Canada has a place to celebrate “the happiness of your inner mermaid”
Image via AquaSirène.
“Whimsical sea fantasy" usually isn’t something that comes to mind when you think of Canada. However, all that changed as the country opened its first ever mermaid school dedicated to “the happiness of your inner mermaid” in Montreal. AquaSirène swims a strange path between cosplay and sport as students don fins for cardio and bond “through a shared fondness for mermaids.” As Montreal resident and part-time mermaid, Marielle Chartier-Hénault, explained to the CBC: "You become like another person. You are not yourself anymore — you're the mermaid and the mermaid can do anything... You can do the style you want. It's a magical creature."
In the grand tradition of upstanding Canadian educational institutions like McGill and University of Toronto, all classes will be taught by a professional — mermaid, that is. Some courses include intros on mermaid photo shoots, teen aquamermaid, kids parties, and corporate packages where employees can train to be water-maidens. As the mtlblog notes, the strangest of all is the “landlocked mermaid package” where you can rent a human-sized aquarium filled with your very own mermaid. So despite Montreal's colder temperatures, now might be the time to drive North and get your inner Ariel on.
Images via AquaSirène.