Happy Canada Day/July 4th
You Know You’re in Canada When …

Yes indeedy. It’s Canada Day! In Canada. In America, it’s just Friday. Which is still a pretty special occasion and certainly reason to celebrate.

In honour of our fine and happy holiday I thought I’d introduce you to people named Ryan who you may not have known were Canadian.

Like Ryan Reynolds.  And Ryan Gosling.

Hmm.  Well there’s that list done with.  How ’bout this …

You know you’re in Canada when …


Please, if you wouldn’t mind, could you continue reading this list?  Even if you don’t think it’s the best list ever, I’d really appreciate it if you did.  If you have the time.  Thanks.  Thank you.   Thanks a lot.  I appreciate it.  Thanks.  Sorry.

Radio stations are playing 35% Canadian content.  That means one more Shania Twain and 2 more Celine Dion songs a day than you’d normally hear.

You  hear rumours about a guy going to jail for 2-3 years for using “Imitation, maple flavoured syrup.”.  Which is just that.  A rumour.  The crime is actually punishable by death.

People keep asking you why you say house funny.

You realize “A” is not just the beginning of the alphabet.  If confused as to the correct time to use the word “eh”, substitute it every time you would normally say “huh”.

You order a soda the waiter brings you seltzer water.

I’m sorry … is this list too long?  Sorry.

You’re in the longest traffic jam you’ve ever been in and it’s in a Tim Horton’s drive through.

You meet a girl at the grocery store whose cousin used to date the guy whose daughter’s father  sharpened Wayne Gretzky’s skates.  And people are impressed.

Everyone’s Halloween costume incorporates mittens.

The whole family gathers around the television and cheers when an American show mentions Canada.  We’re thankful, even if they are making fun of us.

A lazy weekend consists of stacking your Canadian Tire money in order of cash value.

You bump into someone on the street hard enough to knock them over and they say they’re sorry.

Even your pool has a heater.

People seem unsure as to how the political system actually works but can tell you exactly which rock star Margaret Trudeau had “an association with”. (ex-wife of former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau)

Everyone around you is denying the fact that Pamela Anderson is Canadian.

One out of 5 guys can open a beer with a body part.  One out of every 7 women can do the same.

On this first long weekend of the summer you’re invited to a BBQ, not a cookout.


Have a great long weekend to all my Canadian and American readers!  For the rest of the world … have a good weekend, eh!





  1. Ali says:

    So, You are much more European than I expected you to be :) Cool. I`ve heard of it already, but wasn`t sure :)

  2. Nancy says:

    oh yea…I also LOVE visiting Canada…especially the falls region…so beautiful!!!

    • Karen says:

      Nancy – If you go to the Falls, you have to make sure to go to a few wineries in Niagara. Beautiful. ~ karen

  3. Nancy says:

    Hey Americans…how can we forget to mention Canada’s greatest gift to us…William Shatner…Americans love him to pieces!!!! Hope you had a fun holiday Karen…I am a bit behind on my blog reading this weekend! and yes..we had a “cookout” today..

  4. Devin says:

    Years ago my best friend (Magali who wrote the Timmies comment) accidentally walked into a blind person’s stick.

    Her reaction? *I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m so sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry* And so on for about 5 more minutes.

    We still haven’t let her live it down!

    I love this post, every item on the list is so true! Especially the one about the TV shows. I just can’t help it, my favorite character on *How I Met Your Mother* is Robin solely because she’s from Canada (both on and off the show).

  5. liz says:

    I love Canada and am proud to have visited. One day i might come back there to live. Maybe.

  6. Diane says:

    Hope you had a Happy Canada Day! I was there on Friday and decided I needed to figure out some dual citizenship ASAP :D Just found your blog and wanted to tell you how great I think it is :) Keep having fun :)

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