Canadian Stereotypes

Feb 15, 2019

When you think of a Canadian, what comes to mind? Do you picture a hockey-loving, moose-riding, toque-wearing individual who also happens to be super polite? You may be right. But where do these stereotypes come from, and most importantly, is there any truth to them? Let’s get into it below!

(If we just so happen to debunk any popular stereotypes, we’re sorry, eh!)

Maple syrup all the time, and preferably on everything.

Maple Syrup

Now, this one is pretty accurate, as it’s no secret Canada is known for its maple syrup empire. According to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s report for 2017, “The Canadian maple syrup industry accounts for approximately 71% of the world’s maple syrup and is the leading global producer of maple products.” Not to mention, these exports equated to $382 million in revenue in 2017.

That’s a lot of pancakes!

We get a lot of snow.

Here in Canada we politely laugh in the face of those who think their winters are worse than ours. Sorry eh, but unless you live in Russia, you probably haven’t experienced anything remotely similar to our -35°C winters.

In fact, according to The Weather Network, the lowest temperature ever recorded in Canada and North America was in Snag, Yukon on Feb. 3, 1947. On this day, the record-breaking temperature reached a low of -63°C!

Winter Scene

Photo by Greg Rakozy on Unsplash

Tim Hortons is a lifeline.

Ask a Canadian about Timmies, and they’ll tell you: Tim Hortons is life.

We have a long and steady relationship with the Canadian-founded franchise, even going as far as venturing out in the middle of a snowstorm just to get our coffee and Timbit fix. According to Tim Hortons, about 15% of Canadians visit one of the 3,500 Tim Hortons locations in Canada every day, AND they serve over 2 billion cups of coffee each year.

That’s dedication right there!

We live for hockey!

Another true one, eh! We’re all about hockey. We love to watch it, talk about it and play it. We do also enjoy the occasional game of soccer, football, and curling though.

Photo by Taylor Friehl on Unsplash

You can feel a buzz in the air when the hockey season starts in October, and according to Sports Net, 26 million viewers, nearly three-quarters of all Canadians, tuned in to watch the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 2017.

Here’s a little Timbit for you:  did you know our national summer sport is Lacrosse?

Sorry for saying sorry again, eh!

Canadians are super polite. Again, this stereotype is, for the most part, right. We have a chronic need to apologize for everything, sometimes even for apologizing too much!

In 2015, Canada was named the number one country with the best reputation by the Reputation Institute, and we're pretty proud of it. Sorry for being awesome, eh!

Well, it appears most of these stereotypes do have some truth behind them! Thanks for reading about them. We hope you learned something about the great white north, and make sure to pay us a visit soon, eh.

We’d love to hear from you! Do you have any Canadian Stereotypes to add to this list? If so, let us know by getting in touch via our Facebook or Instagram, @MrLubeCanada, or Twitter @MrLube.