I'm from Toronto, Canada.
I think the very unfortunate thing about the Americas and Africa is that there is so much brilliant and fascinating history that was destroyed by the European settlers who thought nothing of the countries that were not their own. The native peoples were a fascinating and highly developed series of tribes, and the history of their cultures was destroyed for the most part. There are, of course, some histories that remain through oral storytelling and totem poles, most famously, but most of the history is lost because of Europeans. those goddamn Europeans, ruining everything
But either than the fact I don't like the fact almost all of the history from before Canada was a colony has been wiped out, I really love living here. The government is not perfect, of course, but it's pretty damn good. Our systems of election are pretty great, and WE DON'T HAVE A CONGRESS. MEANING STUFF ACTUALLY GETS DONE.
Ahem. Anyway, I think the thing about Canada that really fascinates me is that it is not Northern America, nor is it Western Britain. I spell like a Brit. I use cheque, colour, neighbour, etc., but to be honest I don't even know who the current Prime Minister of Britain is. Most of our television and radio is American, but our system of government is based very very heavily on the British one (I mean, besides the Queen's existence, but she has a representative called the Governor General).
Furthermore, I live in the world's most culturally diverse city (well, there's debate about that, but one of them). Half the population isn't from Canada. Only a little more than half of the people in Toronto speak English as their first language. I don't live in one of the more diverse parts of the city, but when I go downtown it's fun to see what languages I can spot. This isn't just in Toronto, but everywhere in Canada everything is in both English and French. The ingredients on my Mars Bar are in both French and English, as are the street signs, everything. It's awesome.
Toronto, though it is not terribly old, does have some fantastic architecture. One of my personal favourites are Casaloma, a castle that this crazy old lunatic starting building for his wife but died before he could finish. It's close-ish to my house and I've been there a few times. The CN tower is pretty much only a tourist thing. I've never even been in it, but there's some wonderful modern architecture as well. The big art museum here is called the ROM, and I believe it's gone now, but it had a King Tut exhibit, which was fascinating. It's got lots of modern art and I really really recommend going there if you're ever in Toronto.
Another one of my favourite things is called the Science Museum, and though designed mostly for kids, it's an interactive museum on tons of fascinating things and I drag my friends to it every once in a while and it's great.
Toronto is such a green city as well. Parks and parkettes are literally everywhere. And the city parks are great. I adore them, actually.
Of course, we're like an hour away from the Horseshoe falls (the Canadian side of Niagara Falls). If you ever get the chance to go to Niagara Falls, a) take the ferry under it, it's awesome and b) if you can only see one, make sure it's Horseshoe Falls. The Canadian one is one of the seven wonders of the world, and the American one, while still cool, isn't.
For reference, this is Horseshoe falls: http://www.richard-seaman.com/USA/State ... mNorth.jpg
And the American ones: http://www.elcivics.com/images/city_of_ ... a_side.jpg
Both are cool, but ours are better.
Also, the Canadian stereotype about hockey? Not untrue. Currently, the Toronto Maple Leafs are in the playoffs, and everyone is insane. The Leafs suck so much, it's not even funny, and this is the first time it's happened in YEARS. I'm not a hockey fan myself, but oh my God, is my city ever.
I sound like a tour guide, so I'll shut up now [: