10 differences between Canadians and Americans

No, I’m not American!!! And I’m so tired of having to say that sentence over and over again.

When people here in Belgium,  hear me speak English, they always ask me if I’m American. Like the Americans are the only ones to speak English in the world. I NEVER ever had anyone ask me if I was Canadian. I even got someone who asked me if  I was British, go figure!

So I’m just going to point out 10 differences between us Canadians and Americans. I’ll be nice.

  • Canadians will say “eh” pronounced “ay” after every freakin sentence (I’m guilty) , Americans start every sentence with “like” and end it with “whatever“.
  • Canadians pronounce the letter “Z” –zee, Americans –zed.
  • Canada has a Prime Minister, America a President.
  • Canada has a “highway”, Americans a “freeway”.
  • We call our 1$ a loonie and our 2$ a toonie. Americans just call them dollars or bucks.
  • We have public health care insurance for everyone, gun control, and  almost no history of slavery . America …well…
  • Canada has provinces and territories, America has states.
  • Canada produced Céline Dion. America ,Barbara Streisand.
  • Summer starts for us when it stops snowing, in the States it’s in July.
  • It is ILLEGAL in Canada to use the letter “O” without putting a “U” after it! (As in “Colour” or “Poutine“)

Ok, some of that wasn’t very nice, but  it’s really hard “eh”, definitely after the Americans made the South Park movie ” Bigger, longer & uncut“. Oh yes, I’ve had to listen to people singing “Blame Canada many times. Thank you very,very much Mister Trey Parker.


Does anybody have any other differences?

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13 thoughts on “10 differences between Canadians and Americans

  1. This was fun to read…I was born in Ohio, but moved to Canada when I was eight…I can see things from both sides!

    1. In Canada, we drink pop. In the States, it’s called soda.
    2. Canadians eat chocolate bars. Americans eat candy bars.
    3. Contrary to popular belief south of the border, Canadians do not wear parkas or carry hockey sticks all year round.
    4. Canada’s national game is hockey. America’s is baseball. Americans also really like basketball, which was invented in Canada!
    5. Canadian beer contains at least 5% alcohol. Our cases are called “Two-Fours.” American “beer” averages less than 4% alcohol. I don’t think they call their “cases” by any other name.
    6. In Canada, cars are parked (and fixed) in the “gradge.” Americans store theirs in the “ga-raj” and have them serviced at the filling station.
    7. Canadian money is multicoloured…$100 bills are brown, $50’s are red, $20’s are green, $10’s are purple, and $5’s are blue (I’ve never had a $1000 bill…don’t know what colour they are). American bills are all dark green…boring, and confusing!
    8. In Canada, we elect our politicians in a single day. Judges are part of the civil service, and are lawyers who have worked hard to be appointed to whatever bench they’re assigned to. In the United States, elections last for months! Judges run for office – how crazy is that?
    9. Canadians apologize when they accidentally bump into someone. Americans tell the person to “Get out of the way!”
    10. In Canada, a nice summer temperature is 25 degrees Celsius. In the States, it’s 80 degrees Fahrenheit.


    • R.J. says:

      Few Americans know that Canada’s national game is … lacrosse.
      But that’s OK, you’re forgiven because you’re in good company. Most Canadians don’t know it either (please pronounce “i-ther”)
      And if you’re interested, ask me what Canada’s national tree is and I’ll tell you. (No, it’s not the maple tree!)

  2. When I moved to Australia, I noticed how people were “delicate” in gauging if I was Canadian or American… Testing the waters or just plain asking me “are you American or Canadian?” Never knew why until I finally decided to ask someone why they were so shifty in asking me where I was from. One bloke answered “Well, most Americans seem to get really offended if we assume they’re Canadian.” Herein lies the biggest of difference… I don’t give a hoot if someone thinks I’m a Canuck, a Pom or a Yank, whereas the Yankee pride seems to be synonymous with ego.

  3. redriverpak says:

    I’m kinda torn. I am an American….but my Family is of Ukranian Heritage….via Canada…… I think both Countries are awesome eh?

    • Yeah, I …guess…I…agree…:)

      I kinda have to, my sis lives in NYC.

      Thx for passing by.

      How is one of Ukrainian Heritage,via Canada? They immigrated to Canada first, then to the states?

  4. I’m laughing so hard that my little boy is staring at me like I am a weirdo!
    I totally agree about the lame president. I must say, though, my husband says “eh” too! He’s American.
    If I could choose where to live, we’d be living in Vancouver! I really missed it :(

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!! Your comment was so sweet! Thank you!

  5. I am an American. My Canadian neighbors tell me that Canadians don’t lock their doors—–Americans do. They have also told me that the news is much different in Canada. The Canadian news might have an item about a plumber who cheated poor consumer by charging too much for a repair. The American news will take that same story and blow it up—-NEWS AT 10! FIND OUT HOW TO AVOID BEING RIPPED OFF BY YOUR PLUMBER! SEE THE LASTEST SCAMS AND FIND OUT HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF AT 10!!!! Their point is that in America we live in a constant state of fear about everything and the news is overly dramatic. Canadians are apparently much more easy going and don’t worry as much as we do. Apparently they also have less to worry about with their system of health care. I haven’t spent enough time in Canada to know if this is all true, but I suspect it is.

    • Hey, your a funny American! I like you! News at 10! Lol!
      No really, I haven’t anything against anyone, it’s just a really funny topic. The series “How I met your mother’ loves to laugh at us, and yeah, I find it as funny as anyone, even more so.

  6. ADalton says:

    I’m from Southern California, and some of the things on your list are not true across the entire U.S. The excessive use of “like” and “whatever” is mainly a Southern Californian thing. Even here a lot of us don’t talk like that. I believe the use of “highway” and “freeway” are also regional, though in some places both are used. Around LA, a “Freeway” tends to mean a highway at least 6 lanes (and is often an interstate) while a “highway” has fewer.
    I’m not offended or anything, just wanted to point out some stereotypes. I’ve visited Canada on several occasions and enjoyed my time there.
    Also, my Dad claims you guys make better Oreos.

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