Canada is the second-largest country in the world. Squeezing in just ahead of China, it still lags far behind Russia at just over half its size. Its population is also a fraction of the number of people spread across Russia. Yet, it is a strikingly beautiful country, diverse in many ways. Very popular with tourists, Canada has been hit hard along with the rest of the world due to the spread of the deadly Coronavirus. At the time of writing, the Canadian borders were still closed to tourism, with the country deciding to play it safe and wait a while longer.
Canada has a huge expat community. The country is renowned for the politeness and friendliness of its people. So, not only tourists benefit from all the great things that Canada has to offer. Often overlooked by people heading to sunnier pastures, once you visit, it’s hard not to start planning your next trip. Yet, what makes this country so appealing to visit or indeed settle down there? Let’s have a look at a few reasons here.
The Love of Sports
If you love sport, Canada certainly has a wide range of sports to take part in as a competitor or spectator. The top three most popular sports remain pretty constant and are Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, and Canadian Football with Ice Hockey being watched by a huge percentage of the population. The atmosphere at these games is usually very exciting and going to see one in person is highly recommended. Mascots usually whip the crowd into a frenzy and you may even see a fight or two between the players.
Other honorable mentions include Soccer and Basketball. In recent years Toronto has announced itself firmly on the sporting map with first-time wins for Canadian teams in their respective competitions. In 2017, Toronto F.C. won The MLS Cup, beating Seattle Sounders in the final which was actually held in Toronto. And in 2019, the Toronto Raptors won the NBA Championship beating the Golden State Warriors. This has boosted the interest in both sports and you are truly spoiled with options in Canada.
The country of Canada has some rugged landscapes that leave you free to explore and do whatever you like. Whether that involves taking part in activities or just admiring the sights, chances are you will not be disappointed. One of the more famous attractions are the Rocky Mountains, which are a massive chain of mountains situated all along the western coast of Canada that continue as far as the state of New Mexico in the U.S. The views from the top of any peak are nothing short of spectacular.
Seeing Niagara Falls is also up there on many people’s wishlists. Close to Toronto, it encompasses three waterfalls that are seen as being the border between Canada and America. Canada is also a prime location to view the Northern Lights with Yellowknife situated in the Northwest Territories a very popular destination for people hoping to experience an unbelievable light show that occurs completely naturally.
The Vibrant Nightlife
Why not stay at Niagara Falls and enjoy your stay a little more? Situated in this amazing location are two top-of-the-range casinos, Casino Niagara and Fallsview Casino Resort. Boasting restaurants, live entertainment, slot machines, and gaming tables, it’s hard not to be entertained. With mind-blowing views and the opportunity to win some cash, it’s no wonder these places are so popular.
Nightclubs and casinos are well spread throughout the country. If you wish to have a good time there are plenty of options available. It may be advisable to bring a form of ID with you if you plan on drinking or gambling as the age requirements for both are usually the same, yet can change from province to province.
While this may not have pleased everyone, near the end of 2018 a law was finally passed that would regulate and legalize the sale and consumption of cannabis for recreational purposes. While the scale of weed smokers remains low population-wise, it removed the fear of normal citizens or expats that getting caught in possession of the drug could cause serious harm to them as regards job prospects or travel opportunities that could be denied. It has also eased backlogs in courts, as every minor offense had to be looked at.
For tourists who like to smoke weed, this opened up a whole new world. At age 18 or 19 depending on the province, you can enter any cannabis dispensary. Again, it is recommended to bring your ID with you. There are purchase limits per day, for example, the purchase of dry cannabis is set at 30 grams. This is also around the same as the possession limit so be careful or you could get in trouble. It’s also wise to look into where smoking is permitted, as each province has varying rules. It may be better to visit a province that has a more relaxed outlook for a wild weekend.
If you are a visitor to Canada and you do indulge in smoking some pot, be sure to try some poutine when you get the munchies. Chips, cheese curds, and gravy is one of their most famous dishes and must be sampled. It’s not hard to see why Canada is so loved by its citizens and visitors alike. Feeling involved and having a good time is very important, be it at nights out at the casino or sporting events where new friends can be made easily. Recent sports successes have ensured bragging rights and hopefully, a few jackpot wins along the way.
Checking out Canada’s unbelievable terrain can be difficult as there are simply so many places to see and things to do. If you feel like relaxing, don’t be afraid to go out and buy some weed or even a premade joint if you are feeling that lazy. It’s not recommended to play slots online or go to a casino after smoking weed, as your ability to make clear decisions while betting will certainly be affected!