Only in Canada – The 9 Most Canadian Things, eh?


Canada is Canada. And oh so Canada, eh? My favourite TV show “How I Met Your Mother” is often making fun of Canadian. And to be honest I didn’t believe that Canada would be like this. But it is. It is very Canadian. And here are the 9 most Canadian things I’ve seen on my trip to Canada…

1. Hockey/Lacrosse

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I haven’t seen one Hockey or Lacrosse player, but this hotel policy says it all. And yes, it’s there to make sure the hotel room doesn’t get destroyed.

2. Politeness

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How do you know someone is Canadian? He will apologize if YOU barge into him. Yes, Canadians are incredibly polite and nice. And that’s why they ask you in a very friendly way not to pollute their shop window with graffiti. Please.

3. Poutine

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Yes, it looks as if it was already eaten once and it is Canada’s national dish: Poutine. Fries with gravy and cheese curds. Tastes best at 3 am.

4. Tim Hortons
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Every single Canadian told me that there are better places than Tim Hortons, and then again, every single Canadian told me I haven’t been to Canada if I haven’t been to Tim Hortons.

5. The weather

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You can’t prepare for the Canadian weather. But hey, they sell everything you’ll need over there. Even fancy rubber boots like these.

6. The fog

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Although the Canadian weather isn’t for everyone, one thing is sure: Canada looks unbelievable beautiful in the fog. And if something looks good in the fog this does mean something.

7. Cities underneath cities

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In Canada it can be super extreme cold, no wonder you’ll find whole cities underneath the “real” cities. When it’s cold and windy upstairs you can go downstairs. Easy as this.

8. Via Rail’s music concept

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When travelling Canada with VIA Rail you probably will enjoy one or another concert on board. VIA Rail gives away free tickets for musicians who then have to play on board. Clever, eh?

9. The flag

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Well, this is pretty self-explaining. Maple leaf = Canada = Maple = Canada = Maple leaf = Canada… And you’ll see this everywhere!

More funny Canadian things you’ll find here.

What’s the most Canadian thing you’ve ever experienced? Any other funny Canadian things you want to add?

Disclaimer: I was invited on my trip to Canada by the Canadian Tourism Comission

Hi, I'm Yvonne. Travel addict. Guilty as charged. Right now I'm probably falling off a camel somewhere in a desert, getting a new tattoo from a monk in Thailand or am carrying my luggage through a river in the jungle. But just as well I could be sitting on my sofa in Berlin, in my pyjamas. Good girls to to heaven, bad girls go everywhere. Everywhere sounds much more promising. So be travelous and follow me!

Discussion8 Comments

  1. * I’m a hockey player and a poor one at that!
    * I can’t remember if I was polite at all, and/or if I was being exceedingly quiet …
    * There are better locally-run cafés, but damn if I don’t grab a maple-dip with my medium double-double at Tim’s.
    * Did you know the “red, white, & maple leaf” is only 48 years old?

    Finally, as it’s early-morning here in Vancouver, this one’s for you:

    Happy Canada Day to all!

  2. I am ashamed to say that I have lived my entire life in Minnesota (in the US, right on the border of Canada) and I have never really BEEN to Canada! I keep saying that I need to fix that situation…some adventures in Canada might be in my future!

  3. Ich muss sagen, ich fand Tim Hortons klasse!
    Das mit der Zug-Musik wusste ich noch gar nicht, was für ein klasse Konzept! Das nächste mal Kanada dann via Rail !

  4. I once drove 4 hours, across the US/Canada border, to Lethbridge, Alberta – JUST to try Poutine. Great stuff – if you’re ever up there try the Red Dog Diner.

  5. Thanks for this post. Canadians are awesome! They are some of the nicest people I’ve met while traveling. I first visited Canada in 1988. Since then, I’ve been 5 times. Still parts of Canada I need to see but I’ve experienced most of the things in this post. As an American, I will always appreciate our northern neighbors.

  6. I grew up in Pennsylvania, just 1.5 hours drive from Canada. I definitely appreciate my northern neighbor and hope to explore more of Canada!

  7. “Every single Canadian told me that there are better places than Tim Hortons, and then again, every single Canadian told me I haven’t been to Canada if I haven’t been to Tim Hortons.” Lololol nailed it.

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