Residents of Ontario and Quebec can’t be certified as fully middle class unless they spend their summer weekends clogging the highways to get to recreational properties that must be situated no less than two hours from their primary residences. Martimers are generally too poor and sensible to own recreational property, the prairie provinces don’t have recreational areas worth owning property in, while B.C. residents either haven’t been settled long enough to find anywhere to build on, or believe that recreational property means buying highway-clogging Windbags, harbour-polluting sailboats or neck-breaking trail bikes or Skidoos. Where cottages exist in B.C., they’re called cabins, and they don’t have running water. The exception is the Whistler ski area, where they’re called chalets and necessitate membership in an extremist right wing political party.

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