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Old 12-21-2008, 03:44 PM
 
Location: Western Hoosierland
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In rural America people are close with one another and are very open with others, have high rates of attending church-always willing to lend a hand to a neigbor/friend in need etc... Would you find this in rural Canada? what are the differences of Rural Canada and rural America?
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Old 12-21-2008, 05:45 PM
 
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Aside from the number of handguns present, my experience in the boonies of Ontario and the boonies of Oregon showed little differenc in basic attitudes.
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Old 12-21-2008, 08:19 PM
 
Location: The Woods
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There's a lot of similarities. Rural Canada can be quite enjoyable.
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Old 12-21-2008, 11:34 PM
 
Location: Calgary, AB
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There is quite a bit of difference between rural Alberta and rural Ontario. For instance, I'm sure you would encounter more people per capita who own firearms (inc. handguns) in Alberta than Ontario.
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Old 12-22-2008, 07:34 PM
 
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There is quite a bit of difference between rural Alberta and rural Ontario. For instance, I'm sure you would encounter more people per capita who own firearms (inc. handguns) in Alberta than Ontario.

It's not so much a matter of owning firearms, but rather of the "gun culture" and laws which allow firearms, particularly handguns, to be carried on the person, in a vehicle, etc. Last time I looked, Alberta was subject to the same federal firearms laws as the rest of Canada which make the carrying of handguns difficult to do (legally).


For example, there is a sign on the main entrance of the Cabela's sporting goods store in Sydney, NE that reads:

Please check all firearms, including pistols, at the greeter's desk before entering the store.

Not something you often see in Canada.
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Old 12-22-2008, 10:04 PM
 
Location: Calgary, AB
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It's not so much a matter of owning firearms, but rather of the "gun culture" and laws which allow firearms, particularly handguns, to be carried on the person, in a vehicle, etc. Last time I looked, Alberta was subject to the same federal firearms laws as the rest of Canada which make the carrying of handguns difficult to do (legally).


For example, there is a sign on the main entrance of the Cabela's sporting goods store in Sydney, NE that reads:

Please check all firearms, including pistols, at the greeter's desk before entering the store.

Not something you often see in Canada.
The difference between rural Alberta and rural Ontario though is that if rural Alberta has it's way handgun laws would be loosened in Alberta (if not Canada). Rural Ontario on the other hand I find hard to believe they would support looser handgun laws.

Heck, I even saw a pick-up truck going down Macleod Trail (Calgary's south side main commercial drag) with a gun rack. You would never see that in Ontario.

Alberta is a province where you will see gun & ammo shops advertise on TV and no one bats an eye. I doubt that would go over well in Ontario. Alberta is also a province that has many more gun ranges and even public gun ranges per capita than Ontario.

Alberta just more liberty oriented in general than Ontario. I've lived years in both and the differences in attitudes for a whole range of things is striking.
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Old 12-25-2008, 11:43 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, BC
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Religious folk are typically baptist/evangelical in rural USA while they're typically not in Canada. Aren't there polls done about this? Polls where people say how important religion is to them? Typically it's a lot less in Canada than the USA, even including the rural areas.

There are a lot more similarities in the north-south corridors between the USA and Canada than there is east to west. That is to say, you'll find rural communities in North Dakota similar to rural communities in Saskatchewan. Rural communities in the Gulf Islands of BC are like the rural communities of the San Juan Islands in Washington state. Rural communities in the eastern townships of Quebec are somewhat similar to those in northern Vermont/Maine.
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Old 12-26-2008, 01:39 AM
 
Location: Calgary, AB
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Religious folk are typically baptist/evangelical in rural USA while they're typically not in Canada. Aren't there polls done about this? Polls where people say how important religion is to them? Typically it's a lot less in Canada than the USA, even including the rural areas.

There are a lot more similarities in the north-south corridors between the USA and Canada than there is east to west. That is to say, you'll find rural communities in North Dakota similar to rural communities in Saskatchewan. Rural communities in the Gulf Islands of BC are like the rural communities of the San Juan Islands in Washington state. Rural communities in the eastern townships of Quebec are somewhat similar to those in northern Vermont/Maine.
Makes a lot of sense. Alberta is much more like Montana than like Ontario. Eastern Ontario is similar to NY State, SW Ontario is much like Michigan, NW Ontario is much like Northern Michigan.
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Old 12-26-2008, 08:00 AM
 
Location: Fishers, IN
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Religious folk are typically baptist/evangelical in rural USA .....
Not necessarily. It depends on the part of the country. Mainline Protestantism and Catholicism are still more prevalent in some parts of the rural U.S.
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Old 07-15-2009, 03:05 PM
 
Location: Western Hoosierland
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Catholicism is most prevalent in the Northeast.Protestantism is another big one in the Northeast. Pentecostals, Lutherans, and Presbyterians are prevalent in the Midwest. Baptists is very prevalent in the South. Mormomism is popular in the Intermountain West. Out West Athiesm,Scientologism, have their largest strongholds their. Mainly out west is a mixture of just about everything.
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