I've always wanted to go there, and when I visited my halfbrother in Montana and I could see the mountains dividing Canada and the US I almost wanted to run away XD
What's it like over there!??!
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05-12-2012 11:44 AM #1
What's Canada like? :D
05-13-2012 10:09 PM #2
Be a little more specific on what you want to know.
05-14-2012 11:09 AM #3
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Well most of the geography is made of chocolate and the rivers run strong with magical water. Wild unicorns are a problem, we had to put down 120 on our 10,000 acres of land last year (I know, we're poor).
Everyone gets free health care, dental care and a personal trainer. On your 16th birthday you get a jetpack or a submarine, your choice.
Our currency is sand dollars so if you live near a beach you are quite wealthy. In, World War 2, we sent out a 3 man team on foot who crushed a German tank battallion and killed Hitler and most of the other world powers said we were cheating so we graciously got rid of our army to let everyone fight their own battles. We protect ourselves with a simple but effective forcefield around the whole country that's calibrated to allow Americans to enter. Come visit friend.
05-16-2012 02:54 PM #4
It depends on where you want to go, or even what you want to know. The legal drinking age is eighteen in all provinces except Manitoba, Alberta, and Quebec - in which it's eighteen instead. In Northern Ontario where I am, you get approximately eight months of snow and three months of unbearable humidity, with two weeks of mild weather in between each. The peak cold here in Northern Ontario winters is just below -40˚ (same in C and F), and the peak heat in summer is about 45˚ (113˚ F). It's extremely contrasting weather throughout the year.
Everyone gets free health care, but despite what the person above says, NOT EVERYONE gets free dental. In my city, you only get free dental if you or your parents have dental benefits through work. The same goes for orthodontics and optometry, and even getting some medications requires you to have benefits. The only thing that's free is basic medical care - which also includes staying in the hospital overnight and such. I know the person above me was making a joking post, but I wanted to clarify on that so that you'd know that universal health care does NOT mean free everything in regards to your health. There are parameters to basically everything in our system.
The school system is basically elementary school (kindergarten to grade eight), high school (grade nine to grade twelve), college (post-secondary education with diplomas), and university (post-secondary education with degrees). You can choose to go to either college or university - both have their benefits as college typically gives more hands on experience in your field, whereas university gives you more class education and you get a degree out of it. Some places have middle schools or junior highs but they are extremely uncommon as compared to the US. Some provinces - like BC - will also start high school at grade eight, therefore ending elementary school at grade seven (I grew up in Vancouver so I know a bit of what it's like over there). You can attend preschool prior to kindergarten, though it's not mandatory - just recommended so that the child is socialized and used to a routine by the time they start their formal education.
Minimum wage in most of Canada seems higher than in the US as well, and our currency is fairly close to yours at the moment. In Ontario it's $10.25 and has been for two years - I believe it just went up to $10.25 in BC, and I don't know what it is in any other province right now. $10.25 CAD right now would be about $10.12 USD, though the worth of either of our currencies are always changing (since just a few weeks ago, it would've been about $10.30 USD or so, as I did convert it sometime a few weeks ago for someone). Living expenses will differ from town to town - big cities being a lot more expensive to live in (such as around $1,000 for a one bedroom apartment or more - I know one I was looking at in Vancouver is $2,400 for a one bedroom). In my city, a one bedroom apartment is generally between $650 and $900 - more than that in a good area of town.
I'm a twenty-one year old college graduate who works at Wal Mart. There aren't many job opportunities in my town (the twenty-fifth biggest in the country) so I may have to relocate to a bigger town for better opportunities. I make $10.60 an hour as a cashier and still live at home with my mother, younger sister, and one year old niece. I have student loan debt from college, but I don't have to pay back as much as I received - for several different reasons, but I'm thankful. I can do everything legally except drive - since we don't have a car, I never got a license. My bus pass is $76 a month, but the bus system in my town isn't terrible - like it was in my college's town. Even then, since we have a license system with different levels, most people here don't get their full license until eighteen or so. You get a G1 (permit), then a G2 after a certain amount of time (I believe it's a year unless you have a certain amount of driving hours), and then after another certain amount of time, you get your full G.
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05-27-2012 06:04 PM #5
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Well, we don't live in igloos in case you were afraid to ask...
Really, it depends. The prairies are flat and boring, but if you go up near Banff, it's quite beautiful. Lots of mountains and
The ocean (say, near Vancouver island, although I prefer the US) is really nice too. It tends to rain a lot there.
And up north its cold, of course. So really, it varies.
02-06-2013 12:00 PM #6
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Every morning we put on our parkas and snow shoe to our moose stable and then ride one to tim hortens true story, eh?
02-10-2013 04:26 PM #7
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I live in an Igloo