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Many celebrities like Justin Bieber and Carly Rae Jepson hardly ever mention that they are from Canada, and many Canadian students have been travelling abroad for their education. Why do people think that Canada is so boring? According to some, it is because we lack smooth accents, classy cuisine and our movies and television shows aren’t always five stars. Sometimes a Quebec accent with a side of poutine and Beaver Tails mixed with snow isn’t everyone’s thing.
In the past 3 years, more and more Canadian citizens have been moving to Australia. There is something so appealing about Australia to Canadians. No snow, beautiful beaches, accents that you could listen to all day, and not to mention amazing universities.
“There is just something so surreal about Australia,” says Ottawa University student Chelsea Reed. “I remember my first trip to Queensland when I was fourteen; I got off the plane and almost immediately started crying. I couldn’t believe what I had been missing for years. I have always loved Australian TV and seeing the actual place was breathtaking.”
Chelsea’s parents took one huge step over the summer and bought a vacation home in Noosa Heads. “As cheesy as it sounds, it’s like the ending scene is Hercules,” Reed says. “I finally found where I belong.”
While some are falling in love with the scenery, others are falling in love with some of Australia’s most famous television characters like Maggie Doyle and those living on Ramsay Street. Something about the 1990s attracts Canadians.
“I love the nineties episodes of Neighbours,” says Halifax resident Sarah Sutherland. “The newer ones are a little too 90210 for me.”
Another great love of Sutherland’s? “Lisa McCune, oh my goodness!” she gushes over the phone. “I wanted to fly over and see her in Guys and Dolls so badly! But of course my bank account wouldn’t have liked that very much. I’ve been a fan of her since I was a kid watching Blue Heelers. I actually went as Maggie for Halloween one year.”
Even though it ended in 2006, Blue Heelers is still huge in Canada, as well as McCune’s other popular series, Sea Patrol.
“I was obsessed,” Sutherland says. “I couldn’t miss one episode. My friends and I were so crushed when Buffer and Spider didn’t come back in season three. We are quoting them all the time, it’s actually ridiculous!”
Along with Chelsea and Sarah, there are many other Canadians loving the beautiful nation that is Australia and hoping to someday permanently live there.
“Brisbane is my dream home,” Reed adds. “Melina and I are moving there in two years. It’s going to be wild!”
Canada’s Australian Obsession.