Warm Norm shows off Northern New Brunswick
Tourist campaign creates character based on friendly folk of the North Shore
They say the nicest people in the country can be found in Atlantic Canada, but a new promotional video for Northern New Brunswick asserts that people there are the warmest, too.
Their spokesperson is a bearded lumberjack, travelling the country in his RV, ready to sing the praises of the area to anyone who will listen.
Meet Warm Norm: "Folks always say we're a warm bunch of people up here, even in winter!"
"You're coming to a very laid-back, warm, genuine part of our country and I think with the Warm Norm video, it really just invites you in," said Meredith Caissie, of Tourism Bathurst. "This is who we are, come be a part. We're really welcoming and we just wanna share and let you live as a local."
Norm is the brainchild of Buoy Marketing of Halifax, and the Northern Odyssey group: Tourism departments for Edmundston, Campbellton, Bathurst, the Acadian Peninsula, and Miramichi.
Off to Ottawa
Norm is travelling to the Ottawa RV show to take over a local bar, and invite Upper Canadians back home.
For the real-life Warm Norm, Beresford-born actor Nathan Dimitroff, the gig is pretty easy.
"It's actually pretty close," he explained. "It wasn't a tough actor's work to get into Warm Norm."
He also doesn't need much convincing to boast about his hometown.
"It smells good. The air is way better, doesn't smell like cement, there's not a lot of dust," Dimitroff enthused. "It's the trees, it's the water, it's like you're almost downtown and you get on your bike and you can go to the beach."
He can even attest to the friendliness and welcoming spirit.
That's about as warm as you can get.