I spent my New Year holiday in Canada and really enjoyed every minute. But some things were especially amazing, so let me share.
1) Canadians show much love and respect to their police and
firefighting forces. Several museums are devoted to those who died in
fire or fight saving other people’s lives. In a park you could see a
monument made of firemen helmets. Kids like to play with toys dressed in
2) The road police department seems well-organized. When my husband
came to get his first driving license, his documents were processed,
eyesight checked, face picture taken – everything in the same room, by
the same officer, smiling and polite. The driving theory test could be
taken in your native language, whether it’s Russian, Japanese, Chinese,
Polish, Ukranian, etc. As the officer said - "because we want you to
show your best result”.
3) Winter in Toronto is quite snowy, and snowploughs are everywhere.
Even the sidewalks are cleaned not by hand, but by narrow vehicles much
resembling a tractor in miniature. By midday the streets and roads are
almost get rid of inconvenient snow and dangerous ice.
4) In Canada you can be sure and feel safe about what you eat. There
are local farms which provide the so-called "organic” food – healthy
vegetables and fruits, meat, eggs, dairy products. Cosmetics can be
organic too if made of natural, non-chemical ingredients. There are
about 10-15 standards which an organic farm should follow. There are no
pesticides in the soil, no antibiotic treatment for cattle and poultry,
no genetic modifications in any resulting product, and so much more. The
farms and their produce undergo regular strict independent inspections.
can buy healthy stuff in special "100%-organic stores”, or visit the
farm itself, or even arrange a weekly delivery to your front door. Such
groceries are not cheap, of course, but it’s always good to have a
choice. I prefer healthy over wealthy.
5) In Canada I found nature and civilization to be in great symbiosis.
In the middle of every populated district you would find a park – which
is actually some forest or creek left virgin and wild. I counted only 3
"signs of human intervention”: a small and neat washroom building, a
wooden bench and a pair of trash cans. Trash cans always go in two: one
is for common litter, the other is for everything recyclable – glass
bottles, cans, plastic bags, paper.
parks you can often come across a moose, a raccoon or a beaver, not to
mention pigeons, ducks and squirrels – these guys are everywhere, even
in towns and cities. I saw one squirrel near the CN Tower (the very
center of Toronto!) – it was sitting on a tree and nibbling a piece of
The city of Toronto is quite a green place, in front of many business
centers. You would see gigantic vases with beautiful flowers and plants.
Even the skyscrapers on the lakeside are decorated with green and blue
glass, as if to merge with the clear and scenic Ontario lake.
written by Lana Konakova