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posted on April 28th, 2017

After a year in Canada, we’re still incredibly excited about of the beautiful array of cars on Turo North. They’re spunky and beautiful, stunning and majestic. And also full of the kinds of low-profile awesome surprises that embody the Canadian spirit. These are the secret stand-out cars that you’ll want to take for a spin, so you can get to know them and the real Canada better.

Philippe’s Hummer H3 2007

This Hummer has been accused on several occasions of being raised by wolves. The last time was by his own mother, which he didn’t really appreciate, and it was even after he made an attempt to clean before she came over. That said, he does spend most of his free time in the great outdoors, and he has to admit that he’s always been upset that he’s not allowed to wander over the highway on the wildlife crossings in Northern Quebec, where only the moose, deer, rabbits, and, yes, the wolves are allowed to cross the highway.

Laval, QC

Jerome’s Bentley Continental GT 2007

This Bentley knows how to ride some lowkey nerd cred into stardom. He’s living the high life with a strong rap game, but not so tight that he can’t catch feelings, dance kinda badly on purpose, be a teen heartthrob, and still be taken seriously. He couldn’t care less what beef with Kendrick or Meek is or isn’t being dissected on Twitter, because he’s living the high life, chilling at the Four Seasons Toronto, and starting hip restaurants and stuff.

Toronto, ON

Nick’s Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class 2016

It’s not a secret that Canada is home to the world’s largest coastline, and this CLA has spent quite a lot of her time roaming the coast. There was a time when you couldn’t have a beach party without inviting this gal out. She had perpetual sea-swept hair. But it occurred to her recently      that Canada also has more lakes than any other country, so this summer she’s going for a cute cabin diva lifestyle. She’s got a great set of Mason jar mugs, a gingham crop top, and is planning to canoe her heart out.

Laval, QC

Ion’s Tesla Model S 2014

This Model S realizes that his city is extra hyped this year to celebrate Montreal’s 375th birthday. But he can’t believe that not EVERYONE — like all of humanity — isn’t more thrilled to be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the world’s first UFO launching pad in St. Paul, AB. That’s all this guy is concerned about, really. As someone who believes that he, himself, might have been abducted and remains part alien, he’s pretty sure that landing pad has been used at least once.

Montreal, QC

David’s Dodge Caravan 2007

It’s true that his guy has been around the block and back. Friends say he’s so large because he’s so full of wisdom, and he’s aware that this was supposed to be an insult about his waistline, but he doesn’t really care. Because he knows it’s true. From where did he gain all of his knowledge and wisdom? Clearly it’s from hanging out at the Dinosaur Provincial Park in Alberta, where he’s spent lots of time studying geology and dino fossils!

Leduc, AB

Osama’s Porsche Cayman 2014

If you’re looking for the kind of vehicle that plays in the city streets equally as well as the country road, you’ve found it all in this bright, blue Cayman. One of her favorite drives is Yonge Street  — the world’s longest, which starts in Toronto and skips all along the Great Lakes until Rainy River, ON, just outside Minnesota. That drive reminds her of all the Canadians who have come before her. She can drive that road for days, getting her fill of Tim Horton’s coffee and donuts, and fully appreciating Ontario’s grandeur.

Toronto, ON

Tamara’s Fiat 500 2013

Growing up, this Fiat’s grandmother went on and on about how kids used to walk uphill to school both ways, how calling people on the phone used to require civility, and how pizza used to be terrible. Because that was before her favorite pizza was invented. “There’s a reason a traditional Hawaiian pie includes peameal bacon,” she’d screech. In her later days, it was all her grandmother would eat. So now, even as an adult, even though she knows that it’s a supposedly Italian food, this Fiat feels a great sense of patriotism whenever she eats Hawaiian pizza, that quintessential Canadian invention.

Toronto, ON

Ryan’s Chevrolet Camaro 2011

Like any true Canadian, this Camaro is always comforted by boxed macaroni and cheese, otherwise known by true connoisseurs as KD or Kraft Dinner. He may loudly growl around the streets during the day, but at home in the evening, there’s nothing better than the pliant give of those familiar orange tubes. And if you’re wondering whether or not his hot yellow tint is due in part to repeat binging on his favorite meal: obviously.

Calgary, AB

Jennifer’s Lexus RX 350 2007

For most of her life, this RX has hidden her identity well. During the year, she’s just like anybody else, schlepping her kids around to their activities, watching TV shows that feature fiery, young professionals. And then last winter, her assistant made the fatal mistake of sending out her family holiday newsletter with the return address of what she’d only previously referenced as her “winter solstice mountain getaway.” Her H0H 0H0 postal code gave her away as a Claus immediately, and she’s been getting spammed with all year long with endless requests!

Toronto, ON

Kamala Puligandla is a writer and an editorial assistant at Turo. She is always on the hunt for a strange story, a great snack, and the perfect outdoor spot to consume them.

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