10 Things You Should Know Before You Move To Canada

1. Canadians are bagged-milk lovers

In Canada, especially in Ontario and Quebec, milk is produced in big plastic sacks that contain separate bags. In some parts of Canada, we can find the traditional bottle of milk, yet the milk bag is the number one choice for Canadian consumers.

This goes back to the 1970’s when the Canadian government switched to the metric system. As a result, milk manufacturers had to adapt all their machines so that they can produce all new different-sized milk bottles, which was pretty difficult and highly expensive. The easiest way they figured it out was just to bag it up. The rest is just history.

2. Canadians crave Poutine

Poutines are Canada’s most famous dish. Though it might seem like a centuries-old tradition, it was only invented in 1950’s. The story is there was a truck driver who asked someone to put cheese on his chips and gravy. It might sound weird but that’s what Poutine is: chips covered in gravy and half-melted cheese. the messy meal became then a national dish that chefs around the country tried to make more fancy. They tried to add up lobsters or foie gras, yet none of that worked. Canadians still love Poutine in its simplest form and they don’t need to add any other ingredients. The cheesy meal contains lots of calories, up to 750. So, you’d better watch out before eating one if you don’t gain extra weight.

3. Maple Syrup is Canada’s #1 drink

When it comes to drinks, nothing can compare to Maple Syrup. Canadians are literarily mad about the sweet and sugary drink, to the point where there’s not even a single Canadian kitchen where the syrup can’t be found, as though it’s running through their veins. Maple syrup is extracted from Maple trees that are abundant in Canada. It naturally contains 2% to 8% of sugar. Yet the French touch made it soar up to 70%. Back in the day, natives used to collect the sap from the trees, and when the French came to the country, they boiled it to create the syrup. Such a historical collaboration makes  Canadians proud of themselves. Today, Canada is the biggest maple syrup producer, with 71% of the world’s global share. In 2012, some thieves broke into some reserves and stole 30$ million worth of maple syrup. They must have all the time in the world to drink the syrup they risked their lives for as they were later caught and imprisoned.

4. Canadians had a flag design competition

What’s the best way to design a flag that the whole country is supposed to be proud of? You just ask the people to create it. Until 1965, Canada didn’t have any official flag, so the government decided to have one. And instead of imposing a certain design on the people, they chose to ask them to create flags with different colors and shapes, and the government gets to pick the winning one. thousands of contestants have participated in the competition, with flags representing common Canadian heritage and national symbols. There were flags with maple leaves, beavers, and also with Fleur-de-lys. The winning flag was the famous red and white stripes and the maple leaf in between; designed by Colonel George F. G. Stanley. The maple leaf has ever since becoming a trademark of Canada and Canadian tourists are so proud of it that they always have it on their backpacks as an expression of their love for their own country.

5. For Canadians, eucation is out the question

In Canada, although people might be mad about Poutine, the maple syrup, or even the lovely red and white flag, they can still imagine living without them. But in no way they can imagine their hometowns or cities without a school. School is the top people and government priority that they can never play with no matter what. Such a common mindset pays off, as Canada has ranked #1 in the world in terms of adult education levels (56.27% of the adult population with a degree). If you end up competing against Canadians in a z chess game or a spelling bee, you’d better walk away before you get embarrassingly defeated.

6. Learn the slang

Everything in Canada is different than what it is in the rest of the world, and language makes no exception. Canadian English is a little bit different from the US and British English. Sometimes it can be too confusing for foreigners. Words like “loonie” (a one-dollar coin) and “toonie” (2 dollar coin) can make you look like a fool and to avoid embarrassment you just nod your head and smile. Canadians who also like to call themselves “Canucks” are known for their sentence-ending sound “eh”. We can’t imagine a Canadian speaking whether he’s making a statement, asking a question, making an order, or even throwing an insult without him or her saying at the end “eh”. And if you move to Canada, don’t be surprised if someone tells you that the town you’re heading to is 50 “klicks” away, he’s just telling you that it is 50 kilometers away. another word might sound weird; “about” is not pronounced out there as Americans do. It sounds more like “a boat”. We know it’s weird, but we thought you might want to know this.

7. We Now know why Justin Biber did sing the song “Sorry”

Canadians are obsessed with the word “sorry”. They say it as they breathe. Wherever and whenever you are as long as there’s a Canadian citizen you’ll always hear him or her saying “sorry”. The word is so frequently used that it became Canadians bread and butter. They like to throw it out of nowhere, with or without a reason. The famously polite people use it so much that the Canadian parliament had to pass in 2009 an “Apology Act” by which saying sorry in a crime scene or an incident wouldn’t count as an admission of guilt. Just a spontaneous expression. Otherwise millions of Canadians would end up locked up in prison just for being apologetic.

8. Canadians love to fill the tummy with a Timmie

Speaking of very Canadian things, we can overlook the Timmies. “Timmies” is the affectionate word given to Tim Horton coffee and donut shops. There can be found everywhere across the country; in malls, movie theaters, national parks, etc. We can even say that for every maple tree in Canada there is a Timmie shop. As Timmies claims, eight out of every ten cups of coffee consumed in Canada are from Timmies. The Timmies “double-double” which is a cup of coffee with two sugars and two creams is a national favorite. Just try to drink too much double-double then you’ll find yourself starting to wobble-wobble.

9. The home of Moose and Beaver

Canada is heaven on earth to some very rare animal species. Moose and Beaver are just good examples. They are cherished and protected in Canada to the point where they were right behind the maple leaf in the flag design competition. However, they are so well treated that they became a little bit spoiled and crossed a notch the limit. They cross roads, roam in urban areas, attack pets and sometimes human beings. What’s even worse, is that Meese that weigh between 350 and 450 kg can cause very serious car accidents. Some people are fed up with that mess and decided to call them. It is very controversial though, and we can simply see why. Just imagine culling a cute beaver-baby. Isn’t that cruel?

10. Beware of the bears

Canadian bears are undoubtedly a national treasure that no one can mess with. There are actually three kinds of bears to be worried about. The least dangerous are black bears. They tend not to go near humans unless they need to eat. There are about 500 thousand of them in Canada which is a huge number compared to their cousins. Grizzly bears are much less as they count only for 20 thousand. They are taller and stronger as they can reach seven feet in height (when standing). Despite being stronger and bigger than black bears, they cannot climb trees, which is actually good news. The third kind is the magnificent white-as-snow polar bears. They are the biggest, the wildest, and the most dangerous among the bear family. There are about 17.000 polar bears in Canada alone. Making up 70% of the world’s bear population. They need no excuse to attack. Once a polar bear wants to kill you, it can and it will.