O Canada!

“If Trump gets elected, I’m moving to Canada.”

Many people have been threatening a move across country borders in the event that a radical presidential candidate is elected in the 2016 general election this November. But how much of this is just talk? It is expensive and time-consuming to move to another country. However, during each election cycle, there are threats from people on both sides of the political spectrum of trekking to a country whose leader better suits their opinions. Donald Trump, the current Republican front-runner, has widely received this response from those who oppose him. Despite this, there are very few individuals so desperately dedicated to their political views that they will take the move to Canada in January of 2017, when the next president will be inaugurated. Predictions say that if Donald Trump is elected, very few people will actually move, despite the comments and threats that go around.

The Cabot Trail in Chéticamp. Image credit to the Cabot Trail.

The Cabot Trail in Chéticamp. Image courtesy of the Cabot Trail.

My family is from western Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia in maritime Canada, which is how I came to find out about a new campaign on this island. Cape Breton is about the same size as the largest Hawaiian island, is situated east of the Nova Scotian mainland, and is connected to the mainland by the 1.4 kilometer Canso Causeway. Cape Breton is generally a socially, economically, and ideologically liberal area of the country. With inexpensive college education, nationalized healthcare, and a democratic socialist governmental approach, Cape Breton embodies all the things Trump does not. However, it does embody the Bernie Sanders approach. An individual in Cape Breton has taken notice of this and has started a campaign called Cape Breton If Trump Wins. The principle of this campaign is to welcome Americans if Trump is elected president. Currently, Cape Breton is a sparsely populated island; there is plenty of room for people to move in on this land, which would bring new prosperity to the area. The island is still small, so it will not withstand the amount of migratory threats raging around Trump. However, the area is full of beautiful scenery and is a corner of the world worth visiting. An important aspect of this campaign that should be recognized is that the government is not taking political refugees; rather, an individual is inviting Americans of all political views to consider the move to his homeland.

How feasible is it to join the Cape Breton Island community? As I mentioned previously, moving is expensive and time-consuming, especially across country borders, with the legalities and minutia involved in changing the country you reside in. Visas are sometimes required to live abroad, and the process complicates twofold if you want to work there. You would have to find a place to live, and although the Cape Breton housing market is one of the most affordable in the world, this is still a challenging task. Altogether, the move is not feasible for the average person.

Although I doubt there will be mass migration, I still recommend visiting Cape Breton Island. Being a Nova Scotian myself, I thought I’d compile my best suggestions.

The Red Barn Restaurant. Image courtesy of the Baddeck and Area Business & Tourism Association.

The Red Barn Restaurant. Image courtesy of the Baddeck and Area Business & Tourism Association.

Food: Nova Scotia is renowned for its seafood, and there are plenty of restaurants to show for this, but we also have plenty of other cuisine to choose from. My first suggestion is the Yellow Cello Cafe in Baddeck. This cafe sits on the water and often has musical entertainment, as well as some excellent food. I have been going to the Yellow Cello since before I could walk. Next, I suggest a visit to the Red Barn Restaurant. Also in Baddeck, this building which is quite literally a red barn, sitting in the rolling green hills. Next, is a seafood location in Chéticamp, the Seafood Stop. The Seafood Stop has the best seafood in the area and a convenient location near all the campgrounds. Also, there are several Tim Hortons locations across the island, and what’s not to love about the Dunkin’ Donuts of Canada? Finally, Mr. Chicken simply cannot go unrecognized. A slightly questionable fast food chicken location, with a location in Chéticamp and Inverness, each visit to Cape Breton warrants a family trip to Mr. Chicken, followed by some soft serve from their ice cream window.

The end of the Skyline Trail at Sunset. Image credit to the Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

The end of the Skyline Trail at Sunset. Image courtesy of the Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

 Throughout Nova Scotia, there are many tourist attractions. My favorites are Captain Mark’s Whale and Seal Cruise in Pleasant Bay, which is ironically where I spotted my first bald eagle. Next, hiking the Skyline Trail is a must do. You are guaranteed to see a moose (I have seen at least one every hike I have been on!) and the hike is a fairly easy trek for an incredible view. Next is a personal favorite, the Inverness Raceway, a standardbred harness racing track in Inverness, where all ages bet their two-dollar coins (the toonie) on their winning horse and cheer the night away. And of course, the Cabot Trail is always a fun drive, where you can see a bit of almost all of the island.

So, if we see a President Trump or not, you will be able to find me on Cape Breton Island some time out of the year. It is a beautiful place, and my place of choice as a refuge from American politics.

Featured image courtesy of The Chronicle Herald.

About the author

Abigail Winfree is a junior, who is that weird horse girl.