Canada and the U.S.A. The Differences

Canada and the USA

I've had the pleasure of living in both Canada and the U.S.A. Many times people have asked me what are the differences between the two countries.

Flags for Canada and The United States of America
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Holiday and Recognized Days

Many of the public and recognized holiday days are the same in the U.S.A. as they are in Canada, but there are exceptions, so I've included all of them in both countries in the table below.

Holidays and recognized days in the U.S.A. & Canada

Holidays
USA
Canada
New Years Day
Yes
Yes
Martin Luther King Day
Yes
No
Groundhog Day
Yes
Yes
Super Bowl
Yes
No
Lincoln's Birthday
Yes
No
Valentine's Day
Yes
Yes
Family Day
No
Alberta, Ontario & Saskatchewan
Louis Riel Day
No
Manitoba
Islander Day
No
Prince Edward Island
President's Day
Yes
No
Washington's Birthday Day
Yes
No
Daylight Savings Time Begins
Yes
Yes
St. Patrick's Day
Yes
Yes
Cesar Chavez Day
California, Colorado & Texas
No
April Fool's Day
Yes
Yes
Good Friday
Yes
Yes
Easter Sunday
Yes
Yes
Easter Monday
Yes
Yes
Tax Day
Yes
No
Earth Day
Yes
Yes
Arbor Day
Yes
No
Mother's Day
Yes
Yes
Victoria Day
No
Yes
Memorial Day
Yes
No
John F. Kennedy's Birthday
Yes
No
Flag Day
Yes
No
Father's Day
Yes
Yes
National Holiday of Quebec
No
Only in Quebec
Canada Day
No
Yes
Independence Day
Yes
No
Nunavut Day
No
Only in Nunavut
Civic Holiday
No
Yes
Discovery Day
No
Only in the Yukon
Women's Equality Day
Yes
No
Labour/Labor Day
Yes
Yes
Patriot Day
Yes
No
Constitution/Citizenship Day
Yes
No
Thanksgiving (October)
No
Yes
Columbus Day
Yes
No
Leif Erikson Day
Yes
No
Halloween
Yes
Yes
Daylight Savings Time Ends
Yes
Yes
Election Day
Yes
No
Rememberance Day
No
Yes
Veteran's Day
Yes
No
Thanksgiving (November)
Yes
No
Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
Yes
No
Christmas
Yes
Yes
Boxing Day
Yes
Yes

A Funny Look at both Countries

Size Comparison, not a big difference

Canada

9.9 million square kilometers or 3.8 million square miles


U.S.A.

9.83 million kilometers or 3.79 million square miles

Source

Population of Canada and the U.S.A. as of 2012

Canada At the time of writing this, the population was 37,766,924. Please click on the link to get the updated count.

U.S.A. This is according to the United States Demographics Profile 2012. Population 313,232,044.

Other Differences


United States of America

  • Uses the Imperial System
  • Healthcare is primarily operated by the private sector
  • Legal drinking age: 21
  • Currency: Currently the U.S.Dollar is printed in denominations of $1, $5, $10, $20, $50 & $100
  • Head of Government: President
  • Government is a two party system: Republicans and Democrats (but there are more than 2 parties)
  • Military Branches: U.S. Army, U.S, Marine Corps, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Coast Guard
  • National Anthem: Star Spangled Banner
  • Main Languages: English & Spanish
  • Is divided into fifty states and one district
  • NFL National Football League, U.S.A. plays to win The Vince Lombardi Trophy

Canada

  • Uses mainly the Metric System
  • Publicly funded healthcare system
  • Legal drinking age: 18 or 19 depending on the province
  • Currency: Currently the Canadian dollar is printed in denominations of $5, $10, $20, $50, & $100. Canadians also have one and two dollar coins called loonies and toonies.
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister
  • Government is a parliamentary system
  • Military Branches: The Canadian Army, The Royal Canadian Navy, Royal Canadian Air Force
  • National Anthem: Oh Canada
  • Main Languages: English & French
  • Is divided into ten provinces and three territories
  • CFL Canadian Football League Canada plays to win the Grey Cup



Football in Canada Versus the U.S.A.

Listed below are some, but not all of the differences between how football is played in the USA compared to Canada.

National Football League NFL

  • Field size is 100 yards x 53 1/2 yards
  • 2 teams with 12 players per team on the field
  • 4 downs
  • In the NFL there are 32 teams in total
  • Super Bowl Sunday is played at the end of January or the beginning of February

Canadian Football League CFL

  • Field size is 110 yards x 65 yards
  • 2 teams with 11 players per team on the field
  • 3 downs
  • In the CFL there are 8 teams in total
  • Grey Cup Sunday is at the end of November or the beginning of December

On A Personal Note

I lived in the U.S.A. for approximately eight years from the time I was 14 - 22. In that time I never really saw any difference as far as people go. I truly believe people everywhere can be nice, friendly, loving, honest or the opposite of all of those.

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Please feel free to let me know of any differences that you know of. 129 comments

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Just Ask Susan 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

My Bell, That's so true most American's don't know much about Canada. I blame it on the schools there and what they do teach. Thanks so much for your comments.


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Just Ask Susan 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Relationshipc, Glad you will be able to use it :) Thanks!


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My Bell 2 years ago

Love this article! I never lived in Canada but in high school, I lived at SHAPE in Belgium (the NATO headquarters - my dad was a U.S. Army officer). My Freshman year, I had to take Canadian History because the other history classes were all full and I attended the International NATO school. I was so grateful to learn so much about Canada, something most Americans never do. Well done Hub!


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Relationshipc 2 years ago from Alberta, Canada

I didn't know we were pretty much the same size. That's a cool little bit of information to know! That will be my, "Yeah but did you know that..." for now on. :)


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Suhail, Orillia is also home to Gordon Lightfoot. I have a few hubs written on Orillia that may interest you.


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brakel2 3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Great hub about US and Canada. I used to live in Buffalo and spent lots of time in Canada. I had friends at Cedar Bay and honeymooned at the Falls It is nice knowing about the holidays and currency and all the other facts. I hope you don't mind the snow. You did a good job and brought back memories. Blessings Audrey. Pinning and sharing.


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Suhail and my dog 3 years ago from Mississauga, ON

Susan,

For your readers who don't know, Orillia is the gateway to Ontario's cottage country.

Orillia is also the city that I have driven through most often to reach to many of my destinations meant for nature lovers.


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Mary,

Mg,

Sunhail,

and Tom

Thank you all for reading and for all the comments too.

SunHail, I see that you're from Mississauga. I lived there before moving up to Orillia.


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DzyMsLizzy 3 years ago from Oakley, CA

Visiting Quebec is on my 'bucket list,' as I have family heritage in the area. My paternal grandparents came from Wotton (sp??), P.Q.

Sadly, I don't see anymore travel in my current situation--we're retired & on a low, fixed income. We're lucky to be able to drive to some of my husband's more distant medical appointments.

You're probably right about "eh," vs. "huh." I think we US folks are probably more guilty of using such 'fillers' than we realize.


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Millionaire Tips 3 years ago from USA

This is a great explanation for the difference between Canada and the U.S. I didn't realize Super Bowl was an official holiday, but I guess it may as well be. That's the day the quilt shop has a big sale. I have cousins in Canada, and I find they are more aware of the news and political events, especially all over the world than we are. We don't know much about what happens in Canada because our news is mostly local, except for a half hour a day when world events are discussed, but even the world news includes a lot of national news.


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TomBlalock 3 years ago from Hickory, NC

Every country deserves a hat. Our's is polite, and reserved. Really, a good companion for formal events.


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Barbara, I feel the same way :)


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

DzyMsLizzy, The "eh" thing :) I think it depends on whereabouts you are in Canada as to whether you hear it a lot or not. I find some people tend to overuse "eh" just like in the states where people say "huh" instead of eh :) I've not been to Calgary but from the sounds of the traffic lights, I think they're the same way in the province of Quebec. I hope that you get to visit more of Canada and enjoy it as much as you did your trip to Alberta. Thanks so much for the votes, pin and the share.


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Suhail and my dog 3 years ago from Mississauga, ON

Very well written! Voted up and found useful and interesting!

I studied in the USA and am currently living and working in Canada. A big difference that I noted is college / university system and atmosphere, especially with respect to sports. Sports at college level are much more organised, well attended, and well funded in the USA than they are in Canada.


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MG Singh 3 years ago from Singapore

II have been to both Canada and USA. Frankly they are pretty similar. However I found crime is much more in USA than Canada. I wonder if something is to do with population. Nice hub.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

Here again we learn how much alike we are, not how different. I like the way you presented all the information and included so much, everyone had to learn something!

I've visited Canada, to tour, to gamble, and to camp near Niagara Falls and have never had a bad experience. Thanks for the information.

Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting and shared.


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Barbara Kay 3 years ago from USA

This was interesting. There aren't many differences. We've met many Canadians and they don't seem that different.


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DzyMsLizzy 3 years ago from Oakley, CA

Wonderfully done article! Loved the videos, as well!

I visited a small part of Western Canada back in 1991 or so, and the main "differences" I noted were not of particular importance, save one.

1) They call a soft drink "pop" and not "soda." (When I ordered a soda with my meal, I was asked if I needed something for an upset stomach!)

2) When ordering iced tea, I learned to inquire whether or not it was pre-sweetened, and specifically order UN-sweetened tea! LOL

3) It seemed very, very clean. I saw virtually no graffiti, nor any discarded gum on the sidewalks. ,We also took a public transit vehicle to the zoo, and both were exceptionally clean as well!

4) They do say "eh" a lot. (It ended virtually every sentence in a conversation held with a taxi driver.) How do you spell "Canada?" "C. eh? N. eh? D.eh?" That's a joke my younger daughter brought home with her from 2 years at a Canadian college. ;-)

5) The one, significant, important difference (this in Calgary), was that the traffic lights were suspended horizontally high above the intersection, causing me to miss seeing it, and running a red light. (Luckily, there was no cross traffic or police officer!)

Our trip to Canada, which included the Calgary Zoo, the Butchart Gardens, and the West Edmonton Mall, was most pleasant, and I wish I had the budget to go again.

Voted up, interesting, awesome, shared and pinned.


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Paula, I do wish you'd join FaceBook and share some pictures of the new babies. That would make my day! hint, hint!


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Although often semi-conscious, I DO take hints quite well. I need to correspond with Mommy & Daddy, on the boys progress & other surprises. The 7 weeks I spent with them, was rather "repetitious" (and YOU would know the routine).

If I wrote about that particular experience, it would be a re-make of "Ground Hog Day."

Well, about the theatre.......aren't we a couple of wizards?


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Paula, I sure do remember talking about that theatre but the name of it has escaped my memory again :)

So glad you enjoyed the info. Hope that you had a good Thanksgiving. Oh and BTW I'm still waiting on that hub that I want you to write on those twins :) Hint..... Hint....


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

UP...interesting and very useful, Susan! Thank you for my Sunday afternoon Class. Living just a bit over an hour, from the border, I've been to Canada numerous times, for various reasons. (I think I talked about this once, when it took me months to remember the name of the Stage Theatre......remember? I HOPE so, Susan.....because I've forgotten it again!)

Haven't been to Canada in YEARS. I think the last time, was to simply shop in the Duty-Free stores......or maybe spend my allowance at the Casino.......Enjoyed this info...


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

leslie, Thanks, so glad you liked it.


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lesliebyars 3 years ago from Alabama

Very nice and informative hub. I must visit Canada my friend.


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Mel, Super Bowl Sunday is a "recognized day", and is on many calendars. Thanks for reading and commenting.


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

iguidenetwork, Thanks and glad you liked the hub!


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks pagesvoice! Happy upcoming 4th of July.


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Pinkchic, The US is older than Canada so who knows maybe Canada will catch up one day n population :)


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Mel Carriere 3 years ago from San Diego California

I have found Canadians to be very friendly people, and Canada to be a very clean country compared to the U.S. I did not know that we recognized Super Bowl Sunday as a holiday here in the States, however. Nice work.


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iguidenetwork 3 years ago from Austin, TX

Very nice hub. I thought the only difference is that Canadians have also French as an official language. I didn't even know that they also celebrate thanksgiving (but in a different month)! Thanks for the information. :)


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pagesvoice 3 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

Happy Canada Day! To Natashalh...In New York State we do have Tim Horton's and they are becoming more popular down here too...but not as popular as Dunkin Donuts.


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Pinkchic18 3 years ago from Minnesota

Very interesting. It's crazy that Canada is pretty much the same size as the US but they have so many less residents.


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

phdast, Thanks and you have a great week too!


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Hi Sue, Happy Canada Day to you too!


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phdast7 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Great Hub. Interesting and informative. I have always liked all the Canadians I have known. You make very good points. :) Have a great week.


Sueswan 3 years ago

Hi Susan,

Back for a visit to wish you a safe and Happy Canada Day. :)


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Martie, Many people from all over the world immigrate to Canada. Not sure what you mean .... the USA has always had a larger population than Canada.


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Natasha, Hopefully one will open soon near you :)


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa

Gosh, I never knew Canada is that large! I have found this hub very interesting, thank you, Susan :) I am now curious to know why there is such a difference in population. Many S.A.'cans immigrated to Canada, and still do.


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Natashalh 3 years ago from Hawaii

Tim Hortons! That's the big difference between the two. I've heard rumors there are a few in boarder states, but I haven't personally seen them. Mmmm, Tim Hortons...


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Hi John, Thanks, glad you liked the hub and nice to meet you.


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john000 3 years ago from Superior, Arizona

I learned something from you hub. I would have sworn that Canada was a LOT bigger than the U.S. Your map made it clearer to me - I think it gets distorted a bit depending on the type of map. In Arizona, we have many Canadian winter visitors (many own homes here), and for the most part we don't have a clue. We are very much alike. In my prospecting club we always look forward to winter to rekindle our friendships. Good hub.


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thomas, Nice to meet you, and thanks for commenting.


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thomasczech 3 years ago from Canada

In Canada there is Thanksgiving, it is a national holiday and it is the second monday of October.


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Hi Don, There are quite a few things that are the same but there are differences too. For instance the government system.

Happy New Year.


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dahoglund 3 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

Hi Susan, as far as living in the two countries I would think that it wouldn't be much different that living in different regions of the United States and probably Canada.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Hi Rajan, I'm glad that you liked the hub and I do hope that one day soon you get to visit Canada.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Hi Susan, wonderfully presented information. I learnt quite a few things. Though I've visited the US a number of times, visiting Canada is my dream.

Voting this up, useful and interesting.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

pagesvoice, You've mentioned some of my most favorite places in Ontario. Kingston is one of my favorite places to go for a get away weekend. The Ferry ride around the Thousand Islands is magnificent. I love to take the ferry and visit Boldt castle on Heart Island in New York.

Thank you so much for visiting my hub and for the wonderful comments.


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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

Voted up, useful and interesting. Oh Canada...land that I love. Your article was extremely informative and really shows the commonality between the U.S. and Canada. Of course, I still can't convince many of my friends that your healthcare is a success. I have visited Ontario more times than I have fingers and toes and have never been disappointed. From Cornwall to Gananoque to Upper Canada Village to one of my favorite cities, Kingston. I love the Prince George Hotel, the open air market and all of the shops. One other difference between our two countries is the amount of bicyclists. I think you beat us in that category. Taking the ferry from Cape Vincent, NY to Wolfe Island and then observing so many people peddling away on their bikes leaves me feeling so out of shape.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

handymanbill, Sorry that you have a problem with my chart but both English and Spanish are the main languages spoken in the USA.


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handymanbill 4 years ago from western pennsylvania

Great Hub. i always liked to visit Canada. It is a Beautiful country and the people have always been friendly. I have one

problem with your chart . The primary language is English. Spanish is not a Primary Language. Even Hub Pages does not allow Hubs to be written in Spanish.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks Kelley, Glad that you liked it.


kelleyward 4 years ago

This is a very helpful hub Susan! I really like the table. Voted up and shared! Take care, Kelley


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thank you writer, I hope you will come to Canada one day. Is a great place :)


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

Great hub. I have never been to Canada maybe one day though.

Voted up and interesting.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Mrs. M. Thanks so much, glad you liked it.


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Mrs. Menagerie 4 years ago from The Zoo

Wow...thank you for putting all this info together for us. Very nice!


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

CloudExplorer, Thank you so much!


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City

Susan I was amazed by this hub here, wow your attention to detail is intense, and I loved all the comparisons between both the United States, and Canada here.

This is also very helpful in helping those who need to know of demographic data in terms of research purposes, and you've took the time, and care to collect some pretty interesting facts about both countries in such a well organized fashion.

For that I have no other alternative but to share this hub as much as I can for you, I know many others in my networks will find it useful as well, and simply entertaining to read.

I also enjoyed the format that you've illustrated here with this hub, wow there's so much for me to learn as a hub writer, and I've learned so much from you already as well, simply be sensing your awesomely formatted hubs, and greatly informative hub writings. Simply Amazing that a person can come up with such attractive creative works.

Lovely indeed!!!! Voted up! oh that video was also relevant too nice one.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Vinaya, I hope some day that you get to visit both of these fantastic countries.


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

I have neither been to the US nor to Canada. But I do know little about the US geography and history but do not know much about Canada. Thanks for sharing the information.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Sharon, Glad you liked this hub. For Thanksgiving we only get one day off. When I lived in the States I loved having the 4 day weekend :)


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

Susan ~ I loved this. I truly had no idea there were so many differences. I kept reading and saying to myself, hmmm, really. Like the difference in size of a football field. I would have never known. I never knew you celebrated Thanksgiving so much earlier than in the US. And so many more things I just never knew. Very interesting. I learned a lot.

Sharyn


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

RH, I look forward to you visiting.

Sometimes I say do you have a toonie, and other times I will say a couple of bucks. Toonie and loonie sound like we are all in the loony bin :) Wait till you see our new plastic money.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Ha! I did read this - I commented too! Lol. Sometimes my iPad goes out right after a comment and I suppose it never posted?

Anyhow - I love loonies and toonies! Now How would you say that like "Al there's a girl scout at the door selling cookies - do you have a couple od toonies?" lol

You could and should include the lyrics of the national anthem for the Americans - so many do not know the words!! Lol lol

Oh and thank you again for the link! This is great now I'm ready to come to Canada!


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

PDX, Thank you, glad you enjoyed it.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

this is great, Susan. Enjoyed this very much. UP and shared


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Flora, Barge in anytime, I don't mind at all :)

Daffy, Grey Cup ... Earl of Grey as Flora has said.

Super Bowl .. Vince Lombardi Trophy


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Flora, I'm glad that I had the opportunity to live in both countries. I have a few relatives that live in the States. It was funny when I first moved to California .... I had taken french for most of my school years in Canada and enrolled in french there. The teacher was amazed at how much I knew and I did much better as far as grades went in french class. A couple of times I corrected my new teacher. He was not too impressed with that :)


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FloraBreenRobison 4 years ago

Daffy - the cup was so named for the same reason that the Stanley Cup is called the Stanley Cup. The cup is named after the person who donated it.

The Grey Cup was donated by The Earl of Grey.

Sorry to barge in on the answer, but I saw your question on the Home Page feed.


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Daffy Duck 4 years ago from Cornelius, Oregon

How did they come to name it the Grey Cup? It seems like kind of an odd name. Then again, I'm not Canadian.

Just curious. :)


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FloraBreenRobison 4 years ago

Well, I lived in US from in the womb to 18 months old. But living with Dad has given me lots of experience with the way Americans think. now I watch the news and look at their news organizations/media in particular.

My family is essentially half Canadian/half American


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Hi Sue,

Hope that your having a nice "Family Day" Thanks for stopping by, and glad you liked this hub.


Sueswan 4 years ago

Hi Susan

Great hub. I have never heard of Leif Erickson day.

Voted up and awesome.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Daffy, Grey Cup is Canadian football.


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Daffy Duck 4 years ago from Cornelius, Oregon

Good Point!

Grey Cup Sunday? What's that?


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

SheilaKay, Thank you so much. Glad you enjoyed Niagara Falls and my hub. Come back for a visit to Canada soon.


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SheliaKay 4 years ago from Marietta, Ohio..... but born and raised in Northern Ohio on Lake Erie

Great Hub, a lot of good useful information. I had the pleasure of visiting Canada once ( Niagara Falls )I loved it there and everyone was so friendly. I have lived all over the U.S. and had the opportunity to meet all types of people. It's the Canadians I find to be the most friendly. I do plan on visiting again one day. You got my vote


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Daffy, I would like Grey Cup Sunday to be a recognized day just as Super Bowl Sunday is, but I don't think it's going to happen.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Sunnie, Thanks for stopping by.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

missolive, I was born in Montreal and have lived in Toronto. Went to Niagara Falls for my honeymoon. There are many other places in Canada that I'd love to see, especially the east coast. Glad you like this hub, and thank you.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Melovy, Many people are surprised at the population of Canada.

Thanks for stopping by, and I'm glad that you found this interesting.


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Daffy Duck 4 years ago from Cornelius, Oregon

FYI. The Super Bowl is not a holiday......although it should be. :) That's great!


Sunnie Day 4 years ago

Very interesting to see the differences. Thank you! :)


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missolive 4 years ago from Texas

Just Ask Susan - This is a very interesting and informative hub. I was lucky enough to travel into Toronto, Quebec and Niagra Falls during my teen years. I have always wanted to return. I would love for my husband and children to experience it. It was interesting to see the various holidays on your data chart.

Thank you for sharing. Voted up and across. Sharing too :)


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Melovy 4 years ago from UK

Very interesting hub Susan. There are more Canadians and fewer Americans than I thought.

Here in Edinburgh we also get the day off for Victoria Day, though it’s not a general holiday in either the UK as a whole or even just Scotland. (We have several different holidays to England.)


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Tina, Thank you, I always appreciate your comments and visits.


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden

Very interesting article Susan! I now know much more about the differences between USA and Canada! You did a great job putting it all together and designed the hub in a way that looks great and is easy to read!

Tina


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

gforganesh, Thank you.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

donnaisabella, Thank you and glad that my hub has piqued your interest in Canada.


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gforganesh1 4 years ago from Coimbatore

great job! thanks for sharing


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donnaisabella 4 years ago from Fort Myers

Hey Susan, this is a wonderful hub. I knew very little about Canada from the Geography of the country we did in school. I hardly know any history or current affairs about the country, this hub has piqued my interest so now I want to find out much more. Thank you very much for writing, and, Yes, people are the same everywhere.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

TurtleDog, You're welcome. Pam did a great job on that hub.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

dahoglund, Thanks for reading and for your comments.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Perspycacious, Now that's something you don't hear of happening very much these days. How long of a wait did you daughter have before they let her back into the USA?


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thomas, Loonies and toonies seem like an odd way to name dollar and two dollar coins to me but ...

Glad you liked the article. Thanks for having a read and sharing too.


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TurtleDog 4 years ago

@JustAskSusan... thanks for pointing me to Pamela99's Hub. I just read it. It's great stuff. So much I didn't know about how the Canadian government is run.


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dahoglund 4 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

Nice comparison.I never thought there would be too many differences.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

I once saw the King and Queen of England at Horseshoe Falls. On of my daughters recently mistakenly drove into Canada without a passport, realized her mistake at the gate and had a hard time convincing both sides that she should have stayed in the USA. Oh, well, it's the day and Age of Terr.


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ThoughtSandwiches 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada

Susan...

I wished that I had known they called them loonies and toonies when I wrote my story about Canada...In fact...actual facts would have been helpful throughout!

I thought there were only 9 million Canadians. It makes sense...it's cold, rum, might as well make little Canadians, huh?

Great Article! Up and sharing!

Thomas


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Two great cities. Thanks for coming back to let me know.


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

Toronto & Ottawa..


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Ruchira, That's interesting. What part of Canada have you visited?


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

nityanandagaurang, Thank you and glad you liked the hub.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Wayne, I've often thought it would be nice to erase that border :)


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Hi Steph, My mother in law is running into this right now regarding the dual citizenship. She's married to an American and spends six months in Canada and six months in the USA. She's not ready yet to give up her Canadian citizenship. Glad you liked the hub.


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

Hi susan

I loved the descriptions between these two countries. I have visited Canada and honestly I like the culture out there. People more laid back than in the united states.

Voted up as useful hub.


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nityanandagaurang 4 years ago

Really very useful hub Just Ask Susan.Actually i know the country by name only,but you have presented information of two counrtries very beautifully.Useful and voting it up.


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas

A very interesting comparison, Susan. We should just erase the border and throw a party! LOL! Thanks for sharing. WB


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

TurtleDog, Thank you. There's a hub written by Pamela99 that is a pretty good explanation on how the Parliamentary system works. http://hubpages.com/travel/Canadian-Government-and...


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

James, Rebecca & Barbara, Thank you all.


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon

Love this hub! I'm American and have lived here my entire life. My husband (and father in law) was born in Canada and actually has dual citizenship - by Canadian law only, U.S. says you have to choose. I agree with you that the two countries are not very different at all. Best, Steph


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Barbara Kay 4 years ago from USA

I saw a couple of US holidays that I didn't know about. I was surprised. The hub was interesting.


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Very interesting Susan, I have often wondered some of this information. I am sharing with my followers.


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SubRon7 4 years ago from eastern North Dakota

Very beautiful and moving hub, Susan, I really enjoyed the video, and I truly love Canada. Thank you!


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TurtleDog 4 years ago

Nice Hub. As an American I admit I'm pretty ignorant to the differences between us and our wonderful neighbor Canada. I feel a bit guilty about that now :-) Makes me want to learn more about their parliamentary system of government among of number of things you posted.

Thanks for the info.

@GTS68 ..... Great, fun comment on breakfast! Nice little cultural fact. I'll hold off ordering a Western Omellete when I visit Canada.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Ruby, You're welcome. I've been following a bit in the news about the healthcare reform. I know there are many Americans that are very much against it. If I'd have been living in the states with all the surgeries I've had to have over the years, I'd be bankrupt by now.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Thank you Susan. As you probably know we do not have social health care here. Many are hoping we will get it. I was just wondering if it would be good or bad..Most countries have it. Thank you again for answering my questions..Chees my friend..


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Frank, We watch the Super Bowl up here too :) Have you ever seen a Gray Cup game?


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Eddy, Glad you enjoyed it and thank you. You have a great day too.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Ruby, Have you seen my hub Canadian Health Care Rant? When I lived in Toronto I had great health care there. I now live in a smaller city and sad to say I have a doctor that is a total dweeb. From what I understand our waiting times are about the same as what yours are. I just got back from seeing a surgeon for my spiral fracture which is not healing properly. I had to go to a larger city close by to see this doctor and I was amazed at the quickness and the fact that I got in this morning after seeing him to have a cat scan, an ultra sound and blood work done. If I were in my own city I more than likely would have had to wait at least two weeks for the cat scan. I like the health care here as far as cost goes. For the most part of it I would say yes we do get good care. Hope this answers your question and if you have anymore please let me know.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

gts, I'd really like to see actual coffee shops such as Tims or Dunkin Donuts on the interstates rather than the rest stop coffee machines. We do need more breakfast buffets in Canada.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Poetic Fool, Thanks for stopping by and for commenting. I miss the days that are now long gone where it was much quicker at the border crossings. It's funny when I hear the Star Spangled Banner I get goosebumps in the same way as I do when I hear O Canada. Both countries to me feel like home.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

actually this was an entertaining hub.. but Super Bowl? Come on you're right above us... the super bowl should be part of Canada too! Like Hockey is big here.. yes?


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Even though I live in th UK it didn't stop me from enjoying this great hub.

Great work and enjoy your day.

Eddy.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Susan, This is a very interesting hub..May i ask you a question? Do you like your health care there? Do you get good care? Is there a long waiting time to see the Dr.? Thank you...


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gts68 4 years ago from Canada

There's one difference that is often overlooked - the United States loves breakfast! In Canada, you just can't find an all you can eat breakfast buffet! For my family, that's one of the highlights of visiting our neighbours to the south.

However, coffee is better and more readily available in Canada...

Hopefully that provides a little different perspective than the usually publicized differences between the two countries.


Poetic Fool 4 years ago

Hi Susan, this is quite an interesting hub. My father was career military and we drove through large portions of central and western Canada on our way to and from Alaska three times. Canada is such a wonderful and beautiful country! You are right, though, in many ways it was difficult to tell when you crossed the border into Canada save the change in currency and a few other things. Of course, I never made it into eastern Canada and saw the effects of the French there. Someday ... The people were as warm and friendly as you could find anywhere. Thanks for sharing this!

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