Rediscover Toronto Photo Contest

Monday, August 18, 2014

It's hard to believe that it has almost been two years since the 'Do It Like a Local'  blog began. 

The inspiration for the site came from the time I spent living overseas in Amsterdam.  It was the first time I'd really traveled in a way that allowed me to experience a place like a local.  Being away from home (and so close to the train station) gave me the excuse to explore, understand some of the history of the country and experience the local culture.

Recently I realized that although I spend a lot of time researching the places I visit, I take the place I live for granted.

Rediscover Toronto

This summer I've dedicated the blog to  rediscovering Toronto - exploring the neighbourhoods, learning the history and sharing my experiences. After eight weeks , I now have a deeper appreciation for my city, but I know there's still more that I should see - so I'm looking to you for my next inspiration.

Celebrating  with Our First Photo Contest

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Staying Native is celebrating two years with our very first photo contest. Help us show the world how to ‘Do it like a Local’ in Toronto and the surrounding area.

Submit your photos, browse the gallery and vote for your favourites.


We've partnered with some of our best Toronto picks to create three great local experiences for the winning photo submissions. Check them out!

Downtown Experience

We've handpicked some tasty spots to eat your way through Kensington Market, then spend the rest of the day exploring the ROM.

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Niagara Escape

Do you need a reason to get out of the city on the weekend? 
Spend half a day cruising around Niagara-on-the-Lake with Zoom Leisure Bikes, then kick back and relax with lunch on The Deck at Creekside Estate Winery. 

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North of the City

Part 1: Tantalize your taste buds with a tea tasting for 4 at Bonsai Hill and $50 to spend at The Passionate Cook’s Essentials. 

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How Do You 'Do It Like a Local' in Toronto?

We want to know about the all best spots the GTA. Share your local inspiration with us.

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