We’ve been here a little over two months. Every country has their quirks and this is what we have noticed about Canada and Canadians over the past few months.
Basements are huge!
Heating: where are the radiators?
Close links with Britain
The opening question we’ve most often been asked is “where in the UK are you from?”. It’s really nice that most people recognise we’re British rather e.g. Aussie or Kiwi, and almost everyone has some link to the UK through relatives. We end up talking about a random place around the UK just because a cashier in a shop happens to have an uncle there, which is a lovely addition to a standard day! They also have good teabags and most places have kettles, which is very welcome for our tea habits 🙂
Groceries are EXPENSIVE
Vegetables are typically around $2.50 a pound (around £3.30 a kg), even for cheaper root veg like onions. We’re used to bulking out meals with veg but it’s crazy how much more they are! Meat and cheese are also expensive, but by less of a margin. It’s frustrating as we want to experiment with vegetables after working at the Healthy Rabbit cafe, but it costs a lot!
Junk food is expensive you don’t find any £1 ($1.60) chocolate bars or bags of crisps here!
Toiletries are also expensive – most face wash, shampoo and shower gel costs over $5 (£3), whereas we’d always pick up whatever was on offer for £1 that week in the UK. Petrol is cheap though, around $1 per L (about 63p/L).
The nature is breathtaking
We’re learning a lot about ourselves on this trip: what we want to do long-term with our careers, the kinds of jobs we would find rewarding and if we want to stay in Canada. It’ll take some more time to figure all this out, but for now we’re enjoying exploring and meeting new people!