I’ve been studying abroad in Chile for some time now and I thought I would share my ten favorite responses I get when people realize I’m from Canada. If you’re a Canadian traveler you have probably heard some of these before as well. Amongst those from the Great White North, these simple questions have become common Canadian jokes.
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These are the two cities people are most likely to know about that are in Canada. And yes, I mean the only two cities. So when people ask “Where in Canada are you from?” I usually tell them I’m “five hours away from Vancouver.” Otherwise they will simply say, “Oh you’re from Canada! Are you from Vancouver or Toronto?” Here’s a little tip for those of you who say this, Canada is one of the largest countries in the world. We have more than two cities.
I get this one a lot. And I usually like to brag about how Kelowna gets 40 degree Celsius summers, and at times -20 degree Celsius winters. Obviously people get pretty shocked when they hear that the temperature drops so low… but they’re usually more shocked when they found out that Canada can actually be warm too.
No I’m sorry, Canada has a Prime Minister. Not a President.
I actually got asked this the other day and all I could say was, “Well I don’t know about all Canadians, but I like to think I am.”
My Chilean host family asked me about Canada’s traditional foods and all I could say was, “Um… poutine… bannock…maple syrup…?” I’ll be honest though, poutine is the best. We also have great beer and good wine.
I got asked by a Chilean last week if all Canadians have blonde hair and blue eyes like me. Chile is a country that is not very racially diverse, so when someone from another country visits, it’s usually noticeable. The fact that Canada is extremely racially diverse is still not well known worldwide.
Some of my American friends asked me if people in Canada say the word “hoser” a lot. They don’t. I didn’t even know what that was until someone asked me. Only Americans and people who watch How I Met Your Mother or a lot of The Simpsons a lot say that about us. I now get called hoser quite a lot, thanks to my favorite Americans!
Ok I’ll admit it, this one I have used, but not very often and people don’t say it as often as you would think.
We aren’t as cool as Chile and Argentina with their national dances. However, Canada is famous for Canadian folk and square dancing.
I was at a party a few weeks ago for this Chilean guy’s birthday and I drew a picture of a unicorn and gave it to him telling him it was a Canadian tradition to have a unicorn of some sort on your birthday. They all believed me. I told them I was joking after but it was pretty funny.
My mom’s friend also once convinced some Americans back in the 80’s that Western Canadians did not know how to use utensils as they hadn’t yet made it across the Rockies.
These are just a select few things that have happened when people find out that I’m Canadian. Are you a Canadian traveler too? What are some of the weirdest things people have assumed about you based on your nationality? Leave a comment below!
April is the founder and main author for Just Leaving Footprints. She has written for numerous blogs and publications such as Explore Magazine and Snow Pak. April loves writing about sustainable tourism, and promoting other sustainable travelers on her Facebook Group and Instagram Community, Ladies for Sustainable Travel. Currently, April is living and teaching English in Mexico City with her husband Arturo and they don’t plan on stopping their travels anytime soon.
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