10 Things People Immediately Think of When You Mention Canada

What do you think of when you think of Canada? I immediately think of unyielding politeness. This is a common theme in movies, where Canadians always apologize even when they’re not at fault. Here are other things that people on the internet think are synonymous with Canada.

1. A Good Time

Several thread contributors agree they’ve had much fun in Canada. They say it’s just like America, but with less bad staff. The clean subways, beautiful parks, and cool museums are a wholesome experience. One responder remembers their good times, laughing at quirky potato chip flavors at the grocery stores and marveling at transparent dollar bills.

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2. Polite People

Another adds that people in Canada always smile at them when they walk by. They don’t seem judgemental, and they’re so polite. As if that’s not enough, Canadians would water their plants, pick their fences and walk their dog. They are splendid people.

3. A Myth

Can someone confirm that Canada is real? A responder says there are too many calm and adequate people in Canada. It’s unreal. They continue that people there know how to think. Canadians can adequately examine world and personal events. This reduces anger levels, and nobody insults the other. They’ve never lived in such a place.

4. Tim Horton’s

Numerous answers cover the sad fact that Tim Horton’s, which was initially an important part of Canadian culture, is no longer what it used to be. One commenter recounted when things went left at the start of 2013. They were drinking enough coffee then, and they identified the difference immediately. Apparently, McDonald’s and Tim’s swapped coffee bean suppliers.

5. Less Everything Bad

A contributor says they spent part of their childhood in Canada, which was great. It’s less busy, loud, dirty, and crazy. They remember it as a nice, quiet, and happy place.

6. Universal Healthcare

In a world where you’re one medical ill away from a financial crisis, universal healthcare in Canada is enviable. One responder shares that the system there works via triage ad, not on a first-come, first-out basis. Patients with more pressing problems get priority. You may arrive at the ER ahead of 20 people but get served last if they have objectively urgent conditions.

7. Hockey

Most people agree that Canadians are born with hockey sticks in their hands. They say that some suburban communities have rinks in their local park.

Hockey is probably Canada’s biggest contribution to world sport. It’s the country’s national winter sport. The game unites Canadians and cuts across geographic, socio-economic, and cultural lines.

8. Geographic Vastness

A Canadian states that they think about the fact that they are best placed in case of a disaster. They believe Canada is best positioned to survive the war, climate change, an apocalypse, or any other calamity.  Being brought to life in such a country is the source of all their adventures, even though it may seem boring. 

9. Cold Weather

Another individual said that when they hear Canada, they immediately remember the three hours they were freezing in the cold. They say that the CBSA officers at the border decided to amuse themselves by asking for inaccessible documents. Since there was no cell signal in the area, they could not access the documents via their cell phone. This resulted in detainment.

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10. Maple Syrup

Finally, several commenters said they associate Canada with maple syrup. The country produces 85 percent of the maple syrup in the world. The forests are full of majestic black, red, and sugar maples. It has the right balance of cold spring nights and warm daytime temperatures to make lots of the clear-colored sap that creates maple syrup.

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