"Mon pays, ce n'est pas un pays; c'est l'hiver."noteCanada is the second largest country in the world by area. Compared to other countries its population (35 million people) is pretty small, boasting a population density of only 3.5 people per square kilometre (the UK squeezes 255 people into the same space). The provinces and territories maintain a friendly rivalry, usually resorting to snide jokes and CFL playoffs. Why is it like this? Mainly because of the confusing origins and exacerbated regional differences. That said, Canada is still a unified country, and the rivalry that goes on is similar to that of any country. Three of the most memorable moments to most Canadians in their history include: the War of 1812 in which a fledgling colony was defended from the invading southern forces; the Battle of Vimy Ridge in World War I which used tactics by Canadian General Arthur William Currie to capture the ridge from the Germans; and finally, Game 8, 1972, Canada v. Soviet Unionnote . Insisting that Canada is still a Dominion of the United Kingdom or is in any way in some sort of union with the United States is bound to stir up some backdraft amongst Canadians, as will suggesting Quebec should be independent (outside of Quebec, minus certain parts of Montreal). Culturally, Canadians are perceived as being modest, quiet, and a bit like a backwards rustic neighbour of the US (kind of like Minnesota writ large). Similarities to America are profound, but those similarities are heatedly protested by Canadians. If one is asked to think of "Canada", generally the idea of plaid-wearing lumberjacks in a snow-filled pine forest where moose and beavers frolic about and bears savagely roam is imagined. Somewhere, ice hockey is filled in. Maple syrup (as well as the maple leaf, which is on Canada's flag) is commonly associated with Canada, and it's hard to imagine it not covered in snow and freezing.
Tropes regarding Canada
Statler: What do you think of the great white north?
Waldorf: It's white and in the north, but it's anything but great!
The Canadian flag
Red and white are heraldic colours assigned to the country by King George V in 1921, although it goes way back. The maple leaf in the center has been a national symbol for many centuries, ever since the French first occupied the area. This flag was adopted in 1965 by then Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson; before that Canada used the British Union Jack officially, and the Canadian Red Ensign (a British Red Ensign defaced by the Coat of Arms of Canada) informally.