Have you ever visited somewhere that feels like home even though you’ve never lived there? That’s how we feel when we’re in Canada – more specifically the Vancouver area on the west coast in British Columbia. Here’s why.
It all comes down to the seven “S’s”. Space, scenery, service, smiles, sparkle, steak and skiing.
Space Canada is vast. The UK could fit into its borders more than 40 times over. Yet just 37.59 million people live in Canada compared with 66.44 million in the British Isles. Squashed up living impacts moods. Motorways that resemble car parks (the M25), expensive train services without the guarantee of a seat, and general overpopulation can feel claustrophobic and suffocating. Whereas the feeling of space can be liberating, breathable. We love the big, wide, open spaces of this naturally beautiful country.
Scenery We’re not talking about any old scenery. What we’ve seen of Canada is truly stunning. The coastal mountains soaring ever higher as you head up the sea to sky highway towards Whistler. The multi-cultural and multi-talented Vancouver – a city by the sea with mountains on its doorstep. I am writing this from our hotel room looking onto Lions Gate Bridge, and can vouch with my own eyes that this is no ordinary city. Just down the road, Whistler and Blackcomb rise up to the heavens. This is nature at its finest. No need for man-made embellishments here.
Service Canadian Customer service is generally outstanding. Genuine, authentic, and given by people who take pride in their work. You want to tip when you experience service like that.
Smiles This is a friendly nation who embrace you wholeheartedly. Conversations flow naturally with strangers, in the elevators and on the streets.
Sparkle This fabulous country has the x-factor (at least, for us it does). A gentle, friendly, down to earth nature. This country doesn’t need to be something it’s not, or try to compete with other nations for its place. This red and white flagged beauty is comfortable in its own skin, and is bold enough to be itself.
Steak Look no further than The Keg Steakhouse, and save room for pudding because the Billy Miner Pie is a must.
Where feels like home to you? It could be right where you’ve always been. Do you like to explore new places, or are you happy to stay put? Have you visited British Columbia?