Top Ten Canadian Stereotypes

As a Canuck myself, here are the top ten Canadian stereotypes.

The Top Ten Canadian Stereotypes

1 EH?

Only one I think is really true, I'm Canadian, eh?

I have heard this from a lot of people that canadians say eh a a lot, but I can never tell maybe because I am used to it.

Hey I'm doing my speech on canadian stereo types and eh is the major steroe type rock on Canada!

Justin Bieber is Canadian and I barely hear him say eh.

2 It's cold

Most of Canada have hot, muggy summers especially Montreal and Toronto.

Yo guys eh, it's really cold right now so do you want to ride my polar bear back yo my igloo... It's a-Boot 20 miles away cause we only have one road and stuff eh also lets go watch some Justin bieber or other stuff you can choose cause I'm really nice eh.

We Canadian have the same summer as New York does, depends on where you live in Canada because it's a big ass country - FamousOG

It is VERY cold in winter, but only hot in summer if you have never felt an actual hot summer. People in places like Dallas and Phoenix would laugh at them. If it's so hot, why does nobody install air conditioning?

3 Everyone's extremely polite.

YEAH! I have met no one in Canada that is from Canada that is not polite. I live in Canada and we have three ranks of nice people. Super nice, nice kinda nice, and not Canadian.

Guys... Everybody loves Canada. The only stereotypes I've ever heard are this one, maple syrup, and the hockey thing. But there's nothing really BAD about those things. The point is... You Canadians are so awesome and nice that we just are making friendly jokes about you. Don't worry, we'll always love you, it's just... A thing. I mean look at U.S. A's stereotypes. Would you rather be accused of being polite or being fat, stupid, and racist?

I don't mean to be a bit rude, but that stereotype might be false.

Thank you & Sorry - Canadians are known for saying Thank you and Sorry way more than other cultures. Almost too much sometimes, but it's just how we're raised. We are raised to be polite

4 They say a-boot, not about.

I've never heard anyone say a-boot

I love the Canadian accent. It sounds smoother and I find they're more well-spoken than Americans. - Britgirl

If there was a difference than American and Canadian accents.

I read in a book that the main character described the Canadian's accent as skipping along quickly, and not the 'southern drawl' she was used to. As a Canadian, I would also like to agree and say that unless we're making fun of our own stereotypes or it's winter, we don't say a-boot.

It is not that bad. We say about...just you know really fast and all so it sounds like we are saying a-boot. We say things funny so what. So do Americans and British it is how I talk stop making fun of it or I'll start pointing out all the weird ways you say your words.

5 All that's watched is hockey.

Its not all we watch, but we do love our hockey!

Um...NO! I honestly think hockey's a bit annoying I like to watch random stuff.

In Quebec where I live people only talk about hockey, or almost. We also watch a bit of football but I only watch the superbowl so I definitely believe that this one is true especially in the province of Quebec. In fact I have been playing hockey myself for a good amount of time now and it's by far my favourite sport. Best sport ever if you can afford it (since it can be expensive to play in a league like me).

What's that aboot, eh? We also watch dems Curling! - booklover1

6 It's winter all year round

5 seconds of summer, baby

I lived in Canada my WHOLE life and there's also a magical season called summer it can get REALLY hot where I am from

Where I live, our winters normally last from November to March

Depends where you live. Where I'm from, it's winter for 8 months with no spring and a 30 degree summer

7 There is only one road in Canada

Um...I'm Canadian, and I know that there are more then one road near my house...

Wait what why would that be the case that does not even make sense. - Powell

Maybe people should look at a map - CanadianGirl

Yeah. Although I love the Trans-Canada Highway. Makes travelling from one province to another much easier, eh? - PizzaGuy

There's more than enough roads, buddy.

8 We all drink Tim Hortons

Daily.It is better tasting and cheaper than starbucks or second cup. Besides, with so many locations its faster to grab on the way to the office.

Okay. This one may be true.

Timmies is my FAVORITE

That's not true McDonald's is so much cheaper and does it really matter it's like rite-aid us Canadians don't really ever talk about your stuff seriously it's just a coffee place ok

9 All we eat is Kraft dinner

I Haven't Had Kraft Dinner In Years

Last time I ate KD was like a few months ago...

Again with the all... Also I'm vegetarian and Canadian. So I make my own food.

I'm Canadian but I hate Kraft Dinner. No joke. - Randomteenager

10 Everyone's a lumberjack.

We do have a lot of trees (because Donald Trump's not curing them down), but we ain't hose heads!

Um, no. Sure there's a whole lot of trees and all, but not everyone's a lumberjack.

Guys, this stereotype isn't even logical. We aren't all lumberjacks. End of story. No explanation needed.

We tots lumberjacks that's WHY WE LIVE IN the CITY

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11 We love maple syrup

We do love Maple syrup but we don't have it on everything we use it for Pancakes and waffles! :3

I honestly cannot deny this one. Maple syrup is one of my favourite things.

Why is this a stereotype? Speaking as a Canadian, I LOVE maple syrup. In fact, my uncle is personally involved in the maple syrup process.

This is the stereotype I'm most familiar with, subtract, "EH? "

12 We hate the US

Not that much they are just spoiled...

A lot have too much pride in their country and in themselves. its really annoying. I'm not saying everyone is like that

Not all Canadians hate the US, we just disagree with a lot they have done in the past. For example, slaves from the US had to escape to Canada. Canada and the United States are actually allies. There's also a lot of racism in the US that us Canadians don't agree with. (not that we're all perfect, everyone makes mistakes)

Actually I kinda like the US. I was there last year beautiful half my family lives there! - Amaimon

Well they criticize Canadians about Justin Bieber when crap singers like Rebecca Black Snooki Nicki Minaj etc. Are from the USA. They criticize Canada about clubbing baby seals over the head when U.S soldiers tortured people in Iraq and made Syria Iraq and Afghanistan are war torn countries thanks to the good ol' US of A. That's a good reason why over half the world hates the United States. Canada can no longer trusts it's closest ally USA because America's president Trump trusts evil dictator Kim Jong Un who threatened the world with nukes threatened to nuke the USA. Trusts him more than Canada's prime minister Justin Trudeau. I guess that part is only for show.

13 We ice skate or ski to work

Why do people think Canada is a frozen tundra!?!?!? - CanadianGirl

I actually wish this was true, though. Really, who wouldn't like a game of pickup hockey on the way to work. - HerbiQuintus

"Ski to Work? " That's just going overboard. But yes, we do ice skate.

The only time we would ski to work is if we happen to be a ski instructor and we live on the hill. Get it together world.

What is it with people who have obviously never been to Canada and assuming that we are an all winter country? We have summer, spring and fall just like the rest of the world does. - 3DG20

14 Everyone listens to Rush

Who or what is Rush? I've never heard of it/them. Is it a band? Is it a person? I have no clue.

I'm Canadian and I have no idea what you're talking about. Can someone explain please?

Their the biggest canadian band of all time, and it's a shame canadians don't even know who they are - danimey

Huh? What is Rush? I'm Canadian and I've never heard of them before today.

15 It always snows

I live in vancouver it never snows

Well where I live it snowed from November to early may this year and that's not unheard of. But we still have June to October to soak in the warmth

Here in Ontario it does snow but not always. And snow is not all that bad...I actually LOVE snow.

It snows in winter and is nice and hot in summer. That's about a 1/2 snowing and 1/2 melting/summer

16 Tim Horton is our President

First off, Tim Horton is not our PRIME MINISTER! Second, Tim Hortons is a Coffee Place (Best Coffee Place Ever, eh'? )

Tim Horton is our Prime Minister, not our president

Lol, this list was so obviously made by an American who knows nothing about Canada. We have a PRIME MINISTER.. NOT a PRESIDENT!

Wow Americans, you know nothing about Canada. You need to pass geography class. - Randomteenager

17 We wear toques all the time

Some do some don't but the ones we wear in summer are for style. But Americans are so caring about that eh?

Why, don't Americans wear toques? I wear a toque ALL the time cause they just feel so soft and warm. And there's something called Winter - one of the reasons why we wear toques.

Again there's this thing called summer

Well I can't argue with this one. I love toques. They make me feel cozy. But like nobody else does so it's just me.

18 We always watch curling

I don't ALWAYS watch curling, but hey, if it's on..

Honestly, curling is sometimes fun. But I watch baseball the most.

I don't watch curling at all, only hockey.

I don't watch curling at all, l don't even know how to play or what the purpose of the curling is.

19 If you scratch the maple leaf on a dollar bill, you will smell maple syrup

At least Canadian dollars have more colour in them than American dollars.

Also our coins taste like syrup if you suck on them long enough.

I have Canadian coins from a vacation in 2013 but I WILL NOT put them in my mouth to debunk the "maple syrup flavored coins" myth...

Besides, it's unsanitary!

Can confirm that it is actually true, but only for the $100

20 All men sit down and watch hockey all night

Well not everyone... Its incredibly popular but so is football and curling. Although, come Olympic time things are different. It doesn't matter whether you've ever seen a puck in your life - the entire country will be cheering!

This ones true haha especially saturdays! HOCKEY NIGHT IN Canada

We worship hockey, eh?

The games normally end at 10pm, and after midnight, our sled-dogs start getting sleepy. And after 2am, they normally shut down the road.

21 We have no telephones

Not trying to sound Canadian, but, Eh? - PositronWildhawk

If Canadians have no phones, then how did Justin Bieber and other Canadian celebrities take selfies and/or have social media?
Oh wait! This stereotype is absolutely FALSE!
by the way I'm NOT Canadian myself, nor from Canada.

This is wrong because Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone, invented the telephone in Canada and died in Canada, but he was British.

We have iPhone 6 like come on people

22 We put maple syrup on everything

I just LOVE maple syrup on my bacon and pancakes.

Pancakes and bacon with maple syrup, delicious! If you haven't tried it then you should - CanadianGirl

Maple syrup adds a great flavour to everything, but sometimes those things ruin the maple, and that's not good.

No, seriously. Every time my family has salmon for supper (which my dad BUYS from the supermarket) we dip it in maple syrup. NO. JOKE.

23 Canada is a french country

Although French is an official language of Canada, only about 22% of Canadians speak French.

I speak mainly Canadian French in my life. But I speak mostly English. - yamionthetrap

Not really, yes Quebec is a French province, but most people speak English.

French is our second language

24 All we drink is beer

I AM A KID PEOPLE! where do people get this idea?

Its not all we drink. But a cold beer after a hard days work? No one can complain about that.

We r not drunk every day if we were it would be on the news several times

I thought that Irish people suffered from that stereotype.

25 Sled dogs are the main source of transportaion.

Sled dogs are for the rich. Personally, I ride a polar bear to work every day

Oh yes we ride our polar bears on our one road to get back to our igloos - Morgie2311

Yep! Sure do! We ride them on our roads of plowed snow, to our buildings made out of ice! Oh! We also wear our winter parkas in the middle of summer to! - CanadianGirl

No we have cars nethier do we ride polar bears

Only the rich can afford sled dogs. The rest of us use cheaper forms of transportation such a Polar Bear Riding, Moose-Drawn Carriages, and Loon-Pulled Boats.

26 We say pencil crayons (not colored pencils)

What the hell are "colored pencils"

Kay, it's COLOURED not COLORED and we say Pencil Crayons... What the heck is COLOURED Pencils?

Some countries spell it differently. Coloured is our way of spelling it but colored is still correct. - 3DG20

I'm used to saying it as "pencil crayons" ever since I was in first grade. "Coloured pencils" sounds odd for me.

I've never heard about that until now... they say coloured pencils? I've always said pencil crayons

27 Canadian "bacon" is just sliced bologna

No it isn't. Bologna is bloody disgusting. Canadian bacon is just.. bacon? I've never had American bacon but I've heard it's nasty.

Peameal bacon is kinda like ham but more like straight pork slices.

Well does that make it less good? I think not


28 All we hunt are caribou

I don't eat even eat caribou so why would I hunt it - CanadianGirl

It is illegal to hunt caribou in Alberta.

No but caribou is REALLY good

Not true but they do taste quite good

29 We smoke a lot of dope

Really! Bet whoever said this ain't never been to Canada, cause we have more sense then most! - CanadianGirl

That's just mean.

This is true, who ever says this is false does not live here - danimey

We love smoking dope NOT

30 Canadians think they have a better national anthem

Yeah we can actually remember it

Because Canada does. When wil Americans admit Canadians are nicer more polite and just plain better than Americans. Also are life expectancy is 3 years longer in Canada and all USA wants is a more powerful military so they can bomb people. Jerk Americans

And Americans think THEY have a better national anthem.

Well, compare it to any other. It's all personal opinion. If you like it better, than good for you, and if you don't, also good for you.

31 We ice-fish for food

1. You have to get permission to ice-fish in a lot of places.
2. Do you know how cold it is to sit on ice while you're exposed to the wind? Around a hole?
3. A lot of fish are smaller in the winter. Not as much meat.
4. It's easier to just stock a pond.
5. I have lived in Canada my whole life and only went ice-fishing once, and that was because we had exchange students from China who wanted to try it.

I don't think we ice-fish for our food.

What?! Where in the world do people get these? We don't eat ice fish laugh out loud

I have never even caught a fish while ice fishing so consider me starved lol

I've lived in Canada my whole life. I've been ice fishing once. My ass was frozen for a while after.

32 We are scared of the dark

To be fair, nobody likes the dark

Oh no it's getting dark, I better go ride my polar bear out of this snow storm so I get home to my igloo so I can finish watching hockey with my brothers eh

I'm sure most Americans aren't all that fond of the dark either

Yeah, you'd be right about that, people just don't like the dark in general I think, nationality doesn't have anything to do with it - TheInsomniac

Oh no! It's night time whatever shall we do? - CanadianGirl

33 We say zed not zee

Ok that one is very true, we do say zed. That one is not a stereotype

I'm Australia and we say zed not zee. So does the stereotype only apply to Canadians even though AUSTRALIAN children, including me, are taught it's zed?

ZEE just sounds stupid. ZED actually makes senses

Some say zee, some say zed.

34 Canadians are the most polite, social and tolerant countries in the world

These three countries experienced a rapid, massive and multicultural input of immigrants... With very small part of the population expressing intolerant racism (racism exist in every corner of the earth)... those countries welcomed them, helped them to settle and only expected the minimum payback from immigrants; Respect and Integrate as much as possible to their cultures, without asking, expecting or forcing them to stop professing their believes and traditions from their homelands...

Canada is only ONE country...and America is more social than us.

I can say this is mostly true, they're still people who commit race hate crimes. Expecially targeting visible minorities such as Muslims due to 9/11 and it's after effects.

Hate to say it but... that isn't true

35 Lack of proper pronunciation

It's called accent idiots - CanadianGirl

Well maybe we're pronouncing everything right, and you're the ones mispronouncing everything

No, we just have an awesome accent.

There is no proper pronunciation. - Randomator

36 We like Justin Beiber

Yeah right that's a good joke! Just because he is Canadian doesn't mean we have to like him.

Wow hilarious we are all laughing our heads off at your "funny" joke he came from Canada but he seems to like the U. S so America, you can have him

Yes, he is Canadian, but that doesn't mean we like him. Mostly little girls did now, no one really listens to him.

I'm not a Canadian but I doubt that many Canadians like him, seems like a couple of people in the US do though.

37 The natives in Winnipeg are extremely dirty

Not true, sure there are a lot of homeless people there, but there are also many great native folk.

No! I live in Winnipeg there may be quite a few homeless people but not all natives are dirty! I don't know where this started bit its NOT true! - CanadianGirl

? never heard of this one

Its sadly true

38 All we eat is poutine

It's only good in Quebec though...

I love poutine, but that is not all we eat.

I personally prefer pancakes instead. With maple syrup of course.

But have you tried poutine with maple syrup yet?

39 We ride polar bears, eh?

We don't ride polar we drive in cars just like every one in the states

My polar bears name is mr. Red green and I ride him to work every day

Polar bears can kill you what I live in northern Quebec no one uses polar bear

I have a Polar bear, his name is Santa claws and I ride him beside my sled dogs while wearing a toque to my Igloo school and I park him in a spare spot beside Tim from Toronto and after that I go and watch my national leader, Tim Horton, from my igloo of course, while drinking coffee and beer. How aboot they, eh?

40 We eat poutines

Even If it were true and all of us ate them it's nothing to be ashamed of, it just means we got good taste - CanadianGirl

I eat it ALL the time! It's amazing! Who wouldn't love fries in rich gravy and squeaky cheese curds. And yes Americans, poutine is on our McDonalds menu

I wouldn't know what Poutines were until I heard Canada had them. Blame the PR - An American Girl

Most people do, but not all.

41 We say pop instead of soda

So true! I have never said "soda", just pop. It's called pop.

Its called pop because of the sound it makes. Love to try a drink that makes the sound "soda"

I have never heard anyone say soda before. The first time I even saw it "said" was in a Emily the Strange book.

YES! My boyfriend said Pop instead of Soda in London (England) and nobody knew what that means :) And he always says pop anyway

42 Canadian prostitutes don't wear makeup

Not true at all. - 3DG20

Oh no!

43 They say "supper" instead of "dinner"

I say dinner 50% of the time & supper the other 50%. I'm very indecisive.

Wonder how they got this one...I always say dinner. never do I say supper.

I can confirm this. I say it a lot, same with everyone I know

I always say supper I never say dinner

44 Everyone lives in igloos.

I'm Canadian, I'm a canuck if that tells you near where I live. I can honestly assure you that we are, in fact, not living in igloos. And we have telephones. And I don't say EH after everything. And I ride in cars opposed to sled dogs. I am not a lumber jack. I can be rude. I don't watch hockey, in fact, I hate it. It isn't our national sport, lacrosse is. I say about. I buy my food in a store and yes, it can be cold, but it warms up in the summer and spring. And no, I do not know Santa personally. I'm done here. Congrats, you read the whole comment.

To be honest, igloos are pretty comfy. There's lots of storage for my bacon and maple syrup. It keeps my beer nice and cold, my polar bear really likes the temperature, and eh, the cold lets me wear my toque in peace.

I'm Canadian and just to clarify we don't live in igloos or ride polar bears so who ever thinks that is pretty uneducated no offense. I mean think about places Vancouver or Toronto their city's. And it would be pretty weird if you were waking down the street in a city and you saw some one "ridding a polar bear to their igloo". it would be weird right?

Quite so! I wake up every morning (in my igloo) and have an ice cold shower to wake me up. I have beer, pancakes, maple syrup, and bacon for breakfast. I put on my parka, snow boots, and my favourite toque on. Then I go outside to the cold morning air, say hello to the neighbourhood polar bears, (and everyone else because I know everyone in Canada) and hop on my dog sled to go to my work. As a lumberjack. After work I sit down on the couch (in my igloo) and watch some hockey while drinking beer and eating poutine. Then, (because we have no phones) I write a letter to my friends. I go ice fishing to catch tomorrow's lunch. After all that, I finally go to sleep only to wake up tomorrow to do the same thing. Yep. Just an average day for me.

45 We have beavers as pets

No I prefer the oilers, but my favourite show to watch with my sled dogs is our prime minister, Tim Horton, making improvements to our only road which gives us better access to ice fishing holes, eh?

No, my pet is a polar bear and I keep him in my igloo while drinking beer and watching the leafs, eh?

I wish, they're so cute.

I have dogs and cats as pets...

46 They are smart

Just read some of the current events down in California and you'll see Canadians are smart.

Why yes. Yes we are... I like this stereotype

Totally. Why do you think Canadians have got more common sense than Americans?

I know the capital of the Central African Republic

47 We all live in igloos

We have buildings, but I can confirm we ride on sleds pulled by dogs eh? - Stalin

Believe what you want, but think with your common sense for once people.

Has anyone ever seen a picture of canada?

So true same with every one having a pet polar bear

48 We love rap music

Well the only rap rap related song it "out for a rip", but I guess its not really 100% rap.

I don't like rap music that much.

This is a personal question, why is it a stereotype - danimey

Personally I don't think everybody loves rap music but for me I love my rap music

49 America's hat / attic

That probably means that everything in Canada is America's useless stuff, right?
I live in a real house, I do not ride polar bears, and even though hockey is our national sport, I do not play or watch it that often.
Thank you for reading, and have the worst day ever, Americans.

Of course Canadians live and work in real buildings we still say Eh? - Stalin

Why are Americans always so unfair! They don't know what it's like to live next to a loud noisy rude neighbour. We have a better running society so they should learn to get over it instead if taking their anger out on the shy nice polite little country.

Yeah No! Why do Americans Have to Be Such... I'm Not gonna Finish that But Seriously They Think they Are so much better if we are the hat They are the Pants/ Shoes! Also We would be On top

Considering Canada is BIGGER then the states, how can we be their hat? They are more like our pants.

50 Our Bacon Is Just Ham

American bacon is just fat and grease!

Whats American bacon made of then...

Are you saying that you don't like ham?

Good job you know your farm animals!

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