Etiquette

Canadians have a reputation for almost unnerving levels of politeness, which visitors should reciprocate whenever possible.

  • Greetings – especially in smaller communities, expect locals to smile and say hello to you on the street. It's important to respond in the same manner.
  • Queuing – Canadians are natural line lovers; queue-jumping is frowned upon.
  • Small talk – expect everyone from shop assistants to restaurant servers to engage you in a few lines of chat. The weather is an easy starting point.