And flourish green o'er freedom's home/The Maple Leaf forever!
"Mon pays, ce n'est pas un pays; c'est l'hiver."note
Canada is the second largest country in the world by area. Compared to other countries its population (35 million people) is rather modest at best, 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.
- Canada, Eh?
- Montreal, the second largest French speaking city in the world after Paris.
- Toronto, the biggest city and the financial hub of Canada, but is not the national capital (that's Ottawa, also in Ontario but a bit to the Northeast; Toronto is the provincial capital), and definitely not the centre of the universe no matter how much Torontonians may wish for it.
- Vancouver, the financial centre for Western Canada, with a massive Pacific port. It is the city that is not Seattle no matter how much Hollywood wants to convince you otherwise.
- Canadian Accents
- Canadian Provinces And Territories
- Canadian History
- Canadian Music
- Canadian Politics
- Canadian Series
- CBC, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
- Canucks with Chinooks, the Canadian military
- Cirque du Soleil, acrobatic circus founded in Montreal
- The Common Law
- Ice Hockey, the national winter sport
- Niagara Falls, although shared with the United States, it is the Canadian Falls which generally feature in media
- Only So Many Canadian Actors, like six degrees of Canadian Bacon
- Quebec, the largest and only fully Francophone province that its culture and penchant to be different from the rest of Canada, not to mention the separatist issue, now warrants its own page.
Tropes regarding Canada
- The British Empire/The Commonwealth of Nations: Canada is part of this.
- Canadian Equals Hockey Fan
- Good Bad Translation: According to legend, when Jaques Cartier asked the Huron-Iroquois people where he was, they replied that they were taking him to "kanata", meaning "the village". He interpreted it as "we are in the nation of Kanata". So he wrote "Canada" on all the maps.
- Memetic Mutation:
- National Stereotypes: Beer, bears, beavers, and lumberjacks are the biggest Canadian stereotypes. Moose, Mounties, modesty, maple syrup, and hockey cover the rest.
: What do you think of the great white north? Waldorf
: It's white and in the north, but it's anything but great! Both
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.