Canadian Winter and Coffee

A lot of people from Asia have been curious about Canada. After all, Canada is as far away as possible from Asia and it has one of the coldest weathers imaginable in the world while most of Asia remains tropical. Add to the fact that Canadians have long been lauded as one of the most amiable persons on Earth and it just makes it all the more appealing for Asians to want to go ahead and visit the place.

However, if you are planning on going to a place like Canada, you need to be prepared not just with a VISA, not just financially, but with a lot of things because the culture, weather, way of life will all be different from ours. You need to prepare because we want to avoid having you say “whoa! I wasn’t prepared for that one” and so we will do our best to come up with a basic beginner’s guide to Canada.

First of all, if you are visiting Canada, make sure you have a place to stay so check out Canada vacation rentals. We recommend doing this instead of winging it because should there a blizzard or snow falling, you don’t want to find yourself standing outside in freezing weather so make sure that you check out a vacation home before doing so.

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Next, you need to make sure you are appropriately dressed for the weather. Do not be like other people who come in during winter wearing only one layer of clothing and then they need to end up buying winter outfits which cost an arm and a leg if you need to buy one as soon as possible then complain online how they had to shell out so much money. Preparation is key.

July is the hottest month for Canada but what is hot for them may be cold for us so to give you a bigger perspective, their average temperature will be at 21 degrees. Their coldest month is January and trust us when we say that it really is cold because the average temperature is at -3 degrees. Yes, you read that right, it says negative three degrees. July has the most number of sunshine ranging of up to 11 hours and their wettest month is July as well so make sure that you are bringing along the right clothing so you won’t have to do unnecessary shopping.

When you finally booked your vacation home and prepared your outfits, the next stop of course would be to create your itinerary so you have some sort of guideline to follow. One of our top recommendations since you might not be able to see everything is to have lunch at the CN Tower which is an iconic tower with a revolving restaurant that will allow you to have a 360 degree view of the entire city.

If castles are your thing, Casa Loma needs to be on your list of places to go to because it is a stately castle with seasonal grounds which would look stunning as a backdrop when you take that perfect photo and what better way to show everyone that you are in a foreign country than by having a castle as your background.

If museums make your heart flutter, get ready to have it fluttering nonstop when you go visit the Royal Ontario Museum or the Bata Shoe Museum. The Royal Ontario Museum has a huge range of cultural and nature exhibits that will feed the culture and nature lover in you. Meanwhile, if you have a fetish or addiction for shoes, the Bata Shoe Museum will definitely be your fix coz it houses a huge collection of footwear on exhibit and you get to learn about the history of shoes. For those who may want to know more about ceramics, Canada also has the Gardiner museum for you and they even offer classes, lectures, and tours. They also have a bistro and gift shop so you can bring a part of Canada back home to your love ones.

For those who are into heritage or ancestral homes, you can go ahead and visit Spadina House which will show you what a heritage home back in the 20s and 30s were like. Bonus: it even has a Victorian Edwardian garden that you can stroll around on and imagine yourself to be a Victorian lady.

After going around and tiring yourself, make sure to take a break and rest at one of these lovely café that Canada has to offer. Some of the more well-known ones that can be found in Toronto are  indie and very inspiring so make sure you have someone ready to take your photos coz every angle is definitely picture worthy.

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Sam James is considered a must visit as it is considered the crown jewel in the mini empire of Toronto’s King of Coffee. Quantum coffee on the other hand will fix your addiction for the perfect pour over as it is a high tech café complete with an automated Pour Steady machine. If Cortado is your thing, Hale Coffee is the one for you but it’s quite hidden so make sure to google map the place. Lastly, we’d recommend Odin which has a Scandinavian-inspired design plus not just espresso but cocktails and craft beer that you can enjoy after a long day’s work.

Whatever you fancy, Canada will definitely have something for you. This guide is just the very tip of the iceberg that is Canada but we hope that you get to try out the different places we recommended.

 

Kathy Kenny

EIC

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