Canada Local Customs

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Canada Local Customs

  • Tipping

    Toronto Local Customs

    Think. Don't listen to ignorant people about tipping. 10% is an insult at a sit down restaurant. Remember, 15% is an average standard tip all over the world, and included in EVERY bill in most countries in Europe. A waiter makes below minimum wage, serves you food, drinks, takes your sometimes rude attitude, cleans up after you...basically is your...

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  • St-Jean-Baptiste

    Montreal Local Customs

    June 24th is St-Jean-Baptiste day; a provincial holiday in Quebec! Everyone from all over the province enjoys this holiday as revellers of all ages and background take advantage of this provincial holiday for merry-making and revelry. Banks, schools, post offices, and government offices are all closed to celebrate this national holiday. The June...

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  • Drugs & alcohol

    Vancouver Local Customs

    A clever new nickname for Vancouver that I just heard recently. Let me dispel the rumours somewhat. Yes the laws towards marijuana are somewhat less strict here (and everyelse in Canada) than other parts of the world but I don't like it is quite Amsterdam, West. While most people know a guy who knows a guy, weed is not really seen (or smelled)...

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  • Local food and drinks

    Quebec Local Customs

    Through our trip to the provences of Quebec and New Brunswick we would stop at a restaurant and see the mysterious word "Poutine" on the menu. Finally I was brave enough to ask, "What the heck IS Poutine" and a kind waiter explained it to me. Poutine is uniquely French Canadian and is French fries with cottage cheese and gravy. What? Yep French...

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  • French and English

    Ottawa Local Customs

    Canada is English speaking, apart from Quebec which has remained French speaking, with people of French origin. Ottawa and Gatineau are divided by Ottawa river, Ottawa being in Ontario on the English side and Gatineau being in Quebec on the French side. If you go into Gatineau all the signs are in French, but on the Ottawa side all the signs are...

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  • Currency/Tipping

    Victoria Local Customs

    Please excuse me if you think this is a silly tip but I just wanted to point out that American coins (quarters, dimes, nickels etc) are NOT considered eligible for preferential exchange in stores or banks. So if you are shopping somewhere and see something listed for $1 Canadian if you pay for it with an American dollar bill you'll receive some...

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  • General city Information

    Winnipeg Local Customs

    The legal drinking age in the province of Manitoba is 18 years. If you look 20ish, you will be asked for ID when buying alcohol or entering a pub. It is illegal to drink alcohol in public other than in a licensed premise. You are allowed to drink in private. In your private residence, hotel room or camping spot, etc. Regarding drinking and...

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  • Cultural Mosaic

    Edmonton Local Customs

    The Festival usually takes place the first weekend in August . Hawrelark Park serves as the venue where all the different ethnic groups have their tents and stages up. You can learn about the individual cultures, take in the dances and also the excellent food. Be aware though that you will not be able to take your car. Edmonton Transit offers rides...

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  • Calgary Stampede

    Calgary Local Customs

    After 2012 Centennial many including myself thought Stampede 2013 be somewhat a let down, how wrong we were. 2 weeks to the day that the parade starts off the official beginning of the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede the banks of the Elbow River that run through and along the Stampede overflowed with a velocity that made the opening of the Stampede...

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  • Birds/ Animals/Flowers

    Banff National Park Local Customs

    These cheeky little fellows popped up everywhere and were a joy to see. Please do not feed them although they will squeek for your attention = when tourists are thin on the ground they have to survive on their own

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  • Summer festivals

    Charlottetown Local Customs

    In August, there's Old Home Week at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The main event is the big horse race, but there's also a midway with carnival rides and games, as well as farm animal exhibits. All this happens at the Charlottetown Driving Park. On Friday morning/afternoon before the big race (which is Saturday), there's the Gold Cup and Saucer...

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  • Liquor / Beer / Wine

    Toronto Local Customs

    The laws concerning alcohol consumption in Toronto follow mostly Ontario laws. The government regulates all sales of beer, wine and liquor, so you can expect prices to be expensive here. Even local wines and beers will cost you more than one might think. Expect to pay 10-15 CAD dollars for a bottle of wine (even ones made in Ontario) in LCBO...

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  • Bilinguism

    Montreal Local Customs

    I was somewhat worried about communicating in Montreal, especially as most of the signs are in French, but I didn't have a problem at all. We didn't run into anyone who didn't speak english. Waiters/waitresses were no exception, right down to the worker at the bakery. Most menus were completly in english, and when you check out places websites...

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  • Behaviour & manners

    Vancouver Local Customs

    We had seen this vehicle being driven along Robson Street a few days earlier and now had the chance to catch it on camera. We saw him again a few days later, this time the car was parked and he got upset if you took a photo, I think he wanted money. I do not know if vehicles like this are a local custom, but it the only one I have seen and it was...

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  • Saint-Jean-Baptiste (Quebec National...

    Quebec Local Customs

    The Fête nationale du Québec ("Quebec National Holiday") is the official day of Quebec, Canada. The festivities occur on June 23 and June 24 and are organized by the Comité organisateur de la fête nationale ("national holiday organizing committee"). Originally, June 24 was a holiday honouring the patron saint of French Canada, St. John the...

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  • Cultural Diversity

    Ottawa Local Customs

    On my walks in Ottawa I came across so many churches, they were almost on every corner. It came as a pleasent surprise seeing how strong the Christian church is in Canada, seeing that Canada is a melting point of different cultures and religion. 75% of Canadians are Christians, but with immigrants almost flooding the country the number of Muslims,...

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  • Cultural/Historical

    Victoria Local Customs

    One thing this Navy town has in common with its East Coast counterpart Halifax are the downtown street names. You can find those in the walkway concrete at the intersections of the streets.

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  • Winnipeg Festivals

    Winnipeg Local Customs

    Winnipeg is a cultural mosaic. There are people here from every part of the world. For the first two weeks of August each year, there is a two week long festival (called Folklorama) where 40 different nationalities present their cultures. The two weeks are different because the pavilions change. In the first week, 20 different communities have...

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  • Fort Edmonton Park

    Edmonton Local Customs

    Fort Edmonton Park, Canada’s largest open-air history park, is a recreation on the city’s early history. There’s an evocative reconstruction of the original Hudson’s Bay Company trading post of 1846, and of Jasper Avenue as it looked in 1885, 1905, and 1920. Here is the link to the Fort Edmonton Park...

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  • Mountains

    Calgary Local Customs

    1.Canadians in general are very friendly and helpful, if asked for information about locations or history (although in Calgary there is NOT MUCH history left... i mean places, older than 5-10 years)! Anyway, as i got to know... there have been people asking park wardens about getting the water so blue (the lake on the left, hehe) , and well, i mean...

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  • Presents/Souvenirs

    Banff National Park Local Customs

    All these wonderful items were found at the shops along Banff Avenue. I took these pictures because I've learned to curb my spending on decorative items. You wouldn't believe the amount of things I've to lug home from every single trip to Japan & elsewhere, so much so that anyone who had traveled with me would know that I'm not joking about it!

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  • People / Different cultures

    Toronto Local Customs

    Tastes of Thailand offered a wealth of activities that surely made a mark to event goers who like cultural dance and music. I have enjoyed the parade of native Thai costumes. It was colourful. You will also taste the Thai food in the many booths that was installed on the street. The mouth watering taste of noodle dish, satay, tamarind tofu, shrimp...

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  • Tam Tam day

    Montreal Local Customs

    From late spring to early autumn, the Tam Tams happen on Sundays in Mont-Royal Park, near the monument. It's a massive drum circle where people play music and dance, but there are also vendors selling things (mostly hippie-style jewelry and clothes), people hanging out and having picnics, circus artists practicing their juggling and tight-rope...

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  • Language, accents & slang

    Vancouver Local Customs

    Though I noticed this in Canada generally...Vancouver had all these lovely little things that you saw when you are walking around town. Like asking you to do something to do something without asking.....the picture below speaks for itself...great Canadian humor

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  • Languages (French, English)

    Quebec Local Customs

    Outside the Old City, very few people speak fluent English, but in the tourist area, most everyone speaks English. Signs, however, are often only in French (unless the English is smaller), so take caution if you are driving! It is handy to learn at least a few french phases.

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  • Drinking/Buying alcohol

    Ottawa Local Customs

    It happens for three days, once a year. The Ottawa Wine and Food Show is an excellent place to try different wines, food and other spirits prepared and presented by local businesses among others. The thing is ALWAYS packed, you may have to wait in line for an hour even if you have a ticket. Regardless, it's always a good time. There's lots of...

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  • Festivals/Holidays

    Victoria Local Customs

    British Columbia Day, the first Monday in August, is a Provicial Holiday. (We didn't know that.) It's a bank holiday, so most "public facilities" (like banks and post offices) will be closed. Also, a lot of restaurants and shops are on reduced "holiday" hours. The night before B.C. Day there are festivities in Victoria Harbor, including a concert...

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  • Winnie the Pooh

    Winnipeg Local Customs

    Did you know that the Winnie in Winnie the Pooh is short for Winnipeg? The city bought the orginal painting of Winnie, and he will be part of a new Pooh museum in Winnipeg (I kid you not!). PS According to our paper, The Winnie painting is on a year long tour in the far east. Supposedly he is quite adored in Japan, etc.

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  • Local Crafts

    Banff National Park Local Customs

    Finding locally produced products in Banff is a hard task. Most craft items are mass produced in the far east - a hard fact of mass tourisim. Indian head wear and the popular dream catchers are all made from feathers from lands far removed from here TBC

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  • Etiquette & Dress Code

    Toronto Local Customs

    It is amazing how helpful the Canadian people are. If you need help locating where you are or where you want to go just flip out a map of the city. The residence of Canada will approach you to offer help. I have never met such helpful people. As for the escalator, you definitely want to stand to the right and walk to the left. The people in Canada...

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  • Festival

    Montreal Local Customs

    Summertime is here.. and summer in Montreal means JAZZ! Come on down to the jazz festival, which takes place the last week of June through the first week in July. There are dozens of free open air concerts in addition to slickly produced shows, and it all takes place right in the very heart of downtown Montreal, near Place des Arts. This whole...

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  • Multiculturalism

    Vancouver Local Customs

    Vancouver is often considered one of the most integrated cities in the world with more interracial couples and less racial segregation than any other city in Canada. Since its beginnings as a city in 1886, is has always been a multicultural place, with a sizable Chinese, Japanese, First Nations (aboriginal) and Sikh (Indian) community which has...

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  • History, culture and politics

    Quebec Local Customs

    When walking through an old city you will always come across some nice brass monuments preserving the history of the district and the way of life. We found this brass monument whilst walking the old town just after 9pm and we thought how good it was and a great reminder to our generation of how life was a century ago. It is a recent piece of art...

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  • Capital of Canada

    Ottawa Local Customs

    The Canadian political system consists of the House of Commons (where the politicians sit) and the House of Senate (where the Bills are passed into law). To have a full understanding of this, you should attend the free guided tour at the Centre Block of Parliament Hill. You will also have a chance to see the actual House of Commons & House of...

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  • Churches

    Banff National Park Local Customs

    The pretty llittle white church is located at 102 Banff Avenue on the corner of Buffallo Avenue. Designed by architect John Manuel of Winnigeg in the Gothic Revival style. The church was built in 1927. The base of the church is designed with locally quarried rundle stone creating a natural look in keeping with the mountains surrounding her.

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  • Events / festivals

    Toronto Local Customs

    Halloween is just as popular in Canada as it is in its American counterpart. Adults and children love to celebrate. People decorate their houses, some going more 'all out' than others and get very elaborate costumes for themselves and for their kids. For the youth, its another excuse to drink, but in costume. The North American tradition of...

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  • Canada day

    Montreal Local Customs

    July 1st is CANADA'S BIRTHDAY, and Montrealers celebrate it with style and pinache!! That's because MONTREAL is Canada's cultural capital of Canada! The party begins at 11:00AM with a huge parade right in the heart of downtown Montreal - along Ste. Catherine St. And if that's not enough, don't forget to take in the free open-air concerts during...

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  • architecture & style

    Vancouver Local Customs

    Vancouver had some great public art on the walls in the downtown area. This was superb work. Starting in 2008 the provincial government invested $10 million over 3 years to celebrate the history, heritage and culture of Vancouver's first urban areas. From the murals I saw this was an excellent investment.

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  • Festival d'Ete de Quebec

    Quebec Local Customs

    Quebec City may be famous for their biggest festival, the Carnaval de Quebec, but there is also a large music and entertainment festival in the summer, the Festival d'Ete (summer festival). We booked our plane tickets and then realized that we would be visiting during the festival which worked out fine as we were easily able to find a hotel room...

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  • General city Information

    Ottawa Local Customs

    POLiiITiCS : Yes PArty Politics means Cabinet Ministers come and go, we in the Nations Capital see and hear more about politicians and their 'shanannigans', and also how one person suddenly becomes emcumbered with three mahore Portfolios. ===Is that what democracy about === ever wondered why many Canadians do not vote nor worry about who...

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  • Restaurants / food

    Toronto Local Customs

    If you travel to Toronto and you want to have a taste of Filipino or Philippine dishes, come to Casa Manila. Some of the dishes we ordered are clockwise: Ginataang Langka, Apritada, Lechon, Bopis, and White Rice. Halo-Halo is not shown here but this is my favourite dessert. Get detailed information on the website I provided below.

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  • Français

    Montreal Local Customs

    If the red octogon isn't obvious enough, "Arrêt" is the French word for "Stop". Apparently the province of Quebec is the only place in the world where they have translated the word "Stop" on stop signs into French. That's saying something. In fact, though some may argue otherwise, I see the stop sign in Quebec as a bold political statement by...

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  • Coffee & cuisine

    Vancouver Local Customs

    One thing you will notice immediately when you are walking around in Vancouver is how many coffee shops there are! In some parts of town there seemed to be at least one coffee shop in every street corner. If you want to get away from coffee in a plain brown wrapper (Starbucks) then you should be very happy indeed. Below is a link to the best...

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  • Carnaval de Quebec

    Quebec Local Customs

    Canadian winters are long and cold and so most cities have some sort of mid-winter celebration - celebrating the turning point rather than the mid-winter! Quebec's Carnaval claims to be the World's largest and certainly looks like fun. The event kicks off on either the last Friday of January or the first Friday of February and runs until the...

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  • No Smoking

    Ottawa Local Customs

    The City of Ottawa Bylaw forbids smoking inside any building. There are some buildings that have limits as to where you can smoke outside as well. No bars, restaurants, nightclubs etc. allow smoking so if you smoke you gotta take it outside! Bus shelters are also no-smoking zones.

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