- Canadian live in igloos
Sorry to disappoint, but Canadians live in houses or apartments just like everyone else. The Inuit, who are the indigenous northern Canadians, really did live in igloos but not used them only as temporary as hunting shelters.
- It snows all year round
One of the many things I love about Canada, are the defined seasons – all 4 of them. Unlike the British ‘every type of weather in a day’, Canada has a cyle of spring, summer, autumn and winter. It usually snows during winter, but that is only a quarter of the time.
- Canada has no famous celebs
Au contraire! Toronto is known as Hollywood North and its film festival is the second biggest in the world, following Cannes. Canada has plenty of home grown talent like Ryan Reynolds, William Shatner, Jim Carrey, Pamela Anderson, Alanis Morissette, Bryan Adams, Shania Twain, Michael J. Fox, Celine Dion, Keanu Reeves ….the list goes on!
- Toronto is the capital
Although Toronto has the largest population in Canada, the government buildings and Parliament are found in Ottawa, which is the official capital of Canada.
- Canadians all say ‘eh’ and ‘aboot’
Yes some do, but Canada is a big place and filled with lots of dialects, accents and expressions. French is also widely spoken, especially in Quebec.
- Mounties police the country
The Royal Canadian Mountain Police are responsible for federal law enforcement across Canada, but their iconic red uniform is worn only for ceremonial events. In the more populous cities, the provincial policemen and women dress similarly to those in the USA.
- You Will See Moose, Beavers and other Wildlife in Canada
If you’re visiting one of Canada’s cities or major towns, your exposure to wildlife may be limited to a few squirrels and birds. Animals that are associated with Canada’s wilderness, like Beavers, whales, moose and bears can be seen on specially planned tours or sometimes, if you are lucky enough, you may catch sight of one in Canada’s northern regions, like Algonquin Park, Ontario or Banff, Alberta
- Canadians drive on the left like the UK
We may share a Queen, and some history, but don’t forget that Canadians drive on the opposite side of the road to us Brits!
- Canadians only play hockey
It’s true that hockey is Canada’s beloved national winter sport (Lacrosse is the national summer sport), but Canadians also love to support their major baseball (Toronto Blue Jays) and football (Toronto FC) teams.
- Canada is divided into states like U.S.A
Canada is not divided into states, instead Canada is divided into provinces and territories. The 10 provinces are: Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec and Saskatchewan. The 3 territories are Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon.
- Canadians only drink milk from a bag
Selling milk in bags is popular in Ontario, but this is mainly because they are easier to recycle and cheaper to package! Good old cartons and jugs are also still used.
- Canadian notes don’t smell of maple syrup
This is not a joke! The Canadian dollar bills really do smell of maple syrup! On my most recent trip to Toronto in August, the new $100 bills gave off a maple syrup-y scent!
Have you heard or know about any more strange myths about Canada? Have you been on a holiday to Canada in the past and can debunk any of them? Comment below and add them to the list!
Sarita writes for 1st Class Holidays as well as for her own personal travel blog. She has travelled to different countries in the past and considers Malaysia one of her favourite destinations. Since having a baby girl, she prefers to spend more time at home with her family.