Chronic Adventures in Canada
Vancouver, British Columbia
Vancouver is home to Canada’s best-known legalization activists, Marc and Jodi Emery, and the popular variety known as BC Bud (really a catch-all term for all indoor marijuana grown here). Seed sellers and coffeeshops tolerant of weed can be found with ease in “Vansterdam,” especially around the so-called Pot Block on Hastings Street.
You can also pack a parka and make your way to numerous ski resorts in the winter, or wear only your birthday suit in the summer at Wreck Beach, where nudists drink and toke the day away.
Nelson, British Columbia
Nelson is an eight-hour drive east of Vancouver, just north-northwest of the Idaho Panhandle. But despite the proximity, Nelson is magnitudes of freedom ahead of prohibition-happy Idaho.
Just head to Baker Street in the city that the National Post has called “Canada’s Pot Capital,” and you’ll find the kind—referring both to the buds and to the marijuana community here, whose founders first came to Nelson in the flower-power era of the 1960s. And now that the city’s infamous downtown dog-ban law has finally been amended, you can take your canine friend with you (on a leash) to that downtown core around Baker Street.
Toronto is the site of the largest Global Marijuana March in the world, with over 20,000 freedom fighters turning out at high noon on the first Saturday in May to fill the streets downtown. Bolstered by the election of the Liberal Party’s Justin Trudeau as prime minister and his promise to legalize marijuana across Canada, cannabis cafes have begun to open—only to be hit by police raids at the beginning of the year.
Still, some private vapor lounges remain open. Visit the Kensington Market and Queen St. West areas of town to find some high-minded friends indeed.