Stephanie Farlow studying at Adler University shares the top 3 things you should know about food, English, and nature in Canada. Won’t you read this article already, eh?
1) Poutine, beavertails, and Tim Horton’s
If you visit Canada, you have to try poutine and beavertails. Poutine is an amazing Canadian dish comprised of fries, gravy, and curd cheese. It is incredibly healthy and delicious. For dessert, you can try a beavertail. Don’t freak out! It’s not what it sounds like. Beavertails are a fried whole-wheat pastry stretched to resemble a beavertail. They are topped with an assortment of goodies such as chocolate, bananas, apples, or cinnamon. You can tailor them to what best suits your tastebuds! While in Canada, visiting Tim Horton’s, or Timmies as we like to call it, is a must. It was founded in 1964 in Hamilton, Ontario, by Canadian hockey player Tim Horton and has grown to be the largest fast food restaurant known for its coffee and donuts. It is a big part of Canadian culture.
2) Apologizing, terms, and phrases
Canadians, also known as Canucks, are notorious for apologizing when someone else bumps into them. You are pretty much guaranteed to hear at least one Canadian apologize to you on any given day. While ‘sorry’ is a universal term, we do use terms and phrases that are not as easily understood. Canadians frequently use the word “Eh” at the end of sentences. Eh is equivalent to asking the question, “do you agree?” In the first paragraph I spoke of Tim Hortons, and Timmies brings with it its own culture of language. For example, when ordering coffee, one can order a double-double. A double-double is coffee with two creams and two sugars. Subsequently, a triple-triple, less commonly used, is a coffee with three creams and three sugars. I did not realize this was strictly a Canadian term until ordering a double-double at a Chicago McDonalds and getting stared at like I had three heads! To pay for coffee I would normally pay using loonies or toonies (loons and toons for short). A loonie is the Canadian dollar coin with a loon on the surface. It goes without saying that this is how the loonie developed its name. We pronounce the last letter of the alphabet zed instead of zee, we call a winter cap or beanie a toque, and when we find ourselves in awkward or stressful situations we call this a kerfuffle. Our backpacks are knapsacks, when we are out in public we refer to the bathroom as a washroom, when we tell you that we are out for a rip, we are out for an easy going time with our buddies. If I tell you that I put hundo p into studying for an exam, I would be telling you that I put one hundred percent into studying for an exam. Giving hundo p can also mean I am just given-er (unrelenting). If I agree with something you said, I will sometimes answer with “oh fer sure.” I also like to cozy up in a bunny hug (a hoodie) and eat KD (Kraft dinner, macaroni and cheese). Now if you ever come in contact with a Canadian you will be better able to understand them!
3) Lakes and Cottage Country
Canada is home to 3 million lakes, which is more lakes than any other country. I grew up in the province of Ontario, which contains a third of the world’s freshwater, spread over 250, 000 lakes. I lived in the city of Sarnia, located along Lake Michigan. Many days have been spent at the beach, eating ‘bridge fries’ (a term for the fries served at the chip trucks under the Bluewater Bridge, linking Sarnia to Port Huron, Michigan), and doing “river runs” (floating down the lake using the current). Growing up my family would go on vacation up North to Miller Lake and Beaverdam Lake. In the previous paragraph I spoke of Canadian phrases, and another one has just occurred to me. When going to cottages, we tell friends and family that we are “heading up to the lake.” Canada really is a true north national treasure!
Well, this Canuck was really given-er for this essay, hundo p! I feel that I should win this microscholarship, eh? I would certainly appreciate some extra loonies and toonies to purchase some textbooks to put in my knapsack!
Home Country: Canada
Stephanie’s article was a finalist for our microscholarship!