I never thought Iâ€™d miss a moose. But the Mounties? Well pumpkins, thatâ€™s another story. When the Canadian Tourism Commission decided there was more to Canada than massive outcroppings, committee-designed swamp critters and dashing young men in red serge, this patriotic observer was willing to give it a go.
Maybe potential visitors really werenâ€™t impressed by our scenic beauty (however magnificently mounted) and it was time for a change. But it seems weâ€™ve gone from the bog to the blog. The CTC has sent out a pair of erstwhile reporters (one per official language of course) to comb the country in search of Tweet-worthy experiences. Theyâ€™re shooting video, taking holiday snaps and chronicling their adventures on all manner of social media. The blog is titledâ€¦wait for itâ€¦â€™Canada is a big place.â€™
The project is part of the CTCâ€™s big Locals Know campaign and itâ€™s meant to inspire us to follow in the bloggersâ€™ footsteps as they share their perceptions on our vast dominion.
I may have age and beauty on my side, but Iâ€™m still pretty jiggy with the Web 2.0 stuff. Without wanting to rain on somebodyâ€™s road trip, I wouldnâ€™t advise placing your RRSP funds on shaky amateur camera work and dumb-downed twitterature, like â€˜go girlâ€™ and â€˜go figureâ€™, as the answer to boosting visitation to our many attractions.
O Canada, we stand on guard for theeâ€¦you gorgeous big place you!