Like most Americans, after several decades of living next door to Canada, I know practically nothing about the country, except that hockey is big, police ride horses and wear big hats, there are lots of beavers and maple sugar, fewer uptight conservatives and religious fanatics and healthcare is more affordable than in the US, and marijuana is more legal.
From time to time I wonder what life is like up there. Such thoughts passed through my mind yesterday as I viewed real property listings in Ontario, in connection with my work, and was amazed by the beautiful houses with park-like settings that one can buy for roughly half the price of California realty. But, for all I know one, Ontario may be a miserable dump and life there would be hell.
Here’s my uninformed preconceptions of the different regions in Canada (with some help from a map). Vancouver is beautiful and more than half the population is Asian, but it’s very expensive (and probably cold and wet in the winter). Newfoundland is very rugged and beautiful but only fishermen, loners and lunatics would want to live there. Toronto and Montreal are decent places to live (for Canada) and the French influence probably isn’t too annoying. Other than that, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba are vast wastelands populated by cowboys and others who don’t fit into modern society, and the Northwest Territory is fit only for eskimos and those on the lam from the law. Overall, there may be some nice places to live in Canada, but the country still seems second-rate when compared to other places one could choose to live in the world (not including Taiwan of course).
Is my understanding basically correct? Is Canada basically a second-rate country that can be a tolerable if one doesn’t have better options, or are there reasons why an otherwise competent and rational person might choose to live there? How about my regional descriptions – valid?
Thanks for enlightening me.