You’re coming to Canada this week, how exciting! The snow is fresh, the beers are cold, it’s going to be a great week and I have a few things planned. It’s your first time in North America, in fact it’s your first time west of the UK, so here’s a few things to know about your trip back in time.
Canada is patriotic. Expect to see maple leafs on everything.
Each province has its own personality, laws, wages, and identity. British Columbia is young, choosing to join the union of provinces known as Canada over offers to be part of the US. As this was in 1871, The 150th anniversary was still a little premature here.
Expect maple syrup in everything. Baked beans, bacon, on its own rolled in snow. You name it, they will sweeten it.
The money. There is a five cents that’s bigger than their ten cents, a quarter which is twenty five, and no fifty cents. Then, get this, the one dollars are called loonies and the two dollars are called toonies. They are an adorable people.
They are built for winter. Big tyres, no messing around. The bus services will still be operating when there has been 45cm overnight.
Don’t expect to know what your paying, ever. The price is quoted before tax. I’m not sure why anyone would want to know the price they are not paying. With different taxes for different items it’s a guessing game at the best of the time.
And then there is tipping. Expect to tip everyone for everything. Even a take away coffee or a haircut.
That being said, the mountains dominate the skyline. From the peaks, the skies are seemingly endless. Whistlerites, new and established, chase the powder, the adrenaline, the apres. Olympians walk the streets, future Olympians follow. It’s not enough to have one hobby here. Nothing’s a secret long and the chair lift is the most up to date source for your news. A new culture, fast growing, in a town born around 3 Olympic bids, is energetic and worth talking about.
I can’t wait to show you this place I’ve paused to call home for a while.