Americans do share many similarities with Canadians. They love the same music, have similar physical features, and so on. It is great to talk about these similarities, but the truth is, there are also funny differences between America and Canada which worth mentioning as well. Some of them are political; others are cultural.
So, we’ll be looking at the funny cultural differences between America and Canada today. Read on!
1. Which country has nicer citizens?
There are really sweet Americans out there, but err…when compared to Canadians, they are a lot more confrontational. Canadians are globally known to be nicer and better mannered than Americans.
2. Maple syrup
Call it a Canadian obsession; they don’t care. They take so much pride in their maple syrup production and market. Canadians and a huge part of the world believe they are the producers of the best maple syrup.
However, Americans have their own, which also sells, but is considered second to Canada’s. Americans don’t like to hear this, but many Canadians call their syrup the “fake maple syrup.”
3. Bagged milk
In Canada, they drink milk from bags. Over 70% of milk drinkers in Canada have been doing this for a very long time, and the Americans really find it strange.
They believe their Canadian neighbors shouldn’t be drinking from bags. Since most of them buy milk from jugs, bagged milk in America would really look suspicious.
However, Canadians don’t care what anyone thinks, they love their national habit and will continue enjoying their milk from bags. Read cultural differences around the world that will surprise you.
4. How they present their country’s issues
Generally, Canadians love to give the “all is well” impression. They like other people to believe that their country has no problems, but we all know every country has imperfections.
Americans are not opposite in this regard. They don’t say everything is fine, but they also don’t give you the truth about their country’s problems.
5. The flag
Probably this is the common similarities between Canada and the USA you will ever find. Just like the maple syrup, Canadians are practically obsessed with their national flag!
They have it everywhere — company logos, shirts, hats, welcome home posters at the airports, name it…Canadians are madly in love with their maple leaf flag.
As crazy as it sounds, Americans love their flag more…the craze it real! The star-spangled banner is so loved that in some American schools, children are expected to salute the flag every day. It is almost fetish. This topic is usually the start of an argument between citizens of both Nations.
6. How they see their government
Canadians are more tolerant of their government. In fact, they hardly ever disapprove the national heads. However, in America, the story is very different.
Since the majority view it as a necessary evil, they have little trust in their government and don’t wait for other countries to criticize them. They take the lead in distrustful speeches and publicly display their disapproval. Which is not the same in Canada.
7. Their perception if the weather
Canadians love their cold weather. They don’t care if you think they are freezing. They enjoy talking about it and actually brag about the cold.
On the other hand, our dear Americans like to brag about how warm it is. Read a list of 14 interesting taboos around the world.
In Canada, their main sport is hockey. They love it the way soccer is loved in England. However, in America, such love is only shown towards football.
Both countries show great love when it comes to sports, but Americans are generally more interested in it…a statement you will find hard to believe when you get a first-hand experience of an average Canadian’s love for hockey.
9. Walking around the house with shoes
In Canada, you’re more likely to see people walking in the house without shoes. Americans will have none of that; you should have your shoes on no matter where you are— that’s how they operate. Remember that factors like weather and location affect how this “shoe in the house” issue is treated.
10. Political gis
Who doesn’t like to sit down with a glass of wine to talk about the politics in American government…? Americans! They are more inclined to talk about other issues.
Unknown to them, Canadians love to do all the American political chatting they like to dodge. It is very common to meet a group of Canadians discussing the political operations of America…they see it as a way to pass the time.
Wondering about the difference between Canadian and American accent? Well, most Americans think there is a “Canadian accent,” but you will hear so many as you move around the country.
People in different cities in Canada have a unique accent that can tell you where they are from. For example, Ontario accent is not the same as Alberta accent. They also have two official languages — French and English. Americans only have English.
12. Online shopping?
Buying things via the Internet is not really a Canadian thing. Most of their stores just don’t have apps or sites where people can order home delivery. Americans have it so easy in this regard; they can buy almost anything from the Internet.
13. National unity
Americans are more polarized on almost every topic you can come up with. I’m not saying they don’t agree among themselves, they do. However, it is not an everyday occurrence. Maybe because of their population, which is far greater than Canada.
Could it be the reason why Canadians are so different in this area? Maybe, we don’t know. However, the fact is that they are more united in almost all issues. You will hardly find them on different grounds, especially when it comes to issues about America.
14. Concern for the comparison
The constant comparison of both countries didn’t start today, it has been around for a very long time, and the citizens of America don’t really care about the topic.
Canadians on the other hand, know so much about the Americans. They could spend a large chunk of their time distinguishing themselves from Americans in ways you didn’t even know.
They really care about the differences, which cannot be said for their American counterparts. So don’t be surprised if an American shows nonchalance when you start a topic about what differentiates them from Canadians.
Hope you enjoyed reading it. Now tell us which country you are from? Do you have differences with your neighbor country? Tell us in the comment section.