Global Affairs Canada is a government resource that outlines the Canadian government's definitions of what it means to be a Canadian. It aims to assist visitors and new immigrants better understand Canadian cultural norms and conversations.\nIn classic fashion, the government's advice is as hilarious and as stereotypically Canadian as you imagine. Their insights compare points of view from local and outside perspectives to paint a picture of what to expect from day-to-day life in Canada.\nTopics range from casual conversations to how to understand shared historical events. According to Global Affairs Canada, our country loves beer, hockey, food, music, politeness, diversity, and so much more. Here are the greatest hits!\nOn Conversations\n"Canadians are keenly aware of "otherness", and consequently it is common to hear: where are you from? as a first contact question."\nAh yes, I'm sure we can all attest to asking this or having been asked this by someone. It's true that many Canadians are aware of cultural differences but this shouldn't be taken negatively. In fact, Canadian perspectives believe that we are are a "tolerant society that is also more socially-minded than that of the US". You should also talk about hockey.\nView this post on Instagram ' ❄️📷⛸️ /// GOING SKATING /// ⛸️📷❄️ ' - Pt.4 - Near @lansdownelive in #Ottawa 🍁 #Canada . . . . . . . . . . . ⛸️ Skaters on the Rideau Canal Skateway 😊. Happy New Year 😊 . . . . . Shot with my 📷 Nikon D7100 with Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G ED Lens ... . . . #Nikon #Outdoors #Way2Ill #LandscapePhotography #MyOttawa #Portraits #PicOfTheDay #CityKillerz #Adventure #DiscoverOn #StreetDreamsMag #VisualArchitects #AGameOfTones #FacesOttawa #StreetMobs #ArtofVisuals #Instagramers #Nature #NikonCA #Travel #MoodyGrams #APT613 #StreetDreamsOttawa #OttawaMagazine #TravelBlogger #IgersOttawa #ExploreCanada #PhotoOfTheDay A post shared by SUDEVI S13 ™ (@streetdreamsottawa) on Jan 1, 2019 at 12:20pm PST\n"The best way to impress most Canadians is to show what you have noticed is different from the United States"\nA tried-and-true method of Canadian solidarity, if there ever was one. However, the guide points out that we mustn't offend Canada's polite sensibilities by not overtly criticizing the U.S. The guide also mentions that "most Canadians see themselves as humbler, more funnier" than Americans.\nOn Activities and Culture\n"Of course one should not miss any opportunity to canoe in Canada [...] There are many great things about many different parts of Canada and beautiful sites everywhere"\nPerspectives on Canadians being outdoors-loving and obsessed with summertime activities are certainly not far off. Canadian mountains and rivers are essential to the experience. Hockey is also a must. The guide even mentions cities like Montreal and Toronto coming alive for cultural activities all year long.\nView this post on Instagram The morning that this photo was taken was definitely more calming than the entirety of my last trip to the Canadian Rockies 😂 What you typically see on Instagram is the end result of careful planning, execution, and time spent editing photos until they come out appearing how you felt in the moment. What you don’t see are the 4-5 people debating which location is going to be better for sunrise/sunset, figuring out where and when you’re going to shower next, running on zero sleep and deciding if you’re going to push through, finding a place to camp/sleep for the night if it’s even an option, and how to deal with bad weather when it’s inhibiting you from doing the things that you meticulously planned before arriving. There’s also super fun scenarios such as getting flat tires, speeding tickets, missing a connecting international flight, running out of gas on the highway, hitting a road closure and having to take a 3 hour detour around, having equipment break with no way to replace or repair it, permits selling out only minutes before your arrival, or maybe the occasional car break in. Not all of these things have happened to me, but they have happened to a lot of people I know who are living this lifestyle. It’s not as glamorous as you’d imagine, and you’re going to run into moments that make you want to quit on the spot. It definitely helps having a hilarious group of friends all in the same boat helping you push though, suck it up, and get the itinerary done. Surrounding yourself with likeminded, fun, positive people will make these experiences and memories worth it. These are also the people you want to hang out with on those days where you put down the camera and do nothing pertinent. Maybe you’ll actually take in the scenery, go on a hike, jump into a lake, grab a beer at a local brewery, and laugh together about the shenanigans from the day before. So while we didn’t get the photos we had hoped for in the Canadian Rockies I’m just glad that I had a group of friends help turn a not-so-ideal situation into a super fun one. I’ll be back again when the time is right. For now... on to the next thing. See you tomorrow Wyoming! 🤠 A post shared by RYAN RESATKA (@ryanresatka) on Jul 27, 2019 at 11:06am PDT\nOn National Heroes\n"This, of course, depends on your perspective and few heroes are shared by both French and English speaking Canadians [...] although Canadians tend to accept fame only after the artist has made their name outside of Canada."\nThe guide mentions hockey heroes such as Wayne Gretzky and Maurice Richard being universally loved in Canada. It highlights differences between French and English Canada as well, citing Rene Levesque and Terry Fox as other highly revered figures. Canadians also love talking about their musicians, comedians, and actors.\nOn Food\n"It is possible to have breakfast in China (dim sum), lunch in Lebanon (shawarma) and dinner in Italy (fettuccini Alfredo or Mushroom Risotto), or, if one prefers to stay more local, there are great places to enjoy mussels, good fish or lobster, or fish n’ chips in the Maritimes, or a good portion of poutine in Quebec"\nProbably the most accurate recommendation in this guide! We're renowned for having a multitude of cultural delicacies available to us. The best way to a Canadian's heart is through their stomach.\nView this post on Instagram When you’re lost.. but not really 🐉. . . . . . . . . . . . #chinatown #asianculture #asianstore #littleasia #chinese #chinesefood #orange #trees #people #chinatownmtl #chinatownmontreal #montreal #mtl #mtlchinatown #montrealchinatown #street #streetphotography #streetart A post shared by Samy Cat (@samy.cat) on Jul 16, 2019 at 2:32pm PDT\nOn Religion and Ethnicity\n"Most Canadians believe it is important to respect people regardless of their religious beliefs but see religion as a private matter [...]\nWe're hearing more and more debates about this, to be sure, but the guide hammers home the point that by-and-large, Canadians are tolerant and respectful.\n"In bilingual (English-French) workplaces, language is perhaps the biggest dividing factor [...]\nEthnicity is a big concern in Canada because of how diverse it is. The guide mentions that ethic populations in Canada have regional differences and cultural understandings that make each one unique.\nThe situation of indigenous peoples in Canada is considerably more complex and problematic."\nHowever, the guide does acknowledge that certain conversations might be uncomfortable and even taboo for many Canadians.\nView this post on Instagram Happy Canada Day!🇨🇦🎉 So glad I was able to spend most of June exploring this beautiful country. Can’t wait to go back and see more of it soon. Photo by @jonathanzoeteman with my edits A post shared by Kelsey Johnson (@heykelseyj) on Jul 1, 2019 at 8:31am PDT\nWhat does being Canadian mean to you?\nTo read the full Global Affairs Canada guide on how to speak to a Canadian, click here!