How to make friends and meet new people in Toronto

While Toronto is known to be one of the friendliest cities in Canada (and you should definitely join us, making friends in the big city can be tough. We get busy and forget to keep in touch, or just don’t know where to find cool people we might click with.

While it’s important to try to make friends with neighbours (who you should actually meet) and coworkers (since you’re stuck with ‘em!) it’s also important to get out on your own to meet new people that you really have things in common with. There’s nothing like meeting a new crew to run around the big city with when you might have left your old one behind, so here are some ways to make the transition easier.

Take some classes after work or on the weekend

Toronto is a huge city that can cater to the needs of millions – surely you’ll be able to find something you may have been interested in! From taking a formal class at a college or university to learning how to Parkour or Box, Toronto can cater to any whim you may have! The best part about this is that you’ll absolutely meet a ton of interesting people that immediately have a similar interest. From there, you’re sure to find a great new core of friends. Rock climbing is highly recommended too!

Go out to events

Once again, Toronto almost specializes in interesting things to go out and do. Even by going to something as simple as an art gallery or theatre, you can most certainly meet someone who’s just as interested as you are in making new friends. For the more business-minded, there are networking events every day in Toronto and almost any industry is represented. For those of you who want something a little more relaxed and casual, there are Facebook groups like Ladies Drinking Beer that are always looking for new members!

rachel monica and joey having a group hug from tv show friends

Maybe you’ll even group hug once in a while!

Check out some Art Out and About Toronto articles for more specifics:

  • Art Out and About Toronto – Roam the ROM
  • Art Out and About Toronto – Eagle Testickle and Canada’s birthday
  • Art Out and About Toronto – City of Art II

    Go easy on yourself!

    Like anything else, it takes time, effort and patience to make new friends, so try not to assume that just because you show up somewhere you’ll have people flocking to you! Try to get out more and do something you’re genuinely interested in, because then you have a reason to be there other than, “meeting new people.” If it takes you a while to make friends, that’s perfectly okay! Maybe the people in your knitting group are all out of your age range, or maybe your new Tae Kwon Do pals aren’t into Beyoncé. No one’s perfect! Just keep trying and keep getting yourself out there and eventually you’ll have more friends than you bargained for!

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Born on the Prairies, Erin Cardone grew up knowing there was more to life than canola fields and AAA Alberta Angus. So she escaped, living in Europe and Australia, white-knuckling it through plates of calf brains and raw horse meat, and learning languages she can't remember anymore. After a stint as a jaded, skeptical journalist, she changed tack and began writing rather awesome blogs and showing businesses that advertising is dead, so long live social media, with her businesses Legendary Social Media. She now splits her time between various Canadian cities, Costa Rica and wherever else the wind blows.

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