Let me just get this off my chest. While travelling, most of these have either been pointed out or asked of me. So I decided to ask google what the most common Canadian stereotypes were, and I couldn’t believe the things that I was reading! No, I certainly did not ski to school every day. And no, I don’t like curling. So, here are the ten most popular stereotypes about my home country, and I am here to set the record straight.
- We say the word ‘eh’, all the time.
Truth. This is pretty accurate, but it depends where you are in Canada. I find people in the city don’t use this word in their vocabulary as much as people do in small towns. My dad happens to say eh in nearly every sentence. But yea, it really depends on the person. Though, why is this such a big deal when we say it? Aussies say ‘aye’ just as often, but no one makes a big deal about that.
- Everyone is extremely polite.
Myth. Agree to disagree. I find it is common to smile or say hi to random people on the street in Canada, and while travelling I noticed this isn’t normal in other countries and most people don’t acknowledge strangers. But take it from someone who has worked customer service in Canada for year, not everyone is nice. Some people are very, VERY rude. But I’d say our Country as a whole can be very nice and welcoming.
- It’s always cold.
Myth! Canada is a country of extremes. Where I am from in Western Canada the coldest day in the winter can be down to -30°C and the hottest day in the summer can reach up to 40°C. So even though it may be cold sometimes, it certainly is not cold all year round.
- We say ‘aboot’ instead of ‘about’.
Myth. I have NEVER heard anyone say aboot. The more you travel east in Canada, the more the people pronounce the word ‘about’ differently. It may sound more similar to ‘aboot’ but they do NOT say ‘aboot’. Sorry to disappoint.
- All we watch is hockey.
Myth. Though hockey is a very popular sport in Canada, there are many other sports people watch as well. American football is huge in Canada, as well as skiing, soccer and baseball. I wouldn’t say no if I was invited to an NHL game though. I’ll also add, no, not everyone played hockey growing up either!
- Everyone is a lumberjack.
Myth. If you think someone who grew up in the city has ever chopped wood in their life, think again. It takes more than wearing plaid, growing a beard and holding and axe to be a lumberjack. You have to live the lifestyle, so no, not everyone is a lumberjack. In fact, very few people would be considered one.
- We hate the US.
Myth. We hate how American politics are flooded over Canadian news channels. We definitely don’t hate the whole country or the people. If anything, we feel sorry for them and their twisted vision of what our FREE healthcare is like. That being said, we truly DO hate when people think we are from the United States, or say that we are nearly the same country.
- Tim Horton is our president?
Myth. I honestly hadn’t heard this one before. Firstly, we have a prime minister, not a president. Secound, since Trudeau became our prime minister, we’ve been getting a bit more world attention because he’s young and good looking for a country leader. Third, Tim Hortons is a fantastic fast food coffee and doughnut place that Canadian’s either love or hate. So no. I think Tim Horton was a hockey player? Who cares, I just love their timbits.
- We live in igloos.
Myth. Seriously? I really hope most people are smart enough to realise this couldn’t be true. And no, I didn’t ride moose or polar bears to school. Considering I already said that it can get up to 40°C, I don’t think I need to say much more on this.
- We love maple syrup.
Truth. Of course we do! How could we not? And don’t talk to me about that processed sugary syrup. I mean real maple syrup. Unfortunately, western Canada doesn’t have many maple trees so all of ours is shipped from eastern Canada, making it more expensive. But trust me, it’s worth it! And if you’re here in the winter try maple syrup on snow.