There are so many amazing things about being Canadian. We are known as the nicest people in the world, we have incredible and diverse landscapes, we are one of the biggest countries in the world, yet not overly populated. There is so much pride in this country and I for one am very proud to be Canadian.
I recently posted a “You know you’re Australian when” post, so I decided to do a Canadian one as well!
You Know You’re Canadian When…
- You call them chocolate bars, not candy bars. Because they are chocolate bars. Duh.
- It’s called pop, not soda.
- Ketchup chips are the best!
- You always have to sing along to “Hockey night in Canada”.
- Someone bumps into you and you say “sorry”.
- You are now singing “Hockey night in Canada”.
- You can out drink your foreign friends.
- You don’t want to go to America when you’re between the ages of 18-21 because you can’t legally drink alcohol there.
- You know that Thrills is a gum that tastes like soap.
- If a beer contains less than 6% alcohol it’s not good enough.
- If wine has less than 12% alcohol you won’t bother buying it.
- When you hear the lottery counter say “winner” you shout “Gagnant!”
- A smartie is a chocolate, not a rocket candy.
- A Double Double is the first thing about coffee that you learn.
- You’ve frozen your tongue to something metal in winter….or fall or spring really.
- You get excited for roll up the rim season.
- You knew what the last point was referring to.
- Most conversations will include a reference to the weather.
- You love seeing what new suit Don Cherry will be wearing that evening.
- You understand distance in minutes, not miles or kilometers.
- Everything is written in French and English.
- Ketchup is a staple in the fridge.
- You’ve gone trick or treating in a blizzard.
- You’ve eaten ice cream outside in winter.
- The seasons – Winter, Construction, scorching hot for one month, Winter again.
What points would you add that make you 100% Canadian?
I’m not Canadian but I do some of these things. I think I’m Canadian in my heart 😀 haha!
Haha we would be honored to have you as a Canadian at heart!
Cute idea. I am not Canadian so I didn’t get a lot of your references, but I love your photos. Canada is an amazing place for sure. I have only been to Montreal and Quebec City but would love to explore more. Thanks for inspiring me to do so and maybe have some of these Canadian experiences for myself.
Thank you Kelly! Hopefully you get the chance to check out more of Canada!
I really enjoyed your Australian one last time and I can so relate to these (I am Canadian living in Aus). I love traveling because you notice all these subtle (and not so subtle) differences. Great post!
Thank you Dawn! Where in Australia are you?
We are Melbourne:)
That’s where I lived, I miss it there!
Haha that’s awesome! I catch myself apologizing to people here in Mexico! I always joke that that’s how you can spot a Canadian!
And we used to have to choose our Halloween costume based on whether it would fit over our snowsuit!
I’d add in that only Canadians know what all dressed chips and REAL poutine tastes like 😉
Yes to the snow suit and Halloween for sure!! I always hated that haha.
All dressed chips are the best <3
Hahaha only too accurate! I would love a roll up the rim cup right now!
Roll up the rim is so fun!
This is sweet. I’m not Canadian, but I’ve always thought that we Aussies have a lot in common with you lot. Smarties are definitely a chocolate and there’s something to be said about good manners!
I agree about Aussies and Canadians being similar. When I lived in Melbourne I felt right at home, just with better coffee 🙂
Ahhh what beautiful photos! I’m a Kiwi and am often told that we’re similar in temperament to Canadians 🙂 100% with you on the chocolate bar thing!
I am so jealous that you’re from New Zealand, it’s my favorite country!
LOL this is funny! Gosh, I need to test this out on the nearest Canadian. Where do we find them around these parts… hmm…
Beautiful pictures and what a fun list! Thanks for sharing.
Thank you Kyntra!
Ha, ha… so fun and real ! Great post and nice pictures. Thanks to share. I am not Canadian… For me a smartie is NOT a chocolate, this is definitively a rocket candy :-). You may be fluent in English, but upon arrival in Canada it’s likely you’ll hear people saying words you’ve never heard.: “Looks like it’s going to rain, eh? Let’s go to Tim Hortons and have a double double” !
Haha so true! It’s crazy how going to another English speaking country can be so different.
100% agree. I am so proud to be Canadian. I totally fit into the stereotype because I am currently wearing a flannel plaid button-up jumberjack shirt while drinking my timmies hahaha. I also say ‘eh’ and ‘hey’ frequently and would add that Canadian geese are the worst creatures. Love your blog 🙂
I agree completely about the Canadian Geese haha!
Thank you so much Stephanie.
I am jealous of your Timmie’s right now, I could so go for one 🙂
I met a guy who lives in Japan but is Canadian and the thing is, he eats ice cream even though it’s like 2 degrees out! And it’s so funny too cos he doesn’t wear winter clothes during winter in Japan since to him it’s so hot out!! Hahaha! I’m fascinated with Canadians, to be honest! Can’t wait to go here for summer next year!
Where will you be in the country next year?!
Yup, I’m guilty of eating ice cream in the winter haha.
Great post!! Have you ever been to Quebec? It’s one of my favorite places in the world 😊
I’ve been to Quebec quickly, but haven’t spent much time there. I really need to go though!
And thank you Caitlin!
This is great! Definitely some things I didn’t know about but Im from the Midwest, USA and there are some similarities in there like saying “pop” instead of soda and measuring distance in minutes!
Yeah distance in miles or kilometres makes no sense to me. I’m always like “Okay how many minutes is that?” haha.
Ha I looove this ! I am a Canuck .. transplant to U.S for many years .. I am proud of my roots and this brought back all memories of childhood … bravo!!
Thank you Valerie!
Aww this is so cute. I LOVE Canadians 🙂
Haha thank you Crystal!
Haha so funny! #6 especially. I was recently in Vancouver and spilled my drink in a bar. A random couple said “sorry” (they had nothing to do with it) and started cleaning it! I was like…stop!! LOL What about Poultine? Best thing ever!!!
Awe what a sweet couple, and so Canadian haha!
Being British, I have to say that this list (apart from the hockey), sounds very British too! We really are cousins across the pond.
Agreed! I’m told all of the time that I would fit in really well in England 🙂 Canadians are Brits are kindred spirits.
No donut compares to a box full of Timbits – and most donuts are bloody well overpriced and heavy. Not to mention you may not be able to stand a Tim’s double double but it beats a Starbucks everytime. Oh and you must have tried Screech at least once in your life.
Timbits! I could so go for some Timbits right now. Timmie’s will always be better than Starbucks.
This was the best!!! So good- i do love Canadians!
Thank you Georgina!
Love Canadians! Awesome people 😉 Good tips to spot real ones!
I so wanna go to Canada!! It looks so incredible. Some of these made me laugh, and some of these I completely agree with as a Brit 🙂
Come to Canada, it is so diverse! Each province is so different and has it’s own quirks.
Nice pictures! I’m American and can relate to some of these too 🙂
You forgot the essential, Canadian say “Aboat” not “About” hahahah and the fact that Canadian are the most peaceful creatures on earth!! I have two great friends from Canada, love them <3
Canadians are pretty great! 🙂
We do some of these things in Michigan, too! Particularly calling ‘soda’ pop.
Really? I had no idea, that’s awesome!
Canada is on my travel bucket list. Your photos are so pretty!!
Thank you so much! I hope when you come you enjoy it!
So funny, I definitely relate to way too many of these! Typical Canucks eh 😉
Hahah my dad is Canadian and I was born in Alaska, so I was exposed to a lot of these things from him or they’re similar in parts of Alaska. Great list, I know I can definitely out drink my friends and call them chocolate bars!
Alaska?! Wow that must be amazing.
Haha, loads of these apply to the UK too! We say pop, chocolate bar, and sorry every 2 minutes! And everything revolves around booze and/or weather discussions! 🙂
I’ve heard that Canada and the UK are VERY similar! 🙂
This is too funny! Love the one about not going to America because you can’t drink! I always forget that! haha
Haha thank you Meghan!
Hi! I’m not Canadian but this is so cute and your pictures are so pretty! Also, you guys have a gum that tastes like soap? lol
Yes Thrills gum! People either love it or hate it haha.
And thank you so much Jill 🙂
Omg I’m going to have to check that out next time I go there! Thank you!😊
Haha! But where is the poutine?! Can you explain that?
Haha true! I personally am the worst Canadian because I HATE poutine, but I think I’m just a weirdo there!