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Old 06-26-2015, 09:51 AM
 
Location: Kalamalka Lake, B.C.
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When I left Ottawa in 1959 what I do remember is the humidity, and one student in grade four that spoke only Canadian style French. When I returned a couple of times recently all I heard downtown was French. FYI.

I took the winter walk along the river from my downtown drop and had the riverwalk all to myself. It was only about minus 15 C. and no one was there. Everyone turned up at Tim Hortons' apparently the social centre of our capital city!
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Old 06-26-2015, 09:54 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Right. I have yet to meet any Canadians who don't have a fairly good knowledge of the land. Yes there are some that hold onto stereotypes, and I think we can all say that we have been victims of that.
Seems like you're a lot luckier than me!
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Old 06-26-2015, 01:05 PM
 
Location: Vancouver
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Seems like you're a lot luckier than me!
LOL. Perhaps it's Vancouver? People from all over Canada live here. Many, many people I know travel within the country, not only for work but pleasure.

That said, and this is not a slap towards Quebec, the only person I met who came here for a visit who hadn't a clue about Vancouver or B.C. was from Montreal.

He kept saying the oddest thing. " I can't believe this is part of Canada".
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Old 06-26-2015, 01:06 PM
 
Location: Vancouver
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BOOOOO

Its the most perfect language in the Universe/multiverse....
Great! Can you do my taxes?
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Old 06-26-2015, 01:10 PM
 
Location: Vancouver
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Oddly enough it usually isn't Ontarians in these forums making silly generalizations about other places... Or maybe we do and we are just 'pretending' we don't



Agreed - like saying people from an entire Province have a bunch of boards up their butts (whatever the heck that is and which type of board - skateboard, ironing board, surf board) and that everyone in said province are pretenders (whatever the heck that means lol).
Or the stereotype of people in Vancouver being laid back, pot smoking lazy " hippies", siting around the beach in a drum circle banging away as the sun sets over the ocean.

Hmmmm. I AM heading to the beach today....there WILL be some smoking pot, and ya....those drum circle people ( so yesterday ) will be there. LOL
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Old 06-26-2015, 01:24 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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LOL. Perhaps it's Vancouver? People from all over Canada live here. Many, many people I know travel within the country, not only for work but pleasure.

That said, and this is not a slap towards Quebec, the only person I met who came here for a visit who hadn't a clue about Vancouver or B.C. was from Montreal.

He kept saying the oddest thing. " I can't believe this is part of Canada".
You know BCers better than I do, though I've been there numerous times.

I never got the impression they were more knowledgeable. Many seemed to be very focused on Cascadia-California with their gaze going down the coast there.

Many also seem to think that all of Canada outside of SW BC and Vancouver Island is some type of barren Arctic wasteland.

And one of the times my wife was asked if she was from France because they overheard her speaking French (WTF? People in Canada speak French? No waaaaaaaay!) was in BC as well...

Not surprised about the Quebecer being clueless about BC and Van BTW.
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Old 06-26-2015, 01:36 PM
 
Location: Vancouver
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You know BCers better than I do, though I've been there numerous times.

I never got the impression they were more knowledgeable. Many seemed to be very focused on Cascadia-California with their gaze going down the coast there.

Many also seem to think that all of Canada outside of SW BC and Vancouver Island is some type of barren Arctic wasteland.

And one of the times my wife was asked if she was from France because they overheard her speaking French (WTF? People in Canada speak French? No waaaaaaaay!) was in BC as well...

Not surprised about the Quebecer being clueless about BC and Van BTW.
Gazing down the coast? Certainly many people drive down the coast to California, it's a easy holiday and actually fairly close. Politically, I don't hear people speaking that way.

Arctic yes, barren no. Many who move to Vancouver from other parts of Canada, mention winter as one of the reasons. They help paint the picture of Arctic like winters.

The French thing surprises me. I know many here can't tell the difference in a French accent and a Quebecois one. I can. However to not know French is an official language must mean that person is not there mentally. I mean...packaging? Federal forms, signs at Federal Buildings and the airport etc.
They have to be a rare bird, or perhaps not Canadian? Maybe you were talking to a tourist?

Anyway, it's another gorgeous day here. I'm hopping on my bike ( with a cooler backpack stuffed with a couple of beer ) and heading to the beach!
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Old 06-26-2015, 03:01 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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Great! Can you do my taxes?
Sorry Nat - that's one thing I never have and never will pick up on... My mommy still does my taxes
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Old 06-27-2015, 01:19 PM
 
Location: Vancouver
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Two photos I took yesterday on my bike ride. Heading out again today.



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Old 06-28-2015, 12:12 AM
 
Location: BC Canada
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I don't think BCers think particularly badly about Ontario. Provincially they have little in common.

When it comes to Vancouver/Toronto that is quite a different matter. Vancouverites are constantly saying how much better Vancouver is in such-and-such category over Toronto {or every city for that matter} as Toronto is seen as the big bad Eastern snob. Torontonians on the other hand don't even think about Vancouver. Torontonians seem to think it is a pretty little city but that's assuming they think of it at all. The only Canadian city Toronto ever thinks about is Montreal and in general don't see other Canadians as being particularly relevant.

Maybe this is where a lot of anti-Toronto feeling comes from in Western Canada..............there is only one thing worse than being talked about and that's not being talked about.
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