Hey Nintendo! You’re doing a bang up job with Pokémon Go. Pretty much everyone in Toronto is playing your new mobile game instead of paying attention to where they’re walking on the sidewalk. But, hey, isn’t finding a brand new Pokémon friend worth a few scrapes, bruises, and the odd concussion?
If there’s one thing you can do to step up your game, it’s adding a few new Pokemon to the Greater Toronto Area. We’re drowning in Drowzees, overrun with Rattata, and overall eager to expand our Pokédex. For your consideration, I’ve assembled a list of Pokémon that would be a good fit for Toronto (as well as the neighbourhoods they could live in)!
Pidove (Garden District)
Love them or hate them, pigeons are a recurring fixture of Toronto’s sidewalks, rooftops, and public parks. As the official pigeon Pokémon, Pidove would be a natural addition to any neighbourhood in the city. However, the Garden District – encompassing Allan Gardens and a generous stretch of Yonge Street – is a favoured spots for flocks of pigeons to absentmindedly impede foot traffic.
Alas, the famous white squirrel of Trinity-Bellwoods Park passed away this summer. For years, it was the unofficial mascot for the west end neighbourhood, even serving as the namesake for a popular local coffee shop. Although nothing will bring back the original white squirrel, why not immortalize its memory by allowing park-goers to catch Pachirisu, the similarly coloured electric squirrel Pokémon?
Shroomish (The Don Valley)
Did you know you can forage for mushrooms in the Don Valley? The vast stretch of ravine that cuts the city in twain is home to an extensive array of urban wildlife, including a number of edible fungi that local foodies pine for. Why not add a mushroom Pokémon to the scavenger hunt? Shroomish is the obvious choice, but it’s easy to imagine a Foongus lurking below the foliage and power lines as well.
Zigzagoon (West Rouge)
To say that Toronto has a raccoon problem would be an understatement. These bulbous nocturnal nuisances have become so adept at ransacking garbage bins that they’ve earned the dismissive (but oddly affectionate) nickname “trash panda.” Zigzagoon is a dead ringer for the Canadian raccoon, and it’s easy to imagine it prowling the rural stretch of suburban sprawl that makes up West Rouge.