Proudly Canadian – Harvey’s

Canadian cuisine has many streams with First Nations, English, Scottish and French roots, but one kind is close to The United States and their modern burgers. Harvey’s is a Canadian fast food restaurant chain famous for its great meat.

It is very hard to compete with huge multinational corporations such as McDonald’s and Burger King, but Harvey’s does it well. They rely on local branding and high quality products.

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Just like Canada Goose this company is also 100% Canadian, for over 50 years their restaurants are own by Canadians and serving in all Canadian provinces.

At Harvey’s you’d get a great 600 Fahrenheit degrees grilled meat and you can choose its fresh topping like in Subway.

Company invested a lot in furniture in their restaurants so it feels like a Canadian place, something between a fancy pub and a sport bar, but without crazy drunks.

Harvey’s experience is nice for people who are looking for a bit more in a burger’s place, for a reasonable price you’d get a nice restaurant experience with private seats. Prices are ok, you can get a combo for $10, it is a bit higher than in other places, but when you try their burgers (original recipe from 1959) a big chance that you’d realize it’s totally worth it.

For those who watched American TV series “Suits” (which was shot in Toronto) and remember a cool guy named Harvey there, it feels like if Harvey was a Canadian, he’d definitely eat at Harvey’s.

MapleDude.Ca recommends you to try their food at least ones when you visit Canada, and for those who are Canadians, but never went there – you are missing out. Check out this Harvey’s review from KBDProductionsTV:

Harvey’s 2 Can Dine for $11.99 Challenge and Review – 2600 CALORIES



Canadian Caveman Bill from Yukon

These days downshifting (moving to a place with lower cost of living) as popular as ever, but caveshifting movement, a term, which i just made up, is not that popular, although crazy success of Primitive Technology Guy shows that people are always interested in it.

When Australian Primitive Technology Guy doesn’t actually live like that (he moves to a wild life only when he make videos), the Canadian Caveman Bill is no joke, he does live in an actual cave for the past 20+ years.

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Bill lives near Dawson City, a very small Canadian place located in Yukon. He tells his story:

When I first got to Dawson City, I was looking at a bunch of different options,” said Bill. “Tent City was going at the time. Around 300 to 500 transient workers set up a camp down by the ferry land. But it was a bit too much a zoo for me. My friend Kevin suggested that there were some caves across here. So I came over, checked them out. And once the river broke, I threw in my canoe and paddled over and moved on in.

Canadian Caveman Bill

Bill is a simple guy who doesn’t promote his “cave dwelling lifestyle” and he doesn’t reject modern society, he just lives in a cave and enjoys peaceful nature. He has almost everything he needs for such life, he makes furniture from wood and he is well known in the town. Bill visit his friends in the town often, sometimes he buys stuff there which he can’t get in nature or make himself. His furnished cave brings more tourists to the city.

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Also, he is well educated, Bill Donaldson graduated from Ontario College of Art & Design in Toronto (Info from his Facebook page).

What Are The Best Canadian Cities To Live In?

In 2018 published a ranking of best Canadians cities to live in. They based the ranking on their unique methodology which includes a number of factors with different weight, two most important of them are Economy (Jobs, Salaries, etc.) and Affordability (Costs and prices), but the system also considers health, weather, commute, crime, taxes and many other variables.

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This rating might be valuable for people who want to move to another city or for new immigrants. Often we just live where we live for a long time without much thinking only because we were born there or because those are the most popular places for immigrants (such as Toronto). At some point of life many people make a decision to move out so they can find a better job, cheaper property and nicer environment.

Let’s take a look at the ranking MoneySence.Ca did, here are top 10 places in different Canadian provinces:

  1. Oakville, ON;
  2. Ottawa, ON;
  3. Russell, ON;
  4. Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, QC;
  5. Lacombe, AB;
  6. Milton, ON;
  7. Canmore, AB;
  8. Westmount, QC;
  9. Saint-Lambert, QC;
  10. Halton Hills, ON;

Funny thing, eh? You’d expect to see here Toronto, Quebec, Montreal or maybe Vancouver, but they are far down. Toronto on 16-th place, Quebec is on 121, Montreal takes 241th place and a very popular place for Chinese immigrants, Vancouver, takes 88th place.

Oakville takes top because of its amenities, low crime and wealth.
In terms of healthcare and transportation Ottawa is very good. Russell city in Ontario might be the choice for people who want to buy a property. Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, QC is the same as Oakville, but its stats are a bit lower. Canmore city in Alberta province made it to the top because of its low taxes. Good to know. Westmount, QC is very good for artists, it is also famous for its pleasant community.

If we check the worst cities to live in from this list, most of them located in Nova Scotia, many in Quebec.


Banff National Park In Canada

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Rocky Mountains is a beautiful place located in Alberta province. One of the best places there (and even in all Canada) to visit is Banff National Park. Established in 1885 this 6,641 square kilometers attract more than 3.5 million visitors every year. Moraine Lake and the Valley of the Ten Peaks is one of the most fascinating places to see, where deep fresh water comes to colossal mountains with wild forest on a side. These days Banff National Park is fully developed, there are many high quality hotels and cozy places where you can stay and enjoy the nature.

A Few Facts About CN Tower in Toronto

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The CN Tower in Toronto (Ontario, Canada) is one of the country’s landmark. This building can be seen on many photos, pictures and postcards from Canada. For 32 years this was the tallest building in the world (553.3 meters), until Burj Khalifa in Arabic Emirates and Canton Tower in China were finished.

Not many people know that the “CN” part in its name stands for “Canadian National Railway company” because this company built it. Now it belongs to Canada Lands Company, a federal Crown corporation.

Construction cost of CN Tower was 63 millions CAD, which is not that much compared to the income it brought by attracting more tourists and business to the city.  According to more than 1.5 million people visiting the place every year, each adult ticket for the general tour (Tower Experience, La Tour) costs $53. So every year tower generates about 79 million revenues only from those visitors.

Almost anybody who visit Toronto goes there as a priority to have a great 360 view on the biggest and most developed Canadian city.

15 Facts About Niagara Falls

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Here are some interesting facts about Niagara Falls:

  • The Falls are NOT in Africa or South America;
  • It’s located between Canada and United States right on the border;
  • Niagara Falls are NOT one waterfall, there are three of them;
  • Niagara Falls are NOT the biggest or largest in the world, Inga Falls in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are bigger, by height Niagara Falls is far from the tallest in the word, the tallest are Angel Falls in Venezuela (979 m.);
  • Its total height is 167 ft (51 m);
  • Average flow rate: 85,000 cu ft/s (2,400 m3/s);
  • There are two big international bridges between USA and Canada across the Welland Canal. One of them is called “the Rainbow Bridge”;
  • The power plants at Niagara Falls have the capacity to output is close to 4.9 million kilowatts, this natural phenomena is a great source of power and electricity;
  • There is a thing called “Over the falls”. It is when somebody does something above the falls, which is very dangerous;
  • MapleDude.Ca is just one of many which produced an original drawing featuring the Falls. They inspired many painters and creators;
  • There are two big casinos on the Canadian side of Niagara Fall which attract many players from US, Canada and other countries;
  • There were more than 29 millions tourists in 2009 who came to see this great place. The Falls are attracting a lot of visitors from all around the world;
  • The Falls partially freeze over in the winter;
  • The word “Niagara” is derived from the Iroquois Indian word “Onguiaahra” meaning “the strait”;
  • The first person to go over the Falls in a barrel and survive was a 63 year old female schoolteacher;

Cannabis and Marijuana in Canada

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Mowing that grass

Good news everyone, travel destination #3 in North America just moved to the top as marijuana is now 100% legal in Canada

October 17, 2018 was a big day for the country, on that day The Cannabis Act which made Canada one of very few countries (along with Georgia, South Africa and Uruguay) where smoking pot for personal, medical and recreation purposes is not illegal.

There are other places on the globe with limited rights to use the herb, but only small number of countries with full legalization.

Government of Canada points out that there are 3 main reasons to legalize it:

  • Keep it out of the hands of youth;
  • Keep profits out of the pockets of criminals;
  • Protect public health and safety by allowing adults access to legal cannabis.

There are already ads on YouTube with official messages from government, for example in Ontario the ad says that you actually can’t buy weed anywhere and from anyone, you have to buy it from a special governmental store. There are still some reasonable restrictions on where you can vape or smoke it, for instance you can’t use it in indoor common areas, enclosed public places and enclosed work places.

Of course you can’t use it close (<20 m.) to schools and places where children gather. Hospitals, hospices and care homes are also no smoking zones. Plus, it is illegal and dangerous to smoke while you drive.

You can official and legally buy Cannabis in Canada online here:

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