Getting used to all these new holidays. May 2-4 or Victoria Day (officially) is this Monday. This weekend is Canada's equivalent to Memorial Day. Provincial Parks kick off summer season people with cottages (cabins) open them up, etc. etc.
Here's an info graphic:
Getting to know the "lay of the land" has been part of my learning in these early weeks/months here in Toronto (locals usually say: Turronno).
This is a pretty good resource - http://www.torontoneighbourhoods.net
My area in particular are the neighbourhoods around High Park (our version of Central Park - or a greatly multiplied McKennan Park for you SuFusians).
The particular hoods are all the West End http://www.torontoneighbourhoods.net/neighbourhoods/west-end
and the Southeast Parts of Etobicoke (said: e(short e - as in "eh?")-tow-bey-co) http://www.torontoneighbourhoods.net/neighbourhoods/etobicoke
Words - it's all like the Northern Plains until you run across (guestimate) some 35-50ish words where spelling, some pronunciations, and simple use is very different.
Word of the week that boggled me: keeners. Was in an email someone sent me. I kinda got it from the context - but then looked it up to be sure. It's a variation on "keen" which is used rarely/occasionally in Northern Plains speak.
Google "officially" lists it as Canadian English or Canadian slang:
plural noun: keeners
1. a person who keens for someone who has died.
2. Canadian informal
a person who is who is extremely eager, zealous, or enthusiastic.
"keeners who spent most of high school buried in homework"
It is also an adjective...
Don't even get me started about *smile*:
(I was asked by a new friend how do I spell "color/colour"? I answered: "the correct way" and left it at that. ;-)
UPDATE - a friend had this on his FB wall: