If you're an American you're going to find daily life in Canada to be reasonably similar to what you're used to, especially if you're from the northern part of the US.
The people There's a Canadian stereotype of the friendly, apologetic Canadian which really does ring true. Canadians are among the nicest, most sincere, friendliest folks you'd ever want to meet. There's no denying it. People are quite conversational and inquisitive, and it's not fake: they're generally quite genial. That said, they're also more reserved than many Americans. Loudness or exuberance is reserved for hockey rink or curling sheet, thank you very much.
There's a great diversity of people within Canada. Large cities are populated by a surprising number of immigrants from Africa and South Asia, and there area areas of Quebec where you'll go days without seeing or hearing English.
There's more of an environmentalist bend than in the US, and a great emphasis on social order. Woe to you if you don't put your teabag in the compostable section of the garbage can as you leave the restaurant.
Canadian media Canadians enjoy TV just as much as their southern neighbors. There is a distinct Canadian identity, though, even as popular culture from America inundates the Canadian media. Thanks to strict Canadian content laws on radio and TV, there's a small army of popular Canadian singers and actors (and products) which make little news abroad but are icons in the provinces. The enthusiasm for bands like The Tragically Hip or brands like Tim Horton's has never quite made it the the United States, but Canadians kind of like having them all to themselves.
The government-run CBC is well-regarded and respected even if its programming is not as popular as those made by the American networks, many of which are broadcast by Canadian commercial networks. CBC radio excels in news and talk shows, and makes for good companionship on the long stretches of empty highway.
Canadians do like to read. Canadian bookstores are ubiquitous and the Canadian publishing market is healthy and varied for such a small (in population) country.
Language Although French is recognized as a national language from coast to coast, French language (and culture) really only permeates in Quebec and parts of New Brunswick. French dishes remain popular, and you'll perhaps see a portrait of General DeGaulle in some older folks' homes. Most younger people do speak English, although an initial attempt at French by you will go a long way. Pockets of Ukrainian can be still heard in many prairie towns, And the Newfoundland accent retains bits of an Irish brogue and a Scottish lilt. It's quite unique.
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