A road trip through the US of A - Part VIII: Canada
|Liquid Canadian gold|
We hadn't crossed any land borders recently (the last one was between Laos and Vietnam) but everything went smoothly. Only one question at the border caught us a bit off-guard: where do you live currently? In order to keep things simple, we said Switzerland. Getting to Montreal from the border was a piece of cake.
|Street art in Montreal|
After a short rest and a quick shower, she took us immediately on a tour through the neighborhood and the ongoing street festival/market where we of course had to buy some maple syrup. In the evening, we went for some Pho and fresh spring rolls, as we were missing Vietnamese food. Upon arrival, we were sweating, as it was a rather hot (28-30 degrees) and humid late spring day. After a thunderstorm during the night with heavy rainfall, we were shivering when getting up the next morning. The thermometer showed us why: 10 degrees only. Welcome to the Canadian summer!
The next day, it was still rainy and cold, we drove to Toronto. Officially, this takes you six hours. But if you include a few toilet, coffee and food breaks, it keeps you occupied most of the day. Compared to the US, traffic was calm and civilized, even on this probably busiest intercity route in Canada. We arrived right on time in Mississauga, Ontario (just next to Toronto), where our next host lives.
After a week in Canada, we came to two conclusions: First, we haven't seen enough of Canada so far. There are still at least two more parts we need to explore. The far east, meaning pretty much everything east of Montreal and the far west, including Vancover and the vast mountainous wilderness areas of British Columbia (and Yukon). And secondly, that Canada today
We left Canada after visiting the mighty Niagara Falls. And here again, the differences between Canada and the US become very obvious. While Canada advertizes the Falls moderately, they are promoted in the USA like they'd be nothing short of the most important natural wonder of the whole planet. But after visiting the Falls on the Canadian side, the American one is quite disappointing. The Falls feel much closer, bigger and impressive seen from the Canadian side.
More pictures from our road trip though Canada