My Trek into the Land of Cold

Best Restaurants in JamaicaI began the first day of my vacation splendidly by heading to “Simply the Best Restaurant”(One of my favourite places to eat in Ocho Rios). 

I was feeling a bit under the weather but the hot meal I was served must have triggered a huge surge of dopamine in my brain as that sickly feeling quickly subsided leaving me energized and ready to start my trek.

If you are ever in Ocho Rios just ask anyone for directions to this simple and lovely restaurant. You will be in for quite a treat. I promise : – )

  

My voyage into “The Land of Cold” (name I coined) was now about to begin.
View from Westjet Plane(West-jet 737 boarding for takeoff at MBJ Airport)

Apart from a very small mishap at the airport which could have prevented me from boarding my flight and also will not be mentioned (Don’t ask Wayde Brown what happened), my departure from Mo-Bay to The Land of Cold went smoothly.

Now if someone from Canada tells you that Canada is cold, they deserve to be slapped because they are blatantly lying. It is VERY cooooooold.

If you are from a tropical country like Jamaica, what is considered frigid to us is deemed as merely cool to the average Canadian.

Please note if you are accustomed to cold weather you might scoff at this, but for those who aren’t and might be desirous of visiting the land of cold, have a look at the image below:

Canadian Weather forecast

The picture to the left illustrates what is considered a very beautiful day by the average Canadian.

What you should really look at are the wind chill numbers as they give you a more accurate depiction of how cold it actually feels outside.

  

Now bear in mind, this picture was taken in fall and temperatures were already sub-zero. That should paint a pretty good picture of what to expect in the land of cold in the winter and it’s worse in the northern regions. My trek took me merely to the southern tip of the iceberg (southern Ontario) which luckily has FAR less extreme conditions.

Having established that “The Land of Cold” is indeed cold, I must say that it is a very beautiful and clean place. There are many things I admire about this country.

I’d describe it as a cleaner and colder extension of the United States. Health care in Canada is delivered through a publicly funded health care system, which is mostly free at the point of use and has most services provided by private entities.

Every Canadian I asked about this healthcare system had mostly good things to say.

Litter is non existent in many areas, and the people seem less hostile and more mannerable than many other places I’ve visited. Even the drivers in the city areas seem more patient and understanding. Everything seems ordered and well thought out. This may be partially due to the fact that there are severe penalties imposed for the most minor infractions.

There are numerous signs put up all over the place  stating the fines you can receive such as the one below:

Canadian fines

Maybe more fines like these are needed in Jamaica? I must also commend the governing bodies. They must be making a colossal effort to beautify and maintain the environs.

A prime example of their effort is the entirely man made lake and recreation centre in Brampton Ontario (Professor’s Lake). These lakes are just as big as the man made lakes I’ve seen in other places such as Florida. There are many lakes similar to this in Canada. I took a few pictures of it to share below:

artificial lakes

professors lakes    

After walking around this lake a few times I quickly became enamoured with the many squirrels I saw scampering about. They are quite cute. I also encountered a variety of berries.

I was very tempted to eat some but fought my overwhelming desire fearing they might be poisonous. If anyone knows if they are safe for consumption or not, please feel free to let me know in the comments.

  

berries in canada  canadian berries  black berries

It seems a lot of time and effort was put into the design of their new legal tender as well. They are thoughtfully and beautifully designed. The material used to print them makes them virtually impossible to tear and very hard to crush. (A few notes are missing)

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picture of Canadian money

Amazing healthcare, good infrastructure, a decent education system are all some of the things that make Canada a great country but arguably the most delightful and amazing thing about this land is the absence of LIZARDS!!!!!

Apparently they don’t do too well in extreme cold :-).

There are relatively few reptiles in Canada, as only a limited number of species have been able to adapt to the diverse, generally colder Canadian climate.

If you read one of my previous articles regarding these awful reptiles, you already know how much I loathe them (Click here for the article on lizards).

What they do have in abundance are squirrels, skunks, geese, raccoons, and a host of other critters i’m not familiar with. Scariest of them all are the skunks. I grew up hearing stories about the stench of a skunk’s spray. I was fortunate enough to smell some on the highway a few times and let me tell you the stench is unbelievable and you can literally smell it for miles.

Pics from my Visit

There are many places to visit and things to do in this land. Naturally they are far too numerous for me to mention or even discover. Fortunately I was able to see a few iconic attractions. I’ve shared some pictures from my trek below. Enjoy:

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Trish Heald
7 years ago

thank godness you didn’t eat those berries, you would have been sick! LMAO at the land of cold you didn’t even see snow.

Laura Schlezinger
7 years ago

nice pictures

Thasha Davidson
7 years ago

Nice synopsis of your visit..i like, now I am left in the cold.

Dave Collymore
7 years ago

Nice write up… I’ve never been to Canada before but I hear good things about there. I’m not so sure about the education system you described though, as the few Canadians I know are now paying back some hefty loan fees.

Andrew Mcleod
7 years ago
Reply to  Dave Collymore

it is much less expensive than US schools based on what i’ve seen.

Nikki Bad-Indian Henry

Excellent summary of your visit……your article totally sold Canada and just because of your article I know many of the readers including me would consider to visit Canada. The pictures were lovely as well…..glad you enjoyed your visit.

Wendy Outstanding
7 years ago

LOVE THE STORY, AND YES CANADA CAN GET COLD BUT IT WASN’T AS BAD WHEN U CAME, RIGHT NOW IT IS FREEZING COLD OUT HERE, BUT WE OR I SHOULD SAY I’M USE TO IT BEING IT FOR MORE THAN 20YEARS…GLAD YOU FULLJOY UR STAY…I CAN HEAR VACATION FOR ME SOON COLD A KILL ME LOL.

David Martin
7 years ago

me need fe run weh to canada..cant take the cold though.

Jamaal Fannin
7 years ago

nice work on the article good to read especially for a visitor. You should do a summer follow up.

Wayde Brown
7 years ago

Very nice, u totally left out the journey in the very speedy Mitsubishi Lancer from Ocho Rios to Montego Bay…….I will so tell anyone that inquires about your mishap at the airport lol.

Glendon Bulgin
7 years ago

Seems like you had a great time.

Patricia Raymond
7 years ago

Based on your article and as a person who loves the cold i;ll be sure to visit…beautifully written :0.

Emprezz Lilean
7 years ago

I love this. I have been to Canada some years ago and it is MIGHTY cold there.I love this page. Brilliant. Excellent start for something realllllly big. Will share ideas as time goes by.

Ramon Hudson
7 years ago

This Is Great And Interesting Love The Way Its Going.

Ta-Shana Beatitude Stephens

I love this Andrew! Very nice caption and description of your vacation. Good insight on what to expect in Canada 🙂

Jozzy Giuseppina Vittoria

has lots of similarities with switzerland…

Meredith Lovette
7 years ago

Very Nice Andrew Mcleod Now yknow too where they get the name skunk herb from too. lol same smell… lol Love all the photos from your trip…Bet your glad to be back in the land of the warm n tropical 🙂

Esmie Mcleod
7 years ago

Well written article.

Rion The-Game Jefferson

dang this made me miss living in Canada so much. can’t take the heat (among a wide host of other things) out here in Jamaica at all. Canada is just so perfect in so many ways.

Andrew Mcleod
7 years ago

it’s nice – but JA nice too man 🙂

Emma Caroline Lewis
7 years ago

What a beautiful photo gallery! I have never visited Canada but would love to. They are generally considered “nice” people although if you have ever watched an ice hockey match you might wonder? Was this a vacation? Keep up the good work and I look forward to reading many more blog posts from you… 🙂

Andrew Mcleod
7 years ago

True they can be passionate about their hockey. It was a vacation 🙂

Emma Caroline Lewis
7 years ago

And you know, you do get used to the cold. Your blood gets thicker… 🙂

Half Bake
7 years ago

This is a good summary me boss. I love the sights and information tht is associated with your travels.

Patrick Valentine
6 years ago

Very nice article man… Nice photo-journal.

Claudette Thompson
6 years ago

nice to know u enjoyed your stay.. well said. come visit us in february so your readers get a better idea of what ( land of cold ) really means. i loved the heat in jamaica when i use to live there…. now to me it feels worst than 20 below! i believe am now wintetized 🙂 no more 96 deg in the shade for me.

Nashanda Hemmings
6 years ago

Haha. I assume no lizards there as they are warm-blooded animals

Joy Wellington-Johnson

Andrew I applaud you for the meticulous way you displayed our Brampton Ontario….it was a pleasing presentation and of course the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Thanks for visiting and of course you MUST come to Alberta the next time you visit, but better in the summer, because I know you wont enjoy winter here. I would also like to introduce to you a live show my daughter is involved in called FUZED, I will send a link to your page. They do this for highlighting different upcoming artist, by using a renown artist to promote… Read more »

Joy Wellington-Johnson

I see you have an article on one of my favorite poet, Mutabaruka (I am also a poet). Will read when I get some time. Right now I am preparing for the Lords Sabbath

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Wellington Joy
5 years ago

Andrew I applaud you for the meticulous way you displayed our Brampton Ontario….it was a pleasing presentation and of course the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Thanks for visiting and of course you MUST come to Alberta the next time you visit, but better in the summer, because I know you wont enjoy winter here. I would also like to introduce to you a live show my daughter is involved in called FUZED, I will send a link to your page. They do this for highlighting different upcoming artist, by using a renown artist to promote… Read more »

Wellington Joy
5 years ago

I see you have an article on one of my favorite poet, Mutabaruka (I am also a poet). Will read when I get some time. Right now I am preparing for the Lords Sabbath

Nashanda Hemmings
5 years ago

Haha. I assume no lizards there as they are warm-blooded animals

Claudette Thompson
5 years ago

nice to know u enjoyed your stay.. well said. come visit us in february so your readers get a better idea of what ( land of cold ) really means. i loved the heat in jamaica when i use to live there…. now to me it feels worst than 20 below! i believe am now wintetized 🙂 no more 96 deg in the shade for me.

Patrick Valentine
5 years ago

Very nice article man… Nice photo-journal.

Emma Caroline Lewis
5 years ago

What a beautiful photo gallery! I have never visited Canada but would love to. They are generally considered “nice” people although if you have ever watched an ice hockey match you might wonder? Was this a vacation? Keep up the good work and I look forward to reading many more blog posts from you… 🙂

Rion O'neal Jefferson
5 years ago

dang this made me miss living in Canada so much. can’t take the heat (among a wide host of other things) out here in Jamaica at all. Canada is just so perfect in so many ways.

Emprezz Lilean
5 years ago

I love this. I have been to Canada some years ago and it is MIGHTY cold there.I love this page. Brilliant. Excellent start for something realllllly big. Will share ideas as time goes by.

Esmie Mcleod
5 years ago

Well written article.

Wayde Brown
5 years ago

Very nice, u totally left out the journey in the very speedy Mitsubishi Lancer from Ocho Rios to Montego Bay…….I will so tell anyone that inquires about your mishap at the airport lol.

Nikki Bad-Indian Henry

Excellent summary of your visit……your article totally sold Canada and just because of your article I know many of the readers including me would consider to visit Canada. The pictures were lovely as well…..glad you enjoyed your visit.

Jamaal Fannin
5 years ago

nice work on the article good to read especially for a visitor. You should do a summer follow up.

Glendon Bulgin
5 years ago

Seems like you had a great time.

Mera Lovette
5 years ago

Very Nice Andrew Mcleod Now yknow too where they get the name skunk herb from too. lol same smell… lol Love all the photos from your trip…Bet your glad to be back in the land of the warm n tropical 🙂

Jozzy Giuseppina Vittoria

has lots of similarities with switzerland…

Ta-Shana Beckford
5 years ago

I love this Andrew! Very nice caption and description of your vacation. Good insight on what to expect in Canada 🙂

Ramon Hudson
5 years ago

This Is Great And Interesting Love The Way Its Going.

Patricia Raymond
5 years ago

Based on your article and as a person who loves the cold i;ll be sure to visit…beautifully written :0.

Wendy Outstanding
5 years ago

LOVE THE STORY, AND YES CANADA CAN GET COLD BUT IT WASN’T AS BAD WHEN U CAME, RIGHT NOW IT IS FREEZING COLD OUT HERE, BUT WE OR I SHOULD SAY I’M USE TO IT BEING IT FOR MORE THAN 20YEARS…GLAD YOU FULLJOY UR STAY…I CAN HEAR VACATION FOR ME SOON COLD A KILL ME LOL.

Dave Collymore
5 years ago

Nice write up… I’ve never been to Canada before but I hear good things about there. I’m not so sure about the education system you described though, as the few Canadians I know are now paying back some hefty loan fees.

David Martin
5 years ago

me need fe run weh to canada..cant take the cold though.

Thasha Davidson
5 years ago

Nice synopsis of your visit..i like, now I am left in the cold.

Trish Heald
5 years ago

thank godness you didn’t eat those berries, you would have been sick! LMAO at the land of cold you didn’t even see snow.

Laura Schlezinger
5 years ago

nice pictures