Canada: Through Laura’s Eyes

Laura

Where are you originally from?​
Montreal, Canada

PEOPLE

In one word or sentence, how do you describe your people?
A diverse population that is ready to open arms and homes to any culture.

On a scale of 1-10, how well does your country speak English?
10

Can you give a key phrase/word/expression that people in your country usually say?
Usually, finish sentences with the word “eh!”

How do I say “hello/thank you/please/sorry” in your language?
Canadians already mostly speak English. In Montreal, it’s a lot more francophone so it would be Bonjour/Merci/S’il vous plaît/Désolé.

Are you more like laid back or party people?
I’d have to say more laid back people in general and a more party-minded in the bigger cities like Montreal, Toronto & Vancouver.

FOOD​

Best food? Weirdest food? Local food to try?
Best local food would definitely be POUTINE. A delicious pile of fries covered in gravy sauce and cheese curds. Then you can top with mushrooms, peppers, onions, and any other veggies!

Best drink? Local drink to try?
There is an amazing selection of craft brewed beers produced in small batches. Some even using maple syrup, which I think is the best to try the true local flavour 🙂

How is breakfast served in your country?
What is big in the breakfast world these days are avocado toasts and smoothie bowls!

CULTURE​

The best festival to attend?
If you’re a music junkie then for sure Osheaga is the festival to attend! It’s 3 days of pure musical bliss with tons of activities, all outdoors and lots of fun to meet new people.

Which sport are you guys crazy about?
Definitely hockey!

What excursions and/or activities do you extremely suggest that visitors MUST do?
If you’re coming in the Summer, a must do is have a tour around the Old Port area, go to a spa, grab drinks on a terrace, and take the little water boats in the lake.

PLACES​

What is/are the most surreal places/landmarks to visit?
I have yet to visit, but I believe the West of Canada to be incredible for a nature person! The beautiful views of Banff and Jasper National Parks as well as Whistler in BC are on my bucket list.

Can you name a place that most people have not heard of? A secret spot perhaps!
The Magdalen Islands in Quebec are also said to be gorgeous and not many people do end up visiting since it is mostly accessible by ferry.

Where can visitors find the best beach?
Canada isn’t your typical beach destination, but we do have some interesting spots, especially in Ontario. There are Sugar Beach and Sandbanks Beach to name a couple.

If I’m staying for less than a week, which city should I choose?
I may be biased, but I do believe that Montreal has a ton to offer and it’s so multiculturally diverse that there is something here for everyone.

COUNTRY​

In one word or sentence, how do you describe your country?
Welcoming!

How many days at least should a visitor spend in your country?
Honestly hard to say! It’s so huge that I would think at least 30 days to see the major cities.

When is the best time to visit?
Between June and September are the hottest months with the most sunshine and outdoor activities. The rest of the year is rainy or snowing and very cold.

What is your country’s most popular stereotype/cliché?
The stereotype that I hear often when I’m abroad is that Canadians are super apologetic and extremely polite. I like to think that’s a great way to think of us!

TRAVEL

Are you a traveler? Which place is your favorite so far?
Yes! I LOVE travel! So far, Bali is the place that holds my heart. It is filled with wonderful people, amazing culture, and delicious food – all at a fraction of the North American cost of living.

What’s your best travel story?
I spent a week at a blogger retreat in Bali with 14 incredible women discovering the sights and sounds of the Indonesian culture. We saw sooo many things in just one week, from hiking Mount Batur to the Tegallalang rice terraces and eating in the cutest cafés. Then spent the next three weeks travelling with a couple of those ladies and my boyfriend discovering different islands around and just having a blast.

Why do you love traveling?
Travel is a wonderful gift that allows you to learn and discover every day. There is no routine and it feels like every moment is an adventure. I love to try different foods, learn new words, and meet local people. It’s so much fun to travel and you end up learning so much about yourself as well!

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