This article was originally published on our sister site Living Magazine
When you think of Canada, what comes to mind? Snow, maple syrup, super polite people, and a good looking Prime Minister? Yup, that’s pretty much it. Funnily enough, Canada’s stereotypes aren’t that far from the truth.
These are those “Only in Canada” moments that were captured by American tourists or Canadians who like to poke fun at themselves. And if you’re expecting to see a few “sorry”s, then you’re correct; there will be more than one.
Only in Canada!
Here’s a fun little fact about Canada. Canadians say “sorry” so much that they passed the “Apology Act” to limit its use! In the past, lawyers were probably able to establish guilt quite easily in court. All they had to do was prove that someone apologized at the time of the incident.
So Canadian lawmakers made it so that an apology of any kind “means an expression of sympathy or regret” rather than “an admission of fault or liability in connection with the matter to which the words or actions relate.”
Anyway, how Canadian is this? Only Canadian doctors would demand getting paid less in consideration of others.
Sorry, Not Sorry
Okay, so it looks like Canada can be a little arrogant, too. This is post-McDonald’s lawsuit. I’m sure you all remember – the person that sued McD’s for making their coffee way too hot.
Well, a coffee cup distributer in Canada decided to poke fun at Americans, I guess? Clearly, Canadians don’t need anyone stating the obvious – like coffee being hot. Oh, Canada… Where was the “sorry” in this situation?
Meanwhile, in Canada…
You’ve probably seen this meme before. And I gotta admit – it’s a good one. People like to compare this shot with the American police riots that have happened. But it’s not really fair.
This photo shows a Canadian cop having fun with citizens. Apparently, that’s a real thing! It looks like whoever has the super soaker is loving every second of shooting something directly at a cop’s face.
Taking Polite to a New Level
Only in Canada will you find a sign in front of someone’s house, specifically asking for something that someone clearly stole. And only in Canada will you find that the thief brought it back.
And only in Canada will the owner then make a whole new sign thanking the thief for bringing the thing back! Unbelievable! I’m surprised the thief didn’t leave a sign of his own – or at least right on the sign “you’re welcome” or something.
Canadian Commuters are Too Honest
So, you get to the subway, and you see the subway attendants aren’t there. Do you just hop over the thing and get on the subway? Or do you “do the right thing” and put some cash where it should be going?
Yeah, I don’t know about this one. But this is what a bunch of overly kind Canadians did on a subway. And nobody took the cash! I’m speechless.
Canadian Cops on Duty
Something tells me that this photo was taken at the same event that had the water fight. What was going on? And why is there a dog dressed up as a Canadian Mountie?
It looks like in Canada. Cops aren’t so necessary! Water fights and taking photos of adorable dogs dressed up as cops? Well, I can’t blame them. I would take a photo, too.
Yes, This Is Real
So, this is what it’s like to live in Canada. Moose can follow you home. But Canadian moose are also too polite. They don’t harass you and break down your door. They wait politely for you to open it.
I have a feeling this dog is not a happy camper. He’s just waiting for his owner to open the door so he can show this moose who’s boss. But look at that thing – I don’t think he gives a sh*t.
Bear at Door
This is one of the very few reasons that you wouldn’t get mad at the delivery man or woman for not leaving your parcel at the door. A bear? Yeah, your Amazon order of socks and kitchen wipes can wait.
Just to give you a picture of the bear situation in Canada, there are apparently about 20,000 in the country at the moment. Most of them are in the province of British Columbia. So those people probably get these kinds of notices all the time.
Parking Ticket Alternative
A brochure that tells you it’s okay that you “forgot” to pay your parking? Am I dreaming? “We noticed you forgot to pay for your parking today. No problem. It happens.”
The brochure even goes on to explain the importance of paying for parking – as if the person who read this thing read it over and felt bad about “forgetting” to pay for parking. Then again, it’s Canada.
Is This Your Mitt?
Okay, so let me get this straight. Someone found a mitt at the bottom of the electricity pole. Took it home, WASHED IT, put it in a (good quality) plastic bag, and pinned it to the same pole?!
I got to say, people. I think we can all learn a little something from our friendly neighbors from the North. I mean, just look at this moment. It’s precious…
Even the Busses Apologize
Only in Canada do the busses apologize when getting into an accident. And it doesn’t really matter whose fault it is. Whether it was the bus or the car, the bus is still going to apologize.
It looks like the accident wasn’t as bad as it could have been. This is one of those accidents that are more annoying than anything else because the traffic just got that much worse.
A Message to all the Rhubarb Thieves
Listen, if you’re going to steal some rhubarb from a field, do it properly, at least. Pull the root out with the stem. Why? Because if you chop the stem, the rhubarb won’t grow back. And that’s just not cool.
So if you’re going to steal some, at least do it in a considerate way! Like come on, isn’t that common sense? This is a call to all inconsiderate thieves out there. But that’s redundant.
So This is Why…
So now I understand why Canadian cops seem to have so much fun on duty. Here you see a whole group of cops doing morning meditation before heading out to serve and protect.
It all makes sense now! For all those happy cops in water gun fights and spend their shifts taking photos of dogs – it’s because they started their day with meditation. Well done, Canada, well done.
Happy Canada Day
For those of you who don’t know – Canada Day is only 3 days before Independence Day. July 1 is a big day for good ol’ Canada. And for those who love to celebrate, it sometimes involves making a note.
How Canadian is it to celebrate for a day and leave a note promising to come the day after and remove the flag? So polite, eh?
Speaking of Eh!
I think we all know who and what the Canadians are poking fun at here. But before anyone goes red in the face under their red hat, this is all in the name of humor. Take a joke, people!
The point they’re trying to make here is that Canada is already great. So there’s no real need to make it great, again. The Prime Minister is busy with other things (and taking photos with makeup on his face).
Right to Bear Arms
Okay, it’s pretty clear that this is meant to be a humorous sign, poking “pun” at the American right to bear arms. So they thought it would be funny to get support to arm bears instead.
Now, let’s stop for a moment and just imagine a world where bears were armed. Can you imagine a more trippy and unsafe world than that? Just picture a massive grizzly holding a rifle.
Seems About Right
It looks like our friendly neighbors also like to protest every other weekend. But the difference is their protests involve not only cops and water fights, but their method of making signs is a little different.
While you might choose a broomstick to attach your sign that reads “LOVE NOT WAR,” Canadians open their closet, take out one of their seven hockey sticks, and use that as their protest sign.
Please Accept My Spider
Can I start by asking who #3 is? Well, it looks like #3 is going to be pretty mad. At least, up until the point he sees this friendly letter asking for forgiveness. I mean, who can stay angry when they see a drawing of a spider?
It’s a sweet apology note, right? How cute is that happy little spider? Do you think this person makes spider apology letters all the time? Probably.
Anyone here ever heard of sensory-friendly shopping? Anyone? No one? Okay, so it’s not just me. What the heck is sensory-friendly shopping, and why is it even a thing?
Can’t people handle the lighting and sound? Then order your groceries online! But at the end of the day, it’s a 2-hour time slot. No big deal. Can you just imagine the energy in the place on Tuesdays from 6 – 8pm?
A Truly Canadian Christmas
Another tidbit of information: the beaver is the official emblem of Canada. It shows up on their money as well as eats their wood. And some Canadians like to make light of that on Christmas.
Whoever chose to put this in their home, made an elaborate attempt to make it look like that ever realistic beaver look like he did all the damage.
Meanwhile in Montreal
While I can’t quite figure out what we’re looking at here, all I know is that this photo was taken in Montreal, Quebec (which is a province in Canada).
From what I can decipher, there’s a dinosaur with guns – a big no-no- and a dinosaur with flowers – a big yes-yes. So this is a protest against dinosaurs with guns, right?
Even Their Graffiti is Kind
Look at this! Even graffiti in Canada is overly polite. This is too much. “Your mom is a nice lady” next to “Your father is proud of you.” It doesn’t get more Canadian than this, people.
Over here, the graffiti is a whole lot more… what’s the right word to use? Meaner? Creepier? Dirtier? Maybe all of the above.
Not All Canadians Are Polite
Let it be known – not all Canadians are polite! But they’re referring to the non-humans. So we can still assume that all Canadian humans are polite. But watch out for those geese!
Geese are like large ducks, so yeah, it makes sense that you would think that they’re cute and friendly. But oh no. Those geese are snappy and aggressive. So watch out for them.
Who’s in Your Pool?
Oh, so you get annoyed when you go outside and see Gary just chilling in your pool? How many times do you have to ask Gary to get out of your pool?!
Well, have you ever seen a moose in your pool? Yeah, I didn’t think so. This is a strange situation if there ever was one. You probably wish you saw Gary instead.
All Seasons at Once
Ask any Canadian, and they’ll tell you that they really do experience all 4 seasons. And beyond that, they can experience all the seasons at one time. Well, maybe 3 out of 4.
It looks like this person stepped out onto their porch and felt the fall, winter, and even the spring – all at once. If you think about it, the air is probably really crisp.
Some More Graffiti, Canadian Style
You heard it right from the Canadian horse’s mouth: only ugly people litter. And beyond that, the earth deserves respect. You can’t really argue with that, though, can you?
I’m fully on board with this one. I hate it when I see people litter. Don’t you wanna live in a clean environment? It makes no sense to litter on the ground we walk on!
A Form of Protest
This photo was taken in Montreal when the police officers were protesting against a labor dispute. Their form of protest? Not wearing their official police pants.
They really showed them! Labor problems? No problem – they won’t wear their police pants on duty! That’s right; cow pants and hippie flower pants make a statement.
As Canadian as it Gets
Anyone else here ever been to a Tim Hortons? They have some darn good coffee and donuts. And they have these things called Timbits – little bite-size donut balls. Yum.
But forget about that. Just look at this super Canadian photo. Nothing is more Canadian than three moose running outside of a Tim Hortons.
We all know how much Canadians love their hockey. And something tells me that these police officers aren’t just some of those kids’ dads.
I have a feeling these cops were patrolling the area, were bored out of their minds (since there doesn’t seem to be any crime there), saw kids playing street hockey, and chose to join.
Sorry for This Sign
Not only do busses apologize for getting into accidents, so do signs in forests. People should know that the pathway isn’t lit, so it’s really at their own risk.
But they should also know that the forest people are sorry. Now, are they sorry about not lighting the forest pathways or for having to put up a sign about it?
Yes, this is actual footage of a parking ticket and some cash with a note on it. What’s on the note? “Nobody deserves a ticket when Team Canada wins hockey Gold. Xo”
How nice is that!? Someone saw this car with a ticket on it and gave the guy or gal the cash to pay for it! And no one even took the cash! It’s pretty heartwarming to see how nice people are.
The Last Samurai
Forget Tom Cruise and his actually well-done performance as a samurai legend. You should see this movie instead. It’s about a beaver who spent his whole life preparing to be a samurai warrior.
Okay, so maybe it didn’t do well at the box office, but give it a shot. It’s this beaver actor’s major movie debut. He’s been working as a waiter for 17 years before getting this role.
I don’t know which festival this is at, but this photo is trippy, to say the least. What does her shirt say under bow down? And why oh why is this cop bowing down?
I really can’t think of a plausible scenario, so I’m just going to leave it at that. You can think of all the scenarios you want…
If Canada Had a Uniform
If the country of Canada had to wear a uniform and become one unit, I think it’s safe to say that the unified decision would be to wear plaid. And not just any plaid – red and black plaid.
These people at this bar are just chilling and enjoying some good Canadian beer – doing the Canadian thing. It does look pretty cozy, though, right?
And Then There Were Three
This is another perfect “meanwhile in Canada” meme. Do you think you’re having a bad day with all that rain out there? How about this, dude?
He has to walk in the feet-high snow with his two goats. And this is just part of their journey. He has to make it 4 miles with these two to get to the farm.
Why Did the Geese Cross the Road?
In Canada, that age-old idiom about the chicken crossing the road is modified to include the goose. So why did the goose cross the road? To get to the Tim Hortons on the other side, of course.
Word has it that this pair of geese even waited at the crosswalk for the light to go green before waddling over to the other side of the road. Adorable!
Snowstorm? Who Cares?
It looks like this dude was either dropped onto the ground after being abducted from San Diego in his khakis and Vans or is just unaware of what is going on outside.
Who wears shorts and a t-shirt in the middle of a Canadian snowstorm? You know who does? This guy. He also wears the same outfit in thunderstorms, to weddings, and to his graduation.
Yet Another Friendly Cop
Fighting crime? Serving and protecting? How about buying lemonade from that adorable little girl on the road who only has enough for 4 people?
Hey, if I was driving by and saw this adorable scene, I would stop what I was doing and buy some lemonade, too. Wouldn’t you? Look how cute she is with her little table and her cup.
Driver Who Beeped
Hey you! Yeah, you. The driver who beeped at this person for going out of their turn at 13th and Belmont at 6pm on Thursday. Yeah, you. The person is sorry, dude.
Hey, at least they apologized. They were wrong. You were right. So accept the apology and move on.