Welcome to Canada: here are a few everyday facts
When you plan to move to a country, there is a lot of brainstorming about where you will stay, how much you will spend, places you will visit and the experiences you will have. You will meet new people, with new lifestyles, new languages, new fashion, a new study culture and much more. But you rarely get a clear picture of the city you are going to spend your life in. Information overload is common, but here are five things that no one will tell you before moving to Canada.
Life in Canada is almost impossible without having a cup of coffee at Tim Hortons. It is a widely popular Canadian coffee brand which is present on almost every corner of the city. Whether you go for an early morning snack or to beat your fatigue after writing your exam you will soon be seen in Tim Hortons.
If you are a die-hard McDonald’s fries fan, this news is for you. Poutine is a more popular dish here. Originating in Quebec, poutine is comparatively rich in quality and can come with veggies, meat, cheese curds and gravy according to your taste.
You may have winter clothes, but Canadian winter can be harsh. The weather becomes the talk of the town as soon as fall approaches. And it is not just about snow. The wind chill gives you a feel of the arctic regions when the temperatures goes below -20 C or even below -30 C.
You may or may not be a serious sports fan, but Canadians are known to be either avid hockey or baseball fans. This may be your first time experiencing a different county’s game but gradually you will be cheering for the Toronto Maple Leafs, a professional ice hockey team or the Toronto Blue Jays, Toronto’s professional baseball team.
You have to be a beer lover in Canada. According to a Statistics Canada report, liquor stores, agencies and other retail outlets sold $20.5 billion worth of alcoholic beverages for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2014. Forty two per cent of the alcohol sold in Canada was beer, making it the drink of choice for Canadians.
These things give you a glimpse of what to expect from your new life in Canada. But every individual has a different perspective and the more you explore the city, the better you will know Canada and its culture. You may miss your hometown at times, but always remember that Toronto is now your second home.