Canada is just north of the United States, and even though we are literally neighbors, lifestyles can be completely different. When it comes to holidays, higher education, healthcare and even who loves hockey more, there are quite a few things that stand out between these two countries.
Living in Canada can be vastly different than living in the United States. For example, America is one of a few nations in the world that are not using the metric system. Healthcare is free in Canada, while it can be costly in the U.S., and longer maternity leave with pay means less stress on a new parent.
From eating exotic meats to not being the hugest fans of Starbucks, Canadians live quite differently than Americans. Here are 20 ways that living in Canada is tremendously different from the United States.
20 Canadians Have Better Manners
Canadians tend to be a lot friendlier and politer than people in the states. Saying "I'm sorry" even though it wasn't your fault is common in Canada and people tend to end their sentence with the apologetic phrase to keep the peace. Canadians were pretty much raised to use these niceties.
19 Canada Has Two Official Languages
Canada has two official languages: English and French. In school, children are required to take classes in their secondary language, meaning kids must take French as a second language if they speak English (which is most of the country) and English as a second language for those French-speaking children mainly living in Quebec.
18 There Is Free Healthcare
Unlike the U.S., Canadians are offered free healthcare, so if you are in a major accident or have a serious illness, you won't have to stress about going bankrupt. However, Canadians can have trouble finding primary care physicians and some may even carry their own private insurance along with their public insurance to pay for services like dental and eye care.
17 Flying Domestically Will Cost A Pretty Penny
Traveling domestically in Canada may cost you way more than traveling in the U.S. Travelers can pay upwards of $500 round trip for a domestic flight, and with a fewer selection of flights, it may be hard to find lower prices. In the U.S., there are numerous flight carriers and websites to find the cheapest ticket possible, making this is one major difference in Canada.
16 Canadians Have Longer Maternity Leave
Parents have it good when they welcome a newborn baby into their family. New moms get paid maternity leave for up to one year and have the option to continue taking a percentage of their salary if they want or need more time with the baby. This is very different in the states where new moms get about 12 weeks off, and no guarantee of pay depending on their employer.
15 Going To College Is A Lot Cheaper
Going to college in Canada is definitely not all free unless you get a scholarship, but it is way cheaper than in the states. No matter if a student in the U.S. goes to Harvard or a local college, they'll still end up paying tens of thousands of dollars for their education if they did not earn scholarships to cover it all.
14 Hockey Is Number One When It Comes To Sports
Canadians and Americans both have hockey, but it's fair to say that Canadians eat, live and breathe hockey. Canada has always been a hockey country and it's even been considered the birthplace of ice hockey.
13 Canadians Pay In "Monopoly" Money
Money in the United States is made out of paper, which can be easily lost and even ripped. In Canada, these colorful bills are actually made out of plastic, making it a lot safer and even more pleasing to look at.
12 Milk Is In Bags
Bagged milk is a purely Canadian invention with each bag containing three unresealable plastic pouches filled with milk that equals four liters. Canadians put a single pouch into a pitcher, snipping off the corner and start pouring it into their cup.
11 Maple Syrup Is Everywhere
Canada produces 85 percent of the world's maple syrup so it's been part of Canadian culture for quite some time. However, not all of Canada produces maple because these trees can't live in the cold elements up north. Ontario and Quebec are places where you will find maple trees in Canada.
10 Canadians Don't Buy Online
According to Insider, Americans do a lot more online shopping than Canadians. Less than half of Canadian businesses have their own websites, which means that not many people can shop online for their products, compared to the U.S., where almost every business has their own site.
9 Canadians Have An Easier Time Splitting The Bill At A Restaurant
Canadian servers bring out a credit/debit card machine that also calculates the tip, which helps if you hate doing all that math while out to eat. And, instead of a group of people fussing about who pays what, Canadians have standardized personal bills, so everyone automatically gets their own bill at the end of the night.
8 They Have Way More Exotic Meats At The Grocery Store
A Canadian grocery store's meat aisle has a lot more than chicken and steaks. Canadians eat an array of exotic meats including horse, venison, camel and rabbit. People can even find these meats at restaurants with zebra and ostrich even on the exotic meat list.
7 Canadians Use Clam Broth In Their Version Of A U.S. Bloody Mary
The Caesar cocktail, aka the Canadian version of an American Bloody Mary, contains vodka, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and clamato juice, which is a blend of tomato juice and clam broth. This combination may sound strange to Americans, but it is actually very tasty.
6 Thanksgiving Isn't Right Before Christmas
Canadian Thanksgiving falls on the second Monday in October, while American Thanksgiving falls on the fourth Thursday in November. This means, Canadians can have some time to prepare for the holidays and actually enjoy them, while it seems like Americans are rushed through these holidays since they are so close together.
5 Ketchup Tastes A Lot Better
Ketchup tastes different in Canada even though they sell the same popular ketchup brand that is in the U.S. According to Heinz Canada, people living in the nation, England and Australia prefer their ketchup to be sweeter than ketchup users in the states.
4 Canadians Use The Metric System
America is one of the only countries to not use the metric system. Virtually every country on the globe uses the Celsius temperature scale, which is part of the metric system. So, when it is 100 degrees Celsius, it is 212 degrees Fahrenheit, which sounds absurd.
3 Canadians Are All About Higher Education
A report from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development reported that Canada has the largest percentage of adults looking for higher education with a little over 55 percent of Canadian adults with some level of college education. It also showed that the nation had the highest percentage of women with college degrees.
2 Canadians Are Much More Welcoming To Outsiders
Canadian have become a lot more welcoming to refugees and immigrants coming to their country than the U.S. According to NPR, Canadians believe immigrants are critical for the country's economical success and have referred to these refugees and immigrants as "New Canadians."
1 Canadians Are Not That Crazy About Starbucks
Americans are obsessed with Starbucks and the coffeehouse chain and literally be found just about anywhere from Target stores to rest stops along the highway. Canadians aren't as addicted to Starbucks since they have their own popular coffee shop known as Tim Hortons.