Remember high school? (Sadly, you do.) Remember the cliques? (Sorry to reopen that wound.) Well, if travel destinations attended high school, Paris and London and Rome would be the popular girls. New York, Tokyo and Berlin would be the black-clad bad-boys. Thailand would be the flower child.
And Canada? Dear Canada. She’d be the smart quiet girl who everyone respected but nobody really knew.
But you’ll recall the thing about those smart quiet girls is that given enough time and attention (not to mention decent wine), they could often be persuaded to reveal their secret charms. They definitely had a sexy side; you just needed a little patience to make them come across.
Let her lead you down the garden path. She’ll make your toes curl. Because Canada knows:
Bigger Really is Better.
How big is Canada? This big: by area it’s the second largest country in the world, but you could fit the entire population–and then some–into the single state of California. Which means there’s always a parking space in our abundant national parks. And you don’t have to wait eight months for a reservation at a hot new restaurant.
Even our biggest and most cosmopolitan cities, like Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver have plenty of elbow room. Because you shouldn’t have to get sweaty with strangers–unless you want to.
Canada has been welcoming new arrivals ever since the ancient aboriginal communities first greeted European explorers in the 1700s. In fact, we’ve become something of a model for cultural co-existence: the rest of the world is always glancing North of 49 for lessons in tolerance and diversity. (And high moral ground aside: the mix certainly makes for great ethnic food and festivals.)
Canada doesn’t particularly care about the colour of your skin or which way your sexual compass points. Gay, straight, ball cap, burka, brown, white–even Red State: you’re welcome here.
Quebec is Hot
Niagara Falls is for lovesick teenagers. French is the language of love and Quebec, la belle province–over on the right of the map just above New York–is Canada’s real Romance Central.
Think of it as a little bit of Europe without the big airfare and attitude. C’est magnifique. (And while French-Canada is a great place to make babies, once they’ve arrived nothing beats Tofino on the wild west coast for a great family vacation.)
Food is an Aphrodisiac
People who know food know Canada. It’s that diversity thing again: pick a culture, pick a cuisine, pick a winner. You can nosh on Afghan palao one night and Belgian chocolate the next and keep working your way down the geographic alphabet from there.
Seafood? Check. Slow food? Absolutely. Ethnic food of every variety. Vancouver is renowned for it’s wide array of Asian food and is home to the Chinese Restaurant Awards. Don’t leave the country without tasting poutine.
Not to Mention, Booze
Would you like wine with that? Our wineries are good and always getting better; some can even give Napa a run for the money. Of course if you’re more of a cut-to-the-chase sort of romancer, you’ll find what you’re looking for with our superlative Victoria Gin, and Iceberg and Crystal Head vodkas…
Canada has beautiful shoulders. Spring and fall are unquestionably the prettiest (and least pricey) times to see the country. And no one celebrates summer quite like a Canadian (well, ok, maybe the Swedes).
Have you looked at what a Euro buys in Canada these days? Or even the US dollar? Sure it might cost you a little more in airfare to get here, but once you’re on the ground you’ll find your travel budget goes further.
There’s accommodation to suit every taste and budget–hostels, B&Bs and luxury hotels–and dining options than run the gamut from greasy spoon to silver spoon.
You Secretly Want to be Canadian, Eh?
This much-viewed YouTube video pretty much says it all: