seen store on the corner of two streets in Charlottetown: Billy’s Convenience.
The commonly seen store on the corner of two streets in Toronto: Saks Fifth Avenue.

2. Ontarians are allowed to not really know where PEI is. (True, but sad story)

1. The friends are still on PEI, not in Ontario.

That’s it!

[tags]Toronto, Charlottetown, Ontario, PEI[/tags]

8 thoughts on “Top 20 Differences Between Ontario and PEI”

  1. That one about the girl and getting hit by three cars is sick. Although I would like to live in a bigger city it’s stories like that that make me love PEI again.

    BTW – The Toronto transit system is big…but you should see the European ones. They have been running for at least twice as long and it’s as smooth as butter. Nothing ever goes wrong…and buses never never never never never miss a stop. NEVER. And they don’t stop or wait for anyone or anything…and if they run you over..well, that’s the cost of a good transit system:P

  2. Haha, yeah Nick. It seems like the bus schedule was made in the best driving conditions some day in July. That’s what times they’ll arrive at the stops if they’re going full out. A couple flakes of snow falls and BAM. The whole system goes to shambles.

    See Reese? That’s the face I make when I’m uncomfortable.

  3. That was a really great list Chuck. I’d comment on a few things but I’m too lazy, so I’ll just leave it at “that was a really great list Chuck”.

  4. My wife, 2 kids and I are heading from Waterloo to PEI in a few weeks. Do you have any suggestions on things to see while we’re there and also, what route is best to drive?

    Russ

  5. Well, the only route I’ve ever take to Ontario is this:

    Take the number 1 Trans Canada from Charlottetown and then the Confederation bridge. Then once in New Brunswick, we’d keep following the TransCanada to Edmunston. Then the TransCanada would turn into the #20 all the way to Quebec City, at which point we’d usually stop off and rest a bit. We then took the 40 all the way down to Montreal and followed the 401 through to Toronto. You can also just take the TransCanada all the way from Quebec City to Montreal, but the 40 is along the St. Lawrence, so it was a little nicer that driving straight highway the whole time.

    On the Island, there’s the regular stuff to do if you’ve never been there like Anne of Green Gables, but I’ve never really been a fan of that stuff. But if you’re on the Island you’ve got to see it, even if it is just for the sake of saying ‘I’ve been to Anne of Green Gables’. On the other hand, I much preferred places like Greenwich National Park. I’m not really sure what’s going on in Charlottetown this year, but I can always write something more when I actually get there and find out. 🙂

  6. This is a really fun article! The differences are interesting to see. They are both great places, but home is where the heart is I suppose 🙂

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