This Is That: Travel Guide to Canada

Chris Kelly, Pat Kelly and Peter Oldring put together this outrageous faux travel guide on how to properly visit Canada.

Chris Kelly, Pat Kelly and Peter Oldring

From CBC Radio's most beloved satirical comedy team comes This Is That: Travel Guide to Canada, a hilariously outrageous parody of the travel guide genre and what it means to visit Canada. Searching for a weekend away with the kids? This Is That: Travel Guide to Canada will teach you how to navigate the 12 petting zoos of Etobicoke, Ont. and how to avoid pickpockets in Kamloops, B.C. Planning your summer holiday? Keep in mind that the city of Brandon, Man., is closed for annual maintenance between July 12 and August 19 and that tipping your server in Swift Current, Sask., is offensive. 

Presented in the familiar casing of a traditional travel guidebook, à la Lonely Planet or Rough Guide, This Is That: Travel Guide to Canada takes readers on a farcical — and unbelievable — journey from coast to coast to coast to coast to coast. This faux guide also includes essential travel tips, such as useful Canadian phrases to locate the bathroom, best places to portage, and most spectacular malls above sea level. (From Tite Group)

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From the book

Congratulations! By opening this book you have made the decision to travel Canada! What great news!

Since 2010, This Is That has been telling stories on CBC Radio about the people and places that make this unbelievable country. Which is why we felt it was our national responsibility to share with the world our deep knowledge and unabashed passion for this great land that we not only call home, but have reported on so inaccurately over the years.

From Tofino to Twillingate, Canada is chock full of places. In fact, according to the latest census, Canada has over one trillion places, including cities, towns, brooks, sounds, nooks, crannies, gullies, gulfs, wharfs, islands, inlets, peninsulas, piazzas, promenades, coves, caves, cliffs, graves, bluffs, burghs, burrows, burbs, forests, foreclosures, fortresses, lakes, and malls.

So whether it's pleasure or leisure that brings you to Canada, let us be your dependable travel companions as you discover the majesty of what the Internet calls "One of North America's Top Three Must-Visit Nations."

From This Is That: Travel Guide to Canada by Chris Kelly, Pat Kelly and Peter Oldring.

Author interviews

We talk to Pat Kelly and Peter Oldring, from CBC's This is That, about their travel guide to Canada. 15:33