Every four years, terrified by a potential president, many Americans roll out a well-worn pronouncement: "I'm moving to Canada!" However, this year they have reason to make that often empty threat a reality.
The 2016 election campaign has been full of surprises, the biggest is Donald Trump. His divisive campaign has turned many American voters off. But he's the Republicans' probable nominee after receiving more support than his contenders. His lack of political experience, apparently, is refreshing for his supporters who believe his business background shows he can get things done, in spite of his radical, racist, misogynistic and often, downright foolish statements.
Before entering the race he was best known for being the host of US reality TV show The Apprentice. During his campaign he's made controversial remarks including proposing a ban on Muslims entering the country, building a wall between Mexico and the US and accusing Mexicans of being rapists.
A website has popped up, called MapleMatch.com and is promising to save Americans from "the unfathomable horror of a Trump presidency" and its slogan takes inspiration from the campaign: "Making dating great again."
Google searches for "how can I move to Canada" spiked after Mr Trump won seven out of 11 primaries during "Super Tuesday", according to the search engine's data editor Simon Rogers.
The American founder of MapleMatch Joe Goldman saw an opportunity to connect those wanting to leave the US with Canadians through dating. He says the website is more than just about trying to escape Donald Trump and is a real chance for Americans and Canadians to find love across a border. The unexpected demand means there is work to be done on how to match people when it launches.
Aubrey Knotts said escaping a Trump presidency was "a big reason" why she signed up but not the only reason. "I also just really love the country, I went on a trip to Toronto during my senior year of high school and fell in love."
She said it was a silly thing to sign up for but though it was worth a shot and she was seriously considering moving but as a student she'd have to think about whether she had the money to move.
But not everyone is taking it as seriously. Edie Harris from Chicago said she signed up as a joke and didn't think she'd leave the US. She said: "I can't see myself taking an escape route from something I could feasibly help change again four to eight years down the road, in another election cycle."
Edie Harris's comments on MapleMatch
A Canadian technology start-up company called Sortable advertised job opportunities on Facebook targeting Americans looking to live abroad. The founder, Chris Reid said, "Just the whole thing seems bizarre. And that's why we thought, 'Oh, then we should do some bizarre recruiting around it'" — so just to see what they could stir up, they placed Facebook ads encouraging American engineers to come work at Sortable and escape the Trump. Despite the ploy they admitted on their website they didn't think Americans would move en masse to Canada because of the election. Tempers cool, feelings change and things usually get back to normal.
Mr Goldman said it's "exciting to be able to be a conduit" for people finding love and has always been interested in Canada. It's not surprising then, that as a single American dreading the idea of President Trump he's also signed up - although he adds there'll be no preferential treatment for him.
While the service aims to help Americans escape a possible Donald Trump presidency, for Canadians Mr Goldman says it could widen their dating pool and "meet people they wouldn't usually meet". The service hasn't gone live yet but there are already around 10,000 people signed up, and the site has seen so much traffic they've struggled to keep up.Finding a Canadian to date isn't the only option for Americans who are seriously considering emigrating. Moving temporarily for work is quite easy under current agreements between the two countries. Although if choosing to stay permanently the special treatment for US citizens ends and they are treated the same by Canada's points-style system as someone from Norway or Yemen.
Celebrities planning to move:
Lena Dunham, creator of HBO show Girls: "I know a lot of people have been threatening to do this, but I really will... I know a lovely place in Vancouver and I can get my work done from there."
Raven-Symoné, co-host of ABC's The View: "I'm gonna move to Canada with my entire family... I already have my ticket … No, I literally bought my ticket, I swear."
Cher, singer: "IF HE WERE TO BE ELECTED, IM MOVING TO JUPITER"
Jon Stewart, former Daily Show host - "I would consider getting in a rocket and going to another planet... because clearly this planet's gone bonkers."
Whoopi Goldberg, actress: "Maybe it's time for me to move, you know... I can afford to go"
Miley Cyrus, singer: "I am moving if this is my president! I don't say things I don't mean!"
There are also threats from the other side of political spectrum. A pro-Bernie Sanders Facebook group called "If Hillary Clinton becomes President, I'm moving to Costa Rica" is encouraging people to join to show the Democratic National Committee "we will not settle for Hillary". Although it hasn't gained many followers and is using the threat as a way to get their voice heard, rather than seriously leaving the US.
In March a Global News Ipsos poll suggested that 19% of Americans would head to Canada if Mr Trump won and it also found that 15% would leave if Mrs Clinton became president.
President Obama isn't fazed: "Every time we have a presidential election, our friends to the north have to brace for an exodus of Americans who swear they'll move to Canada if the guy from the other party wins. But, typically, it turns out fine."
"I am absolutely certain that, in 2012, when there was the possibility that I might be re-elected there were folks who were threatening to go to Canada, as well. And one of the great things about a relationship like Canada's and the United States' is it transcends party and it's bipartisan in terms of the interest that we share."
Americans are extremely patriotic people and all this is a tempest in a teapot. But things could change if Mr Trump became president and carried out some of the controversial policies he's talked about. It would upset some fundamental rights and beliefs in America. It would certainly usher in a new era of politics and all bets would be off. All we can say to our American brothers and sisters is,'Welcome'.