Dating in Canada is quite similar to dating in the rest of North America or the United Kingdom – with a few quirky twists. Canadians are known as polite, good natured and often, outdoorsy bunch. As the resident Canadian at We Love Dates, I thought I would share with you a few things about my home and native land. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to date a Canadian, here are some things to keep in mind.
1. Don’t assume that by dating a Canadian you’re going to be hanging out with a lumberjack, Mountie or that your date will live in an igloo. Although this may describe a small percent of Canadians, for the most part these are stereotypes. Canada is a huge and very diverse country. While we may have our share of snow and trees, we also have large, metropolitan cities like Toronto, full of skyscrapers, busy subways and world-class shopping, dining and culture. The worst thing you can ask a Canadian is something like, “Do you have electricity? Do you live in an igloo? Do you ride a horse to work?” Our lifestyle is not that different from your average American. When it comes to dating, we like to go for dinner or drinks, for a walk, for coffee, to art galleries or even to a farmer’s market…and if you’re lucky, we might even take you ice skating! Stereotypes be damned, it’s likely your Canadian knows his or her way around an ice rink… and yes, you’ll find this totally charming.
2. When your Canadian says to you, “I’m totally craving a Large Double Double and some Timbits” he or she is talking about grabbing a coffee and donut holes from the local Tim Hortons (a ubiquitous Canadian coffee chain) If you are not actually on Canadian soil when they make this statement, it’s likely your date feeling a bit homesick. Your Canadian will also introduce you to other culinary treats like Poutine (a cheese, gravy and fried potato concoction that’s perfect for soothing a hangover.)
3. You’ll get confused when you hear your Canadian say things like, “It was so hot today! It was almost 40 degrees!” Then you’ll realize that he or she actually means 40 degrees Celsius, and that they are referring to 100 degree weather. Your Canadian lives and breathes the Metric system which means you’ll spend most of your time translating back and forth.
4. When it comes to weather, Canadians are a resilient bunch. When the temperature goes up to 15 C (60 Farenheit), don’t be surprised if your Canadian brings out their shorts. On the flip side, when it comes to blizzards, Canadians know how to keep their cool (no pun intended!)
5. Your Canadian will say “sorry” a lot – and often to complete strangers. It’s not because they are trying to apologize for their existence, it’s that in Canada the word “sorry” is often interchangeable with “excuse me.”
6. Hockey isn’t just a sport, it’s a National past time. Even if your Canadian isn’t that into hockey (like yours truly), if you want to keep the peace, you still need to respect the sport.
7. Love bacon? Have a craving for all things maple flavoured? Your Canadian will happily help you indulge.
Just like dating anyone from any Nationality, dating a Canadian can be a lot of fun. You should try it sometime 🙂