While Canada is a vast country with a diverse, varied landscape, one thing you’ll find true no matter which province you’re in is that people are extremely kind and polite – “friendly and nice” defines the nation’s character. From store clerks to custom agents, hotel reception, servers and strangers, niceness abounds. Canadians are so polite, in fact, that if they bump into a tree, they’ll apologize. Even when stuck in traffic in big cities like Toronto or Montreal, you’re not likely to hear the blare of a car horn. One story, printed in the National Post, exemplifies what happens here on a daily basis. A law student in Edmonton, Alberta left his headlights on all day. When he returned to his car, he found the battery drained and a note on his windshield. “I noticed you left your lights on,” it read. “The battery will probably not have enough charge to start your vehicle. I left a blue extension cord on the fence and … a battery charger beside the fence in the cardboard box.” The note went on to explain exactly how to jump-start the vehicle. “Good luck,” it added.
In addition to friendly Canadians, the country offers magnificent scenery from wild coasts to towering mountains, an abundance of wildlife and much more. Head to Newfoundland and you can mingle with the many locals that have Irish ancestry, making Newfoundlanders perhaps the most friendly on earth.