Everyone knows that Canadians are friendly, overly apologetic, fanatic hockey fans who guzzle maple syrup by the gallons. But did you know lacrosse is actually our national sport. Or that we invented words that are found nowhere on this planet but in the land of the Maple Leaf? Hi, I’m Lily, the True North Nomad – a writer, amateur photographer, travel lover and passionate Canuck! This blog was born from my desire to educate, inform and advise you my reader, on Canadian life, customs, geography and history. Read my story here.
Canada is a large country! Ok, it’s the second largest (land mass) in the world but let me give you some reference. Canada spans almost 10 million square kilometers and crosses 6 time zones! The provinces of Alberta and NWT share a national park (Wood Buffalo National Park) that is larger than the country of Switzerland! And with one of the lowest population densities on the planet (approx. 8.8 people / sq mile) it means there is a ton of wilderness – pristine, untouched and ready to be explored.
We share the Great Lakes with our neighbours to the south, but with 20% of the earth’s fresh water, there are more lakes in Canada then in the rest of the world combined! That is a lot of water to travel by canoe! Canada holds 10% of the world’s forests – like I said a ton of wilderness. We’re so crazy about nature we spend millions of dollars on “special” over and underpasses to ensure our fury Canadian population can cross our highways safely!
But we’re not all mountains, green lands and waterfalls. No! We have more donut shops per capita than in any other place in the world! You gotta love Tim’s. Oh and those words we invented – depending on when you visit Canada you should hear one: toque (pronounced tewk), chinook, mickey, May two four and dozens more! We also pride ourselves as food connoisseurs inventing the likes of poutine, ketchup chips, butter tarts, Nanaimo bars, beaver tails, figgy duff and of course Saskatoon berry pie!
Let this blog help you discover this great country. Through road trip ideas and sample itineraries, together we will explore the where, when and how of travelling through Canada. Along the way we will find new places, attend festivals, photograph wild animals and enjoy great food. From the largest of cities to the remote wilderness of this vast country, I will impart invaluable knowledge, entertainment and let you experience alongside me, the breathtaking scenery and uniqueness of this great land!
If you would like your business, town etc. to be featured on True North Nomad or are looking for a free-lance writer to author a Canadian piece, my contact info is below. My fellow Canadians I implore you to share your own experiences via the comments sections. For those thinking of travelling to Canada, or wanting to explore from afar, drop me a line with any questions.
Welcome to the True North Nomad. Let me be your guide, exploring all things Canadian.
~ True North Nomad