You know what I say to that? No.
No, I say!
I say no because despite the sprawl, the reputation, and the West Coast Haters, Toronto has plenty of natural beauty of its own.
Case in point: Scarborough Bluffs. I spent Saturday morning hiking (okay, walking) the bluffs with some girlfriends and even though I'd been there before, I'd forgotten how beautiful it is. It's like being on the ocean. Really.
From below, the bluffs are pretty impressive. Their sheer faces look like hard rock, but they're super soft, and eroding fast. Walking beneath them, we felt a bit worried, actually. Like a chunk could fall off and brain/bury us at any time.
From above (you'll have to drive to a different point to get up there) there are pretty paths that overlook Lake Ontario, some beautiful fall foliage, and plenty of nice spots to picnic. Looking out over the lake reminded me of trips to Mexico. That's how huge the Lake can seem.
All in all, it was a great way to spend a Saturday morning. But before you head out, some directional advice.
If you'd like to see the lake from above, try parking on Underhill Dr. It's a little tricky to get find. (It's marked by the right-most X on the map.)
What else can I say? Ontario. It's beautiful. Keep it beautiful. Like the license plates. Remember those?