Thank Goodness for Canada, eh?
Thank goodness for Canada, eh?
Those peaceful northern mountain-dwellers who seem to redeem North America for its otherwise outrageous inhabitants.
It was the first place on my mind when I decided I wanted to travel, and it was a very close call that I did not go. So here was the argument which I put to myself one year ago…
- Mother Nature – This was the biggest reason; Canada has the largest expanses of nature reserves in the world (one of them is 100,000 km. sq.). Free open untouched country filled with mountains, rivers, waterfalls, glaciers and hidden valleys around every bend. I had never been to a country so wild before and the possibility for limitless adventures was so exciting for someone that had only known a very urbanised lifestyle.
- Wildlife – Everyone knows about wildlife in Canada, from bears to whales you are guaranteed your fill of the natural world’s finest beasts. This was a motivator for me because of how untouched so much of Canada’s wildlife is and how expansive. From the sea to the glaciers there is always something to see.
- Activities – Rumour has it, that you cannot physically be bored in Canada. From CAT adventures to remote log cabins, backcountry skiing, skydiving, normal diving and legendary camping,
- The Right Mix – Canada has it. From bustling cities like Toronto (I hear they do great coffee) to the slopes of Whistler, Canada has the works. You can be out in the mountains one day and amongst some of the most exciting cities in North America the next.
- Pow – Snow…everywhere. Canada is the Mecca for exciting snow-based adventures. Resorts like Banff offer snowfall rivalled only by Japan. With 2 inches of the fresh stuff every single day, you are guaranteed to forget you ever skied in Europe. You can even start talking like a ski-bum and saying things like ‘pow’. Checkout Nonstop for my personal favourite ski adventure packages in Canada http://www.nonstopsnow.com/courses/6-week-off-piste-ski-camp-fernie/.
- Canadians – Is it the accent, friendliness or general sense of exuded contentment? I don’t know, but you will probably want to become one.
- Wonga – The exchange rate is vastly in our favour. Flights are an initial bummer, but STA Travel have an awesome deal which lets you stop off in Iceland (even more nature)! It starts at £299, so even the lowest budget should stretch!
- Murica – It’s next to our bumptious, western cousins. Canada gives you access to a whole continent of potential adventure and excitement, from New York to LA, the place is your oyster once you get there.
- Lemon Squeezy – They speak our language, accept credit cards and even like the same TV shows. If you are looking for a great spot to begin travelling, then somewhere with similarities which make everyday existence easier is going to be a massive boost.
- Difference – It’s a change, where many would opt to travel somewhere nice and sunny with clubs and cheap booze, Canada is different. While Australia soaks up the sheep, you can kick back after a hard day of general adventurous activity; content that you are doing something just a little bit exciting and different. Act edgy if you like, take some polaroids, cause when your friends are comparing ladyboy stories you can drop the C bomb…Canada.
So there they are. These were my thoughts when thinking of going. Had my best mate not been thinking of India as well then I almost certainly would have ended up there. It is the top of my list now and on the cards for the next few years. Be sure to check out @statravel for any details.