Canada and the United States are commonly grouped together because they are located on the same continent and share the longest international border in the world. While you can get to the city of Windsor, Canada in less than an hour if you're living in Detroit, Michigan, it doesn't mean that Canada and the U.S. share the same culture and lifestyle. In fact, there are plenty of things Canadians do that might make a United States citizen feel very uneasy.

Canada's inhabitants are stereotypically known as being nice, always apologizing when they haven't done anything wrong and are constantly displaying their Canadian culture by wearing a maple leaf flag wherever they travel. While this stereotype of Canadians isn't exactly bad, it leaves some people feeling uneasy and maybe a little uncomfortable. There are even some lifestyle differences like celebrating Thanksgiving before Halloween and having a more open mind that may shock those who aren't familiar with the culture in Canada.

Some other things that U.S. citizens may find strange are finding exotic meats like camel, kangaroo, and elk in the meat section of Canadian grocery stores and having an actual maple syrup reserve and making sure there is always enough syrup for the market. Fairly common things about Canada, like its people having free healthcare and stress-free work days, still leave people in the U.S. puzzled and baffled.

Here are 25 things about Canada that make the United States feel very uneasy. See if these things make you feel like checking out Canada for yourself.

24 Bagged Milk

Milk in a bag might not sound too appealing, but Canadians have a good reason why they put this dairy good in a plastic bag. If you have never seen milk in a bag then it may have you feeling quite uneasy about purchasing it. However, it's said that bagged milk goes bad less frequently than milk in cartons or a jug, since the bags are one liter, whereas cartons and jugs are usually two liters. And if the thought of milk in a bag sounds very messy, it really isn't. In fact, the milk comes with a pitcher-like container that makes for easy pouring. Let's also take into consideration that bagged milk may take less space in your refrigerator since cartons can be pretty bulky.

23 How Good They Are In Hockey

According to "The Birth Place Of Hockey," ice hockey is a Canadian game that got its start in Windsor, Nova Scotia, Canada, and later, the game spread to the west coast. With the game of hockey's origin being in Canada, it makes sense that our neighbors to the north excel at the sport. Canadians live and breathe hockey and the countries inhabitants are extremely passionate about it. The country is regarded as being the best in hockey and is one of Canada's national sports. There is plenty of pride in the sport and one of the many reasons behind this is that the game incorporates important life values, including teamwork, strength, discipline, and humility.

22 Decide To Discontinue The Penny

Canada is penniless with the last penny minted in May 2012, after being in production for more than 120 years, according to The Huffington Post. The Canadian Mint stated that the discontinuation of the penny will "save taxpayers there an estimated $11 million each year, as the coin cost 1.6 cents to manufacture, but has a worth of only one cent." The process of removing all pennies was said to have taken three to four years with businesses asked to round all cash transactions up and down to the nearest 5-cent increment. So, items that are valued at $1.o1 or $1.02 will be rounded to $1.

21 Are Way More Open Minded

Canadians are stereotyped as nice people and are said to have a more open mind about issues compared to other nations. Canada's inhabitants appear to always look forward and keep up with the times, including becoming the fourth country in the world and the first outside of Europe to legalize same-gender marriage and welcoming immigrants. In a 2015 survey, 8-out-of-10 Canadians said that immigrants coming to the country have a positive economic impact, whereas, in America, there are never-ending and conflicting debates about immigration.

20 Eating Cheese Curds On Top Of Fries

This Canadian dish is called poutine and originated in the province of Quebec, emerging in the 1950s, consisting of French fries, and cheese curds topped with brown gravy. Americans have adopted poutine themselves and you can find the dish in many restaurants across the United States. However, you either love of hate poutine. No many people are fans of cheese curds, which are basically the moist pieces of curdled milk and that doesn’t sound too appealing. However, if its made its way to the United States, people must enjoy it, right?

19 Have Longer Maternity Leave

There is a big difference in the United States and Canada when it comes to new mothers and the workplace. In America, new mothers are allowed to take 12 weeks of unpaid leave, with only a few companies offering pay, which is sometimes done just to attract workers. In Canada, a mother can take anywhere from 17 to 52 weeks to leave their place of employment, but at the end of those weeks, employers are required to accept the employee back and give them the same pay and benefits. According to Investipoedia, the government offers paid leave for one or both parents through Canada's employment insurance plan.

18 Canadian Sayings

Canadians have their own unique sayings, which might confuse people in the U.S. Still, many Americans don't understand why Canadians say "eh" and it's time that they do. According to Atlas Obscura, "Eh" is an invariant tag, "Something added on to the end of a sentence that's the same every time it's used." Basically, it's like someone saying, "It's a nice day, isn't it?" which would be one example of an invariant tag. The tag turns the statement of fact into something that could prompt a response. Some ways Canadians use "eh," including when they are stating an opinion, used as an exclamation tag to indicate a surprise or used for a request or demand.

17 How "Nice" They Are

It's been said that Canadians are kind, friendly and open-minded people with a former U.S. president once stating, "Our Canadian friends can be more reserved, more easy going." Of course, claiming that every Canadian is nice is just a stereotype, but at least it’s a good one, right? Canadians have been named one of the nicest populations on earth and no matter who is right or wrong, being polite and kind seems to always come first. Maybe Americans should learn a thing or two about how to be nice from the Canadians?

16 Canada Has Two Official Languages

Some Americans forget that Canada has two official languages, English and French. Both languages are used in the nation's federal government institutions, which means Canadians can choose to communicate in either language and receive services from these federal government institutions in whichever of the two languages they prefer. Of course, there are plenty of other languages spoken in Canada, just like in the United States, but French and English are the official languages. According to the Government of Canada, there are about 10 million French speakers in Canada, and they are found in every province and territory.

15 Free Healthcare

A 2009 Harris-Decima poll found that 85% of Canadians preferred their healthcare system to the one in the United States, and that could be because Canadian healthcare pretty much covers everything, and let's not forget to mention that it's free. Healthcare is a never-ending debate in the United States, is it a right that everyone should have or should Americans have to pay for it? Canadian healthcare works like Medicare, but it includes everyone in Canada. Canadians don't pay out-of-pocket for essential medical services like hospital visits. Also, nearly two-thirds of Canadians have supplemental private insurance or employer-sponsored plans to cover the cost of prescription drugs, dentistry, vision care, and other important care.

14 Enjoying Winter Weather

When winter rolls around that means its time to experience freezing and brutally cold weather, awful road conditions, blizzards, constant snow shoveling off of streets and cars and some may even experience power outages. There aren't many people who are fans of the winter weather and people prefer to stay indoors as much as they can. However, unlike people living in the U.S., Canadians actually enjoy the cold weather and everything that comes with it. In fact, when the city's canal freezes in Ottawa, people put up food stands, have live bands, and people ice-skating. There is even a two-week celebration called Winterlude that includes ice sculptures, live performances, and indoor/outdoor Beerfests.

13 A Lot More Work Breaks

Besides dealing with less stress at work, Canadians reportedly have a lot more work breaks than the average American worker. Canadian workers are entitled to 30-minute breaks every five hours and a 24-hour break each week. Balancing work and life can be difficult and it appears that Canadians have a one up on Americans when it comes to finding that balance. According to Psychology Today, during tedious tasks and working non-stop, a workers ability to focus actually gets harder each minute. "Breaks can 'replenish' the psychological costs associated with working hard, improve work performance, and boost energy.'"

12 Exotic Meats In Grocery Stores

While we're use to seeing chicken, beef and pork in the meat section of our grocery stores, in Canada, you might see some unique and even exotic meats being sold that might make someone in the United States uncomfortable. Take for example, D'Arcy's Meat Market in Alberta, Canada that sells unusual and exotic meats like ostrich, goose, elk, deer, caribou, alligator, rattlesnake, crocodile and even camel in some locations. Between 2010 and 2015, consumption of exotic meats grew an average of 10.6%, which means Canadians really do love eating exotic meats. Canadian chefs at restaurants also love experimenting with these types of meats for their dishes!

11 Clean Streets

Okay, so there are plenty of cities and towns in the United States that are pretty clean, but there are also the big cities where you'll find garbage sitting in the hot sun and rats scurrying on platforms of subway stations. Americans should take a lesson or two on how to keep their country clean from the Canadians. Canadians want to keep their country clean and do a good job at it too! The nation is so clean, that when a director is filming in the city of Toronto and needs to disguise the city to look like New York City, set directors add more garbage to make it look more like the Big Apple. According to National Post, a World Health Organization database on air quality placed Canada as one of the world's top nations when it comes to clean air.

10 A Laid Back Lifestyle

If you live and work in a big city like New York or Chicago, you aren't familiar with living a laid-back lifestyle. Big cities are hectic and people are always rushing to go to their destinations. With more work breaks, stress-free work days, more holidays, and even paid maternity and paternity leave, it is easy to see why Canadians are stereotyped as being so "nice." The inhabitants of Canada are also known as having a laid-back lifestyle compared to people living in the U.S. According to the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development, Canada ranks higher on the Better Life Index than other nations.

9 Canada's Version Of A Bloody Mary

Who doesn't love a Bloody Mary on a Sunday morning after a hangover from the night before? Bloody Mary's are extremely popular in the U.S. and Canada; however, a Canadian Bloody Mary is just a little different than what Americans are familiar with when enjoying their brunch cocktail. The national alcoholic beverage in Canada is named The Caesar and is pretty similar to a Bloody Mary, using vodka, hot sauce, and Worcestershire sauce, but instead of using tomato juice, The Caesar uses Clamato juice, a juice flavored with spices and clam broth. Restaurateur Walter Chell invented the signature drink in 1969 when he wanted to invent a drink to celebrate the opening of a new Italian restaurant.

8 Have A Maple Syrup Reserve

Maple syrup is a big deal in Canada with 75% of the world's maple syrup coming from Quebec. Syrup is a gigantic business in the nation and The Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers has their own reserve of syrup in locations across Quebec to regulate the syrup market. The Atlantic has even compared the syrup reserve to the United States' oil reserves! In 2012 there was even a maple syrup heist where thieves stole over 30 million U.S. dollars worth of syrup from one of the reserve's storage facilities! That's a lot of syrup to store in someone's pantry!

7 They Are Actually Nice When They Work At Government Agencies

We've all had some lousy experiences at government agencies, especially at places like the DMV, whether it’s waiting in long lines or speaking to someone who is just very rude. While there is the stereotype that Canadians are extremely nice and apologetic, it's also been stated that the people who work at government agencies are just as kind and super accommodating, which is something America's hardly witness when stepping into a government building. According to Bustle, even the people who work at the Canadian version of the DMV, a place where American's dread, are exceptionally friendly!

6 Have An Obsession With Tim Hortons

Just as Americans love Starbucks, Canadians love Tim Hortons. Tim Hortons is a coffee and doughnut chain that can be found on almost every block and pretty much anywhere you can find coffee in Canada. The company was founded in the 60s by Canadian hockey player Tim Horton and Jim Charade, and ever since then, Canadians have become obsessed with the coffee chain. You can actually find a few Tim Horton restaurants in the states, including Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, New York, Maine, and Delaware. If you have one near you, its recommended to try their most famous items called "Timbits," which are practically doughnut holes.

5 Enjoy Apologizing A Lot

Does it seem like Canadians have a thing for apologizing a lot? According to Psychologist Karina Schumann, when Canadians say they are sorry, it isn't always an apology. She states that it is also a "politeness strategy - a way to have a smooth, norm-abiding, harmonious interactions." The National Post puts it as, "this is the casually well-mannered reflexive northern "sorry" - not apologetic, not quite obsequious, but definitely submissive - and it is as dear to Canadians as beer, snow, and hockey." So, if you ever find yourself speaking to a Canadian and notice them saying "sorry," just take it as a form of politeness rather than being passive-aggressive.