The mythology of the Far North have a bright future ahead of them. Forests, sled dogs, lakes, salmon, whales, and bears, (maple syrup and seaplanes …) This phantasmagorical (but real) imagery, as narrow as Canada’s land is vast, remains anchored in European spirits …
What will we look for in Canada? Without a doubt what is missing more and more at home: nature and the great outdoors.
If it’s been a long time since backpackers discovered Canada, it’s been a long time since they’ve been to this other “Wild West” where the snowy barrier of the Rocky Mountains stands. Spruce and fir trees line the landscape to the far reaches of the Far North, where summer shines a sun that seems to refuse to lie down.
Here, man bows to nature: he has learned to live with her, to live with her ardor to better appreciate its beauty. A fierce beauty that subjugates by its immensity.
In winter, the snow is shambles all over Canada in a white swaddled: we ski. Come spring, whose sweetness revives the forests and sees the bears poke their noses out of their lairs. The intense green of the chlorophyll infuses the landscapes, announcing the carpets of summer flowers, in the mountains. On the coast, the orcs return, sailing a touch-key with the kayaks, while the whales cross to Alaska. On the beaches, huge trunks make a harrow of dead wood. In the fall, maples and birches inflame the hills with their incandescent palette.
In the footsteps of pioneers on Alberta ranches or in the Rocky Mountain National Parks, the meeting with Canada’s Great West will live up to your expectations. As for the English-speaking and French-speaking Canadians, they are still warm.
Montreal begins as a large American city, with its network of highways that embrace the skyscrapers and plunges into the heart of wide avenues cut at right angles.
But if you take a closer look, Montreal is more like a kind of patchwork (sorry for Anglicism!) Of neighborhoods with a very different atmosphere. No need to walk miles of asphalt to go from one world to another: to taste successively the sweet excitement of a Downtown delivered to office workers during the day and almost deserted at night, to the relaxed atmosphere of the Plateau and Mile-End streets, with their trendy bars and restaurants, be seduced by the tiny Chinatown or be frankly excited by the festive mood of the Latin Quarter or downright crazy Gay Village.
Not to mention the parks filled with squirrels, the lawns shaved close to the residential area of Outremont or the Victorian homes of Westmount.
Montreal is a city like a kaleidoscope, enriched by an amazing marriage of communities.
Montreal cultivates a sweet lifestyle at the edge of indolence: affable locals, cafes where one takes his time, small shops.
Nightlife, it moves almost every night of the week! An intense energy that serves a varied cultural program, and tints human relationships of simplicity and warmth, making Montreal evenings unique.
Montreal is America in all its diversity.
The myths of the Far North have a bright future ahead of them. Forests, sled dogs, lakes, salmon, whales, bears, maple syrup and seaplanes … This phantasmagorical (but real) imagery, as narrow as Canada’s land is vast, remains anchored in European minds …
But there are also the men and women of Quebec. With the Acadians of the Maritime Provinces, Quebec is the main society (outside of France) composed of direct descendants of French. This relationship is intriguing. There are the similarities. Family trees that go back to Poitou, Brittany, Saintonge, Normandy … And differences, too. Mentality (not the same lived). Of language.
In Quebec, between the peculiarities of the ancient settler patois, the Amerindian words adopted along the way and the necessary struggle for the Francophonie in the heart of an English-speaking ocean, French has evolved differently on both sides of the Atlantic.
In addition, the accents are not everywhere the same!
Quebeckers defend the French language against an Englishman who insinuates itself into the most innocent phrases. Even the “Stop” signs are translated into French!
Openness, simplicity, humor and warm hospitality are, in summary, the best of Quebec’s mentality.
Damaging the pawn of its rival Montreal in economic terms since the 1970s, Toronto never stops to expand to endless suburbs hacked long arteries. The metropolis is the fourth largest city in North America. More than one in six Canadians lives in the political capital of Ontario.
Everything lies in the dynamism of immigration. Toronto is today the most cosmopolitan city in the world: more than half of its inhabitants are foreign-born and no less than 130 languages and dialects are spoken there.
Result? Numerous ethnic neighborhoods dot the city, from the must-see Chinatown to Greektown, Little India, and Little Italy. An amazing mosaic that replaced the very idea of the melting pot. Welcome to the era of multiculturalism and the “global village”. This diversity has become the identity of Torontonians.
Less cold than Montréal, Toronto seems more austere at first glance. Here is a well-policed, utilitarian, Anglo-Saxon town, bristling with a multitude of glass skyscrapers.
Despite this, Toronto offers another face: that of a city where the stress remains contained and where, in the shadow of the tall buildings, spread still endearing neighborhoods with Victorian houses alternating flowering streets and small parks populated with squirrels.
Here is also a city rich in skin colors, small ethnic restaurants and fusion, festivals, bars where the music is tasted like beer out of many craft breweries in the province. Fashion is flourishing and the design scene is doing well, reinvesting long neglected neighborhoods.
Toronto ranks fifteenth in the world’s most liveable cities.
The most densely populated city in the country (the fourth largest in North America), Vancouver is nevertheless a model where life is good, far from the stress of big cities …
A true melting pot, where more than 50% of the population is of foreign origin, Vancouver is built on a Native American heritage of which the Museum of Anthropology is the most beautiful testimony. The nearest reserve is just across the Lions Gate Bridge. A city of immigration, Vancouver is also home to the country’s third-largest Asian community, whose variety of cuisine is obvious when you go out for dinner.
Canada’s leading port, Vancouver has expanded to include new facilities for the 2010 Olympics. Its eclectic architecture combines colorful Amerindian carvings, state-of-the-art Canada Place lines, and sympathetic old-fashioned buildings. Nineteenth century. The city has become a popular location and is now the third largest television and film production center behind Los Angeles and New York.
Youth (it was 130 years old in 2016) and the vibrancy of Vancouver have given it wide avenues, huge parks (Stanley Park) and neighborhoods alive at night, where expresses an intense socio-cultural life. In Downtown, you drop the car for a rental bike before practicing hiking, mountain biking, kayaking and kitesurfing close to the center …
Did you say “nature”? The city is the gateway to discover the fabulous Vancouver Island and parks to Alberta.