Opportunity is also available in if you know how to take advantage of it. It is a country of extensive and mostly untapped, mineral wealth of huge wilderness areas and great prairies of wheat which stretch for thousands of miles. One of these days we will take the train across country and see what can be seen. Canada
alone we have 3,899 lakes greater than 3 square KM not to mention 3 million lakes in Ontario all told. The Ontario Park System covers over 78,000 square kilometers and Canada alone would swallow up Algonquin Park without noticing it. England Hudson Bay would cover the whole of the British Isles without a blink. At the moment we still have lots of animals such as polar bears in the north, caribou and moose and other members of the deer family although they are declining. We only ever saw a female moose once in Algonquin Park. There are also grizzly bears, black bears and brown bears and of course, the lynx. On the smaller side we have squirrels, both black and grey and cute little chipmunks. Of course we also have rabbits and both Gray Timber Wolves and the Algonquin Wolf which I wrote about on this blog. On this list I mustn’t forget the beaver, one of the symbols of this country. I haven’t even started on the birds. The Bald Eagle is an American symbol, but there are plenty of them in too. I watched a live cam of a breeding pair in Canada . If you wanted a full list you would have to Google for it but it is extensive I can assure you. We mustn't forget the ubiquitous Canada Goose too, another symbol of the country. I must admit they can be a bit of a nuisance if you are walking in an area where they are in residence. There are some statistics on how often they poop, but I don't recall what they were. A lot, I can assure you. British Columbia
The distance from the West Coast to the East Coast of Canada is approximately 8,000 kms. It takes a long time to travel across whether by train or air.
is actually bigger than the Canada , by over 100,000 sq. kms. and of course we don’t have the population of the US to fill up the countryside. US
People wonder why we left
to come here, I think the foregoing probably answers your question. If you are the type who wants lots of goings on and nightlife England at least is a lively city. As Matt and I tend to avoid cities, I cannot say much about the others although I believe Toronto to be another modern city full of life. Vancouver
One thing I was a bit disappointed about when I first came to
, was the lack of mountains. In Ontario , practically all we ever see in pictures of England are snowcapped mountains towering over pristine lakes. Unfortunately, they are the other side of the country from here, I am sure you have heard of the Canada Rockies. The mountains look beautiful, but they are not in Ontario. Here we have vistas of farmlands and forests which stretch for miles and have their own kind of beauty. To see a Canadian red barn in the snow is a wonderful sight. On the right is a typical farm landscape in Ontario.
One thing we do have in The wine picture is from Peller Estates which is a favourite of ours in the Niagara region. We have visited the vineyard, or winery as they are called here and dined in their wonderful restaurant. They make some of best ice wines I have ever tasted. Even Matt liked two we sampled and he is not into sweet wines at all. Ice wines are another prize winning feature of Canadian production.
is ideal conditions for wine production. The wine region is in the area of Ontario , think you will have heard of them where the climate and general conditions are perfect for the production of good wine grapes. The Niagara Escarpment is part of the reason for the ideal conditions. To read about this click here and read what Wikipedia has to say. When we first got here, we were not too impressed with Canadian wines. 32 years later, they have some of the best wines which have won all kinds of awards but which, for some reason, are not available in other parts of the world, well not according to my friends in Europe, Africa and Australia, I don’t remember ever seeing them in the States either, so I can only assume we drink what we make here. Bit like rum in the Niagara Falls , very little gets exported, but a large proportion there gets consumed by tourists. It always annoys me to fly Air Dominican Republic and be given French wine with my meal. I made a fuss about it once and it turned out they did have some Canadian wine on board which they served to us. Talking to the head flight attendant, we also ended up with some caviar and some paté which is what had been served in the first class section. Canada
To eat with your wine, how about some nice Crèpes.
|Cheesy Ham and Mushroom Crepes|
Source, Eating Well
My apologies, I have no idea why this has decided to capitalise part of the page - nor can I seem to rectify it.
Have a great day.