How to Spot a Canadian

Tracking down Canadians one toque at a time.

About this Site...

Canadians are a tricky people to distinguish. They are often able to blend into a society and appear to be American, British, French or any other number of nationalities. This site will provide you with some tips and tricks to help you recognize a Canadian no matter where you are.


This site is for entertainment purposes only. "How to Spot a Canadian" is filled with humour, satire, hyperbole, parody and sarcasm. All statements here should be taken with a grain of salt or a bottle of maple syrup, whatever the case may be.

They define themselves as being "Not American"

Outside of stereotypes, there isn't all that much to separate Canadian culture from American culture. They eat McDonald's, drink Coke and have their local businesses destroyed by Wal-Mart on both sides of the border. The prevalence of American music, movies and television programs in Canada far outnumbers local Canadian programming. This dependence on American culture is especially true in large cities and almost crushing in Toronto. It can make it quite difficult to distinguish Canadians from Americans.

So how do you spot a Canadian in this situation? It actually ends up being easier than you would think.

You see, Canadians themselves actually want to be identified and they desperately want to separate themselves from the Americans. However, the closeness between the two nations makes this quite difficult. Therefore, it's quite common that you will find Canadians trying to prove that they are not American. Whether it be through the strength of their beer, the date of Thanksgiving, or the usage of Celsius, Canadians do not want to be American and they will do whatever possible to prove that they are not from the USA.

Do you think they like hockey just because it's played on ice? Of course not. The Canadian love for hockey comes from the fact that Americans don't like it. The same can be said for Don Cherry, Nickelback and world peace. Canadians don't actually like these things, they only pretend to like them so that you don't think they're American.

Those Canadians sure are tricky.

A great way to spot a Canadian is to ask them about something Americans typically hate, like Iraq. A typical Canadian will state how they love Iraq and that they feel the war there should end. But that Canadian doesn't actually love Iraq, they've probably never even been there. They will, however, pretend to like Iraq just because they know Americans don't. Once you know this spotting a Canadian becomes much easier.


  1. Anonymous said...

    A humorous article - nevertheless the Canadians I know do want world peace.

  2. Staff said...

    Yeah, I know. It's all in good fun! Glad you liked it and thanks for reading!

  3. Angélica said...

    There is indeed a huge difference!
    And it's true Canadians are usually very peaceful, maybe that's the main way they use to set a difference between them and "americans".
    Hippy canucks LOL
    But really, Canada is pretty much like the Switzerland of this continent, so that is evident on canadians; while the USA is paradigm of war in this age, thats the biggest split!

  4. Leo said...

    Or if the Canadian lives in the GTA they will point to a friend from Iraq and have them comment on it for them, while nodding and agreeing. ^_-

  5. Chloe said...

    Many Americans, such as myself do not hate Iraq or support the war! I am totally against it. Just fyi

    I'm sorry that you Canadians have to endure Nickelback just for the sake of being not american :) hahaha

  6. Anonymous said...

    Hey Chloe.. your fuckin un-American you oughta support your country a little bit and understand that, no we do not like Iraq

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