Province of Ontario Local Customs

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Province of Ontario Local Customs

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Language

    Toronto Local Customs

    From outside the country, people are advised that Canada is a bilingual French-English society. Well,not exactly... In Toronto, Canada's largest metropolitan area of over 5 million people, French speakers barely add up to 2 percent of the population - one of the smallest language groups! By contrast, Chinese and Italian are well over 10 percent...

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  • Sculptures and Street Art

    Toronto Local Customs

    Everywhere you go in down town Toronto you will run into statues of "dressed up" Moose. They come in all different types of garb. The "Mounty Moose" in the picture is just outside the entrance to the CN tower.

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  • Traffic

    Toronto Local Customs

    A true Torontonian knows some things about pedestrians and vehicular traffic on the Toronto streets: 1. At intersections the Pedestrian DOES have the right of way. Which means - sit there patiently waiting for the people to cross before you turn the corner. 2. A true, and law-abiding pedestrian DOES wait for the Traffic light and/or the Walk sign...

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  • sports

    Toronto Local Customs

    Go to any local bar and see a hockey game! Toronto is crazy about their hometown team, and hockey in general. The NHL season begins in October and ends in June. During the play-offs (usually beginning in early May), the pubs are filled with cheering, beer-drinking and devoted fans. So if you're in town, see a game and join the team spirit! After...

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  • homeless people

    Toronto Local Customs

    In downtown Toronto, you're guaranteed to encounter a few homeless people, especially close to street corners and traffic lights. You don't have to give them money if you don't want to, the ones I saw didn't pester people for spare change.

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  • Taxes

    Toronto Local Customs

    The prices indicated in stores and restaurants rarely include taxes. The taxes are added on the price when paying. In Ontario there are the federal Goods and Service Tax (GST) and the Provincial Sales Tax (PST).

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  • Whole pig roast

    Many families traditionally have a pig roast at fall for the sake of special family affairs, business openings etc. It is usually an outdoor event, and a staple meal on many show events.For a big party (50 people and more) cooking a whole pig becomes an amazing fall celebration event which you will remember for years.The glazed, golden skin is...

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  • Vistor Rebate Program

    All visitors may claim a refund of the goods and services tax (GST) and/or, the harmonized sales tax (HST) which they paid on eligible goods, must provide proof that they exported their goods from Canada. This is referred to as Proof of Export.Proof of Export began at Canada's nine major international airports. Non-resident visitors departing from...

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  • Inukshuks

    An Inukshuk is a traditional Native Canadian symbol used throughout Northern Canada, mostly in the arctic regions. It is so important a symbol that when Nunavut was formed, and they created a flag for the new province, they put an inukshuk on it.Basically, what it is is a sign for others to denote a safe route or good spot for fishing, or anything...

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  • Watch highland games at Maxville

    Every August long weekend at Maxville, you can also watch the heavy games. It was pretty interesting in August 1990 when we were there.

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  • Watch highland dance at Maxville

    Every August long weekend, Maxville, Ontario, plays host to the continent's largest highland games event. Additionally, there is highland dancing to watch.

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  • Official Flower of Ontario - The...

    You'll see it on the emblems in advertising, the shape of the Order of Ontario (on my main page for Ontario), and tourist pins... the trillium.The actual plant loves the shade of the woods so you don't see it very often in any but the most established parklands of Urban Ontario. Mostly found in white, there are purple versions of it too. It is a...

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  • Smores!!

    Camping and Campfires go hand in hand. A favourite campfire activity is roasting marshmallows over the burning embers. If you take that warm toasted marshmallow and sandwich it between 2 graham crackers and a piece of chocolate, then you have a Smore! The marshmallow will melt the chocolate and you will have a choclatey gooey crunchy snack. Using...

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  • Snow Shovelling

    Many of my overseas visitors come from countries where a large snowfall is quite unusual, some have never even seen snow. To us Ontarians, it is a part of life in the wintertime and some of us, actually enjoy shovelling snow. I love how quiet it becomes after a fresh snowfall. The snow acts as insulation and deadens the normal city sounds....that...

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  • Camping

    Many Ontarians enjoy a yearly camping expedition. It is a very economical way to travel, especially with a family. I enjoy the relaxed atomosphere of camping and the close interaction with nature.When camping, noone worries about how they look, kids are allowed to get dirty, telephones and tvs are taboo. The evening's entertainment involves...

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  • Long lonely roads

    Long lonely roads....... what a difference to the traffic jams I had every morning when I went to work in The Netherlands. I love these roads : I put the car on cruise control, the stereo on loud and follow the endless road that seem to go nowhere....... This photo was taken on my first trip to Canada and it is the photo that describes the feeling...

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  • Graduation

    Graduation is something totally different here in Canada than in The Netherlands. When you graduate in the Netherlands it is no big deal. Only when you get your college diploma, you give it a bit more attention. But the ceremony as they have it here in Canada are non-existant. Young girls are dressed up like young woman to go to their graduation :...

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  • The liquor store

    The LCBO (Liquor Control Board of Ontario) is the only place where you can buy liquor and wines in Ontario. The only exceptions are beer which you can buy at the 'Beer store', and sometimes wine at little winestores at supermarkets. There are about 600 LCBO retail shops in Ontario but they are sometimes hard to find. This is especially when you get...

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  • Take of your shoes when entering a home

    I think it differs in every country, but in Ontario it is the custom to take off your shoes when you enter a home. In The Netherlands it was just the opposite, you 'never' took off your shoes. I still find it confusing but I am getting used to it. Phew, in the winter a lot of work though to untie the shoes for maybe only a 1 minute visit. Hahaha,...

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  • Go to Tim Hortons for a cup of coffee!

    Fresh made sandwiches and a good cup of coffee! Although... good coffee???... a cup of 'real Canadian' coffee is maybe a better description, LOL Canadians don't drink their coffee very strong, so be prepared for that when ordering a coffee.'Tim Hortons' is 'name' in Ontario. Lot of people always start the day with a stop at the Tim Hortons on their...

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  • Milk in bags

    Hahaha, now a very weird tip, hahaha, but it can be very confusing if you don't know. Milk is generally bought here in bags In Ontario and not in bottles or cartons. You can buy cartons in the shop though. But when you visit someone you most likely have to look for a bag of milk instead of a bottle.It's very easy though, I always buy 3 liters of...

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  • Provincial Parks

    n these local custom tips I want to show you some things I noticed in Canada that are totally different than in my former home country The Netherlands. The list will not be complete at all, just a few things that cought my attention. I think many of these things don't only apply to Canada and the Netherlands, but are in general things that are...

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  • Land that seems to belong to no one

    In my former homecountry every centimeter is planned : houses, roads, farmlands, industry..... but in Canada... all these lakes, swampy areas, wild areas, seeming to belong to no one else than nature. Wow, it is so beautiful!You don't need to drive that far to get away from the citylife to be in nature. Close to Parry sound for example (where this...

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  • Canadians love their donuts...

    Canadians love their donuts and none better than Tim Horton's. The Boston Creme and Apple Fritters are to die for.

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