For people who live in Canada or love to visit, it’s always nice to top the American neighbours south of the border in one thing or another.
Indeed, lately the political turmoil in the States has to have a lot of Canadians feeling good about a great many things by comparison – but this is not a political piece.
Instead, this piece is going to point out a few Canadian experience that are better than their far more publicized American counterparts!
When you think of Canadian sports, it’s hockey and other winter sports that come to mind. Even so however, Canada has a presence in three of the “big four” U.S. sports, and it actually has an argument as the best place in North America to watch playoff basketball.
Of late, the Toronto Raptors have had a very competitive team, and basketball fans in and around the city have responded with tremendous enthusiasm.
The area outside the arena in Toronto has become known as “Jurassic Park,” and is now considered ground zero for Raptors fans, who crowd the streets like it’s New Year’s Eve for every big playoff games.
At times it looks like the Raptors have more fans outside their stadium than a lot of other teams have inside. Somewhat amazingly, the Air Canada Centre has become one of the best places in the world to watch basketball.
It’s a little bit ironic that the United States – a country in which chance-based gaming is almost entirely outlawed – is known as the worldwide hub for casinos.
This is all thanks to a little town called Las Vegas (perhaps you’ve heard of it?), where this sort of activity is legal, and where there happen to be well over a dozen world class casino resorts.
That said, the glitz and glamour of Vegas can feel somewhat forced, whereas Canada offers you the chance to enjoy special, isolated venues.
In particular Casino de Montréal is a sight to behold. It’s comprised of three interconnected buildings, home to over 520,000 square feet of gaming space, and full of the decadence and luxury people expect in such places.
Throw in its gorgeous design and views over Lac de L’Ile Notre Dame, and it’s hard to top – even in Vegas.
One would think that a country famous for its winter weather would be better known than its southern neighbor for skiing.
However, it tends to be places like Vail, Colorado and Lake Tahoe that get the most intention in this regard. These are excellent places to ski, as are many others in the U.S. Rocky Mountains.
However, the best ski hills in Canada can certainly compete, and in some cases are arguably better than the likes of Vail. In particular, Whistler Blackcomb and Revelstoke Mountain should be high on any ski enthusiast’s list.
The national parks work a lot like ski mountains. There are gorgeous parks in both the U.S. and Canada, but it seems that the ones in the U.S. tend to get a little more publicity.
This may be because Canada doesn’t have a singularly wondrous natural oddity like the Grand Canyon, or it may just be because U.S. tourism is more of an industry.
Whatever the case, the national parks of Canada can be even more stunning than most of what you’ll see in the States.
Banff National Park is an otherworldly Rocky Mountain hideaway; Yoho National Park showcases the famous beauty of British Columbia; Jasper National Park will make you want to live in a cabin with nothing but a kayak to your name.
These are truly amazing places that are as beautiful as any national parks in the world.