I've just had a brief and enjoyable sojourn to Montreal, and thought I'd just write a bit about a few interesting things I noted about Canada (and Quebec) while I was there.
First off, the whole place seems much more laid-back: you can't help but ponder the differences in work-life balance between here and the UK, when everyone is focused on their leisure activities, be they canoe camping, sailing, hiking or, in the winter, skiing.
Secondly, the trains were a revelation: quite pricey (i.e. just cheaper than the UK) but with more legroom than the Eurostar, and a check-in person for each carriage. Just nice people, too...
Thirdly, while there is a fair preponderance of large and unnecessary cars (although many do at least use these vast vehicles here for what they were intended), there are also large swathes of safe cycling paths and areas, and people actually use them.
Fourthly, recycling is much more obvious and much more widespread.
Finally, the fact that French is the first language seems to have a kind of civilising effect. It really is like crossing the US with Europe into a slightly strange but welcoming mélange.