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 – 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!!
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 hoursss 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!
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 …. $?” 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! 🙂
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 Toronto 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 🙂
5 | Tim Hortons is a must for any kind of road trip
If you’re planning a long road trip 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! 🙂
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! 🙂