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Old 01-15-2016, 09:36 PM
 
Location: New York Area
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Medicine Hat, sure, but you selected Peace River for Alberta over Lethbridge and Red Deer? Gosh, you do know your stuff!
Thanks. I just selected the first two that came to mind. I was going to type Fort Macmurray and/or Wood Buffalo National Park (partly in NWT I guess) but had a senior moment.

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And for PEI, you could use Summerside or Cavendish, in addition to Charlottetown.
I actually hadn't heard of those locales until reading your post.
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Old 01-15-2016, 10:31 PM
 
Location: Alberta, Canada
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Thanks. I just selected the first two that came to mind. I was going to type Fort Macmurray and/or Wood Buffalo National Park (partly in NWT I guess) but had a senior moment.
You did just fine. You got me wondering if I could name two non-pro-sports cities or towns in all 50 American states.

Some are easy: New York has Schnectady and Albany, Colorado has Pueblo and Colorado Springs, Kentucky has Louisville and Frankfort, and Kansas has Lawrence and Topeka. Alaska is a no-brainer, with Anchorage and Fairbanks, as is Montana with Great Falls and Billings, and New Hampshire with Concord and Keene. There are other easy ones, of course (Vermont, Iowa, Maine, Nebraska, and others), but then I get to thinking about the more difficult ones.

For Rhode Island, I can only think of Providence; and for North Carolina, all I know (that is non-pro-sports) is Asheville. I know Texas has El Paso and Fort Worth, but I'm unsure if the latter would be included with Dallas for the purposes of our discussion. And all I know about Arkansas is Little Rock.

Then come the really difficult ones. California should be easy, but LA (NBA and MLB and NHL and now NFL), San Francisco (MLB and NFL), San Diego (MLB and NFL), San Jose (NHL) and even Sacramento (NBA) have pro sports teams. I'm left with communities that are part of the larger cities: Culver City and Santa Monica in LA and South San Francisco in the SF area.

An interesting exercise, JBG!
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Old 01-15-2016, 10:42 PM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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Canada has been in my conscious mind since I was a kid. I played youth hockey and when I was ten our team took a bus up to Sherbrooke, Quebec for a tournament. At the age of 10 it was intimidating to say the least to have bilingual referees and getting our a** kicked all over that hockey rink.

I grew up in Massachusetts, so Canada was always relatively nearby and we'd see a lot of tourists from Quebec and the Maritimes in the summer. In New England I'd say a lot of awareness of Canada stems from Quebec's drinking age being 18, so the obligatory party weekend trips to Montreal become somewhat of ritual for many in their late adolescence. In my 20's I lived in Seattle, and most people I knew there had been to Vancouver. I visited there and the Island fairly frequently when I was living on the left coast.

My last trip back was to Quebec City in 2006 so it's been 10 years! I'm looking forward to getting back up there this summer (and out of the July desert heat in the Southwest). I'm heading up to the rock and flying up to St. John's for four to five days, might squeeze in an extended layover Toronto as well. I can't wait to get to Newfoundland!
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Old 01-15-2016, 11:39 PM
 
Location: Alberta, Canada
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Desert, weren't you planning a trip to Toronto, and asked about that in the Toronto forum? Or do I have you confused with somebody else?

Never mind, Newfoundland is beautiful and a lot of fun, and I hope you have a great time!
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Old 01-16-2016, 07:02 AM
 
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And don't get sucked into "kissing the cod" to entertain the locals (don't ask) who would not kiss a cod for all the free Tim Hortons in the world.
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Old 01-16-2016, 07:46 AM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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Desert, weren't you planning a trip to Toronto, and asked about that in the Toronto forum? Or do I have you confused with somebody else?

Never mind, Newfoundland is beautiful and a lot of fun, and I hope you have a great time!
That was me, same plan. Was wondering what to do in Toronto within the time constraints of a layover on my way to Newfoundland. Thanks!

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And don't get sucked into "kissing the cod" to entertain the locals (don't ask) who would not kiss a cod for all the free Tim Hortons in the world.
Ha! I was watching youtube vidoes on Newfoundland and saw that stunt. Do a lot of bars there do that, or just one of them?
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Old 01-16-2016, 08:06 AM
 
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That was me, same plan. Was wondering what to do in Toronto within the time constraints of a layover on my way to Newfoundland. Thanks!



Ha! I was watching youtube vidoes on Newfoundland and saw that stunt. Do a lot of bars there do that, or just one of them?
You will find any number of bars along George St pushing some kind of "ceremony" with an attempt to make theirs unique. All of them will however have a resident cod that needs courting.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George...(St._John%27s)
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Old 01-16-2016, 01:00 PM
 
Location: Vancouver
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Please, the vast majority of people here in Pittsburgh know of Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal at the least any most people here make the drive to Toronto and Montreal at least once in life.
...and what provinces they are in? EDIT I see a your listings order show that.

In your neck of the woods, that may very well be true. However most Americans have never been to Canada.
Most have never learned about it in school...at any level.

I've met many Americans and have travelled and been to the states scores of times over my 57 years, starting at age 4.

It runs the gamut. Americans that are VERY knowledgeable about Canada, some that have some vague ideas, usually wrong, and those without a clue.
Those without a clue, are the majority in my experience.

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Old 01-16-2016, 01:03 PM
 
Location: New York Area
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You did just fine. You got me wondering if I could name two non-pro-sports cities or towns in all 50 American states.

Some are easy: New York has Schnectady and Albany, Colorado has Pueblo and Colorado Springs, Kentucky has Louisville and Frankfort, and Kansas has Lawrence and Topeka. Alaska is a no-brainer, with Anchorage and Fairbanks, as is Montana with Great Falls and Billings, and New Hampshire with Concord and Keene. There are other easy ones, of course (Vermont, Iowa, Maine, Nebraska, and others), but then I get to thinking about the more difficult ones.

For Rhode Island, I can only think of Providence; and for North Carolina, all I know (that is non-pro-sports) is Asheville. I know Texas has El Paso and Fort Worth, but I'm unsure if the latter would be included with Dallas for the purposes of our discussion. And all I know about Arkansas is Little Rock.

Then come the really difficult ones. California should be easy, but LA (NBA and MLB and NHL and now NFL), San Francisco (MLB and NFL), San Diego (MLB and NFL), San Jose (NHL) and even Sacramento (NBA) have pro sports teams. I'm left with communities that are part of the larger cities: Culver City and Santa Monica in LA and South San Francisco in the SF area.

An interesting exercise, JBG!
Fort Worth would be considered a separate city from Dallas, the same way Gatineau (Hull) is separate from Ottawa. It's not like Leominister which is one city in two provinces.
  1. Alaska - Kotzbue, Barrow
  2. Hawaii - Hilo, Lahaina
  3. Washington - Spokane and Tacoma
  4. Oregon - Salem and Pendleton (OK, it has a prison)
  5. California - Eureka and Barstow
  6. Idaho - Couer D' Alene (sp), Sun Valley
  7. Utah - Moab, Alta
  8. Arizona - Flagstaff, Yuma
  9. Montana - Great Falls, Helena
  10. Wyoming - Casper, Cheyenne
  11. Colorado - Durango, Boulder
  12. New Mexico - Taos, Alamogordo
  13. North Dakota - Bismarck, Fargo
  14. South Dakota - Pierre, Wall
  15. Nebraska - Lincoln, North Platte
  16. Kansas - Topeka, Kansas City (teams are in Missouri version)
  17. Oklahoma - Tulsa, Oklahoma City (not sure on that one)
  18. Texas - Amarillo, El Paso
  19. Minnesota - Duluth, Moorehead
  20. Iowa - Muscatine, Cedar City
  21. Missouri - Jefferson City, Fergeson
  22. Arkansas - Fort Smith, Bentonville
  23. Louisiana - Fort Charles, Lafayette
  24. Wisconsin - Madison, Eau Claire
  25. Illinois - Springfield, East Saint Louis
  26. Kentucky - Frankfort, Paducah (Lincoln's birthplace)
  27. Tennessee - Knoxville, Chattanooga
  28. Mississippi - Biloxi, Jackson
  29. Michigan - Sault St. Marie (U.S. version), Escanaba
  30. Indiana - Gary, Evansville
  31. Alabama - Montgomery and Mobile
  32. Ohio - Columbus, Youngstown
  33. West Virginia (almost heaven) - Charleston, Morgantown
  34. Virginia - Newport News, Alexandria
  35. North Carolina - Greenville, Durham
  36. South Carolina - Columbia, Greenville (yes same city name, two non-contiguous cities)
  37. Georgia - Macon, Savannah
  38. Florida - Tallahassee and Boca Raton
  39. Maine - Augusta, Caribou
  40. New Hampshire - North Conway, Miltonborough (sp)
  41. Vermont - Montpelier, Manchester
  42. Massachusetts - Becket, Pittsfield
  43. Rhode Island - Pawtucket, Kingston
  44. Connecticut - Greenwich, Stamford
  45. New York - Scarsdale, Nyack
  46. New Jersey - Bergenfield, Paramus
  47. Pennsylvania - Erie, Bethlehem
  48. Delaware - Dover, Lewes Beach
  49. Maryland - Salisbury, Bethesda
  50. Washington DC (self-contained and has teams)
  51. My mental map has to be omitting a state (OK just remembered Nevada), Carson City, Elko
And I'll admit to forgetting Pennsylvania until just before hitting "save" button, though one of my sons goes to college there.
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Old 01-16-2016, 01:08 PM
 
Location: Vancouver
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Who cares?

Do you know the prime ministers and presidents from other countries in the world? What about English-speaking countries - just to narrow it down? It this information important for the general populace to know? If so, why?

Knowing the capital cities of other countries and a little about their customs seems more important to me that being up on who's who in politics. It's not as if politicians even run the world. Knowing the ins and outs of high finance would better inform anyone interested in this degenerating global system. It's the financiers who run the world - always follow the money! $$$

Most people in the West don't even know their own neighbors, so it's hardly surprising if their interest in other people and places is... limited, is it?
I do pretty much. The ones that interest me. However since Canada is the behemoth to the north of the US, and shares such a long border, a little knowledge should be expected. As well as being a huge trading partner.
Does it matter? On one level, of course not.

Ignorance can be really dangerous though. Get some of those GOP crazies in the White House who think Canada as some Socialist hell hole who should be " liberated " shouldn't have any rights to it's own resources...such as water..." could spell for some very interesting action. Not war, but trade issues and immense pressure.

How many times on this board have we had to explain that we are a Parliamentary Democracy with a free market economy.

On another level, someone who can't name ANYTHING outside their own country, looks uneducated, and uninterested the world. Not someone I care to hang out with.
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