Top 5 things I love about Canada

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Canada, A Place To Call Home

Since today is Canada Day I thought I would share my top 5 things I love about Canada and why I’m proud to be a permanent resident in Canada. I used to be a Canadian tourist and now I get to share my stories in hopes of inspiring those who want to visit Canada or move to Canada.

Sometimes I still can’t believe that I am living in Canada a land that I never thought would pop onto my radar, but here I am. It’s been almost six years now since I landed in this beautiful country not knowing where my life was going to take me. What I knew at the time was that I had a beautiful wife who I was and still am deeply in love with to take me under her wing and show me the ropes.

Career and Education

Moving to a country where you don’t speak the same language is a challenge but moving to a country where you do speak the same language can be frustrating. Since moving here I really did have to get my feet wet and even though I struggled to find work without the so-called “Canadian experience” which I was told I needed by one hiring agency in Toronto, that I didn’t have. Wait, but I have a University degree that must mean something? It did and it helped me move forward through the education system, because I didn’t let that nonsense (that’s not what I really thought of what she said) define my new life, my new path and my new goals.

Now that I have been here for a number of years I’m still scratching my head wondering what that Canadian experience was supposed to be, because it all seems the same to me. Education, skills, communication, career, work-experience, it’s not rocket science and we don’t do anything much different here in Canada to the UK.

I’ve learned never to let anyone define you, rather surpass your own goals and expectations and make yourself proud. There’s a bad apple in every bunch no matter where you live, it’s true. Instead of tossing out the apple, cut the worm out and enjoy the fruit of your labour, you deserve it. I didn’t let anyone stop me and I can tell you that I am very happy with the outcome.

Love my life

Although I have yet to experience all this land has to offer Canada has been very good to the both of us. I couldn’t ask for a better place to live and although some people may disagree with me I believe life is what you make of it. As much as I wish Canada would use the round-about system to save us time and the city and taxpayers money, I know that I have to take the good with the bad. Not everything is greener but I’ve adapted to my surroundings and enjoy what life has offered me. I may miss my yogurt in the UK but there’s nothing stopping me from making my own.

I’m a well-travelled individual so I’ve seen some of the riches of the world and I’ve also held hands with the poor. I remember a time when some children begged me for my water bottles so they could fill them with water. Those were the times that really made me understand how fortunate we are with a dark sadness inside telling me that we need to live life without fear and embrace it. Those children were happy, they were smiling and friendly yet their world was a world I can’t even imagine living in.

Too often we are quick to judge what we have or don’t have and forget that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes, sometimes hiding deep in the forest. If you don’t explore you may never find what you are looking for because not everything is in plain sight.

If Canada is not the place you want to be, go where you feel there is opportunity for you to live the life you want. It’s that simple because no matter where we go in this world there will be sadness, there will be turmoil, there will be beauty, there will be poor, there will be rich, there will be greed, there will be criminals, there will be the same shops and so on.

If you don’t take the opportunities before you and only look for the riches above you may miss the riches below and I’m not talking about money. If there’s one thing I’ve learned after travelling round the world that is to take your time exploring your own country first, you’ll be amazed at what you’ll find.

Explore Canada

Canada is filled with culture and plenty of Canadian tourist attractions from living up the Toronto scene to Niagara Falls, Wonderland, camping, beaches and some good fun in small farming communities. Some of my best times are hanging out with my mates, creating fun.

If you love the snow and you can’t get enough of it both western and eastern Canada from BC to Alberta all the way to Ottawa offer winter activities for the snow enthusiast. Each year the dedicated hoards flock to these places to go skiing at some of the best state of the art resorts around. Most smaller cities also have ski resorts but they are not near as large as what you will find at the bigger resorts. If all else fails there’s always tobogganing, snowboarding and cross-country skiing.

There’s something for everyone and plenty to see even if you are a beach bum like me. I used to enjoy surfing in the sea and although I can’t do that here my time spent at the beach in the summer is reminiscent of my days in the UK. We also have gorgeous provincial parks in Ontario  and all over Canada. I’m only skimming the surface here as there is just too much to list and I have yet to take advantage of all this country has to offer.

Five things I love about Canada

  1. Friendly people- The majority of people I’ve met tend to be happy and very welcoming, even if I’m still struggling to understand the meaning of EH?
  2. Affordable and spacious- You’ll be shocked at the prices Europeans pay for houses, land, cars and petrol (gasoline). It’s cheaper for the most part to purchase domestic vehicles and to get replacement parts for them as well. You also get more house for your money and most houses come with a basement that gives you added living space when it’s completed. It’s the space I love at home and while out and about. Canada is such a large country and It’s easy to get lost outside south-western Ontario. That’s very different from the UK where these days It’s impossible to get lost on a small island jam-packed with people.
  3. Health Care- Sure there are holes in the system like there is with many things but Canada took an employment benefits system and stuck it together with a slimmed down NHS system from the UK to get the best of both worlds. The health care system in Canada is one of a kind and although the odd wait times my be a bit long we get taken care of here by some of the finest in the medical professions.
  4. Weather- This is an odd one but hear me out. When you come from a country where all the seasons blend into one big dull grey blob having 6 foot of snow is refreshing. I look forward to the change in seasons as a new beginning each year.
  5. Tim Hortons- Need I say more? It’s convenient yes, but if you want a hot cup of coffee or tea you don’t have to look far to find a Tim Hortons coffee shop in Canada. That and they make a good Boston cream donut.

My life here in Canada is one that I never take for granted because I know that so many people are waiting in anticipation to come to “the island” because that is what they believe Canada is for them, hope. We all dare to dream, there is no crime in such honesty to aim for a better life, just don’t sulk about it along the way because there is always someone waiting to take your spot. There is plenty to explore here so take your time, do your research and look around, I know I will.

I wouldn’t be where I am today without the support of my wife, my family, my friends, my professors and my employer. So, thank-you Canada and thanks for having me here to call your land, my new home. Although I won’t be picking up my new Canadian ePassport any time soon I know that no matter whether I am considered Canadian or British landed immigrant status both the UK and Canada are still home to me.

Happy Canada Day… now I’m off to enjoy the festivities.

What do you love about Canada and why?  Share your comments below

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Mr. CBB
I’m from the UK and now a recent permanent resident in Canada. I bought my first house at the age of 21 after University then my second at the age of 24. I’ve always been fascinated with personal finance, savings, learning to make money and watch it grow while combating debts along the way. Canadian Budget Binder is a place where I get to share my experiences with personal finance and learn about yours along the way. I hope you stick around and check me out on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest where I am active on all social media sites. Cheers, Mr.CBB
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Comments

  1. Karen Pothier says:

    I loved reading this. I am American but my husband is Canadian…and now a dual citizen. However, the plan is to move to his home province of Nova Scotia as soon as my daughter is graduated high school in about five years. I feel more at home in Canada than I ever have here in America. I agreed with so much in this blog post…thank you for a great read and Happy Canada Day! :)

    • Christine Weadick says:

      What a super article!! It’s great to be able to see our country from some one else’s eyes, it gives a new perspective to you….. My grandparents came to this country from Great Britain many years ago and raised their family here. Not quite sure exactly when but I know Grandpa fought in WW1 for Great Britain and my Dad was born here in November 1931. Some of his family stayed and I remember Grandma and Grandpa going ‘back home’ for a visit when I was very young. Neither one ever lost the accent in over 40 years here………
      Much as we might complain about the snow it is nice to actually have the four seasons to enjoy, and we do enjoy it. It can be very nice to look out the window and watch the blowing snow from the warmth of the house….. Not so much when you have to drive in it but you learn if you are smart.
      You make your own fun sometimes and not everything takes a lot of money…. We love watching the bird feeder outside the kitchen window and running off the local squirrels if the blue jays don’t beat us to it….. Those pressurized water guns work great on the squirrels by the way…lol!!!! A walk around the area can be nice too catching up on the news around town. We have the local Heritage Festival coming up in a couple of weeks…. Lots of sales, entertainment, and Sat night is the street dance and fireworks after… Pass the hat there…….
      We are lucky to have people such as yourself coming here to live, enjoy your life here…. And Happy Canada Day to you and yours…………..

  2. Awww, sweet post! I so agree about life being what you make it. Many times, being happy is a choice. We can choose to focus on and appreciate the good things in life, and dismiss the bad to the best of our abilities. I agree about the weather too – as much as I hate winter, it sure makes you appreciate summer, spring and fall. I went to Canada one year, with a friend, up to Banff, then across and down home through Winnipeg. What beautiful country it is up there. Can’t wait to go with Rick and the kids someday.

  3. You got that right! Eh! Happy Canada Day!!

  4. I think the people are friendly and the scenery is gorgeous. I’ve been to Toronto, Saskatchewan, and BC (Vancouver/Whistler are my faves). Toronto has good food and good theater. They love hockey, and they sent us Ryan Gosling, Ryan Reynolds, and Taylor Kitsch. :) Happy Canada Day!

  5. tammyrenzi says:

    Well, my goodness, CBB. I’m moving to Canada right now. Your points are so important. It reminds me of the saying: No matter where you go, there you are. Texas is hardly the perfect place for us, but we are finding so many gems because we are looking at things differently than we used to. Amazing what a change in perspective and priorities can do for you!

  6. Nice post Mr. CBB and Happy Canada Day! I’ve never been to Canada, but it is on our list of places we want to visit and there are many places I would like to see in Canada. I know my wife can relate to the weather issue. She was born & raised in San Diego, which has great weather, but they really do not have any seasons. Ever since we moved to the Midwest she really loves experiencing the seasons which I always took for granted as I grew up with them.

  7. Great Jollyhoombah (@Hoombah) says:

    Such a fun read, CBB!!! We live in Houston,TX, which is ok. It has restaurants, museums, galleries, all the things a big city has. But we are loving our lives here because of us and our habits,just as we would anywhere. May you have a festive week, CBB!!!

  8. Closest I’ve been to Canada is Niagara Falls. Hope to travel there someday though. Thanks for giving me a glimpse into your country. Enjoy your special day!

  9. Nice post Mr. CBB. Thank you from all of us who are so grateful to be Canadian. Sharing the link forward on my new FB page, B on Balance, later today.

  10. Katrina B says:

    Great post Mr.CBB. I’m proud to be Canadian! Visiting Alberta and Saskcatchewan this summer will leave Manitoba as the only province I haven’t seen. There’s so much beauty in our country :) Happy Canada Day to you!!

  11. You’re right about Canadians being nice. I’ve never met one I didn’t like. You are right that you can make wherever you are a good home if you don’t take the good for granted and always try to improve yourself. Otherwise, if you aren’t happy with yourself, the grass will always seem greener somewhere else.

  12. Happy Canada Day Mr CBB! looks like an awesome country, I hope I’ll get to visit some day. Last time we tried to go to BC but BF didn’t get a visa! So sad, I love national parks and it looks like you have some awesome ones. Vancouver and Toronto sound great to visit too. And I love a cold, white winter, but not really when it gets humid and muddy. I guess every place has a drawback.

  13. donna pierce says:

    I’ve never been to Canada. It’s been a dream of mine to visit some day. I’ve never been out of the USA. I have many friends from Canada on face book . They are wonderful people & love Canada. We in the USA have many problems as everyone knows. I still love my country & I still believe we will make a comeback . It will take time. As in anyone’s budget if you let it get out of control it takes time to correct. I want to wish Canada & all my friends in Canada a Happy Holiday !!
    Mr.CBB enjoy. Missed sharing our meals on the blog tonight. :D

  14. Canada is an amazing country. Like every country, we have our issues that need to be addressed but I love knowing that our country is so free, fair, and equitable compared to other developed countries

  15. Happy be-lated Canada Day, Mr. CBB. What a beautiful testament to Canada. I agree it’s so important to be grateful for everything we do have, because we honestly have so much and so many people don’t see that. It’s one of the many things I love about traveling – it really does open your eyes.

  16. Vancouver also boasts a large immigrant population. Over 53 percent of Vancouver’s residents don’t speak English as their first language. That makes it a melting pot of different cultures and peoples living in and enjoying the beautiful landscape.

  17. Madelyn D. Cash says:

    Vancouver also boasts a large immigrant population. Over 53 percent of Vancouver’s residents don’t speak English as their first language. That makes it a melting pot of different cultures and peoples living in and enjoying the beautiful landscape.

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