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6 Things You Should Know Before Going To Canada

So, yes, I’m back from this amazing month trip around Canada and not only I have my camera full of pictures (that I’ll share with you a little at a time through my posts and on the blog Instagram Account ) and my mind full of amazing memories, but I actually also managed to learn more about Canadians and their culture. Because of this, I thought about writing some of the main highlights in one of the ” Things you should know about before going to…” post formats that, from the comments I read, you’re enjoying quite a lot and I’m very glad!

Here are 6 things you should know about before going to Canada:

1 | If you’re not spending the weekend at the lake, are you even in Canada?

I think you all know how Canada is full of lakes… everywhere! Because of this and of the fact that many people one a Cottage (a second house, mainly used as a weekend or holiday house near a lake), spending the weekend at the lake it’s an ย – unwritten – must. And if you think you’re not a “lake person” no worries, except small lakes (I mean the ones that you can see what the water is surrounded by) the others are so big that you’ll feel like at the seaside/beach and will have to remind yourself that it’s actually a lake!!

Canoeing at the lake near my friends’ cottage

2 | I know you know it’s a big country, but actually, you don’t really know

Just by looking at the world map you already realise that yes, Canada is definitely a huge country! The second realisation will come when you’re booking flights and you notice that London – Toronto fight is nearly as long as the one Toronto – Vancouver. The third, and final, the realisation will arrive when you’re actually there, driving on a straight road in the middle of a forest/park for hoursssย to reach a city within the same state of the city you left. Some of you readers might be familiar with this but for a European used to think that in 5 hours, in some cases, I can even cross 2 different countries well, it’s a strange feeling! I must say though, that the long hours drive are worth the view and the final destination!

On our way to the Bruce Peninsula National Park (5 hours by car from Toronto)

3 | Are you really sure you want to spend that money?

This was a thing that made me laugh out loud (no offence!!) to get used to: each time you pay with card, the card machine asks you “Are you sure you want to spend ….ย $?” and you have to manually select “yes” or “no”. Might be a good way to make people realise they are actually spending money? If you know more about this, let me know! ๐Ÿ™‚

4 | If you don’t know who the Jays are…you’re out

Canada has just one baseball team and, of course, they are very proud of it! Especially if you visit Torontoย you’ll notice the Blue Jays logo all over and the famous Rogers Centre where the Jays play weekly. But because of the previously mentioned reason the team is actually known and praised all over the country ๐Ÿ™‚

Jays playing at the Rogers Centre

5 | Tim Hortons is a must for any kind of road trip

If you’re planning a long road tripย or even a short ride a stop at Tim Hortons for a coffee it’s a must! I’ve actually seen them also in big cities as “coffee-shop” formats but the drive-in is more popular. Plus, when looking at the prices you’ll want to get more than one order for sure! ๐Ÿ™‚

Tim Horton take away coffee

6 | If you’re looking to buy Alcohol at the supermarket…good luck!

In many Canadian states, it’s forbidden to sell alcohol in ordinary supermarkets, indeed, it’s solid in alcohol-only supermarkets such as LCBO or beer shops. It’s kind of a strange feeling entering in an alcohol-only if you’re not used to it but the choice is definitely fast!

 

What about you, have you ever been to the Canada? What other points would you add to this list? I’d love to hear from you! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

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13 Comments

  • Reply Nano @ Travel With Nano B.

    #3 really cracked me up! I wish my ATM reminded me to be more mindful with my spendings lol

    11/07/2017 at 7:36
  • Reply Caroline

    This post is great! Haha I see a lot of similarities with the US… driving time is always long and the roads seem endless, and many stores I’ve been in also ask to confirm the price before you swipe your card ๐Ÿ˜€ I feel like in America, the land where everyone likes to sue everyone else, it’s just for security and knowing that you can’t come back and get the shop in trouble for charging you something you didn’t know about ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ I loved your photos and stories on Instagram of your trip! I’m definitely warming up to the idea of trying out Canada again <3

    11/07/2017 at 16:09
    • Reply Lisa // Fromdreamtoplan

      Oh thank you Caroline!! I’m glad you liked the post (and my pics on IG!)! And yes, I also had that “Deja Vu” feeling in some cases, where I was reminded of my first trip to the USA! Both amazing countries! Oh, I’d strongly suggest you to put it on your list, it’s an amazing country!

      11/07/2017 at 22:52
  • Reply Justen Martian

    I’ve never been to Canada before, so these are great tips. Also, I hear Tim Horton’s is amazing!

    11/07/2017 at 20:12
  • Reply Christin

    great list ๐Ÿ˜€ what a great way of reminding people how much they are actually spending! they should definitely introduce this over here in Europe as well! ๐Ÿ˜€ I followed your trip on instagram – so I hope there are more posts about Canada planned?! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    11/07/2017 at 21:01
    • Reply Lisa // Fromdreamtoplan

      Thanks Christin! Haha yes I think that as well!
      Oh thank you, so nice of you yes there are definitely more posts planned about this amazing trip! ๐Ÿ™‚

      11/07/2017 at 22:54
  • Reply Sam. Fifty something

    Would love to go back to Canada. Went snowboarding in Whistler in January & wow, just fantastic, but would love to go & travel throughout to really see the country. So much to see. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ those cash machines…

    12/07/2017 at 8:26
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  • Reply Thrifty Campers

    Love Canada! This country is for sure ginormous. Not only huge but indeed far to get to. I visited many years ago from the united states and remember having to get on two flights plus jumping on a train ride for the rest of the way, it was a very very long but much so worthwhile. It is still my absolute favorite vacation I’ve been to yet.

    06/08/2017 at 3:16
    • Reply Lisa // Fromdreamtoplan

      That’s so nice you still have such a great memory of it! Thank you for stopping by and commenting ๐Ÿ™‚

      06/08/2017 at 12:19

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