Times are tough. Rent, groceries, and a latte are too overpriced and salaries aren’t cutting it. The TTC scares us and first dates are no longer a cheap and fun activity. Therpists aren’t taking new clients and the constant news cycle is brigading us with apocalyptic headlines. Crying in public seems like it is and should become more socially acceptable. I do it all the time. So here are the best places chosen by our team as well as our Secret Toronto family we asked over on our Instagram. Choose the perfect spot and let those tears flow.
1. The TTC
If it’s not the smell, the heat, or the stress of your commute, then maybe it’ll be the fear of surviving the TTC that’ll get the tears flowing. Grab a corner, put your air pods in, and let it out.
2. CN Tower
The adrenaline of doing the Edge Walk, a hands-free 360 walk around the 116 storey building is intense so once you’re back down on solid ground, let that exhilirating feeling take you away. Or have a deep conversation at the top of the 360 restaurant with your partner, family member, or close friend with the stunning skyline views surrounding you.
Whether you agree that Scarborough is a bad area to live in or it’s overblown, you may find yourself crying in East or Southeast Scarborough or in one of the big parks the neighborhood’s got to offer.
4. The Art Gallery of Ontario
Nothing like a museum on a hot or rainy day, and what’s even better is that you can say that the art itself is what moved you to tears. Hey, maybe it did. Being alone in the presence of art has an effect on people, so head over, gaze into the works of the Old European Masters or Canadian artists and allow yourself to be moved.
5. Toronto Island
The roaring of the engine and the crashing waves on your way to Toronto Islands can serve as a perfect coverup if you find yourself emotional. After a day of fun on the islands, sit on a park bench and look at the Toronto skyline and let yourself become a little misty-eyed.
6. An independent cinema
You wouldn’t want to cry inside a cinema playing Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters, so we’d recommend one of the city’s cinemas showing independent films like TIFF Bell Lightbox or Revue Cinema to let the tears flow.
7. High Park
With 400 acres of land, there’s plenty of places to cry in High Park. On a hike, on a bench, in the grass, under a tree. And what’s better than crying while listening to the sounds of birds chirping?
8. Toronto Public Library
Libraries are the perfect place for a little peace and quiet so grab your favorite book, take a seat, and let your tears flow down onto the pages. We’d recommend Little Women if you need a good cry.