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A Funny But Courteous List of Canadian Stereotypes

Updated on May 29, 2015

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.


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      Emmy 3 years ago

      If you are not from Canada and you ask a Canadian if they have ever ridden a polar bear, they will think you don't know what the colour of an orange is!

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      No Return 3 years ago

      I‘m Canadian and I have never heard people say aboot. The only ones that I hear it from are Americans and I have dealt with them a lot. I hear Canadians say about not aboot.

      Ya they‘re missing the poutine on this site. How can you miss that.

      Everything else ya I‘ve heard that.

      Mmmmmmm beer.

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      francis5k 4 years ago from New York, New York

      nice article! goodjob!

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      rose-the planner 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      Soooo funny!!!! We Canadians are so awesome, eh? Great article!

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      Audrey Baker 5 years ago from Arizona

      I love visiting Canada. My brother lived a few miles from Canada years ago, and he still says "eh."

      Admittedly, a healthy portion of my education on Canada has come from How I Met Your Mother, so I wondered if being afraid of the dark would make your list.

      I had a boss who is Canadian and I enjoyed his differences in wording various things. Kind of like saying pop vs. soda vs. coke, depending on where one lives in the U.S.

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      Chris Mills 5 years ago from Missoula, Montana at least until March 2018

      I'm glad you enjoyed the video. He is smart and funny. I like that in a stand up comedian.

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      nmdonders 5 years ago

      cam8510 - I thought I had heard of him but when I watched the video it was new to me. Hilarious video. Now I'll have more to watch on Youtube haha. Stand up comedy is probably what I watch most on there. Thanks for that I'll pass it on.

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      Chris Mills 5 years ago from Missoula, Montana at least until March 2018

      I don't think the link I sent came through, so I'll try again. His name is Ron James.

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      Chris Mills 5 years ago from Missoula, Montana at least until March 2018

      nmdonders, this was a very entertaining hub. I have traveled extensively in the north country and have friends living in the states who are from Canada. You may have heard of this comedian, but if not, take a few minutes to listen. He is my favorite stand up comedian and he is Canadian.

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      nmdonders 5 years ago

      Craiglyn - Thanks for stopping by! I'll check out your Canadian hub. What's not to like about Canada? haha. Have a great day :)

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      Lynda 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Most people want a Canadian lapel pin when traveling, eh? LOL. I love being Canadian and I did a hub on the "Great Canadian Love Affair" - You probably know what it is. Enjoyed this very much.

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      nmdonders 5 years ago

      Jnbwb - You're right, Tim Hortons is extremely popular. I'm glad that it is because it's great :)

      thelyricwriter - I've driven through West Virgina and I love that area! I guess we all have our stereotypes haha.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Nmdonders, cool hub on stereotypes of Canada. I probably could write one on West Virginia as well. We are always labeled as hillbillies that marry are cousins and such. The only good thing is that sometimes they will change to Kentucky, Carolina, ect. LOL I would love to go to Canada. Would love to see the beautiful land.

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      Jonbwb 5 years ago from Saint Paul, Minnesota

      I had a great time in Canada when I visited last month. The friendly stereotype was witnessed, but I didn't see too much of the others. Tim Hortons sure was popular, though!

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      nmdonders 5 years ago

      kj force - you are so right, the ginger ale is really good. Glad you like it in Canada. I'd love to travel to Quebec one day, especially Montreal.

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      kjforce 5 years ago from Florida

      nmdonders...loved the hub, been to Canada many times, mostly Quebec..have friends that live there thanks to "vietnam " far as " eh "..could be worse..people here say

      " you know " after almost every word ! Canada has beautiful country and the ginger ale is quite good know I had to add that one..You obviously are very proud of your country and it ahowed in your hub..thanks for explaining things I never knew..

      enjoy your week-end..

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      nmdonders 5 years ago

      Alecia Murphy - That's funny. I know I have a lot of heard people say aboot. I've spent a lot of time in different places and I love the way that the accents change so much from one place to another.

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      Alecia Murphy 5 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      I watch a lot of How I Met Your Mother and I'm not going to lie, the way they make fun of Robin and her Canadian antics is hilarious. But I know how it feels- so many people stereotype southerners and when people meet me, they're surprised I'm southern.

      But the one Canadian I did know was one of my college professors who said aboot- I couldn't figure out where he was from until he admitted one day he was Canadian.

      Great hub!

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      nmdonders 5 years ago

      MrAhmad - I can tell haha. You have some great Canadian hubs!

      bankscottage - Poutine is fantastic. It's a great comfort food and worthy of a trip to Canada just to get some :) Thank you for stopping by.

      teacherjoe52 - I've had the same experiences as you. And you're right, the humor is hilarious. I love that Just for laughs Show.

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      teacherjoe52 5 years ago

      Hi nmdonders.

      Shame on you. I laughed so hard I spilled my maple syrup on my french toast eh. Ha ha.

      Having travelled a lot, many times when talking with the locals they always ask what part of Canada I am from.

      When I ask them how they knew I was a Canadian they always reply that it is obvious because I am so friendly and polite.Most schools in China from my experience prefer to hire Canadians for this reason. That and they like our sense of humour.

      You forgot to mention our unique Canadian sense of humour. I am always playing pranks like you see on just for laughs gags. People split a gut laughing and ask where I am from.

      My reply is classic "I am from momma, where are you from?' They try to think what country is named momma. I laugh and explain to them I was born from momma. Then inform them I am Canadian. They look at me stunned for a moment, then catch on and split a gut laughing.

      Great article.

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      bankscottage 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      I love going to Canada, particularly Toronto and the Maritime Provinces (spent a lot of time in New Brunswick and PEI when we lived in Maine and the kids played hockey). Most people in the US don't know that NB is a bilingual province and that Charlottetown is to Canada as Philadelphia is to the US (the birth place of a nation).

      I don't know about maple syrup, I just know they put gravy and cheese curds on french fries.

      Voted up, interesting Eh! I think I'll have a Molson and some poutine.

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      MrAhmad 5 years ago from Edmonton, Canada

      I love Canada!