And, one more... U.K. doesn't beat us... thing...
Sure, the United Kingdom is close to France, but it's also close to Canada.
St-Pierre-et-Miquelon is visible from the coast of Newfoundland (you can even make out individual buildings) and it's only a short ferry ride to go there:
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We used to be able, as Newfoundlanders, to go without a passport. Since 9/11, bring one. Other Canadians, also, bring your passport. But St-Pierre is FANTASTIC!
Growing up, we used to go on some weekends because the drinking age was, at that time, 14 years old. Cigarettes were 50c a pack, a flask was $2. It was paradise for Newfoundland teenagers.
And St-Pierre has AWESOME bars. Only a couple of them, but they were quite good!
EDIT: BTW, it still makes me sad what happened to the French in Newfoundland after the English won the Battle of Signal Hill in St. John's 250 years ago. It was basically ethnic cleansing. A lot of place names along the south coast of Newfoundland are from that time, and in French. For example, Baie de Mortier, Isle aux Morts, etc. Of the whole of North America, St-Pierre-et-Miquelon were ALL France kept.
EDIT 2: I almost forgot... St-Pierre-et-Miquelon prides itself on being "truly French", by which they mean not Quebecois. My FAVOURITE comment I ever read was on a blog post about St-Pierre. A woman, presumably from QC, wrote: "I am not accustomed to leaving what is objectively the finest French city in North America and being treated as riff-raff by... villagers." But, it makes me happy because they do that to us too. The average person in St-Pierre looks... a good 15 years younger than their equivalent in Newfoundland. They have taken the scraps the English left to them and turned it into something better than the English made. That's impressive, and spiteful, and proud, and... everything I admire as a Newfoundlander.