No, we are not an unarmed American with health insurance. And, NO, Canada did not burn down the White House during the War of 1812, which was fought with Britain over maritime rights. What is now Canada was not yet a country in 1812, but rather British colonies.
You know you’re Canadian if:
- You dismiss all beers under 6% as “for children and the elderly.”
- You know that the Friendly Giant isn’t a vegetable product line.
- You know a toque is a hat.
- You pronounce “Z” correctly as zed not zee.
- You wonder why the weather stops at the border in American weather forecasts.
- Your local paper covers national and international headlines on two pages, but requires five pages for ice hockey.
- You know what is meant by: “I’m going to Timmy’s for a dozen Timbits and a large double double, eh.”
- We carry a “knapsack” not a backpack or rucksack.
- You like your coffee crisp, eh. Coffee Crisp is a Canadian made chocolate bar.
- You design your kid’s Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit.
Only in Canada, eh
- Canada has the largest French population in the world that never surrendered to Germany.
- Our civil war was essentially a bar fight led by the definitely drunken and likely insane William Lyon Mackenzie, an 1830s journalist, politician and grandfather of our longest serving prime minister, and lasted about an hour.
- We invented snowmobiles, jet skis, Velcro, zippers, Zambonis, and the handles on cardboard beer cases.
- Our biggest export to the rest of the world is humour. Think about it.
- We are the worlds largest consumers (per capita) of Kraft Dinner.
- We live in a country where the universities don’t award any entrance scholarships for athletics.
- We follow the British way of writing. We like using the “u” in words like colour and neighbour. We like to flip the “er” with “re” in words like theatre and metre.
- Canadians are not so big on lentils and yet, Saskatchewan is the largest exporter of lentils. They supply 65% of the world’s lentils.
- There’s an estimated 249.67 billion accessible barrels of crude bitumen in the world and Canada has about 70.8 per cent of it—four times more than Kazakhstan and six times more than Russia.
- All letters to Santa come to Canada. The address Santa Clause, North Pole is located in Canada and all letters from around the world go to that address where volunteers reply in more than 30 languages.
There’s no such thing as a typical Canadian and few people conform to the popular stereotype (whatever that is). Canada isn’t a universal melting pot and has been called a cultural mosaic, where the country’s multicultural approach emphasizes the different backgrounds and cultures of its people.
Take Off Eh