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You Know You’re Canadian When….

I am so proud to be Canadian, and living in the National Capital makes it even more special! I hope you will enjoy these 27 signs that you are Canadian, some collected from the internet and others my own, on you know your Canadian when….. I hope you don’t take any serious offence as it’s meant to distinguish who we are: CANADIANS!

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  1. You have the tendency to say “eh” after every sentence.
  2. You Know the Difference of ” Colour + Color ” Or ” Favourite + Favorite ” or ” Centre + Center”
  3. You know that a “Premier” isn’t a baby born a few months early.
  4. You know all the words to “If I had a million dollars” by The Barenaked Ladies.
  5. You drive on a highway, not a freeway.
  6. You drink pop, not soda.
  7. You brag  that: Shania Twain, Jim Carrey, Celine Dion, Michael J. Fox, William Shatner, Tom Green, Matthew Perry, Mike Myers, Neve Campbell, Avril Lavigne, Pamela Anderson Lee & many more, are Canadians.
  8. You design your kids Halloween costume to fit over their snowsuits.
  9. You are excited whenever an American television show mentions Canada.
  10. You can complete the phrase: “The good old ____ game is the best ____ you can ____.”
  11. You stand in “line-ups” at the movie, not lines.
  12. You automatically read ‘Z’ as ‘Zed’.
  13. You are in grade 12, not the 12th grade
  14. You know what a poutine and Beaver Tails are.
  15. You can drink legally while still a ‘teen’.
  16. You can sign Bob and Doug McKenzie’s version of the Twelves Day of Christmas (see video above)
  17. You’re familiar with shows like Kids In The Hall, This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Made In Canada, Red Green, North of 60, Anne of Green Gables, Royal Canadian Air Farce, Due South, Road to Avonlea, Raccoons, Danger Bay, Spirit Bay, Kids of Degrassi Street, Street Legal and maybe Traders, or if you’re older, The Beachcombers, Wayne and Schuster, Don Messer’s Jubilee, Front Page Challenge, and King of Kensington, even if you haven’t watched them personally.
  18. You leave your car worth thousands of dollars in the driveway and put your useless junk in the garage.
  19. You talk about the weather with strangers and friends alike.
  20. You participated in “Participaction”.
  21. You constantly apologize for things, even if they aren’t your fault.
  22. You are proud of the Cirque du Soleil.
  23. You know what a Tim Hortons ” double – double ” is.
  24. You buy hot dogs in packages of twelve and buns in packages of eight.
  25. Driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled in with snow.
  26. You get milk in plastic bags.
  27. You know we invented ski-doos, jet-skis, velcro, zippers, insulin, penicillin, zambonis, the telephone, short-wave radios, and Superman.
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Shayne Koyczan says it so well what it is like to be Canadian

I was born and raised in Montreal, but have been living in Ottawa since 1984. I am very lucky to have met my loving and supportive husband in this city, from which we share two beautiful children. Every year we celebrate Canada Day as a family by attending local community events or simply by having our own unique and fun day at home! How do you celebrate Canada Day?

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Please feel free to add in the comments below how You Know You’re Canadian When….

Happy Canada Day!

Lyne Proulx
Lyne Proulxhttps://ottawamommyclub.ca/
Lyne Proulx is a Certified WEBB Bodywork Pet Practitioner, Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. She loves all things Disney and is an avid teaholic and chocoholic. She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa and Toronto. She was also the co-chair of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2009-2011 committee that organized five community events within 6 months, and helped Navan reach the top 10 finalists in Canada. In April 2011, she received the City of Ottawa Mayor's City Builder Award.

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  1. I too am from Montreal and have been here since the 80’s – love your list and had a chuckle reading “I hope you don’t take serious offense”, so Canadian.

  2. Pretty much but only central/eastern Canadians drink milk from bags. Those of us out west drink milk from jugs and think its bizarre that you drink milk from bags, and I always buy hot dog buns in packages of 12 🙂

  3. Love your post! Not sure we brag about Tom Green being Canadian, but the rest I agree with. 🙂 Happy Canada Day! (www.cookingdangerously.com #tgcbb)

  4. Visit from the #TGCBB site. Nice perspective of all things Canadian.
    Interesting fact: I live on the east coast and have always had my milk delivered… yeah they still do that, but not for long.. and it is in containers not bags.
    Happy Canada Day!

    Patricia, Sugar & Spice & All Things ? Nice

    • Wow, they still deliver! My parents had mild delivered to our house when I was a child. Thanks for sharing Patricia.

  5. I moved here in Canada since 1986 and adopted some of the expresions and traditions. Me and my family was out of the country on a tour and we were asked if we are from Canada, answered yes and I asked why. Because we were saying a lot of the “EH” word.
    Needless to say I am very proud and blessed to be living here in Canada. The best country I’ve ever known.
    Happy Canada Day!!!

  6. Totally guilty as charged. Especially apologizing. Or over-apologizing. Thanks for participating in The Great Canadian Blog Bash and we are very happy to have you! #TGCBB

  7. Ok I really need to pick up some of these traits…that said I’m a new Canadian so I guess I have some time to catch up! Off to google some of your questions!


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