A Funny But Courteous List of Canadian Stereotypes
There are a lot of really cute and funny Canadian stereotypes. Most of them are pretty goofy and there are not many negative things said about "America's Hat."
Whether you're a Canadian or not, you should find this list of typical stereotypes quite amusing.
Canadians Live in Igloos
If you travel the world and tell the people you meet that you're from Canada, chances are they may ask if you live in an igloo. As someone who never personally held this belief, I'm not so sure where the stereotype came from. However, many citizens from all over the globe insist Canada endures such cold weather and its people live amongst so much snow, that it only makes sense to build igloos as homes.
You can never really rule anything out so there could likely be several families that live in igloos somewhere in Canada. However, the majority of Canadians live in areas that provide for electricity, running water, and even Internet access. As well, the igloo will actually melt in most areas. To conclude, this stereotype is false (for the most part).
Canadians Say Eh!
When introducing yourself as a Canadian, chances are someone will announce "eh" in some form or another. It's a long standing stereotype that Canadians say "eh" (pronounced "A" like the "a" in "ape") after every sentence, questions, and pretty much any other statement they could make.
Now this one might actually be true. From the Canadians that I have met, the majority of them, probably close to 70 or 80% will say "eh" at some point during a conversation with them. Hearing "eh" may sound a bit funny to non Canadians but its just a Canadian's way of saying something like "do you know what i mean?" or "isn't that crazy?"
For instance, a Canadian might say "I know, eh?" and what this translates to is "I know, I agree, and I also think that it sounds unbelievable."
Canadians Say "Aboot"
Many non Canadian citizens have the idea that Canadians say "aboot" instead of pronouncing it as "about."
When you see movies or television shows depicting Canadians, many of the characters pronounce about as "aboot." However, this is a very, very small population of individuals that have such an accent and pronounce it this way. No matter where you travel, people will speak differently. It's aboot time for a Molson Eh?
Canadians Travel on Moose and Polar Bears
The moose is certainly a Canadian icon and many Canadians endure the same cold weather living as polar bears, so it would only make sense that they travel via moose and polar bear.
Although both moose and polar bears are strong and capable creatures, they are not all that fond of interacting with humans. For this reason, among others, Canadians do not travel on moose and polar bears.
Canadians Put Maple Syrup On Everything
Canada is famous for producing delicious maple syrup. It would be appropriate that its citizens use it to its full potential and add it to every dish. Well, this isn't always the case. Maybe for some people.
Nonetheless, Canadian maple syrup is a fantastic side for pancakes and a great topping for several other dishes. Canada should be proud for producing such a fine, tasty, and world famous condiment.
Canadians Worship The Beaver
The beaver is one of Canada's national animals, the Canadian horse is the other. You may also see the beaver illustrated in numerous places such as on the nickel, on t-shirts, or even carved into signs and poles. As well, if you tour the Canadian landscape, you're likely to come across a real live beaver or two. They tend to frequent quiet, swampy, woodsy areas. You know they're in the area when you see trees that have been chewed thin at the bottom, or metal wire placed around the base of trees to prevent such an activity.
The beaver is a cute, fury animal and many Canadians do like them. However, they are not worshipped by (most) Canadians any more than they are by the citizens of another country.
Canadians Are The Friendliest People
The stereotype that Canadians are the friendliest people is actually quite a flattering one. As well, for the most part, it's very true. Take a trip to Canada and you'll see for yourself.
Most Canadians are very friendly, warm, and welcoming. Why wouldn't they be? The air and views are beautiful, there is an abundance of places to explore and adventures to be had. Canadians have a lot to be happy about and this is probably a huge reason as to why they're so friendly.
Canadians Always Wear Toques
A lot of people don't know what a toque is but if you do know what it is, chances are you are Canadian.
A lot of areas in Canada, particularly in the Winter, can get quite cold and these devices come in quite handy for keeping the old melon warm. Most outlanders probably just refer to them as winter hats rather than toques.
Canadians Drink A Lot of Beer
The stereotype that Canadians drink a lot of beer probably comes from the fact that Canada produces fantastic beer. Additionally, many Canadians do drink a lot of beer. In it's defense, many other countries are also known for their drinking and tasty liquor production.
It is quite cold in Canada most of the year and beer does help one to stay warm. For many citizens, a frequently practiced ritual is a hockey game, good company, and some cold beer.
Canadians Have Hockey Rinks In Their Backyards
I am going to bet that most Canadians wish this stereotype were true. However, it is only the case for the very few lucky families that have the room and can afford such a luxury.
If you talk to kids or adults that grew up in Canada, chances are you'll find a few that constructed their own hockey rinks or simply found a bumpy, frozen lake where they would spend their afternoons shooting pucks.
In conclusion, not all Canadians have a hockey rink in their backyard, but nearly all of them wish they could.