After a month of traveling about eastern Canada, we are now in Vermont for a week of relaxation from all of the touring we have been doing. We thought we would take a moment and reflect on what we will miss and won’t miss about Canada:
What we will miss:
- Incredibly beautiful scenery
- The natural wonder of the Bay of Fundy
- Fantastic seafood
- Courteous and helpful people who would ask if we needed help if we had our map out
- Great cities – St John, Moncton, Charlottetown, Halifax, Quebec, Montreal
- History that parallels that of the United States, but is also quite unique
And what won’t we miss:
- Cell phone roaming charges of 65 cents a minute
- Data roaming charges that were even more ridiculous (we turned off our data services to keep from possibly using them) – why does cell and data have to cost so much just because you cross the northern border?
- Poutine – although fascinating to try, a dish that is french fries, cheese curds, and brown gravy, is a heart attack waiting to happen.
- Getting light out at 4:15 a.m.
- Fuel prices that are about a dollar a gallon higher for diesel and about a dollar and half higher for gas.
- Sales tax as high as 15% in total in some Provinces.
- The transaction fees on credit card usage – $3 per $100 after they already make money on the buy/sell spread.
- The MOOSE we were excited to see but never saw in spite of the many warning signs.