The first time I took public transit from the airport. The bus took me down Barrington and and looking around at all of it, the old brick buildings, the vibrant street art, the unique stories, I knew Halifax was my kind of town. I've lived here for 3 years and I plan on staying for as long as Halifax will have me.
We came to downtown Victoria on our honeymoon. We loved the culture and welcoming feeling. We enjoyed eating in restaurants that had a variety of wonderful cuisines. We also loved all the street art.
Saskatoon's downtown is the key to the identity of the city. I love 3rd Avenue and its streetscape of boomtime buildings of 1912. This must be the best boomtime streetscape in Saskatoon, if not in Western Canada. I have also enjoyed leading tours of downtown buildings and point out the fossils in the Tyndall limestone - on a safari in Saskatoon!
I moved to Toronto when I was 20 years old and what I love about Downtown is the diversity of everything. The shopping, the architecture, the entertainment, the streets, the restaurants, the urban art, the festivals, the memories, the trees, the museums, the farmers markets and especially the people. The people from Toronto come in all different shapes, colours, beliefs and communities to make one big one. #iBelongDowntown with everyone else!
I'm sure many people don't know that downtown Victoria is a maze of underground tunnels dating back to the early 1900's and utilized by the then Chinese population. My husband while working for the City of Victoria explored and worked these tunnels and I still have three beautiful Chinese teapots that he excavated from the tunnels.
The Downtown core of Ottawa is always bursting with life. This past summer, as Ottawa celebrated Canada150, it put on a spectacular show including a fire breathing mechanical dragon and spider. Another memory to add to the list of why I love Downtown Ottawa. #iBelongDowntown because it leaves me feeling fulfilled and excited!