10 Of The Most Common Canadian Stereotypes

10 Of The Most Common Canadian Stereotypes

They shape who I am, and I'm proud of them.
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I grew up in Canada; I say some weird stuff every now and again and have to clarify myself daily since I live in the USA. I am proud of my Canadian background and I am so stoked to be living in the US of A! However, I am not going to change any of my weird quirks just to fit in, here are 10 Canadian stereotypes I exemplify, and that is one thing I am not going to apologize about.

1. We say 'EH' a lot.

I don't do this intentionally, but I guarantee every time I do use this word I will not hear the end of it for the next week. Americans say "huh" and Aussies use "aye" -- we all have our word; move on already.

2. Maple syrup is BAE.

You are just jealous your country isn't known for their love of maple syrup, because that's the s**t I put on everything!

3. Tim Hortons is our favorite fast food.


Little unknown fact about Tim Horton: he was actually a hockey player in the 50s and 60s who died while driving drunk after a game. Most people recognize the name in association with his multi million-dollar coffee and donuts franchise. My personal favorite are the fruit explosion muffins!

4. We're super polite.

Being known as the country with the manners is not the worst thing to be known for. Not surprisingly, I am not sorry for this stereotype.

5. We don't get cold.

It's not like the border was created because as soon as you cross the 49th parallel it's extremely cold. The majority of the Canadian population lives close to the American border and not in the frozen tundra. That being said, I don't need to bundle up as much as my American peers during the winter, and I don't think I could go a full 12 months without some form of actual winter weather.

6. Our lives revolve around hockey.

Growing up with my siblings playing hockey, I just remember the early morning practices and Timmies runs. On a more serious note, not everyone plays hockey, but they probably did at some point early on.

7. Poutine is the best snack AND drunchies food.

Any time of day is the best time to have poutine, but once you turn 19 (or 18 in some provinces), that is when you truly appreciate its cheesy, gravy goodness.

8. Toque is a winter fashion staple.

This is more slang than a stereotype, but Canadians are the only people who utilize the term. I am often met with puzzled glances after mentioning this article of clothing to my american friends.

9. We're proud we aren't Americans.

Now this might offend all you patriots out there, but in my opinion, Canadians aren't as in-your-face about being Canadian as Americans are. We are, however, proud of the stuff we don't do in contrast to all the dumb stuff that Americans are blindly proud they have done.

10. We live in igloos amongst polar bears and moose.

Honestly, I wish we did. Igloos are cheaper than houses and it's totally acceptable to light a fire in the middle of your room. Polar bears and moose, on the other hand, are large, scary animals and traffic hazards. I've heard in some northern cities you cannot dress in white on Halloween in case you get mistaken as a bear!


So here you have it: my top Canadian stereotypes that I wouldn't change for anything in the world. I know I am missing plenty others because, just like most nations, we are a distinct and proud people. I am extremely fortunate to be able to experience life in both the US of A and Canada, and I hope I never lose any of my quirks; this is who I am and it's what makes me unique.

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A Senior's Last Week Of High School

The bittersweet end.
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Well, this is it. This is what we've worked so hard the last four years - who am I kidding - basically what seems like our whole lives for. This is the very last week we will set foot as a student in our high school's hallways. As most schools are getting ready to set their seniors free at last, it all begins to set in - the excitement, the anxiousness, and also the sentiment and nostalgia.

For seniors, the years since our first day as a freshman at the bottom of the high school totem pole have seemed endless, but as we look back on these last few weeks, we realize that this year in particular has gone by extraordinarily fast. It was just yesterday that we were sitting in our classrooms for the very first time, going to our 'last first' practice, and getting our first taste of the (very real) "senioritis". With all that's going on in our lives right now, from sports and clubs, finals, and the sought after graduation ceremony, it's hard to really sit down and think about how our lives are all about to become drastically different. For some it's moving out, and for some it's just the thought of not seeing your best friend on the way to fourth period English; either way, the feels are real. We are all in a tug of war with the emotions going on inside of us; everything is changing - we're ready, but we're not.

THE GOOD. Our lives are about to begin! There is a constant whirlwind of excitement. Senior awards, getting out of school early, parties, and of course Graduation. We are about to be thrust into a world of all new things and new people. Calling our own shots and having the freedom we have so desperately desired since the teenage years began is right around the corner. Maybe the best part is being able to use these new things surrounding you to grow and open your mind and even your heart to ideas you never could before. We get the chance to sink or swim, become our own person, and really begin to find ourselves.

Things we don't even know yet are in the works with new people we haven't even met yet. These friendships we find will be the ones to last us a lifetime. The adventures we experience will transform into the advice we tell our own children and will become the old tales we pass down to our grandkids when they come to visit on the weekends. We will probably hate the all night study sessions, the intensity of finals week, and the overpowering stress and panic of school in general, just like we did in high school... But it will all be worth it for the memories we make that will outlive the stress of that paper due in that class you absolutely hate. As we leave high school, remember what all the parents, teachers, coaches, and mentors are telling you - this are the best times of our lives!

THE BAD. The sentimental emotions are setting in. We're crying, siblings are tearing up, and parents are full-out bawling. On that first day, we never expected the school year to speed by the way it did. Suddenly everything is coming to an end. Our favorite teachers aren't going to be down the hall anymore, our best friends probably won't share a class with us, we won't be coming home to eat dinner with our families...

We all said we wanted to get out of this place, we couldn't wait, we were ready to be on our own; we all said we wouldn't be "so emotional" when the time came, but yet here we are, wishing we could play one more football game with our team or taking the time to make sure we remember the class we liked the most or the person that has made us laugh even when we were so stressed we could cry these past few years. Take the time to hug your parents these last few months. Memorize the facial expressions of your little sister or brother. Remember the sound of your dad coming home from work. These little things we take for granted every day will soon just be the things we tell our college roommate when they ask about where we're from. As much as we've wanted to get out of our house and our school, we never thought it would break our heart as much as it did. We are all beginning to realize that everything we have is about to be gone.

Growing up is scary, but it can also be fun. As we take the last few steps in the hallways of our school, take it all in. Remember, it's okay to be happy; it's okay to be totally excited. But also remember it's okay to be sad. It's okay to be sentimental. It's okay to be scared, too. It's okay to feel all these confusing emotions that we are feeling. The best thing about the bittersweet end to our high school years is that we are finally slowing down our busy lives enough to remember the happy memories.

Try not to get annoyed when your mom starts showing your baby pictures to everyone she sees, or when your dad starts getting aggravated when you talk about moving out and into your new dorm. They're coping with the same emotions we are. Walk through the halls remembering the classes you loved and the classes you hated. Think of the all great times that have happened in our high school years and the friends that have been made that will never be forgotten. We all say we hated school, but we really didn't. Everything is about to change; that's a happy thing, and a sad thing. We all just have to embrace it! We're ready, but we're not...

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All good things must come to an end.

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It might just be the beginning of 2019 but there are many TV series wrapping up already. There are many breathtaking and original pilots around along with several reboots coming. This might be one of the greatest year for TV.

However, all good things must come to an end. Some series have been planned out and are going to be finished while others have been cut short. Sadly, here's a list of TV series to say goodbye to this year.

1. The Big Bang Theory (CBS)

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2. Orange is the New Black (Netflix)

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Final Date: End of 2019

7 seasons//91 episodes

3. Jane the Virgin (CW)

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5 seasons//100 episodes

4. Games of Thrones (HBO)

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Final Date: Summer

8 Seasons//73 episodes

5. Broad City (Comedy Central)

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Final Date: March

5 seasons//50 episodes

6. VEEP (HBO)

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Final Date: Spring

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7. Homeland (Showtime)

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Final date: Summer

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8. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)

Final date: January 25

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9. The Affair (Showtime)

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5 seasons//42 episodes

10. Friends From College (Netflix)

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