So You’re #MovingToCanada, Eh?
As the days to the 2016 American Election eek by and the number of speeches and interviews by prospective Presidential candidates increase, we’ve noticed that the #MovingToCanada hashtag has been trending. A lot.
As fiercely proud Canadians, we welcome anyone wishing to seek refuge or simply want an incredible new country to hang your hat. But, be warned: Canada isn’t all maple syrup and Ryan Gosling.
Here’s a mini crash course in a few things you need to know before you make the trek up to the Great White North.
1) It’s cold. Like, REALLY cold
-40? You mean winter suntan weather
2) You’ll need to learn a little French
Le stylo de ma tante est sur la table (crushed it)
3) You’ll have to love curling
4) … and hockey
Come for the sport, stay for the zamboni
5) …and about hockey rivalries
It really, really matters
6) We have small pests
Many and mighty
7) And big pests
Large and terrifying
8) Sometimes we’re just a little TOO polite
The Awful Fate of Melpomenus Jones, Gerald Potterton, provided by the National Film Board of Canada
9) We embrace the beaver
The #1 wood consumer nationwide
The National Scream, Robert Awad & David Verrall, provided by the National Film Board of Canada
10) And fair warning… the cat WILL come back
You try getting him to stay away…
I lived in Canada for 13 years. Loved it but not the snow. My girls were born on Vancouver Island and their dad is a British citizen and Canadian. I am Australian. This has allowed my kids to live and travel extensively. My son lives and works in Vancouver and loves it. He now has a girlfriend from their as well
Best country in the world although I suppose everyone lives in the best country in their world! I LOVE Canada and Canadians! Americans welcome – you bring spice with you and sometimes we need a bit of spice!
Thank you, NFB you are our national treasure…..
This is quite quite wonderful. A minor thing to point out: eek should be eke
Spelling wrong (former copyeditor)
Hi Sue! Thank you so much for your lovely comment! As for eek v eke, it was supposed to be a play on words! I’ve now italicized and hope that makes it a little clearer! Again, thank you so much for being extra vigilant!
Canada is so vast and varied I even had culture shock living in Alberta after living and travelling all over the world! There is a place for everyone and every place here is amazing.
I think you mean “eke by”, not “eek”. It took me a little while to parse that with the typo! Though I can understand being scared by the approach of the American election…
Hi Elvi! The eek was intentional! I wanted to highlight the impending horror of the election, haha. But thank you so much for keeping an eye out for any errors! I appreciate it so much!
That’s not even 10 mitnues well spent!
You’ve made a hit list out of some of my favourite NFB titles. Thanks for the respite from the disaster marathon on TV.
Canada …eh? My home, my native land & maple syrup. How wonderful & vast it is from East to West & to the Far North. I am indeed blessed to be a part of it!
The NFB – a national treasure, I tell you!!
I have always envisioned myself living in Canada should I need or want to leave my birthplace. for SO many reasons, foremost being the other humans who live there, but also for that shared boreal forest and the Great Lakes; how could I not choose Canada when it has all of my favo(u)rite things?
‘Oh Canada’ is right on. From the west coast to the east coast an incredible wonderful country. I’ve spent 4-4 1/2 months in Canada each summer for the last 11 years.
I miss my Canada; I’ve dual citizenship and living in the states to are for my elderly parents. And yes, I even miss Winnipeg in winter. Canada is the world’s best kept secret! Oh Canada!