Top Ten Canadian Stereotypes

As a Canuck myself, here are the top ten Canadian stereotypes.
The Top Ten
1 EH?

OK, we do say it, though maybe not as much as some make out. Much like some dialects we switch it on and off, too- for example, when I lived in Mexico most English speakers I met were Americans or Brits and I hardly ever said "eh", but then an Albertan moved to town and all it took was watching a satellite feed of the NHL for a cascade of "ehs! " to pour forth from both of us... Eh?

We really only say it after questions and when the time calls for it. I'm a cunuck too so I can speaj for my people. Also to you cruddy rude Americans, stop with the stupid "eh? " Jokes. They aren't that funny.

Canadians say eh insted of right some times and also used for confirmation but it really only works when saying something like this "are you done your work 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.

2 It's cold

I live in Australia... to me Canada is like freezing hell. I had a friend who was from Canada and where she lived her friends built this snowman that, for the whole year round, wouldn't melt. Summer - snowman not melted. Here, twenty degrees Celsius is cold.

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.

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?

In almost all southern Canadian cities close to the US border didn't even get a white Christmas. Maybe in places that are more northern. "It's cold" isn't specific enough.

3 Everyone's extremely polite.

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?

Ok no, please. Being half Canadian and half American, Americans in general are way worse by far! But SOME (not all, or even mos) of the Canadian I know are some of the rudest people I ever met. I have one "friend" who refuses to be polite to any guests we have at our house because he's jealous. He can be extremely excluding and rude, we have to avoid him whenever we have guests. But for the most part, this stereotype true. Polite polite 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.

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.

The only Canadian I've heard say a-boot was a random dude on YouTube. Every other Canadian I've heard says about like everybody else.

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.

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

If there was a difference than American and Canadian accents.

5 All that's watched is hockey.

I've never played organized hockey. I've never been to an NHL game. I was born almost three decades years after Team Canada beat the Soviet national team in the 1972 Summit Series. But whenever I lace up my skates and glide across a new surface of ice, whenever I hack around with a hockey stick and an orange ball out in the street, whenever I see a picture of Bobby Orr or Paul Henderson celebrating a winning goal, a thrill of pride and excitement runs through me. Hockey is more than a game here. It's in your blood.

I guess I should edit this to say that I now have been to an NHL game and it was one of the best nights of my life.

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).

I played hockey for many years, however I never watch it nor knew most of the NHL players names. Just over payed men playing a game in my opinion, you had a bloody lockout because your wages were too low when your making 1 to 20 million a year. Oh go cry me a river.

Also, we do have other sports I play high school football...

While it's true that we like hockey, we also enjoy other sports like basketball (which WE invented), lacrosse (which is our national sport) and curling (we love curling...)

6 It's winter all year round

Go to Vancouver in the summer. It is like Maine or New York in the summer. Up in the northern parts of Canada on the other had. It is like Alaska.

You see we have summer and to us Canadians it feelslike we are burning in hell but really its just because our winters are negative 20 so we aren't used to a single shread of heat but just like the U.S we have 4 seasons: summer, autmn,spring, and canadian

I have loved in Canada my whole life and I know that it is NOT winter all year long. It's actually pretty hot in the summer.

No, we still have spring, summer and fall just like everyone else, in fact, it can get really hot here.

7 There is only one road in Canada

South Park did an episode where they went to Canada and they wanted to meet the Prime Minister, when asked what road they should take, they were told: there's only one road in Canada... stupid and completely false, yes, but obviously some Americans somewhere, thought it was true.

It's South Park. Do you think that they weren't just poking fun at Canada?

Oh yes! I LOVE sitting in my log cabin with my polar bear drinking maple syrup while watching hockey and debating the best way to ride to Nunavut on a dog sled through the snow on the one highway in Canada.

Why would anyone think this. Come on. Greenland has more than one road. Really people.

I'm Canadian and I don't know what they're talking a-boot. Although it is pretty funny

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.

All the other ones are like "lol what? " and then there's this one. I can't deny it.

Can't deny this one... My dad has it 2-3 times a day, I do whenever I'm allowed

I love Tim Hortons! I always go to work with a nice capuccino from Tim and I pick my polar bear!

9 All we eat is Kraft dinner

Well, it is a fact that Canada consumes more "vitamin K" per capita than any other country on earth

Kart dinner is the best. I make full boxes just so I can shove them up my arse, Eh?

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

Is it just me, because I've never eaten Kraft dinner in my whole life.

10 Everyone's a lumberjack.

Not true. The majority of Canadians live in the city so they don't know how to use a chainsaw. The only Canadians that could have experience in doing lumberjack work are the ones that live in the countryside.

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

What kind of stereotype is this? Not even a quarter of the Canadians I know are lumberjacks.

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

The Contenders
11 We love maple syrup

Maple syrup is on our flag and is a huge export. But the maple tree is only in eastern Canada! Well at least the one we use for maple. In western Canada we have mountains, prairies and one native maple tree. But our maple tree is not used for syrup even though it can produce it. As much as I like maple syrup, I don’t crave it. Poutine is way better, eh!

Ah. Maple Syrup, eh? I eat it aboot every day on my bacon! Sometimes, while drinking Tim Hortons. My favourite place to eat it is igloos, eh? My friend who lives there is a mountie. We like to watch hockey while eating!

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.

My friend who is Canadian drinks 3 bottles of maple syrup for lunch dinner and breakfast no joke

12 We hate the US

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.

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!

Trust me, we're just jealous you guys are richer. But we're grateful there aren't as many people than you would expect from a big country.

We don't hate them, we just think they should know what they're talking about before they open their mouth, eh?

13 We ice skate or ski to work

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.

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.

Yes, 'cause in Toronto we can DEFIANTLY do that. It's not like there's a million stores, cars and people there. Honestly.

It's not a frozen tundra up here! There's just a lot of snow so you can't skate. I normally use cross country skis

14 Everyone listens to Rush

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

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

Yes if you are into rock music and are from Canada, then you know Rush. I'm a huge fan myself.

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

15 It always 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

Above the timberline in the rockies and above the arctic circle, it can snow anytime

16 Tim Horton is our President

1) Tim HORTONS is a coffee shop
2) Tim Horton WAS a hockey player who started the shop, originally as a donut and coffee only shop, with his wife.
3) Prime Minister not President

First of all, we don't have a president. It's prime minister. second of all, Justin Trudeau is our current present.

First of all, Tim Horton is dead. Second, Canada has a prime minister not a president

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

17 We wear toques all the time

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.

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.

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

Again there's this thing called summer

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

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!

That's the most ridiculous thing I've ever read. Of course there's no maple syrup on Canadian money...

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

Canada doesn't have a dollar bill, but this is true for the $50 bill.

19 We always watch curling

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

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

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

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

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!

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

My dad my brothers my papa all hate hockey why is that even around its stupid

You forgot about the lumberjack stereotype, eh?

21 We have no telephones

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.

Alexander Graham Bell spent most of his life in Canada his house in Brantford is a national historic site. He died and is buried in Nova Scotia

Umm, excuse me? Alexander Graham Bell? Heard of him? He's the one who invented the telephone, you know.

22 We put maple syrup on everything

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.

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

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

Not everything...Just beans, sausages, French toast, pancakes and waffles.

23 Canada is a french country

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

It's part French, but not completely. You're probably thinking of one of our founders, France.

Not really. French is one of our official languages, but most Canadians speak English.

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

24 All we drink is beer

I've naver hade beer. Then agane, I'm not quite at the legal drinking age yet.

That got screwed up. What's a Canadian accent supposed to sound like, anyway? I'm from Vancouver and I don't even know. Besides, beer is for Belgians. haha no.

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

You have to be at least 19 to drink beer (except in Alberta, Manitoba and Quebec. It's 18 there).

Not everyone drinks it all the time but most people would pick a nice Canadian beer over wine anyday eh?

25 Sled dogs are the main source of transportaion.

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.

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!

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

Totally! And we say sorry and thank you to everyone we see and go home on the one road to our igloos!

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