Canada And America: 8 Differences Between The Two Countries

Canada And America: 8 Differences Between The Two Countries

Canadians and Americans are not as similar as you thought
38661
views

When people find out that I'm Canadian-American, their reaction is always the same. They make jokes about saying "eh" or demand that I pronounce the word "about" with the stereotypical accent." It’s actually quite entertaining. Sometimes I like to tell my fellow Americans to say the phrases “huh” or “nuh uh.”

Some people say Canada is just like going across the United States. But despite what they say, believe it or not, there are many subtle, but major differences between the two nations. Allow me to introduce them:

1. The people

It may sound hard to believe, but there is definitely a difference between the two people. And I am not talking about the accents (which I will cover in a minute). I’m talking about the people and their behaviors.

In general (and no I am not trying to stereotype), Canadians are a more reserved people. Of course, there is that stereotype of being really nice, which can sometimes be true. Nice does not necessarily mean they're looking to be best friends with every stranger they meet. They are friendly when you meet them, but they don’t open up too much. I’m not the only one who said it. Just ask President Obama who said, “Our Canadian friends can be more reserved, more easy going.” That’s probably the best way of describing it. Reserved, but easygoing. This can sometimes come across as cold, and that’s because it is.

Canadians are also a more passive people. To the contrary, Americans, as Obama also said, are more boisterous. They are louder, more aggressive people. You feel their presence. But at the same time, they're also warmer and more likely to go in for a hug instead of a handshake when meeting you. So despite the stereotype, Americans are, as a whole, much more welcoming than their Canadian counterparts. Of course, there are always exceptions to the rule. Some say Canadians are extremely nice. The only difference is Canadians aren’t as blunt in their remarks and feelings towards others. However, this doesn’t make them nicer people.

2. The food.

This is major. What is on the lame flag (it isn’t exactly cool) of Canada? A maple leaf. What is Toronto’s hockey team called? The Toronto Maple Leafs. Maple is the epitome of Canada. So the same goes with Canadian food. Whether it's maple syrup or maple cola, there is plenty of maple flavored foods and beverages to choose from.

Canadians are also known for eating poutine, which consists of French fries with gravy and cheese. Potato chips are also different in Canada. Canadians are known for having ketchup chips and all-dressed chips which are a combination of barbecue, tomato, salt, vinegar, sour cream, and onions. Some other classic Canadian foods are smoked meat and beaver tails (fried dough shaped like a beaver tail with candy and chocolate on top).

Americans, on the other hand, eat S’mores, buffalo wings, and hot dogs. Of course, this is all offered in Canada, but it's originally American.

3. Sports.

This is an obvious one. Canadians love hockey and Americans love basketball (invented by a Canadian), baseball, and football. All great games to watch and play. Canadians play hockey, watch hockey, have hockey on their currency, and overall Surprisingly, however, basketball has overtaken hockey in Canada as the most popular sport! Hard to believe right? Personally, I still think hockey tops them all but football is a close second.

4. Entertainment

There is simply a lot more to do in the United States. That’s almost as factual as it is opinionated. I once went to a Greek restaurant where my family told the waiter we now live in New York but grew up in Canada. We asked him what we should do since we hadn’t been there in a while and he told us to check out a local park. Sad, right? When we told him we lived just near the city, he said, “Here I am telling you to go to the park when you’re living in the best city ever.” If you don’t believe it, then see it for yourself. With the exception of Quebec (which is similar to France), all Canadian cities are essentially the same: boring and plain. All there is to do is drink beer, eat good food and watch hockey. That gets old after a while. And to the Americans who say Toronto is just like New York, you just want something different. There’s far more to do in New York than Toronto. It doesn’t even come close.

5. Milks

As hilarious as it sounds, it is true that Canadians drink milk out of bags. It’s better for the environment (uses less raw materials) than carton milk and more cost efficient (cheaper to make plastic bags) than using cartons. However, it is also much more difficult to open. To open the bags of milk, one must use a clipper and make sure that the milk does not spill. This is a bit of a challenge, and I have about 50 percent success rate.

6. School.

In Canada, there is no middle school. Students go to elementary until the seventh grade where they go to high school through 12th grade. After that, they go to college. In Quebec, however, students finish high school after the 11th grade and then go to vocational school (called CEGEP) for two years. After completing those two years, they may go on to college.

In the United States, children go to elementary through fifth grade, then middle school through eighth grade, and finally, high school through the 12th grade. After that, they may go on to college to pursue their careers.

7. Accents and catch phrases.

Everyone knows Canadians say “eh” after nearly every sentence. Are there any Canadian catch phrases you may ask? In fact, there are many. One would think Canada has its own language. For example, Canadians call munchkins “Timbits” which can be found at Tim Hortons (the Dunkin Donuts of Canada). Canadians also say “washroom” instead of “bathroom” and “dart” instead of “idiot”. Of course, there are plenty more but then I would have to teach you a language.

8. Currency.

Canada is well known for having its distinct currency. Each interval of dollar bills are differentiated by color. The five-dollar bill is blue, the ten-dollar bill is purple, the twenty-dollar bill is green and so on. Change is also different in Canada. Pennies are no longer in circulation, and instead of the American dollar bill, Canadians use loonies (one-dollar coins) and toonies (two-dollar coins). I would argue Canadian currency is far more attractive than American currency, being that it is easier to distinguish between the between a five-dollar bill or ten-dollar bill than it is in the U.S. and there is simply a much more unique design.


Cover Image Credit: Huffington Post
Cover Image Credit: Huffington Post

Popular Right Now

Christian Boys Vs. Godly Men

It is time to stop settling for the lesser of the two.
80493
views

Ladies, there is a huge difference between a Christian boy and a Godly man; therefore, it is time to stop settling for the lesser of the two.

So many times I hear girls saying:

“Well, he’s a Christian.”

“He goes to church with me.”

“He listens to Christian music.”

“He went to church camp.”

“He has a favorite bible verse.”

SEE ALSO: What An Attractive Man Looks Like

Well, all of those things are just peachy and there is nothing wrong with doing those things. I mean, they’re all good things to do. But how is his personal relationship with God? How is his prayer life? Does he talk about his relationship with God, with you? Is he truly a follower of the one true God in all aspects of his life? These are some of the characteristics you should be looking for that makes a Godly man.

Ladies, a man will love you great when he loves God greater.

A Godly man will pursue an honest relationship with you. He will be clear of his intentions. A Godly man will worship, pray and passionately praise God with you. Whereas, a Christian boy might open the door for you, a Godly man will open his bible and explore God’s word with you so that you both may grow spiritually, together. While a Christian boy may put on an outward show, a Godly man will live out the love of Jesus daily.

So ladies, are you catching on to this ongoing trend? A Godly man does more because you deserve more.

A Godly man will be a leader. Trust me, I know that in today’s society Godly men are few and far between while Christian boys come in plenty. But you deserve a man who is after God’s heart not just a boy who goes to church. And I know that this Christian boy may seem great and have some really stellar qualities at the time but money and looks fade, whereas, an ongoing love for our savior will not.

The greatest thing a man can do for a woman is to lead her closer to God than himself. (Yes, yes, yes).

SEE ALSO: As Christians, Life Isn't Supposed To Be Hard

So I beg of you, do not settle. Do not settle just because you’re tired of being single, it’s convenient or because you want the relationship your friend has. Single does not equal available and a relationship status does not define you. God uses your season of singleness to prepare you for what is to come. And if you’re dating a Christian boy, he needs to step it up or you need to move on. Wait for a Godly man who is ready to lead you. God’s timing is always better, always. No matter the circumstance. So, do not rush God. (I mean, He is, after all, pretty good at His job). Therefore, turn your full focus to Him and He will direct your path.

“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33

Cover Image Credit: Christina Sharp

Related Content

Connect with a generation
of new voices.

We are students, thinkers, influencers, and communities sharing our ideas with the world. Join our platform to create and discover content that actually matters to you.

Learn more Start Creating

4 Reasons Hydroflask Is The Superior Water Bottle, This Is Not Up For Debate

We all know the risk of dropping a Hydro Flask.

698
views

I am currently on my second Hydro Flask, third lid, and I have entered the sticker phase of owning a defense weapon that holds your water at pleasantly cool temperatures. Since getting my first Hydro Flask I feel as if I have a little companion. I never get thirsty, my pee is a color that my doctor would be proud of, and I get to leave class a lot because I pee so much. I think Hydro Flask is the best reusable water bottle to exist. Heck, of course, it is better than a plastic water bottle, making a Hydro Flask the best water bottle in the world.

1. Picking the correct size and color

https://myhydro.hydroflask.com/my-hydro

Okay, when picking out a Hydro Flask on the company's website, you can customize your own vacuumed insulated stainless steel water bottle. There are 11 different sizes, 3 different lid options, and over 16 different colors. So the options are almost endless.

2. Your water is always fresh, always, I don't even want to argue

Yes, that was me on the floor in fetal position featuring my best friend, Hydro Flask.

Bre Andre

We all know that melting moment in the semester. Water is always strapped to my backpack and ready to support me through my struggles. I simply pull out my water bottle drink a little bit of water to replenish from crying over a missed assignment while I email my professor to apologize.

3. Opening a Hydro Flask or dropping it in public brings a lot of attention your way

Opening/closing your hydro flask be like. People turn their heads in class. God forbid you to drop it and make everyone jump and get real quiet. But it sounds a heck of a lot better than the crackling of a plastic water bottle and my water is not cold like Nalgene water bottles.

4. Will get dents but they are just decorations like your stickers

My friend Ricky and I showing each other our dented but decorated Hydro Flasks.

Abigail Cawthorn

You are going to drop your water bottle and it will dent. But the dent will not prevent your Hydro Flask from keeping your water fresh. It adds character and identity to your water bottle like the stickers you will eventually cover it with.


My friend Julia showing off her straw lid Hydro Flask.Abigail Cawthorn


Haley is thankful for her awesome green Hydro Flask it goes everywhere with her. Abigail Cawthorn



Allison does a great job of decorating her Hydro Flask. Abigail Cawthorn

Related Content

Facebook Comments