Best Canada Travel Quotes

Introduction

I (Paul Heller) love collecting the Best Canada Travel Quotes for my Fifty Plus Nomad blog. I spend hours searching to find quotes that:

  • Reflect how I feel about a place or a travel-related issue
  • Add a new or interesting perspective to a discussion about a place or issue, even if I disagree with the author’s viewpoint.
  • Make me laugh, cry, or smile.
  • Perfectly capture a place, emotion, or issue.

I don’t include quotes about unknown places or travel experiences.

All my blog posts lead off with a quote relevant to the post’s subject. I frequently post quotes on my Facebook group: Long Term Traveling and Living Abroad Over 50.

In addition, I have added several previously unseen quotes I discovered while putting together this page.

I hope you enjoy these Best Canada Travel Quotes as much as I enjoyed putting them together.

Let me know if you have any additional quotes to add to this page.

21 Best Canada Quotes

“Canada is the only country in the world that knows how to live without an identity.”
Marshall McLuhan

“Canada was built on dead beavers.”
Margaret Atwood

“In the European tradition, rivers are seen as divisions between peoples. But in the Aboriginal tradition, rivers are seen as the glue, the highway, the linkage between people, not the separation. And that’s the history of Canada: our rivers and lakes were our highways.”
John Ralston Saul

“My dream is for people around the world to look up and to see Canada like a little jewel sitting at the top of the continent.
Tommy Douglas

“Strange, how in all those apocalyptic movies, when their society breaks down into lawlessness and anarchy, Canada is always the haven of safety, the place people want to escape to.”
Jenifer Mohamm
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When I’m in Canada, I feel this is what the world should be like.”
Jane Fonda

Canada is a country of ingredients without a cuisine; we’re a country with musicians without an indigenous instrument; Toronto’s a city that doesn’t even have a dish named after it.”
Mike Myers

“Canada’s eminent position today is a tribute to the patience, tolerance, and strength of character of her people, of both French and British strains. For Canada is enriched by the heritage of France as well as of Britain, and Quebec has imparted the vitality and spirit of France itself to Canada. Canada’s notable achievement of national unity and progress through accommodation, moderation and forbearance can be studied with profit by her sister nations.”
Harry S. Truman

In any world menu, Canada must be considered the vichyssoise of nations — it’s cold, half-French, and difficult to stir.
James Keate

“It is wonderful to feel the grandness of Canada in the raw.”
Emily Carr

“I see Canada as a country torn between a very northern, rather extraordinary, mystical spirit which it fears and its desire to present itself to the world as a Scotch banker.”
Robertson Davies

“Canada is the essence of not being. Not English, not American, it is the mathematics of not being.”
Mike Myers

“I’m sorry I live in the greatest country in the world. I’m sorry! I’m sorry, but Canadians apologize so much because we know we’re the greatest. Sorry!”
Dan Aykroyd

“80% of Canadian culture is just French-Canadian culture, 19% is being annoyed at Americans, and the remaining 1% is regional beer.”
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“Canada has a passive-aggressive culture, with a lot of sarcasm and righteousness. That went with my weird messianic complex. The ego is a fascinating monster. I was taught from a young age that I had to serve, so that turned into me thinking I had to save the planet.
Alanis Morissette

¨”To survive the Canadian winter, one needs a body of brass, eyes of glass, and blood made of brandy.”
Louis Armand de Lom d’Arce Lahontan

“If I had my way I’d move everybody up to Canada. It’s nice there. Very polite. We went for a weekend last fall and got a flat tire and these two farmers with bright-red faces insisted on fixing it, then springing for dinner, then starting a college fund for the babies.”
George Saunders

“I love Canada. It’s a wonderful political act of faith that exists atop a breathtakingly beautiful land.”
Yann Martel

“We have never been a melting pot. The fact is we are more like a tossed salad. We are green, some of us are oily, and there’s a little vinegar injected when you get up to Ottawa.”
Armold Edinborough

“In Canada, we’re happy to provide a safe haven for next-door neighbors in the middle of a marital dispute. And if anyone trips while crossing the border, we’re happy to set their broken bones for free.”
Douglas Coupland

“Agreeable people are warm and friendly. They’re nice; they’re polite. You find a lot of them in Canada.”
Adam Grant

“I’m a Canadian. Outside Canada, I carry the flag. Canadian nationalism isn’t as insidious as American nationalism, though. It’s good-natured. It’s all about maple syrup, not war.”
Feist

4 Quebec Travel Quotes

Note: I lived in Montreal for nine summers. Montreal and Quebec are deeply rooted in my soul.

My great hope would be that Quebec would realize itself fully as a distinct part of Canada, and stay Canadian, bringing to Canada a part of its richness.”
Gabrielle Roy

“Quebec City is the most European of any city in North America; they speak French all the time. There is a part of town called Old Quebec which is really like being in France. The architecture is just gorgeous, food, shopping. I’d say Quebec City is the most beautiful city in North America I’ve seen.”
Sebastian Bach

“I can’t think of this country without Quebec. Je parle francais. And when I think about being a Canadian, speaking French is part of it.
Michael Ignatieff

In Quebec, we’re less inhibited artistically, culturally, politically. We’re less focused on box office and comparing our films to the American films.”
Philippe Falardeau

10 Canadian City Travel Quotes

“Canadian cities looked the way American cities did on television.”
William Gibson

Montreal Travel Quotes

“There is something special about Montréal, I don’t know what it is because I didn’t spend enough time
here, but the band is attracted by the city. Maybe it’s because of the dual culture which, in a way, reminds
us of Ireland, or because Montréal is more a cultural centre than a political centre, or simply because
Montréal has some of the most beautiful women I ever saw in my life.”
Bono, lead singer of U2

“Food from Quebec is not known to be amazing. Actually, even though you can eat really, really well in Montreal, it’s crazy. It’s one of the best cities I eat in, but typical Quebec food is like food from people that work in the woods. It’s potatoes, meat and sauce.”
Charlotte Le Bon

“I love Montréal. My parents got married in Montréal, on Sainte-Catherine Street. I’ve got more affection
for Montrealers than you can imagine.”
Renée Zellweger, Actress / Montréal Musique Plus


“I believe there is a growing need for genuine alternative places, which is represented here in an
extraordinary way.”
Wim Wenders, German Filmmaker / Montréal La Presse


“I feel like family in Québec and Montréal, and by the way, Montréal is my favourite city in the world!
It’s the only place that combines all the good things about Europe and America, with none of the bad!”
Holly Cole, Jazz Singer / Sherbrooke La Tribune

Toronto Travel Quotes

“Toronto is a very multicultural city, a place of immigrants, like my parents.”
Melanie Fiona

Toronto is a special city, and the environment is perfect for the arts; free and alive. I’m a New Yorker, and Toronto reminds me of a much cleaner New York, so it’s like coming home after your mom just cleaned your room for you; for me that’s a lovely environment.”
Emory Cohen

“The fact that over 50 percent of the residents of Toronto are not from Canada, that is always a good thing, creatively, and for food especially. That is easily a city’s biggest strength, and it is Toronto’s unique strength.”
Anthony Bourdain

Vancouver Travel Quotes

I love just how beautiful Vancouver is. I mean, everywhere you look it’s just mountains and ocean.”
Emma Bell

“So far, Vancouver is my favorite relocation city. It feels like home. Parts of it remind me of the east coast. It’s very clean. The food is great. And the people are lovely. Not that I didn’t love working in other glamorous locations like Downey, Detroit, Cleveland or Bulgaria… but, damn, it is fun to be Canadian.”
Rachel Nichols

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Paul Heller has been a lifelong avid traveler and language learner and teacher, Even as a child, he told Santa Claus that he wanted to visit all the children worldwide. At seven years old, Paul wanted to retire to Mexico. At eight, he memorized the name, capital, location, and some facts about every country worldwide. At twelve, he found a book "Lonely Planet: Southeast Asia on a Shoestring" and started developing his own itinerary for a future round-the-world trip. He remained obsessed with travel; after getting a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California and working as an administrator, He spent his vacations going to different countries around the globe studying language, touring, and volunteering. In 1994, he quit his job and lived in Russia as a volunteer English instructor. He discovered that he loved teaching languages. In 2004, he decided to make a living out of his travels and founded a community of people who love to travel just like him. He developed 5 three-hour classes about living and traveling long-term worldwide which he taught in over 50 adult education programs throughout the US. After his parents passed, he realized his dream of traveling around the world; cruising and touring some of the most remote places like the North Atlantic, Patagonia, and Oceania; and learning new languages (he knows Spanish, Italian, French, and Russian). Paul encourages everyone to learn foreign languages. He knows that it can be frustrating and slow but that anyone can learn a language if they put in the work and, most importantly, learning a language is well worth the time and effort because it opens up a whole new set of people, ideas, and cultures. He is currently spending the next chapter of his life in Mérida, México. He is excited about using this blog and his classes and workshops to inspire and equip fellow Fifty Plus Nomads with the language, cultural, and psychological skills necessary to be successful and happy long-term travelers and expats over 50.

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