Canada is a Northern American country and 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 1917 Battle of Vimy Ridge in which the outstanding logsitician and professional engineer General Arthur William Currie (equal only to the Australian General and Civil Engineer John Monash) captured a godforsaken ridge from the Germans and successfully held it against counter-attack; 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 associated with Canada include:
- Canada, Eh?
- Canada Does Not Exist
- Canadian = Hockey Fan
- Canadian Media
- Girlfriend in Canada
- Only So Many Canadian Actors, like six degrees of Canadian Bacon
- Quirky Neighbor Country: Canada is the standard one for The United States.
- Montreal, the fourth largest French speaking city in the world after Kinshasa, Abidjan, and Paris (as of 2016).
- 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 Education System
- Canadian Football League
- Canadian History
- Canadian Politics
- Canadian Provinces and Territories
- Canadian Series
- Canucks with Chinooks, the Canadian military
- The Mounties, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
- The Common Law
- The British Empire/The Commonwealth of Nations: Canada is part of this.
- British Honours: List of creators that have received national awards from British royal families through the Commonwealth.
- Ice Hockey, the national winter sport
- Niagara Falls; although shared with the United States, it is the Canadian Falls which generally feature in media
- Quebec, the largest and only fully Francophone province; its culture and penchant to be different from the rest of Canada, not to mention the separatist issue, now warrants its own page.
Waldorf: It's white and in the north, but it's anything but great!
The Canadian flag