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Top 10 Things

  • What NOT to do
  • What to do
  • Hitchhiking is illegal in most of the provinces. If not illegal, not much tolerated. You can succeed in getting someone to pick you up, but it is illegal almost everywhere in the country. The transcontinental transports (bus, train, plane) here is not necesarily good, but it is at least legal. --Tommy (From Drummondville, Québec)
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  • You definitely need to eat a poutine in Canada, and especially if you come to the Province of Québec, where it was invented. It is composed of french fries, gravy sauce and cheese curds (fromage qui fait "squish squish"). It is a national dish. You cannot come here and leave without eating one. --Tommy (From Drummondville, Québec)
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  • Unless told otherwise, take your shoes off as you enter someone’s home, especially in the winter months as it tracks in dirt & snow. --WW
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  • Make sure you try maple syrup (the 100% natural one; avoid "pancake syrup"). If you want to buy some to take home, get it from a grocery store; same quality, but cheaper. --Emilia
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  • Land borders are very strict. Be sure you don't have any fruit or veggies. Give yourself lots of time, because you could be asked to empty the vehicle for a search. --Christine F
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  • Refer to a public toilet as a washroom. People will also recognize restroom and toilet as well. --Audrey
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  • When the guests all tap their spoons on their glasses at the reception meal, they want the bride and groom to kiss. --Christine F
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  • When people bump into each other it is customary for both people to say “sorry”. It is considered polite as it recognizes neither person intended to bump into the other. In fact, many may consider it rude if “sorry” is not said. --WW
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  • There are good ride share companies, Poparide and Amigo Express being the biggest. Best way to get around cheap. --Gundula
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  • Canadians tend to try and avoid confrontation in social situations and in the work place. There are a lot of evasive answers that in the end simply mean "no". --Gundula
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  • If you are from other parts of Canada or close city/village in the United States and want to go to the Province of Québec and/or Acadie, you cannot come without speaking the minimum in French. They find it disrespectful, so you need to learn it. If you come from elsewhere, it is ok. --Tommy (From Drummondville, Québec)
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