ONLY in CANADA: 9 Crazy Things You Should Know
Where ever you go in the world you will find differences in the culture and the people of these places. The differences go beyond food and beverages as you can see small differences in their politics, education system, and most importantly the health care system.
We're not trying to sway anyone to pack their bags and move to Canada but it may be hard to consider after hearing about how their health care works. If you ever visit Canada the required souvenir to bring back is a vial of their authentic Maple Syrup as it will change how you eat waffles and pancakes!
9. Milk In A Bag
As mentioned earlier bagged milk is a thing in Canada. This concept is foreign not only to people in America but people everywhere in the world. The idea of pouring milk out of a bag seems like a messy ordeal but as shown by the gentleman above it is quite simple.
If you are ever in Canada visiting Ontario, Quebec, or other parts of Canada don't be surprised to see large areas of bagged milk in the grocery stores. Maybe you should even pick up a bag as a souvenir to bring back and shock your friends back home.
8. Two Different Languages
It isn't common at least for Americans to have two national languages for a country. In Canada, the two primary languages that are spoken are English and French. These aren't the only languages spoken in the country, of course, but they are the primary ones.
Don't be surprised if you start speaking English and are responded to with French. Most Canadians know English but rather speak French. In one of the country's largest cities, Quebec French is spoken the majority of the time with a little under half the people being bilingual, according to Thetravel.
7. Have a Cocktail served with a Side of Toe
Up in Dawson City, Yukon, they have a specialty drink known as the "sour toe cocktail". What is this you ask? Well, it's a mummified toe that the Downtown Hotel keeps to amp up their drink game. There's a $2,500 fine if you swallow the toe, so be careful. Over 60,000 people have joined the Sour Toe Cocktail Club. Will you be next?, Mtlblog asked.
6. It's Illegal To Take A Bandage Off In Public
While many of us have been guilty of tearing off an old bandage in public, according to York Regional Police, this is actually illegal under Canadian law. While the law seems completely crazy, if you take off your bandage anywhere in public, including parks or sidewalk streets, you can consider yourself a criminal.
5. Go to the Doctor for Free.
Seriously, you walk in, show your health card, and walk out. It is crazy. (I’ve written elsewhere that getting insurance in Canada is more complicated than many Americans think it is, but once you have things in place, going to a clinic is really easy).
4. It's Illegal To Pay With Too Many Coins
While many Canadians often want to get rid of their extra change by using it to pay for a chocolate bar at the nearest gas station, it's actually illegal to pay with too many coins.
According to the Government of Canada, you are only allowed to use a certain number of coins before it becomes illegal. For example, you are only allowed to pay with $25 worth of loonies and $5 worth of nickles.
3. Sell Weird Fondue meats at the Grocery Store.
I don’t know if this is only common in Quebec, where I live, or in the rest of Canada, but here people are really into making fondue with exotic meats. I’ve seen everything from horse to camel for sale in our grocer’s freezer section, according to Bustle.
2. Are OBSESSED with Tim Hortons.
Tim Hortons is a coffee and doughnut chain that is incredibly popular in Canada. The fast-food restaurants can be found on practically every block, in movie theatres, bus stations, and pretty much anywhere else you can fit a coffee machine and doughnuts. Some of their most famous items are “Timbits,” aka doughnut holes.
1. Paint Your Garage Door Purple? Not a Good Idea.
If you're looking to spruce up your home a little bit by painting your garage door a new colour, you might want to stay away from purple. In Kanata, Ontario Donell Law Group states that a city by-law prohibits its residents from painting their garage door and house door purple.
While not all of these laws apply everywhere in Canada it's still good to keep in mind, especially if you are travelling with your pet rat, snake, and llama, carrying only coins, and having a 3-day long garage sale before you leave, Narcity pointed out.
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