Greeks are some of this world's most “spoiled” people, living in a place of extreme and diverse beauty, enjoying delicious seafood treats while their bodies get pleasantly heated from the warmth of the Greek sun. It's quite difficult for a Greek to leave this way of life and migrate to Northern countries such as Canada but, that said, as the unemployment rate in Greece keeps on rising, more and more Greeks are thinking of making the move to the Great White North. Here's a guide that will help Greeks not to feel completely out of their comfort zone while in Canada.

 

Temperature

The first thing that a Greek travelling to Canada will notice is the much colder weather, especially during the winter months when the temperature may reach to an average of -30C (a record of -50C in some places). The warmest big city in Canada is Toronto which happens also to be the most populated. Kamloops is even more suitable as it stays relatively warm during the winter too. 

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Kamloops is warm enough for a Greek to wear a t-shirt now and then, by Chensiyuan / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0

 

Sunshine

Sun is the invigorating life giving force of our nature, and Greeks have grown up enjoying our local star's warmth during the whole year. While Kamloops is quite sunny, you may find other places in Canada where sun is almost never missing. The city of Calgary is the most characteristic example, getting sunshine for 332.93 days a year. The total sunshine per year reaches 2405 hours or 24.5% of the time!

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Pengrowth Saddledome by day By Gorgo (Photo taken by author) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Living in Calgary would render your sunglasses useful again [Public Domain]

 

Food

Greek cuisine is one of the most tasteful and rich in every aspect, so Greeks are used to special tidbits and delicacies that aren't easily found in places like Canada. Thankfully, there are many good restaurants across the country that offer tasty local dishes and snacks. The best of the best though are to be found in Toronto, Calgary and Montreal, so those of you who love good food should choose one of those three cities.

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Lamb Souvlaki By Geoff Peters from Vancouver, BC, Canada (lamb souvlaki) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Plenty of souvlaki on the Danforth, by Geoff Peters / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 2.0

 

Beaches

Greeks are used to swimming in the majestic Aegean and Ionian Seas that count hundreds of islands and beaches of peerless beauty, so this habit will be one of the hardest to fulfill while in Canada. Although the country doesn't lack shores and beaches, most are much colder, darker and somewhat “inhuman” compared to what Greeks are used to. The best choice you have regarding that is to live in New Brunswick which, apart from being closer to Greece than most other places in Canada, boasts more than 50 white-sanded, shallow-water beaches. Moreover, in the Northumberland Strait there is a set of beautiful lagoons where the warmest salt-water in the country is to be found. 

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Cape Jourimain Lighthouse By Dennis Jarvis from Halifax, Canada (DGJ_8469 - Start Walking  Uploaded by X-Weinzar) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Atlantic Ocean never looked better than this, Dennis Jarvis / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 2.0

 

Entertainment

Where Canadians may seek for serenity and calmness in their lives, Greeks certainly want some opa! The best bet for getting some entertainment is surely the country's largest city, Toronto. Being a major tourist destination for decades now, Toronto features many spots of vibrant lifestyle and crowded nightclubs were unbridled parties take place.

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Toronto Party Boat at night By Andrew Rivett from Toronto, Canada (Toronto Party Boat) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Party on the lake or on land in Toronto, by Andrew Rivett / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY 2.0

 

Football

Greeks may find themselves confused and frustrated when they realize that the most popular sports in Canada don't even exist in Greece, and that professional soccer fields and soccer teams are almost nowhere to be found in the country. Greece's favourite sport is actually played by many in Canada but you are going to have a difficult time finding a team to watch play a pro match, or just attend and enjoy one from the bleachers, unless its amateur soccer. (There are thousands of amateur teams.) Toronto FC and Vancouver Whitecaps are the most notable teams participating in the American MLS championship, but if you want to watch Canada's elite national team, you will have to visit Commonwealth Stadium located in Edmonton.

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Commonwealth Field By SJS12 (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Canada's national team plays here, by SJS12 / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0

 

Alcohol

The relationship of Greeks and alcohol go back to the ancient times and the Dionysian Mysteries. Nowadays, Greeks drink a lot of wine and beer along with their food or for recreational purposes, so they may find it annoying that the consumption of alcohol in public places is generally forbidden in Canada. The most tolerant place in the country concerning this issue is Quebec where laws on the consumption of alcohol in public are more relaxed than in the rest of Canada. Most notably, alcohol may be consumed in public parks in Quebec during a meal.

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Looks like a great place to have a spruce beer while eating some Quebec bacon :) [Public Domain]

 


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