Originally Posted by MonkeyRonin
Anyway, my favourite neighbourhood would have to be our Kensington Market. It has a wonderfully chaotic and human-scaled energy that is otherwise completely foreign to developed western countries, yet still in an unmistakably Torontonian aesthetic. And adjacent Spadina Ave. is just classic "big city" (which provides a nice contrast to low-slung Kensington).
The most attractive neighbourhood on the other hand, probably Quebec City's old town.
I agree. Kensington Market is easily Toronto's coolest/best neighbourhood. Tons of character.
Originally Posted by mike474
It doesn't matter. I've lived and been all over the west and nothing comes close.
I agree...to an extent. As I said in the post, if Kool was just meaning the #1 neighbourhood and not what are all of Canada's great neighbourhoods (because there is more than 1), I could definitely agree with what he is saying. Plateau, Mile End, and West Central/West End Toronto neighbourhoods are easily in a league of their own. These three (er, rather much more considering the West End isn't an actual neighbourhood but a collection of them) can fight it out for #1.
But that isn't to say there aren't great neighbourhoods elsewhere, including in Montreal and Toronto. Look at my list on the first page, I think all those neighbourhoods/strips are great. Clearly not every single one is #1, but still. Seeing as you are from Saskatoon, I'll give the example of that city. For a city as small as Saskatoon that really has a relatively short history with not much in the way of "character" in the historic sense, it has a fantastic downtown. Sure it isn't bursting with buildings from anywhere between the 18th century and the 1920s, but still. Lots of interesting shops and restaurants, decent pedestrian traffic. Is it comparable to "Mile Fin?" No way, but still great neighbourhood, especially in context.
I also think we on SSP have a strong bias towards older architecture. "They just don't make 'em like they used to" is a very popular sentiment on here (even if only indirectly stated usually). And while I tend to agree with that sentiment, there still can be "character", "coolness", and "interestingness" in modern architecture and neighbourhoods dominated by modernism. The aforementioned Downtown of Saskatoon is mostly postwar buildings, at least on the more active streets, and although it isn't gorgeous, it still has coolness. What about Vancouver's sexy new Olympic Village? Stunning modern architecture, no ugly parking lots or other urban planning failures of the postwar era. Maybe not great in a Kensington Market way, but great in a Wolseley or Highlands way. Ie, it isn't bustling with people and doesn't have awesome shops or the hottest restaurants for the food snobs, but from an architectural or planning standpoint, it does have greatness.
P.S. I do think that if Winnipeg's Exchange District cleaned up some, had way more people living there, all main levels of buildings occupied with shops/rest/bars, and surface lots developed, Western Canada would have something to compete with The Plateau or "West End."