Today, Jo and I are doing a collab post! Yay! We decided write about the differences between Canada and America – Jo’s post about America is featured on her amazing blog, The Lens and the Hard Drive.
Jo and I met online several months ago, and we became fast friends! We also recently met in real life, and it was so cool to connect with her in person! On her blog, she posts about writing, life, and uploads her great photography! She is also the co-producer/editor of The Audiosmiths’ Radio Theater – a group of awesome bloggers who make awesome radio dramas! You should definitely check her out here!
If you’ve seen my Welcome page, you would know that my family and I are currently living in Ontario, Canada. My Dad’s job transferred us here almost 2 years ago, and we will be moving back to our hometown in America this year. During my time in Canada, I’ve had the opportunity to experience many new things, and there are definitely some differences between the two countries. I’ve compiled a list of some of these changes, so without further ado, here they are!
Ok, we have absolutely no concept of this in America. The first time we tried to buy Canadian milk, all we saw at the store were these cold, floppy plastic bags. We were so confused! We had never heard of bagged milk before, and we also didn’t know there were special jugs for it. So for the first several weeks, we poured the milk out of the bags and into a glass pitcher. Eventually, we figured out there were pitchers made to hold the bags, and so we hurried to the store to pick one up! XD
I gotta admit, I love Canadian currency! All of the bills are so colorful and pretty, and if you scratch them in the right spot, they smell like maple syrup! However, we Americans aren’t used to carrying as much change. The $1 and $2 coins take up more space in my wallet, but they’re a cool design and have fun names! The $1 coins are called loonies, and the $2 coins are called toonies. I love that! :D
Canada has the best maple syrup. ever. You can’t even buy the fake stuff here! It’s all 100% pure maple syrup, and it’s delicious on pancakes and waffles! :P
I had never heard of Tim Horton’s before I moved here, but they’re everywhere! I can’t leave my house without seeing at least one! I had only ever been to Starbuck’s before moving here, but to be honest, Tim Horton’s hot chocolate is much better! ;)
Canada has different restaurants than the America, and most of them are really good! However, nothing can replace Chick-Fil-A! It was my favorite fast-food place at home, and (no offense) but Swiss Chalet just doesn’t cut it for me. Other than that, the food is great! I’ve enjoyed trying poutine, butter tarts, Beaver Tails, and other Canadian delicacies. Oh yeah, let’s not forget All Dressed Chips! Ohhhhh I’m gonna miss those!! Ketchup chips, not so much, but I’ll definitely have to take a couple bags of All Dressed back with me!
Us Americans are all about football, so hockey was a new experience for me! We actually went to a Maple Leafs game last year, and I’m officially a fan! My brother also had the opportunity to visit the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, and he had a blast! He loved seeing the Stanley Cup, and told me all about it when he got home!
The Metric System
No matter how hard I try, I cannot switch my brain from Fahrenheit to Celsius! I was at the park with a friend once, and she was in shorts and a t-shirt. The sun started to go down and it gradually got colder. She said, “Man, I wish I had brought a jacket!” I replied, “Didn’t you look at the weather before you came?” She said, “Yeah, and it was 12° out so I dressed light!” (In Fahrenheit, 12° is really cold!!) I stood there for a second, really confused until I remembered that this was Celsius we were talking about, not Fahrenheit. XD Also, all the road signs are marked with kilometers, and snow is measured in centimeters. But hey, I’ve gotten pretty good at converting!
Canadians also spell certain words different. Words like “color” and “favorite” are spelled with a “u” and become “colour” and “favourite.” Words that end in “er” are switched to “re” (eg. center, centre.) The other word is “check,” as in a pay check. In Canada, it’s spelled “cheque.” Also, the letter Z is pronounced different. Instead of “zee,” its “zed.”
Well, there you have it! There’s definitely some differences, eh? XD I’ve had so many amazing opportunities here, (including meeting Jo!) and have really enjoyed my time in Canada! This has been such a unique experience, and I will remember it for the rest of my life!
Have a great week everyone!
– Meredith :)