Canada – Vancouver

Vancouver is a great place. The people there are extremely helpful, and go out of their way to assist. I recall once we must have looked like we were lost, and a gentlemen in a suit approached us and asked if he could assist – we were shocked. We were in Vancouver in between seasons unfortunately. It was wet and cold, but not cold enough for snow yet.

Funnily enough, Vancouver was a place where we could actually “normal” coffee, similar to what we were used to at home. The food there was also quite pleasant and tasty to eat, and the random places we ate at were alright (whereas in the US, it seemed to all be of lower standard).

Unfortunately, there isn’t too much to do in Vancouver. We loved Richmond – it felt like they picked up a piece of Hong Kong and dropped it here in Richmond. Take a walk through Stanley Park if you can, and walking along the Sea Wall is a relaxing option after dinner.

Canada – Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, Niagra Falls

First impression of Canada is that is the smaller version of the US (much like New Zealand to Australia). Canada is much cleaner than USA, and has deeper cultural imprints. It is amazing to see how one country can have two official languages – English and French.

We were part of a 4-day tour which trekked various cities of the East coast of Canada. Montreal. the second largest French speaking city outside of Paris is lit with heritage. Toronto and Ottawa are worth visits, as there are many landmarks and monuments to see. Toronto is rich with cultral diversity from all the students travelling and studying from Asian countries.

Of course, the highlight of the trip was Niagra Falls. The spectacular view of the the fall from the Skylon Tower was amazing, and the cruise on the Maid and Mist was memorable. The ability to get so close is breathtaking.

From what I witnessed, I believe Canada deserves a trip on it’s own, or at least coupled with a visit to the United Kingdom.