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Old 06-01-2015, 06:58 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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How am I not surprised by this post lol...... Ok AJ - no French Canadian would be caught dead in Toronto.... Every Quebec plate is an Anglo Montrealer relocating to Toronto... Lord have mercy and we are supposed to be bridging gaps here hmmm.... Its ok AJ i'll get over you being more 'influenced' and paying more 'attention' to NYC and L.A lol and i'll still take the higher road and visit my friends/coworker/colleagues in Montreal and when they visit me in Toronto I'll just tell myself they'd rather by in L.A....

We shall attribute this solely to Anglo Montrealers lol...

Quebec City

Busiest Air/Train routes AJ

Montreal/Toronto
Montreal/L.A
Montreal/NYC

hmmmmmmmm can I get someone to say Rapidair, WJA triange flights, Via Rail....
A huge chunk of Rapidair and VIA corridors travellers are business travellers. We're part of the same country after all so there are many ties between Ontario and Quebec that we don't have with places in the U.S.

Look, I am not saying that there aren't many francophone Quebecers who travel to Toronto for fun. There are.

I am just saying that on the whole Quebec is not very influenced by Toronto or Ontario and that it's not top-of-mind like other places are.

The reverse is also true - Quebec is not exactly a big cultural influencer in Ontario and not usually top-of-mind for most people there. (Certainly not compared to goings-on stateside.)

Part of me actually wishes all of this wasn't so and that people were more open to other side of the coin.

But that doesn't change the reality.
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Old 06-01-2015, 09:20 AM
 
Location: Nashville, TN
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Seriously though travel patterns are not always to places people pay attention to on other levels. Quebecers like to vacation on the Maine coast but otherwise they pay more attention to and are more influenced by NYC and LA.
And the New Hampshire coast. Was at crowded Hampton Beach a couple of years ago, and it FULL of Quebecers. It was no great surprise, of course, because where there's a hot, sunny beach, there's Québécois.
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Old 06-01-2015, 10:22 AM
 
Location: Vancouver
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Excellent post!

Many Canadians, though well-intentioned, really have NO idea. Comparing Canada and the US in regards to diversity and prejudice is like comparing apples with kumquats. Pointless.
Comparing isn't pointless. Comparing does mean "estimate, measure, or note the similarity or dissimilarity between."

The OP apparently is Australian, and ask what the differences that Americans noticed in Canada.

The reasons and the history of the two countries explains why there are similarities and differences.

One can only know and understand these things by comparing.
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Old 06-01-2015, 10:36 AM
 
Location: Nashville, TN
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Comparing isn't pointless. Comparing does mean "estimate, measure, or note the similarity or dissimilarity between."

The OP apparently is Australian, and ask what the differences that Americans noticed in Canada.

The reasons and the history of the two countries explains why there are similarities and differences.

One can only know and understand these things by comparing.
Okay, Teach. I stand corrected.
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Old 06-01-2015, 10:48 AM
 
Location: Vancouver
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Okay, Teach. I stand corrected.
I know it sounds like I'm splitting hairs, and I do understand what your point is, but Canada and the US get compared to each other ALL the time.

In fact, in a lot of people outside of the US and Canada, see the countries as very similar, hence the curiosity of the OP.
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Old 06-01-2015, 11:10 AM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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One of the differences I noted many years ago is Newfoundlanders actually drink "Screech". This rum is now carried in the New Hampshire liquor stores on Interstate 93. I like the stuff.
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Old 06-01-2015, 11:15 AM
 
Location: Vancouver
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One of the differences I noted many years ago is Newfoundlanders actually drink "Screech". This rum is now carried in the New Hampshire liquor stores on Interstate 93. I like the stuff.
I've had it myself....although we don't get any out here that I'm aware of.
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Old 06-01-2015, 03:07 PM
 
Location: Vernon, British Columbia
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Does it immediately feel like you've entered another country when you've crossed the border? I'm from Australia but haven't been to Canada. I plan to go on a working holiday there soon though. I've been to the States, and it struck me as pretty different to home but familiar in some ways. Kind of like a bizarro parallel world, like I'd stepped into the TV!

What are the things you notice first/the most? Is the urban form much difference? On streetview Canadian cities look a bit more familiar than most American cities except San Diego.
My wife is from the States, and about 1/3 of the town's population where I grew up is also from the USA. As a result, I have a lot of American friends. One of the major differences Americans notice is that you have to take your shoes off when you enter someone's home. A friend just the other day told me about her first experience visiting her father-in-law for the first time in Canada. She was in the house 30 seconds before he yelled at her to take her shoes off.

Another thing is anti-Americanism. There's no such thing as anti-Canadianism in the USA, or at least not to the same widespread degree. My wife on a number of occasions has had to deal with the tired old "Americans are so stupid" kind of comments right in front of her. Typically by people who don't realize she's American.

It's really hard to compare because there are a lot of different cultures within Canada and the USA, but from my experience, recycling seems to be a lot bigger in Canada. Organic food and the Farmer's market seems to be a lot bigger in Canada. Same goes for the No GMO movment, though, I live in BC so maybe Alberta is a lot different.

Highways are slower in BC than than the USA. Not sure if BC is representative of Canada in that regard.

Probably the biggest difference between Canada and the USA is high school sports, and to a lesser degree college sports. An American family I know moved to Canada, and when their son had his first high school basket ball game, they showed up an hour early with all the usual celebratory paraphernalia hoping to find a good parking spot before the massive crowd showed up. Instead, there were a couple of girl friends and maybe a couple of parents that drove their kids. By contrast, back in the USA, more than half the town would show up to watch the game, and people would pay to actually watch. Coaches also get paid in the USA.
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Old 06-01-2015, 04:32 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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A huge chunk of Rapidair and VIA corridors travellers are business travellers. We're part of the same country after all so there are many ties between Ontario and Quebec that we don't have with places in the U.S.

Look, I am not saying that there aren't many francophone Quebecers who travel to Toronto for fun. There are.

I am just saying that on the whole Quebec is not very influenced by Toronto or Ontario and that it's not top-of-mind like other places are.

The reverse is also true - Quebec is not exactly a big cultural influencer in Ontario and not usually top-of-mind for most people there. (Certainly not compared to goings-on stateside.)

Part of me actually wishes all of this wasn't so and that people were more open to other side of the coin.

But that doesn't change the reality.
Well you mention 'influence' - i'd say business travel is a qualifier with respect to Influence.. If you are speaking of leisure travel than i'd need to see stats which I haven't seen.. What I do know is that Toronto/Montreal are more connected to one another (Toronto is VERY connected with YVR as well) than they are any other city in terms of air/rail linkage quite handily.. You are probably right that a large chunk is business but unless we see stats this is largely a game of speculation.. As we would need to see stats on travel to/fro Montreal and L.A/NYC to determine ratio of business/leisure between those as well.

In any event - business means money so the fact that Toronto/Montreal are so well connected in this regard is a plus.. I just had a meeting for the first time with a Small company from Montreal that is doing work for us so believe me in my industry, i'm quite connected to business dealings with Quebecers... As a matter of fact - they arrived Saturday and spent their time in DT Toronto enjoying the city so it wasn't just a business trip.. Business was the catalyst but they 'double' dipped the trip..

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Old 06-01-2015, 04:35 PM
 
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I think Canada seems a bit more serendipitous than the US. Like things just "randomly" happen there more, I feel like.

The US is very rigid and you have to push really hard even to make little things happen.
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