So You Live in Canada, Eh?

Happy Canada Day to all my Canadian friends! We are still learning the ropes on living here but I can truly say I love this country. 
It’s been 10 months since we have lived in Canada now. Sometimes it feels like we just got here and some times it feels like we’ve been here forever. I always have people in the US ask me how is it different from living there, so I’ve been compiling a list in my mind and now I’m sharing it with you! It’s mostly random thoughts and observations, and lets be honest, generalizations. And hey, REAL Canadians, correct me where I’m wrong. 
– Kilometers instead of miles per hour. No biggie
– Metric in general people… I still don’t know, and Dan’s a scientist so it doesn’t bother him in the slightest
– It’s part of the Commonwealth
– and with the Commonwealth comes ROYALS! (Will & Kate forever, amen.)
– Gas is usually more expensive 🙁
– AND lots of gas stations say gas bar on them. I know, what? Let’s go fill up at the gas bar!
Poutine. God’s gift to Canadian food. Most everywhere that has fries also has poutine. Yes McDonalds, I’ll have gravy with those fries, k thanks.
– Actually the only reason I ever went to McDonalds was for $1 fountain diet coke, which THEY DON’T have in Canada. GASP! This was a real bummer for me when we first moved here. $2.48, what am I made of money?!
– and here that would be a pop, not a soda
– The ‘In’ door on the left and the ‘Out’ door on the right for most stores. Maddening! 
– People really really don’t say ‘Eh’ as much as we think they do. Plus, I totally see where it’s useful and correct to use sometimes when speaking. So, I’m all about it!
– Winter hats are called toques (rhymes with kook)
– The CFL, the Canadian Football League! Which I had no clue existed until we moved here.
– Tim Horton’s everyyyyywhere
– Hockey is kind of a big deal
– I really don’t miss paying for Dr. appointments
– A washroom is a bathroom
Nanaimo bars, God’s other gift to Canadian food!
– Zed instead of zee for the letter ‘Z’
– Smarties here are a candy that’s like M&M’s
– their money is WAY cooler looking! Sorry America but it’s got colors, and cool see through parts
– Loonie = one dollar coin
– Toonie = two dollar coin 
– You have to put a dollar coin in most shopping carts to access them in the store. When we first moved here I didn’t realize you got the coin back and was like WTF?! haha (Why am I admitting my ignorance?)
– Most grocery stores you have to pay for plastic shopping bags. I actually think this is great because now we bring cloth bags everywhere! So much better and a habit we will for sure keep up when we move. 
-Thanksgiving is in October (never, ever would I get used to this, but it was fun celebrating twice!)
– Garburator = garbage disposal 
– Postal codes not zip codes
– Referring to the USA as “The States”
– French is very prominent on all packaging
– No pennies
– Spelling: cheques, colour, theatre, etc. 
– People are generally really really nice!
So that wraps it up for now. Whew! I’ll have to follow this up before we move from here some day for a more complete list. Americans, did you know some of these? Canadians, what funny things do you notice about the States?

9 thoughts on “So You Live in Canada, Eh?

  1. Happy Canada Day!

    I lived in Vancouver for almost 2 years and loved it. Honestly, if I we could, I'd move to Canada in a heart beat! Such an awesome country.

    I love zed, the metric system, Roots and I will always call it a toque; )

  2. I looove Canada and I miss it! I've visited a few times (only Toronto, though) and I fell in love with poutine! Loonies and toonies are just my favorite words ever and will always make me giggle 🙂 Happy Canada Day!

  3. Loved this! I don't get why we don't start charging for plastic grocery bags…or take out containers even. You should be able to bring your own. Anyways, love hearing about people who have lived in multiple countries…you should share more on this sometime 🙂 great post!

  4. So lovely! Thanks for posting. We always say we'd love to move to Canada. Can I asked why you moved there and how the transition (legally) was? We feel so uneducated! Email me? Hehehe! <3 writeintights at gmail

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