Because I grew up in Mediterranean-like Southern California, not far from the beach, I always marveled at people who lived in the northern parts of the United States. All that snow in the winter, all that cold. Then I became aware that beyond the border of the northernmost reaches of our country, not including Alaska, there was an entire nation that must have even more snow, and cold and rough terrain. For me, that alone incites admiration for Canadians. Of course, here in the Valley of the Sun (the Phoenix area), we have a large number of Canadians who over-winter with us. I would, too! Winter in the desert is awesome.