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Every country and place is unique in its own way. Originating from somewhere shapes people in a certain way, resulting in something we call cultural differences. These become the most visible when we leave the place that shaped us and visit somewhere people act a little bit differently. For some, these contrasts are fascinating, while for others, they are annoying.

As you could've guessed, that's what we're talking about today. To be more specific, we're focusing on what kind of deviations from their culture Canadians notice in tourists. And let's just say, evidently, they notice a lot of things.

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24 Canadians List Most Common Signs That Show Them Someone Is A Tourist They try and get selfies with a cow moose, 10 ft from the calf.

Flat-Dark-Earth , Melina Kiefer Report

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24 Canadians List Most Common Signs That Show Them Someone Is A Tourist Trying a day drive from Toronto to Edmonton.

Moist-Requirement-98 , Tabea Schimpf Report

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The same thing happens in Australia. Once had guests from Germany staying in Brisbane (Queensland), wanting to hire a car for a weekend getaway to Perth (Western Australia). I had to point out that it was approx. 4,300km each way. They couldn't really get their head around the size of the place.

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24 Canadians List Most Common Signs That Show Them Someone Is A Tourist They wear full-on parkas in April, May, and I've even seen June.....we live in the Arctic, sure, but people who live here are just more climitized, I guess.

Long_Revolution_9569 , Dan Smith Report

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Just for reference, in Australia if the temperature is below 20 it's considered cold, if it's in the low teens or below 10 it's freezing.

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Canada, a country located in North America, is a very interesting place. What we mean by that is that it holds several world records. For example, it has the world’s longest coastline and the longest international land border. Pretty impressive, isn’t it? And if it weren’t for Russia, it would be the biggest country by total area. 

Interestingly, despite being one of the biggest countries in the world, Canada is relatively sparsely inhabited. For instance, over 60% of the population (over 39M people as of 2024) live in two of the provinces: Ontario and Quebec.

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24 Canadians List Most Common Signs That Show Them Someone Is A Tourist They just trundle off into the bush on a hiking trail with very little preparation or supplies.

They try to approach/feed wild animals.

Winstonisapuppy , Ali Kazal Report

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#5

24 Canadians List Most Common Signs That Show Them Someone Is A Tourist They take photos of the squirrels.

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Do Canadian squirrels have hot little hands like English squirrels? A squirrel came up to me in Hyde Park once and held my hand and I was surprised by how hot it's little paw was (it said it was surprised about how cold my paw was). Yes - I know small animals tend to have higher body temps but it was still a shock!

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24 Canadians List Most Common Signs That Show Them Someone Is A Tourist When they stop to take a picture of a deer, moose, elk or bear at the side of the road.

pvb57 , Erik Mclean Report

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yeah, I might actually do this. From the safety of the car. Sadly, I saw precisely none in the time I spent in glorious Canada.

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Speaking of provinces, Canada has 10 of them, with 3 additional territories. This leads us to the question that sparked this list: “In your province, what is a dead giveaway that someone is a tourist?” It was asked on r/AskACanadian, and it quickly gathered many responses. Some responses were serious, some not as much, yet it still was a very entertaining and, frankly, educational list. So, if you’re traveling to Canada and don’t want to look like a foolish tourist (not that every tourist is foolish, but some, let’s admit, are), this list is basically your handbook. 

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24 Canadians List Most Common Signs That Show Them Someone Is A Tourist Asking how many more miles up the #1 Highway till they hit Alaska… and they’re on Vancouver Island.

HeliRyGuy , Rod Long Report

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Hmm, there's a wee bit of travel required to get to Hwy1 from Vancouver Island.

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24 Canadians List Most Common Signs That Show Them Someone Is A Tourist Pronouncing the second T in Toronto.

revanite3956 , Conor Samuel Report

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#9

24 Canadians List Most Common Signs That Show Them Someone Is A Tourist They casually talk about how they “might catch a Leaf game” as a family activity. Like buddy you realize that’s probably a $800-$1000 outing for a family of 4 right? Not saying it’s impossible, but at least do a little homework before making any promises to the kids.

Bonus points if they drop the “I hear it’s playoffs, what’s the best way to get tickets”.

Buttsquish , Jerry Yu Report

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In the list, you can see things such as a car having a front license plate being a thing that gives away that a person isn’t local. Apparently, out of all 10 of Canada’s provinces, only 3 of their jurisdictions require both front and rear registration plates.


Another thing pointed out in the list was the people who ask around with the phrase “Où est la toilette?” The intention of using one of the country’s official languages is good. Yet, as some people on Reddit pointed out, asking with this exact phrasing means that the person is asking, “Where is the toilet?” Since "toilet" is plural in French, the singular kind of gives away that a person isn’t a Canadian-French speaker. 

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24 Canadians List Most Common Signs That Show Them Someone Is A Tourist When they are worried or ask about bears.

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

When I went to Canada we were told about "The Boss" if a bear like him exists I think I have the right to be slightly nervous

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24 Canadians List Most Common Signs That Show Them Someone Is A Tourist Cal-GARY instead of Calgree.

Sea-Limit-5430 , Kyler Nixon Report

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I know a few old timers who call it Cal-Gary. Love hearing it. Also who calls it Calgree? It's Cal-Ga-Ree.

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24 Canadians List Most Common Signs That Show Them Someone Is A Tourist Standing in front of the Steam Clock *(which is electric)* with their mouth open.

Naked_Orca , Xiaoxia Xu Report

People mispronouncing the names of certain objects was quite commonly mentioned in the list. As well as tourists being amazed by animals that are a common sight for the locals. Or even worse, trying to approach them even though they might be dangerous.

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Well, as we said – the list is a handbook for those who, for one reason or another, want to pretend to be locals in Canada. And if you aren’t one of them, the list is still pretty entertaining, isn’t it? So, which one of these observations was the most interesting to you? Share with us in the comments, and don’t forget to upvote it!

#13

24 Canadians List Most Common Signs That Show Them Someone Is A Tourist When they call it the CNN Tower.

Judge_Rhinohold , Nadine Shaabana Report

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Clearly they get CN confused with CNN. The latter is in Atlanta, and does not have a tower.

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24 Canadians List Most Common Signs That Show Them Someone Is A Tourist When they call the Confederation Bridge the Confederation Bridge and not just “The Bridge”.

SirNexus95 , Dat Tran Report

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

They *are* tourists so it's not the same "the bridge" as they might have at home. (in Sydney we just call it "the harbour bridge")

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#15

24 Canadians List Most Common Signs That Show Them Someone Is A Tourist White plastic cowboy hats.

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24 Canadians List Most Common Signs That Show Them Someone Is A Tourist They look optimistic and happy (Saskatchewan resident).

fuzzylintball , DAVID LUCK Report

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1 month ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That's not in Saskatchewan, it's the Banff Springs Hotel, oddly enough in Banff, Alberta.

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24 Canadians List Most Common Signs That Show Them Someone Is A Tourist When they are in banff 🤣.

Katedodwell2 , John Lee Report

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It *is* basically just a tourist destination. It's gorgeous too, I loved the town.

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24 Canadians List Most Common Signs That Show Them Someone Is A Tourist When they ask, « Où est la toilette ? ».

Crowheart1914 , George Pak Report

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#19

24 Canadians List Most Common Signs That Show Them Someone Is A Tourist When they say Victoria Island instead of Vancouver Island.

Canucksfan78 , Lesly Derksen Report

#20

24 Canadians List Most Common Signs That Show Them Someone Is A Tourist Ontario: Showing up over dressed, Americans do not have very good geography lessons, don’t understand climate or weather lol
I’ve had friends visit from Ohio and had to explain to them that we have almost the exact same weather and they wouldn’t believe me lol.

Red_Stoner666 , Maria Orlova Report

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I’m from the midwest in America. I live not far of the same longitude all the way in Japan. So the weather is not very different. Japanese people are always shocked when I tell them my family is having similar weather. (Also a lot of the Americans with my organization are from Southern California, so the teachers are used to hearing about Southern California weather )

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24 Canadians List Most Common Signs That Show Them Someone Is A Tourist When they call the Skytrain the metro or the subway.

crispymother , Diego Mazz Report

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4 weeks ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I call it FlyTrain it was so cool tho. Basically back on a plane but better

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#23

24 Canadians List Most Common Signs That Show Them Someone Is A Tourist They say "SaskatcheWAWN". Instant give away you're not from here. We all say it "SaskatchewIN".

50ActionExpress , Quỳnh Giang Văn Report

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I have lived in Sask almost my entire life and I don't think i have ever heard it pronounced with an WIN, it is always WAN

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#24

24 Canadians List Most Common Signs That Show Them Someone Is A Tourist Red Plates.

Goes 50 under on a slight curve, 140 on straight.

captain_sticky_balls , Pedram Farjam Report

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I thought that was a picture of some sort of gross mould until I noticed the cars.

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