– Milk in a bag
bagged milk is a thing in Canada. This concept is foreign not only to people in America but people everywhere in the world. The idea of pouring milk out of a bag seems like a messy ordeal but as shown by the gentleman above it is quite simple. If you are ever in Canada visiting Ontario, Quebec, or other parts of Canada don't be surprised to see large areas of bagged milk in the grocery stores. Maybe you should even pick up a bag as a souvenir to bring back and shock your friends back home.
– The Real Maple Syrup
It is likely that you have bitten into a syrupy pancake before and had the thought "this can't get any better". Well, it can, because chances are you haven't been eating real syrup as it is mass produced in Canada. Canada is responsible for producing over 80 percent of the world's maple syrup and you will be hard pressed to not find it everywhere you look while visiting. Maple syrup is so popular that the maple tree is known as the national tree in Canada. You won't want to go home without at least two or three bottles of this amazing syrup!
– Colourful money
Canada's money may seem strikingly strange to those of the United States who are used to a uniform green for all bills. Many have compared the Canadian money to Monopoly money as they share similar colors. The five dollar bill is blue, ten is purple, twenty is green, fifty is orange, and a hundred is yellow. Canada also uses one dollar and two dollar coins that are known as loonies and toonies. The different colors of the Canadian bills make it much easier to tell the difference between the amounts of each bill.
– Eat cheese curds on top of fries and gravy
It’s called poutine, and it is a Canadian institution. You can get it everywhere, from movie theatres to gourmet restaurants, where chefs will often fancy it up with ingredients like foie gras and lobster. I know that Canadians love poutine (LOVE IT), but, I have to admit, I’m not into it. (Canada, please don't deport me). Maybe you have to be Canadian to really "get" it?
– Are really nice when they work at government agencies
I find the stereotype that all Canadians are ridiculously nice and perpetually apologetic to be both sort of patronizing and just not true (Canadians, like everyone else, are multifaceted people). However, I’ve found — and I am only speaking from my own experience here — that people who work at Canadian government agencies actually are super nice and accommodating, in a way that is totally unexpected if you’re from the States. Even the people who work at the Canadian version of the DMV (The DMV! — where, in the U.S., all hope goes to die) are really friendly
– Go to the doctor for free
Seriously, you walk in, show your health card, and walk out. It is crazy. (I’ve written elsewhere that getting insurance in Canada is more complicated than many Americans think it is, but once you have things in place, going to a clinic is really easy).
– Eat ketchup chips.
Ketchup flavored potato chips are a HUGE in Canada. I DO NOT GET IT. (Maybe this is another thing that requires being born in Canada?)
– Sell weird fondue meats at the grocery store
I don’t know if this is only common in Quebec, where I live, or in the rest of Canada, but here people are really into making fondue with exotic meats. I’ve seen everything from horse to camel for sale in our grocer’s freezer section.
– Different Slang
The most stereotyped word that has come from Canada is the word 'eh' which is usually after any sentence. However, Canada has a bunch of other slang and words for things that sound very foreign even though they are in English. Take for example "tuque" which is another word for a hat. Canadians also call bathrooms or restrooms, washrooms which may confuse some people. As mentioned before, they refer to their one and two dollar coins as loonie and toonie which seems more comical than practical.
– The Average Canadian Is Reserved
The stereotype for many Canadians is the fact that they are overly nice. However, recently it has been discovered that more Canadians are more reserved than flat out kind. While the majority of Canadians will greet you with a smile and friendly conversation it isn't always their preferred way of living life. It is important to remember this in the case that you do visit Canada. Take into consideration that the average Canadian is reserved and passive so you don't get surprised when someone isn't that happy to see you in Canada. Of course, this doesn't go for all people in Canada just enough to notice.
– Two Different Languages
It isn't common at least for Americans to have two national languages for a country. In Canada, the two primary languages that are spoken are English and French. These aren't the only languages spoken in the country, of course, but they are the primary ones. Don't be surprised if you start speaking English and are responded to with French. Most Canadians know English but rather speak French. In one of the country's largest cities, Quebec French is spoken the majority of the time with a little under half the people being bilingual.
– Servers Carry Their Own Payment Machines
If you have ever been out to a restaurant with a large group of friends, then you most likely have dreaded the part where the bill comes and you have to figure out who's receipt is whos. However, in Canada, things are much simpler with servers and waiters carrying around debit/credit machines that will automatically complete the payment along with tips. It is a wonder why a system like this hasn't been implemented in the United States yet as it would make splitting the bill much easier and carefree.
– The National Beverage
Similar to the 'Bloody Mary' drink that is popular in so many bars across America the official drink of Canada is very similar under a different title of 'The Caesar'. The Caesar uses similar ingredients to a 'Bloody Mary' like vodka, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce. However, they change it up when it comes to the juice. Unlike in America this Canadian drink uses Clamato juice which is made with different spices and clam broth. The total number of these drinks that are consumed a year is 350 million Caesar’s annually making it one of the most popular drinks in the country.
– The Home Of Many Great Celebrities
There are a surprising number of celebrities that come from Canada. Many of these Canadian superstars made their fame here in America and often surprise people when they reveal that they are actually Canadian. Many people, like Ryan Reynolds all the way to Drake, are celebrities that have come out of Canada. Not only do great movie stars come out of Canada but music artists and even comedians. These celebrities have made a name for themselves in America but will always be happy to rep the red of their home country. Oh, and Biebs, obv.
– They even have a maple syrup reserve
Yes, we love maple syrup so much that we have an actual reserve that can be compared to the U.S. oil reserve. With 75% of the world’s maple syrup coming from Quebec, it makes sense that it has become a huge business for us Canada folk.
The Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers keeps a strategic reserve of syrup locations across the province, making sure that production is monitored at all times. I mean, it would be a tragic story if we somehow didn’t have enough syrup for our basic everyday needs. There was an incident in 2012 where this nightmare became all too real when thieves stole over 30-million dollars’ worth of maple syrup. They must have eaten a lot of pancakes.
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