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Old 06-22-2014, 01:36 PM
 
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The Maritimes are significantly poorer. The economic situation is one of the worst in Canada, let alone the US. Many have migrated to Toronto, Montreal, or the west to find work.

Many in the Maritimes speak French (New Brunswick) and the only French language university outside of Quebec is located there.

The Maritimes are much less densely populated and more isolated than New England. There are no major cities like Boston or the dense urban areas like in Connecticut. Halifax is really just a large town, but its isolated location puts it on the map. There are more significant Canadian cities and towns like Hamilton that most outside of Canada have never heard of.
I think some Americans know about Hamilton, especially if you are from a state that borders Ontario.
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Old 06-22-2014, 03:38 PM
 
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Also, there's the obvious difference in accent. People in northern Maine at least have a really strong accent. There are different accents in the Maritimes.
I think most Americans who visit both places might think Maine has a stronger accent than New Brunswick, and Canadian Maritimers might sound "more American" than State of Mainers.
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Parts of coastal Maine are "r-dropping", Nova Scotia is not.
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Old 06-22-2014, 07:38 PM
 
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I noticed that some of the posts in this thread seem to be implicitly comparing the Maritimes to Southern New England -- saying New England is dense, affluent, suburban, possessing major cities. But how do they compare to Northern New England -- Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont?
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Old 06-22-2014, 08:52 PM
 
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I noticed that some of the posts in this thread seem to be implicitly comparing the Maritimes to Southern New England -- saying New England is dense, affluent, suburban, possessing major cities. But how do they compare to Northern New England -- Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont?
Southern Maine is more bustling than NB, but maybe not Halifax. New Hampshire comes close to being more like NB, in that it's pretty rural. Vermont is rural too, but gets a lot of New England / NYC tourists, also tourists from Ontario and Quebec. The Maritimes have much more in common with the northern New England states.

Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut... very urban and different from the Maritimes altogether.

Nobody has mentioned yet that many Maritimers root for Boston's sports teams.
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Old 06-22-2014, 09:49 PM
 
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I noticed that some of the posts in this thread seem to be implicitly comparing the Maritimes to Southern New England -- saying New England is dense, affluent, suburban, possessing major cities. But how do they compare to Northern New England -- Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont?
The Canadian Maritimes are much more dominated by larger cities. On this list, the three largest US cities are all further south than any point in the Maritimes. So north of that line (43rd parallel), the largest US city is Burlington, and there are five Maritime cities larger than that, ranging up to ten times as large..

Halifax NS 390,000
Manchester NH 110,000
Sydney NS 97,000
Nashua NH 86,000
Saint John NB 70,000
Moncton NB 69,000
Portland ME 66,000
Fredericton NB 56,000
Burlington VT 42,000
Lewiston ME 34,000
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Old 06-23-2014, 12:56 AM
 
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I've heard this from alot of people. I think that over time our body language has converged. In the past, differences in body language were a bit like an accent. My friend from a working class area of greater LA, which is probably more different then the border states, has remarked on differences in body language in Canada he noticed when he first arrived, such as a larger personal space bubble, and how people walk with less of a swagger.
Canadians seem to talk with their hands more I've noticed.
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Old 06-23-2014, 08:21 PM
 
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Many in the Maritimes speak French (New Brunswick) and the only French language university outside of Quebec is located there.
But in Winnipeg, the Universite de Saint-Boniface is French-speaking.
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Old 06-24-2014, 05:47 AM
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The Canadian Maritimes are much more dominated by larger cities. On this list, the three largest US cities are all further south than any point in the Maritimes. So north of that line (43rd parallel), the largest US city is Burlington, and there are five Maritime cities larger than that, ranging up to ten times as large..

Halifax NS 390,000
Manchester NH 110,000
Sydney NS 97,000
Nashua NH 86,000
Saint John NB 70,000
Moncton NB 69,000
Portland ME 66,000
Fredericton NB 56,000
Burlington VT 42,000
Lewiston ME 34,000
That's mainly a function of city limit boundaries. Halifax merged with the surrounding county. It includes not only its suburbs but rural land. Halifax does feel bigger than the others mentioned, but the gap isn't as big. Lewiston has Auburn next to it. Burlington has some suburbs, Sydney is another county merger.
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Old 06-24-2014, 08:20 AM
 
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Canadians seem to talk with their hands more I've noticed.
That's because they are not holding junk food in both hands.

The obesity rate in Canada is almost exactly half of what it is in the USA, largely due to the fact that the junk food sector is a much smaller part of their economy.
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