Originally Posted by Cambridgite
In the latter case, I think it's a product of a lot of people from Toronto not being well travelled within their own country.
I think a lot of rivalry stems from this. And it's understandable. Canada is enormous. I'm a pretty good example of this, actually. I've literally never been further east (in Canada) than Drumheller. The only big Canadian cities I've been to are Calgary (where I live), Edmonton, and Vancouver. I've been to the states and all over western Europe, but my view of Canada is pretty limited to the west... the south west, at that.
I'll admit that in my younger years I had a general resentment of "the east", the "centre of the universe", etc... I've definitely out-grown that though. I'd really like to see Toronto, Montreal, Halifax, and the maritimes in general (those recent Newfoundland and Labrador tourism commercials were really, really effective!) I'd like my perception of Canada to be a bit more complete, compare and contrast and all.
As far as specific rivalries, I can only really go by what I've observed myself. The Calgary - Edmonton rivalry is undeniable, be it in sports, or other aspects. I've never really witnessed much between Calgary and Vancouver. Most people I talk to really like Vancouver, and I definitely do as well.
I do think Calgarians are often jealous of Toronto, and I can understand that. Realistically, Calgary will probably always be playing second/third fiddle to Toronto in a lot of ways, especially in international "mind share". When you think of a country and its associated big cities that end up sort of defining the country, there's always one or two that really stand out. In Japan it's Tokyo, China has Shanghai and Beijing, S. Korea has Seoul, Germany has Berlin and Frankfurt, France has Paris, and in Canada it's definitely Toronto (and probably Montreal). It doesn't really bother me, but I'm sure that's why Calgarians can often get defensive of their "status" as a Canadian city.