Would just like to share my experiance of Canada briefly. As this is a travel site i thought some people might have an interest in what traveling does for people. I spent Ten months in Canada last year and was tataly overwelmed by the place. I was staying with my cousins on Gabriola Island off of Vancouver Island, such a beautiful place. I met so many amazing people that had the same feeling towards life as me. I really appreciated their respect and love for their oh so beautiful country. Refreshing after England. I understand that living on an Island so distant from the fast paced world might give people a distorted view of reality, but it does make people apreciate the things in life that are most true ie. beauty. People forget or never get to know such things. My experiance of these lovely people and amazing scenery fulfiled something that no city could provide. Anyone who is unhappy with their life or have things about themselves with they know need to change needs to go afar and experiance something new to get a new perpective on themselves. K i'm cutting it here coz i 've wafled for long enough. Maybe i should have done this when i was sober.
I agree with your views, but I think you'll find a lot of English people who don't appreciate a fast-paced life. North of Watford and out of the cities is just great. Mind you I live in the Lake District, so I'm biased.
How great to hear...I love Canada too...and perhaps you're right, much had to do with you being on an island, away from hustle and bustle of big cities, but if you were to have the opportunity to travel across the country, you would likely see that much of the country is that way. A lot of small towns, and small cities that are great to travel.
Hope you come back some time and check out the east...!
I agree with Judith. The isolation of island life can be just what the doctor ordered for those living in the fast paced cities. Of course, not everyone is inclined to relax in a sleepy little island town, but if it's "getting away from it all" you're wanting, it's ideal. Plus Canada rocks!
Please Note that 80+% of Canadians live in cities and many would find more than a few days in the Gulf Islands-a place I know well-to be a howling bore.
Widespread poverty, poor medical care, lousy schools,
nonexistent govt services and a general malaise mean that few people are attracted to rural Canada and the population there shrinks daily.
Loostah said, "Anyone who is unhappy with their life or have things about themselves with they know need to change needs to go afar and experiance something new to get a new perpective on themselves."
I have lived in Canada my entire life, mostly in Toronto (or the burbs). When I was in my 20s, I was very uninterested in seeing anything outside of the big cities. I wanted urban - streets jammed with taxi cabs walled by tall buildings of glass and steel. I wanted to wear black turtlenecks, sip martinis and hang out at the clubs along King Street. In the summer the most nature I wanted to see was from my table on the patio.
Then I hit my 30s, and I wanted nature - rivers brimming with salmon walled by tall canyon walls of granite. The city seemed dirty and crowded and gross. And so I travelled half-way around the world to Patagonia to find nature. And it did refresh me. I can look at Toronto (and urban life in general) in a new life, and I can look forward to my next trip to someplace wild.
The funny thing is, of course, that I could have easily stayed within Canada and gotten the same sense of wilderness as travelling somewhere far away. It just never feels like a real dropping out unless you fly across international borders to do it.
It's funny how different people have different reactions toward Urban/Rural life. I grew up in the suburbs of Montreal, and was used to the big city early on. When I was younger, I never wanted to travel to any quiet nature towns. I always wanted to go to the beautiful beach resorts and big cities like NYC, and L.A. My dad loves nature and road trips so we often visited places like Stowe (Vermont), Nantucket (Mass.), and New Brunswick. So geeky in my opinion back then. But the last two road trips I've been on (both this year) brought me to a realisation: I love nature! We were driving by the Lake George region (just last week) and I couldn't help admiring the beauty of it all! And I now want to revisit a small harbourtown so I can see what my reaction to that will be... I guess it depends on what kind of rural area it is, but small cities that have unspoiled nature can definitely be appealing to some.
...And the best thing about Canada is that no matter what you like - big cities, small cities, countryside, mountains, forests, East coast, West coast, snow, rivers, oceans, cultural diversification... we've got it! I think everytime I travel outside of Canada, it only makes me want to see more of my it, which is great because I was never particularly interested in exploring my own backyard.
Hey again peoples,
Just thought i'd clarify a little of what i said as i feel my opinion came across as very anti city. Cities are amazing places whare the development of mankind is taking place, technology is a really possitive thing in my opinion, although it is used for negative purposes by powerful people. It has the ability to unite the whole world and improve quality of life for nations of people. Anyway cities are important to us all wether we know it or not. I do feel however that to buy in to the system that supports these societies (work in the pursuit of money) one becomes unbalanced in ones appreciation and understanding of life. There IS another side to life that exists outside of logic and intelect and you can experiance that in everything you do. But it is really refreshing to experiance something so pure as nature, in nature lies peace and tranquility, something extremely rare in any city.
Just wanted to say that i dont think what you had said was very anti-city at all. Everyone needs a breath of fresh air sometimes (both literally and figuratively) and i'm glad that Canada inspired you. If you come back, be sure to check out other provinces as well, as each one has its own beauty and charm.