There is no such thing as a free ride, "they" say. Well, "they," listen up. Toronto does not want to ride you for every last dollar. It is also filled to the brim with activities that don't cost a thing.
It is true that Toronto is one of the most expensive cities to live in. It is also true that there are ample opportunities for those people who are swimming in currency. But even if you have not yet cast your teeth in gold, there are options for you (beyond stress eating on your couch).
Some of our choices provide built in exercise, such as a walk through High Park. If you get into the bowels of the park, you will find yourself gloriously alone. From chirping birds to small museums to a free zoo, Toronto's largest park grants you time to correspond with nature and throw your worries to the wind. It will remind you of when you were a kid, when all you had to hear were the words "free time" to get exuberantly excited. And how much money did you have when you were a kid?
Even the Art Gallery of Ontario offers a free evening on Wednesday. Soak up culture without digging into your pockets. Hey, if anyone is going to get it, it will be those starving artists.
Get out there. For the sake of your life, your sanity and your health. Nothing should hold you back from your curiosity...including an expensive city.