Oh Canada, Thanks for the Splendid Summer…


This will be my last post from Canada for awhile after spending a splendid summer seeing some of the best that this wonderful country has to offer. It’s nuts how everyone wants to go to Europe in the summer when Canada is pretty awesome too, while we’re at it, so is the USA.  In fact, North America is a pretty happening place, especially if you’re not from around these parts. Unlike Europe it’s not as old with all that charm but it’s just as expensive and you’ll have a very varied list of activities and above all else, some of the world’s most beautiful untapped natural beauty but I digress…

I need to whack this out like I’m at an arcade playing whack-a-mole as soon I’m back on BC Ferries and setting sail to Vancouver where I’ll crash at a friend’s house before catching an early flight to Texas before finally touching down in Costa Rica. The cool thing is I get to bring a friend so I’m bringing “The Bartender” that I mentioned in 2009, indeed. He is also going to be doubling as a camera man. This trip is going to be rather laid back, just scanned the itinerary – lots of rafting, some hiking and zip lining with lots of downtime as it’s a vacation and not a press trip which is the type of thing I usually partake in.

This summer was wonderful and I got to explore British Columbia which is one of the most beautiful parts of Canada. It’s always been a dream of mine and I always thought “BC” was the place for me. The reality is that after seeing most of it mid-summer, I’ve realized that Ontario & Quebec are where I belong as the summer there is a real summer aka scorching hot with tones of lakes everywhere and some of the best fishing around as the local fish are predators (pike & bass) aka they hit hard and often.

Don’t get me wrong , British Columbia is beautiful but I hate rain and wearing a sweater at times in the summer simply isn’t my style. That said, year round it offers the best climate and definitely the most diverse natural beauty… Also note I was along the coast where the weather is more temperate, further inland the weather is hotter and sunnier. If that is more up your alley, look into the Okanagan and surrounding area.

Hanging out in Ottawa was great, the Rideau Canal still produces some great fishing and it’s just a laid back government town without much hustle and bustle and I’m cool with that. Quebec is just as good and I’d love to spend more time there. Quebec City is basically North America’s Europe and I recommend EVERYONE who visits Canada check it out, it’s a must I dare say! Montreal will always Montreal and a treat in itself. While you’re there be sure to eat some smoked meat if you can, it’s out of this world.

Moving on to Costa Rica, I can’t wait to feel that deep humid heat that hits your face as you step off the plane. I’m also looking forward to getting my teeth cleaned monthly and massages weekly again, something that is simply not so much an option up here due to the high cost of everything. Who knows what the future holds so I’ll just end this immediately but am looking forward to more adventures and naturally, sharing them here with you.

FYI – If you’re visiting coastal British Columbia – August & September are the months you want to visit.

Tips hat,


  1. Robyn

    September 19, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Great summary!

    I must say, however, what you experienced in July was one of the coldest, late-coming summers I’ve ever experienced, and I’ve lived here for 32 years. Over the past few years our summers have been getting colder, and arriving much later. Beach weather finally arrived on August 1st, and normally it would arrive late May. But I agree – you don’t get the heat and humidity out in BC like you do in Ontario/Quebec, but don’t write off BC’s summers as being devoid of heat based on this summer alone. 😉

    • Rob

      September 19, 2012 at 3:54 pm

      Thanks for the clarification Robyn. I only have my experiences to draw on so glad you could chime in as someone with a much longer history in the area.

      Great getting acquainted over twitter this summer and thanks for stopping by!

  2. Ava Apollo

    September 19, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    Safe travels, my friend! Enjoy the humidity on your face.

    • Rob

      September 19, 2012 at 3:55 pm

      Thanks and you enjoy it as well when you land in Bangkok!

  3. Drew

    September 20, 2012 at 8:21 am

    Yeah, but summer weather isn’t everything. I’ve lived year-round in New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Rider Nation, Alberta, and BC. We currently in AB but are BC-bound next year. For those who do not escape to Costa Rica for the winter (that said, I’m headed to NZ…), I think it’s better to judge a place by what’s on offer when the weather sucks. NB, QC, ON, MB, SK, and AB can all have such ball-busting winters. In BC, especially in the interior, you get to go play in that W-H2O formula, on real hills, and not at -20!

    • Rob

      September 20, 2012 at 9:57 pm

      Noted and I’d agree that winter in the area you suggest is heavenly but not everybody likes winter and I can’t stand being cold. That said, used to do lots of snowboarding and skiing but broke my knees which probably plays a big role in my current dislike for all things winter.

      Enjoy NZ, I’d LOVE to get there some day and thanks for stopping by, good sir!

  4. phil

    September 20, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    great to see you again sugar plum !! always a slice .. now enjoy your vacation I will see you next summer for sure.. or maybe I can go vacation on little corn.. and show you how to really catch some fishy’s … all the best keep writing and I will keep reading..cheers

    • Rob

      September 20, 2012 at 9:58 pm

      haha nobody has ever called me “sugar plum” before and frankly, I hope they never do again. That said I most certainly will and you should come to Little Corn Island, you deserve it and you’ll learn to love lobster. Good to hear from you again, was wondering what had happened to ya!

  5. Welsh Wizard

    September 21, 2012 at 4:16 am

    Great summary of all the things Canada has to offer. Glad summer was so great. Cheers!

    • Rob

      September 21, 2012 at 5:35 am

      Thanks Wiz!!

  6. Vanessa

    September 21, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    That’s quite the adventure!

    • Rob

      September 21, 2012 at 5:44 pm

      Indeed it was!

  7. Cei

    September 22, 2012 at 10:08 am

    I must say that I am happy you did not get typical Pacific Northwest weather while you were visiting Prince Rupert, because you definitely would not have been a fan. It was great to see you this summer and enjoy some of the unexpected sunshine over beers with you. I look forward to reading about your adventures in Costa, I know the two of you will have a phenomenal time!

    • Rob

      September 22, 2012 at 10:43 am

      Thanks so much for your gracious hospitality as a knowledgeable and entertaining tour guide / chill out partner while in Prince Rupert. We’re actually sitting together now at the Pacuare Lodge which is simply out of this world, literally.

      Rancheros says “hello” and I hope to run into you sooner than the duration of our last length between visits. Until then enjoy the ocean and good luck with everything!

      Great seeing you this summer in PR.

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