10 Myths About Canadians

10 Myths About Canadians“Wherever you go in the world, you just have to say you’re Canadian and people laugh—” John Candy

In honor of Canada Day and our 150th birthday, I thought it would be fun to share some myths (and a few truths) about Canadians. This is tongue in cheek of course, and I have not researched this post. I’ve simply dug from my Canadian brain. So, don’t take all of this at face value or as a general statement on Canadians.

ย we never lock our doors

according to Michael Moore, we don’t lock our doors in Canada. In his Oscar winning film, Bowling for Columbine, Moore paints Canada as a safe haven. Truth is, aside from my brother-in-law and his wife, many of us lock our doors. I am a habitual door locker, always have been. My BIL on the other hand, leaves his front door unlocked most of the time, and bikes on the front walk. I’m amazed they have never been robbed…I guess there’s some truth to our country being safe? Maybe I’m a pessimist, ย after all.

we don’t own guns

Many Canadians own guns. We just have stricter laws on using and transporting them. Truthfully, the majority of gun owners are hunters therefore many own rifles, not handguns.

violence is rare

Not true. We’ve had our share of mass shootings, bombings and violence on the streets. Unfortunately, there is no safe haven from ‘crazy’.

we’re polite

I’ve seen some road rage, dog rage where owners shame other dog owners, and out and out bullying between people in public. So, I think it would be more accurate to say, we’re polite folk on the surface but we’re really harboring our anger and show it at the weirdest moments.

we’re bleeding hearts

We have our share of right wing politicians and supporters…we also have universal health care that isn’t perfect. We have a steep tax base in my Province but we also have amenities to show for it; highways and roads that are well kept, education system that is mostly working, healthcare, public parks that are second to none. We aren’t bleeding but we’re compassionate.

we’re communist

Not exactly. But again, healthcare for everyone means less quality in a broad sense but healthy people overall. That’s a win for everybody, in my opinion. We have a free market enterprise like any other first world country and right now, real estate leads the way. Not necessarily a good thing but there it is.

we dislike Americans

Not at all. We look up to Americans—or used to. Sorry, but the recent presidency is taking the shine away. We also have faith that Americans will make a change. We love your wines, your landscape, your glitz, your theme parks, your 4th of July celebrations, your shopping, your southern hospitality but we don’t like your president. Again, sorry.

we say ‘eh’ at the end of every sentence

Well, not every sentence. We do say it quite a bit though, for no apparent reason. We say sorry a lot, too (see above).

there’s ‘something in the water’

That is true and it’s fluoride. But we also have something that makes people really funny with a unique sense of humor; Jim Carey, Seth Rogan, Mike Meyers, Martin Short, Catherine O’Hara, Will Arnett, Eugene Levy, Samantha Bee, Gerry Dee, the late John Candy and I can’t forget Michael J Fox…and many more. So, this is more fact than myth.

we eat a lot of cheese

We make cheese but don’t eat all of it. We share it with you guys. I guess you can still call us ‘cheese heads’.

Confession time: what are your beliefs about Canada or Canadians? If you’re Canadian, what would you add to this list?ย 

P.S. I’ll be reading your comments with a glass of Chardonnay that was made in honor of Canada’s 150th birthday. It was made by a local B.C. winery, Castoro d’Oro which means ‘beaver in the field’ or something like that. We Canadians really are a little strange. The beaver is our national symbol and is found on the nickel coin. Why do I find this funny?

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  1. Reading this makes me feel like I’m a Canadian, lol.

    Also you do really have some very humorous people there.

    I apologize sincerely for this total dipsh*t of a president. Someone else can have him ๐Ÿ™‚ Do you know I can’t even watch him on TV? I can’t even describe it, but it’s like a weird reaction where I cringe and break out in hives and… okay, let’s not think about him anymore…

    Happy birthday, Canada! ๐Ÿ™‚ And hope you have a great weekend, Lisa! *HUGS*
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    1. Maybe you have some Canadian blood in you, Charlotte ๐Ÿ™‚ the prez gets attention for all the wrong reasons…but that isn’t about to change until he does. Thanks, Charlotte and enjoy your 4th!

  2. I enjoyed reading about Canadian myths Lisa…all cultures and countries have their share! People are alike all over the world, only molded differently due to the kind of environment they get.
    What struck me the most is ‘we are bleeding hearts’…isn’t it a virtue to have a heart that bleeds? It may be figurative but it sounds good!
    Nice, light-hearted post! Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful weekend!
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    1. Yes, that’s a good way to put it, Balroop. Ha, a bleeding heart might be too detrimental but I hear what you’re saying. ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. I have always been rather intrigued by Canada and it’s occupants! My family visited Winnipeg when I was about 10 years old, and that’s the extent of my first-hand experience. In college I took a class about Great Britain and it’s Empire, and there was a section on Canada. I think it was the shortest on in the course, with the part on India the most in-depth. I have been trying to talk the husband into a rail trip across Canada, but he is not yet convinced. At any rate, I don’t think I had ever heard of these myths, so good to know that we are more alike than different! Furthermore, your president is much cuter and nicer than ours! Allow me to apologize for the bat-shit crazy person now in the White House. We are all hoping he is gone sooner rather than later.

    1. Hi Ellen, I haven’t been to Winnipeg! I’ve heard good things though (just not in the winter—LOL). Well, I’m not surprised the section on Canada was the shortest, haha. A rail trip across Canada would be gorgeous! Keep coaxing your Hubs, I think you would love it. Our Prime Minister is handsome as hell (to quote Taylor Swift) but sometimes I wonder if that works against him a bit. He has good intentions though. I’m sure your bat-shit crazy person will be gone soon. Nice to see you, Ellen!

  4. “Used to” look up to Americans. Yup. I get that. On behalf of my country, pretty sorry about what’s going on. (Please don’t build a wall!)

    The rest of those myths — all the good, cool things? Everything is relative, right? But in my experience, Canadians are saner as a whole than your neighbors to the south. (Um, yes, us…)

    1. Hi D.A., We definitely won’t be building a wall!! ๐Ÿ˜› We Canadians are pretty sane. Thanks for stopping by, D.A. Happy 4th to you!

  5. Happy Canada Day! I think many people think some of these things about where I’m from too…Wisconsin. They call us cheese heads! I wish all of the world was safe enough to keep our doors unlocked.

    1. Thank you, Shann! I like your Wisconsin accent ๐Ÿ™‚ Glad you are a cheese head too! I also wish we could leave doors unlocked and not worry but it seems, those days are gone (or maybe that never was a good idea to begin with).

  6. Fabulous recap of our wonderful country Lisa. You didn’t leave too much out, and lol, the beaver.
    I love America and all that it offers and feel sad that I’ve lost my zest to travel there right now with the current climate. I’ll stop right there.
    I think we’re pretty polite in many ways, and hey, we’re only human, we all have our moments. Road rage seems to be a growing thing, or at least here in Toronto, there seems to be a growing population of bad drivers.
    I always lock my doors. Crime doesn’t escape anywhere, it’s just less in many places, but why take the chance?
    Cheers to you my Canadian friend. Enjoy the Chardonnay! <3
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    1. Thank you, DG! ๐Ÿ˜€ Overall, we are a polite nation. Exactly, why take that chance? Cheers to my fellow Canadian and yes, I’ll enjoy that glass later today!

  7. Hi Lisa,

    Interesting indeed ๐Ÿ™‚

    I learnt a lot of things about Canadians today! Wishing you a very Happy Canada Day as well – cheers!

    Thanks for sharing. Happy weekend ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. My husband lived in Michigan for two years and has such a respect for Canada. I have always had such good thoughts about Canada because of my interactions with individuals from there. I’m not so sure I could handle the cold during the winter but I’ve seen such beautiful photos.

    We are more alike that we know!

    1. Thank you so much, Sheryl! I think we deserve that ๐Ÿ™‚ It gets darn cold in some provinces and northern cities. I’m fortunate to live in a city that is a) close to the ocean and b) has very mild winters. WE are very much alike, I believe!

  9. ha, this is fun! Although I’m not sure I had any preconceived notions about Canadians at all. Too big of a country! Just the way it’s hard to have one about Americans.
    That said, we DO think you know how to vote for a leader better than us.
    And we do think you have moose walking down the streets all day long.
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    1. You’re right, Tamara! Well, the political leader issue will hopefully be resolved sooner rather than later by you guys. Haha, the moose walking down the street may happen in the Yukon Territories, but I haven’t seen any in our streets LOL. They certainly can be found in our forests and mountainous areas though.

  10. I’ve been asked more than a few times if I’m Canadian. I grew up in North Idaho not far from the border. I use “eh” on a regular basis and round out my vowels as well.

    1. Oh, interesting, Jeri! Maybe you have some Canadian blood from your anscestors (way back). Haha, glad you say ‘eh’ as much as me! This from a Literature phD graduate!

  11. I did think that Canada was a safer place to be. I wonder why we don’t hear about the bad things that happen there. Hmm…

    “That is true and itโ€™s fluoride.” HAHA!!!!

    And I don’t blame the Canadians for not looking up to Americans as much as they had. Not at all.

    I know it’s past but HAPPY CANADA DAY!!!

    1. Well, Canada is safer than the U.S. but it isn’t violence-free. I don’t think you hear much about Canada good or bad. Just so much more going on at home for you guys that your media tends to focus on homeland events. Thanks, Chrys! Happy 4th of July celebrations to you!

  12. CANADA Rockssssss!
    And I Looooove your Prime Minister.
    O, La, Laaaa.
    Do you like him, Lisa? Give me the scoop.
    Please don’t judge us by Mr. T.
    I will NEVER say he’s “my” President.
    I have no respect for this person, whom happens to sit at the White House.
    xxx kiss from Duluth.

    1. Hey Kim, your comment made me smile. Yes, I like my PM. He is a stand up guy, tries his best although he has his critics, too. I won’t judge you by Mr. T. I agree with you! xoxo

  13. Oh, Canada. My kids and I can be awfully harsh when it comes to international competition, and Canada sometimes appears in our cross hairs (so too does every other nation!)

    We do love Stephanie Labbe, however.

  14. So sorry I’m late to the Canada Day celebrations–Happy Canada Day! Love and hugs and p.s. i also am not happy about our president and that could be its own post. however, i share in your hope and believe that Americans can make change. <3

  15. Lisa, what a fun read and I learned so much about Canadians! I honestly thought Canadians were kind people with a very open heart, living wonderfully free lives. You opened my eyes to a few things I didn’t know and I still say Canadians are AWESOME!

    And yeah, our new presidents is really putting a dent in our reputation. Oy.
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    1. Hey Chris, I believe you are correct in thinking we Canadians are open-hearted and free. We’re not so innocent though as Michael Moore may have portrayed us. Trump rhymes with Gump.

  16. HAHA!
    When I hear Americans swoon over that knob in Parliament I tell them “I did not vote with my vagina. I voted with my brain and voted for the other guy.”
    My father in law has a plethora of guns. All locked up. He shoots deer and whatnot in the forest. .. that’s if he doesn’t fall asleep first.
    I didn’t know that we made that much cheese.
    Is that why I’m so constipated?
    Just kidding!
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