16 Things No One Will Tell You Before You Move to Canada

Moving to Canada is an easy decision: Free healthcare, tolerant and open-minded people (for the most part), and hockey almost all year round. What’s not to love? However, there are a few things that people might not tell you before you get there. Things like…

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There’s a Tim Hortons on Every Corner

As of 2014, there were 3,665 Tim Hortons restaurants in Canada. Although everyone in Canada knows it’s a gigantic franchise, the fact that it started out in Ontario makes people nostalgic for a cup of Tim Hortons coffee — always double-double, of course.

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The Stereotype of Knowing “Dave from Canada” Isn’t True

Although Canada doesn’t have the biggest population, it is the second-largest country in the world. This makes it really tough to know who you’re talking about when you ask if we know Joe from Vancouver or Jenny from Toronto.

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You Really Need an Idiot String

Losing one mitten to the snow and slush while its mate remains securely in your pocket is a terrible hazard of Canadian winters. Smart Canadian parents avoid this by tying a string to both mittens, then passing the string through the arms of their child’s jacket. This usually keeps both mittens safe. While this is humorously referred to as an “idiot string,” it can come in handy for Canadians of all ages.

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Why You Should Travel While You’re Still Young

If you’re worried about embarking on a travel adventure and wondering whether it’ll negatively affect your life, the simple answer is “no, it won’t.” In fact, when you stop to take a closer look at it, the benefits considerably outweigh the risks. While in the past it may have looked like a frivolous undertaking, nowadays it’s considered a character-defining experience. If you have the chance to travel now, take it without thinking as your future-self will be forever grateful for the lessons, friends, and memories you will make.

Most Intense Long-Distance Marathons (Not for the Faint of Heart)

For those among us who love a challenge, these long-distance marathons and outdoor challenges are activities that can only be attempted after years of training, with the right gear, and only by those who are mentally ready to undergo such a feat. Here are some of the most intense and challenging marathons in the world.

Cultured Palate: Dishes from South Africa

South Africa’s incredible biodiversity and rich cultural heritage has given it a unique cuisine unlike any other place on Earth. There are visible influences from the Dutch, German, French, and Cape Malay colonizers, as well as indigenous dishes that have been passed down for generations. If you’re spending your next holiday in South Africa, here are some amazing dishes you must try.