Saturday, June 02, 2007

Seven Wonders of...Canada

My mom alerted me to the fact that the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) is looking to name Canada's Seven Wonders.

While this is a great "local tourism" enhancer, the initial list that has been compiled consists of 52 sites/things. I bet most of you who aren't Canadian are thinking "What could Canada possibly have to offer other than snow and Niagara Falls?" Go to the website and you'll see that we have quite a lot to offer. "But how are we suppose to choose 7 from 52?" remarked my Mom.

As I scanned the list, and the pretty pictures next to each entry, I came to the stark realization that I have not seen/been to many of the places/things. 11, in fact. That is a terrible display of domestic tourism on my part. I really need to get on that.

There are a few things on the list that I question:

  • Cypress Hills - no, not that rap group. It's a hill in the middle of the prairies. Get over yourself, Saskatchewan, you'll just never have mountains (I'm eagerly awaiting your response, Megan)
  • Grand Beach - it's a beach. Go see the beaches of Goa, then come talk to me about having inland sand as a wonder.
  • Prairie Skies - hmm...I seem to be bashing the prairies a bit too much. I have nothing against the skies, but what makes them so special? (Megan?)
  • The Montreal Bagel - Well, it's only the 2nd most famous food to come out of Montreal. If anything, poutine should be in its place.
  • The Stanley Cup - if the American teams weren't busy winning it every year, we might actually be able to lay claim to this wonder. Even then, I guess the cup still spends a lot of time in Canada due to the number of Canadian players on each team.
  • Wreck Beach - Nice to know that one of Canada's most famous nude beaches made the list.

All I can say is, where is Head Smashed in Buffalo Jump? I guess when you name a historical site as such, it's not going to make too many lists.

12 Comments:

At 5:57 PM, Blogger Meg said...

Kent,

You don't understand. A prairie sky is an incredible thing. It moves and shifts and changes like it's a breathing, living thing. The colours, the patterns, the great expanse.

You won't believe it until you see it, complimenting an entire horizon of uninterrupted gold wheat. It's breathtaking.

And the cypress hills? cool, but not as cool as the Great Sandhills in Saskatchewan.

 
At 9:15 PM, Blogger Miss Canthus said...

And which is next on your list to play tourist at? Wreck Beach?

I have seen 13 on the list, if you count igloo (the ones we built in our yard), icy roads (I guess all of us can include those), Northern Lights (not the realy spectacular ones though), etc, etc.

Yes Megan, prairie skies are pretty cool, but I prefer snow capped peaks reaching up into them.

Did you vote? Which seven did you vote for?
I voted for:
Haida Gwaii
Spiral Tunnels
Rockies
Cabot Trail
Nahanni Park
Northern Lights
Pingos

At least I think those were the ones I voted for... It was tough to choose!!

 
At 2:12 AM, Blogger kent said...

I've seen the Prairie Skies. I just didn't live under them, so I can't comment on their "dynamics."

I've seen Wreck Beach already. I saw the spiral tunnels last summer, and I didn't think they were all that impressive.

I'll vote and then post my list in a new post for y'all to scrutinize.

 
At 2:14 AM, Blogger kent said...

I see voting ended yesterday. Too bad...

Sleeping Giant sure got some love. I bet the whole city of Thunder Bay went online to vote.

 
At 9:41 AM, Blogger Miss Canthus said...

The spiral tunnels sounded good, so I voted for them. Wanted to emphasize the West.

I can't figure out how the Sleeping Giant even made the list, let alone got so many votes!! I have a feeling I may pay for that comment. LOL

The voting sure didn't last long and the first time I went it was overwhelmed, so it wasn't even working.

 
At 10:05 PM, Anonymous Gary said...

Yes I was in T Bay when the vote was on. They were going nuts there. Twicw as many votes as the next favorite, Niagara Falls.

 
At 5:41 AM, Blogger Samantha said...

Why did you want to emphasise the West? There's so much to appreciate all across this great country. I think the exercise is to make Canadians proud of the collective identity of the country, rather than be a West vs. East thing.

I was pretty overwhelmed when I first saw the list so I was a little intimidated and didn't vote. If I had though, the Bay of Fundy would have been at the top of the list. It really is amazing!

 
At 5:47 AM, Blogger Samantha said...

I counted 18 that I've been to (at least that I can remember - I travelled a lot as a child). So many more to see though!

 
At 5:54 AM, Blogger kent said...

Emphasize the west? I don't remember doing that.

I hadn't even heard of quite a few of the wonders. I really do think it's a great attempt to promote domestic tourism outside of the major cities/landmarks.

 
At 11:52 PM, Blogger Samantha said...

You didn't say that, your mom did. I just thought it was an odd comment.

 
At 10:37 AM, Blogger Miss Canthus said...

Samantha, I said "emphasize the west" because the east has the bulk of the population and are going to vote for what they know best.

In the same vein, hardly anyone has heard of pingoes (I learned about them at university) so I thought I would throw my powerful vote behind somewhere unlikely to receive votes because of its physical distance from the mainstream.

Why hasn't Megan commented about her Prairie Skies making the big 7? Oh, I just checked her blog and she is on a road trip.

 
At 12:26 AM, Blogger Samantha said...

Ah... that makes more sense then.

 

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