Thursday, July 1, 2010

You Know You’re A Canadian When...

...your beer case handles are big enough to fit your mitts. prefer driving in the winter because the potholes are filled in with snow.

...every murder in your area is reported.

...some American has asked you, “Do you live in an Igloo?” understand the Labatt Blue commercials. scoff at how pathetic the American falls are compared to the Canadian ones when you’re in Niagara Falls. think that it’s freezing when it is 3 degrees Celsius in the summer, and that it’s a warm day when it's 3 degrees Celsius in the winter. attend a formal event in your best clothes, your finest jewelry and your Sorels. call it a WASHROOM not a lavatory or powder room or rest room. can drink legally while still a 'teen'. can eat more than one maple sugar candy without feeling nauseous. constantly apologize for things, even if they aren't your fault. design your Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit. don't know or care about the fuss with Cuba; it's just a cheap place to travel with good cigars and no Americans. drive on a highway, not a freeway. eat chocolate bars instead of candy bars. get milk in bags as well as cartons and plastic jugs. have Canadian Tire money in your kitchen drawers. have the tendency to say "eh" after every sentence. know 4 seasons: winter, still winter, almost end of winter and construction. know how to pronounce and spell "Saskatchewan". know that ‘Canadian Tire’ on any Saturday is busier than the toy stores before Christmas. know that Casey and Finnegan are not a Celtic musical group. know that the Friendly Giant isn't a vegetable product line. know that Thrills are something to chew and "taste like soap." know Toronto is not a province. know what a "double-double" is. know what a poutine is.

... you know what a toque is. perk up when you hear the theme song from 'Hockey Night in Canada'. smile when people discover that calling you a 'Canuck' isn't an insult. talk about the weather with strangers and friends alike.

...You think -10 C isn’t that cold.

...your local paper covers the national news on 2 pages but requires 6 pages for hockey.'re easily impressed by British accents.'ve plugged a car in overnight.'ve taken your kids trick-or-treating in a blizzard.

...Bob & Doug Mackenzie. Enough said.

...Tim Horton's. Again, enough said.


  1. Hmmm. I only got six. Clearly not Canadian enough. Must try harder.

  2. so true ... hope you are having a great day

  3. OMG ! Martha where did you get this ? I think I ahve read some of them before but this is so TRUE !!! John says that about Cuba ALL THE TIME ! haha .. and the pothole thing ? especially around Kingston .. all of them are great : ) Thanks for the laugh this morning .. I can use it !

  4. It wasn't that long ago that I would've had no clue about any of these... but now thanks to my Canadian influences (a.k.a. Joy and her Number one son LOL) I actually "get" a lot of these!! Very funny post though! Happy (late) Canada Day!

  5. Mr. S, I'd be curious to know which six you got. If you managed to get Tim Hortons, Canadian Tire, Bob & Doug Mackenzie, and maybe poutine, you're good to go.


    Crafty gardener, I had a good laugh when I found this list on the internet because, as you say, it's so true!


    Ha ha...Joy, I loved this list too. I ran across it by accident on some humour site on the internet and knew I had to post it. Very Canadian stuff, eh? Har har har...


    Thanks Linda! The more time you spend with Joy, John and their number one son, the more familiar you'll become with all this Canadian stuff. Before you know it, you'll be finishing your sentences with EH... :)