A recent study has come out to say that the Maritimes is the least happy place in Canada. Excuse us? The home of Anne of Green Gables, and kitchen parties? We demand a recount! The Maritimes that we know could never make anyone sad (unless of course you work in the film industry, but we won’t go there today).
Together, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and P.E.I. might come across as Canada’s forgotten little sister; the one that gets overlooked and left behind by their bigger siblings Ontario, Alberta, and BC. But, what they lack in city size or population, they more than make up in jaw-dropping beauty. Jealousy inducing? Absolutely. Here are 25 reasons that the rest of Canada secretly wishes they lived there:
1. You’re never more than an hour from a stunning salt water beach (and in many places you’re much, much closer).
2. Lots of Maritime kids spend as much time playing with seaweed as they do playing with screens.
3. And even their winter storms are works of art.
4. There aren’t many carpool lanes, but that’s OK because you can take a ferry to work.
5. Their pride in their history is stronger than much of the country’s pride in their hockey teams.
6. You might find donairs in other Canadian provinces, but they’ll never compare to the real thing. Really. Never.
7. You can dance on the ocean floor at Hopewell Rocks during low tide.
8. And fishermen often plan their schedules around the moon’s gravitational pull.
9. Even the bouys are beautiful.
10. They embrace bilingualism. English and Gaelic signs are the norm throughout Cape Breton, and let’s not forget that New Brunswick is Canada’s only bilingual province.
11. There are lighthouses on every corner of every coast, and each one is more majestic than the last.
12. The changing colours in the autumn months might actually put a spell on you.
13. Gridlock? Guess again.
14. …Except for a stubborn Moose every once in a while.
15. Oh, and there’s an argyle print street in Halifax. It’s the cutest, and it’s called Argyle Street, obviously.
16. National Geographic has called the 300km Cabot Trail a “must see.” Cape Bretoners call it home.
17. Torontonians can paint their houses yellow ’til the cows come home, but they’ll never have this view…
18. …Or this one.
19. Sunsets in Port Hood are what dreams are made of.
20. Fresh lobster right off the boat? It’s what’s for dinner.
21. Poutine would be nothing without PEI potatoes.
22. Canada’s only true ‘links’ golf course? Yup. Martimers own that too.
23. Technicolour oceanside towns make landlocked Canadians green with envy.
24. New Brunswick’s covered bridges can turn anyone into a hopeless romantic.
25. Luckily, Maritimers are prepared with countless quaint churches, because they know that everyone is bound to fall in love.