In celebration of Canada Day, here are some of my favorite things (so far) about life in Atlantic Canada:
Bulk Barn! This bulk foods store has all sorts of vegetarian necessities like nutritional yeast, textured vegetable protein, ground flaxseed, chia seeds, quinoa, rice, and even vegetarian chicken soup mix. There is also a great selection of gluten-free flours. My favorites are chickpea flour (can’t make socca without it!), almond flour, and of course the gluten-free all-purpose flour mixture. Last but not least, especially for the younger customers, Bulk Barn has an amazing selection of candy. I am all about their dark chocolate-covered almonds, non-gelatinous gummy candies, and Turkish Delight (all of which are vegan).
Nice drivers! Compared to other places I’ve lived, the drivers here are very polite. People here are so nice when you need to merge or change lanes, and they are good about allowing pedestrians to cross streets as well.
Huge areas of undeveloped land. You don’t have to go many miles from a city before you find yourself in the wilderness. It’s kind of wonderful.
A rally to restore sanity is not necessary here. Of course not everyone shares the same opinions about political issues, but people here don’t seem like they’re itching to start a heated argument over politics either. People seem to still have some trust in the government, and so they prefer to focus their energy on other things, like gardening and hockey.
Emphasis on recycling and composting. Everywhere in Halifax Regional Municipality (even rather rural areas like where we live) has roadside recycling and compost pickup. And workplaces and sidewalks have recycling and organics receptacles as well as the standard garbage can. I really appreciate this effort to reduce our collective waste.