Canada: Through Melissa’s Eyes


Where are you originally from?​


In one word or sentence, how do you describe your people?

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

Can you give a key phrase/word/expression that people in your country usually say?

How do I say “hello/thank you/please/sorry” in your language?
Like that for English Canada; in French: bonjour/merci/s’il vous plait/désolé(é)

Are you more like laid back or party people?
A mix


Best food? Weirdest food? Local food to try?
Poutine and ketchup chips; frozen maple syrup (we make a small indent in the snow, put a stick down, and then pour maple syrup – like a lollipop)

Best drink? Local drink to try?
Canadian beer/whiskey; a ceaser

How is breakfast served in your country?
Eggs, pancakes, French toast are common on weekends, as well as Canadian bacon. Children typically eat cereal or toast with jam and fruit. Breakfast varies a lot because Canada is so multicultural. But maple syrup on pancakes/French toast is heaven. We also love brunch.


The best festival to attend?
Canada Day

Which sport are you guys crazy about?

What is the craziest thing to do in your country?
Polar bear dip

What excursions and/or activities do you extremely suggest that visitors MUST do?
Winter sports, camping

Are there any local customs a visitor should be sensitive to?
Be polite; hold the door for the person behind you, etc


What is/are the most surreal places/landmarks to visit?
Rockies, east/west coasts, Northwest Territories, Nunavut

Can you name a place that most people have not heard of? A secret spot perhaps!
Well, a lot of people don’t know where Canada is

Where can visitors find the best beach?
Cottage country, west coast

If I’m staying for less than a week, which city should I choose?
Montreal, Vancouver, or Toronto


In one word or sentence, how do you describe your country?
Vast and diverse

How many days at least should a visitor spend in your country?
You would need many weeks to see the whole place because it is geographically massive and everything is far apart.

When is the best time to visit?
Any time of year is nice, depending on your preferred weather. Fall is nice for the colours. Winter for winter sports, summer for warm weather and outdoor activities.
Can you give an interesting trivia about your country? (Could be about anything!)
We have two national sports – hockey and lacrosse; we have 6 time zones; 80% of the world’s maple syrup supply comes from Canada

What is your country’s most popular stereotype/cliché?
Canadians are super nice and say sorry a lot; we live in igloos and have pet beavers/polar bears


Are you a traveler? Which place is your favorite so far?
Yes, all of them are great – a new and unique experience every time

What’s your best travel story?
I couchsurfed across Europe solo for 3 months

Why do you love traveling? 
I like to educate myself about the world, push my own limits, and constantly challenge my assumptions


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