What is the canadian identity?

There are a lot of stereotypes about Canadians. But the word stereotype has a bit of a bad connotation – prople think of it as unfounded. There are actually several stereotypes that are absolutely true, and in many cases are a large part of a Canadian’s everyday life. For example, please read through the following:

These things identfiy Canadians. For the most part, this is what foreigners and locals alike think when they hear the word Canadian. I myself admit to more than half these things describing me or my experience in Canada (I don’t drink coffee or beer).


Something else that defines Canada is its words. If one were to go to America and ask the price of a “toque” at a store, the person behind the desk would ask what in the world you’re talking about (I type from experience). And of course there is the ever-present “Eh”. The following article gives some information about the origins of these terms.

Five Canadian words and where they came from

If somebody from another era, say the Great Depression, read this, they’d probably not understand certain things which came after their time (e.g. The Stanley Cup), but in many ways would otherwise disagree with me for the most part. Most of the words mentioned in the article would either be very new, or as-yet nonexistent. Maple syrup would have been far too much of a luxury to be popular. Perhaps the only thing somebody from the 30s would agree with are Canada’s harsh winters, which likely claimed more lives then than now.