Of course things are different when you visit a different country. The first farm town we reached in Canada right awe we crossed I was approached by a friendly fella who explained the town was getting its first Tim Hortons. I had never heard of such a thing but this was a big deal.
It took us several days in Canada to finally try a Tim Hortons but we finally did. I’m disappointed to say that it wasn’t a great experience. I believe we are fortunate to have better options in the USA for donut and coffee shops. It’s not that it was “bad” food - only that the donuts we got were meh.
Another surprise is the prevalence of A&W stores. It feels like A&W in Canada is as common as McDonalds is to almost all of the USA. We finally ate at one of the A&W’s at a truck stop. My only disappointment was that we didn’t do it sooner. It had been years since my last time at an A&W. My food was delicious.
We haven’t found much difference with the Starbucks in Canada. That is unless we are talking about the internet service. I was very pleased when Google took over the internet service for Starbucks in the United States. This allowed us to work remotely and have a reliable place to call home. Canada is even better! The internet is not provided by Google but we have not visited a Starbucks with less than 100mb/s. The internet has been fantastic!