Canada inspires awe and offers an endless list of possibilities with it’s 10 provinces and 3 territories.
With a geography as diverse as its history and people, Canada is an exciting country to explore.
If you want to truly appreciate Canada, that means indulging in its little specialities, as well as its big ones. Some of the main foods that the Canadians indulge in on the regular are poutine, butter tart and endless amounts of pancakes smothered in maple syrup. To go along with that maple syrup, you will see plenty of Tim Horton’s for your morning cuo o’joe.
This diverse and beautiful country is known to inhabit some of the most polite people in the world.
Canada is officially bi-lingual meaning that both French and English are held in equal regard. If you are visiting Quebec, including the cities of Montreal and Quebec City, locals will appreciate you making an effort with a little bit of French, however don’t fret, as English works too.
English and French
Important dates in Canada
New Year’s Day (1st January)
Good Friday (two days before Easter Sunday)
Victoria Day (last Monday preceding May 25)
Canada Day (July 1)
Labour Day (first Monday of September)
Thanksgiving Day (second Monday in October)
Remembrance Day (11 November)
Christmas Day and Boxing Day (25th and 26th December)
- Canadians immediately acknowledge someone else’s apology by apologizing. It’s a very natural and genuine gesture. If you don’t say “sorry” to their “sorry,” it’s considered a little rude.
- Canada’s drinking culture is as patchy as its liquor laws, which vary by province. In Quebec for example, it’s easy to find a cold one, or buy alcohol at a corner store. Meanwhile, in British Columbia, alcohol sales are mostly restricted to liquor stores and happy hour is a relatively new thing.
Good to know
Probably one of the most known facts about Canada is that they have a free universal healthcare system. As tourists, try not to stumble into a hospital as it is not to be forgotten that this universal healthcare only applies to Canadian citizens.
Most visitors are allowed a six-month stay from the day they entered Canada. If the officer authorizes a stay of less than six months, they will indicate in your passport the date by which you must leave Canada. Visa-exempt foreign nationals need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to fly to or transit through Canada. Exceptions include U.S. citizens and travellers with a valid Canadian visa.
Culture and Etiquette in Canada
Immigration has been a key part in Canadian society’s growth, hosting a cultural, ethnic and linguistic mix that is unique in the world.
Canadians are considered some of the most welcoming humans in the world. They honour the belief that all citizens are equal and that diversity makes them stronger as a country. O’ Canada.