It’s the way someone will take your hand and invite you home to a party in their kitchen. It’s the promise of the chance to drink screech and kiss a fish . It’s leaving after a week and knowing there was so much yet to discover.
Walk among artisan’s at work on Granville island and then discover the artisanal sake maker around the corner. Feel the beat of an Aboriginal drum in your heart. Cheer for Yukon dogs in a howling competition in the Northwest Territories. Speak your first words of French in a Quebec town and be understood. Make taffy at a maple syrup sugar shack out east.
Clutch your tissue at the opera. Laugh until your sides hurt in Stratford. Meet Anne of Green Gables in a musical. Bop to jazz in the middle of a Canadian Prairie.
Settle in for a story from the owner at a historic island B&B, Watch the changing of the guard on Parliament Hill. Make your own moccasins. Cheer on a bull rider at the Calgary Stampede or learn to be a Mounties in Regina.
Jig to a fiddler or Line dance at a western jamboree. Jump up in a Caribana parade on the shores of Lake Ontario or Cheer on dragon boat racers in Richmond B.C.
You’ll realize it’s not just the way we say “about” or the occasional “eh” added to the end of a sentence, Canada’s culture runs deep and has a way of sticking with you long after you’ve visited.close description