Etiquette

Canadians are a fairly relaxed crowd and don’t offend easily; however, some rules of etiquette do apply.

  • Politeness Canadians value their please and thank-yous. Bumping into someone without apologizing or not thanking someone for holding the door will earned shocked looks.
  • Patriotism Commenting that Canadians and Americans aren’t much different is considered highly offensive.
  • Language In French-speaking areas, always attempt to speak French before English (regardless of how poor your French is).
  • Lining up While Canadians usually tut rather than speak out, jumping ahead in line is an exception and can cause a full-blown argument.