How to Spot a Canadian

Tracking down Canadians one toque at a time.

About this Site...

Canadians are a tricky people to distinguish. They are often able to blend into a society and appear to be American, British, French or any other number of nationalities. This site will provide you with some tips and tricks to help you recognize a Canadian no matter where you are.


This site is for entertainment purposes only. "How to Spot a Canadian" is filled with humour, satire, hyperbole, parody and sarcasm. All statements here should be taken with a grain of salt or a bottle of maple syrup, whatever the case may be.

Sh*t Canadians Say

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Hockey is Like Everything... Really

One common Canadian stereotype is that all Canadians like hockey. Obviously that's not true. There are probably some Canadians out there somewhere who don't like hockey, just like there are probably some Americans who don't like college football. However, these people are very difficult to find and even if we did find them, we wouldn't want to get to know them. Who do they think they are anyway, refusing to give in to a stereotype?

The good news is that you don't even need to worry about finding these Canadians at all. Canadian hockey fans more than overcompensate for those who don't enjoy the sport. And when we say "overcompensate" we mean "go freakin' nuts whenever hockey is discussed at any level."

No where is ludicrous display of obsession more obvious than when Team Canada plays in a tournament. Any tournament. "Team Canada" is a truly uniting force in this country. Sure, Canadian hockey fans spend most of their time fighting out brutal rivalries between Montreal and Toronto, Calgary and Edmonton and Vancouver and not burning stuff after a loss, but international hockey is different. These tournaments allow Canadians to get together and join in a united front.

They allow the people of Canada the chance to wave their flags and paint their faces and sing the national anthem in true drunken glory. Normally Canadians shy away from being patriotic, but not when international hockey is concerned. When it comes to hockey, Canadians are willing to do anything to support the team.

But they don't just offer support. You see, when you're "Team Canada" you're expected to win. That guy who painted his body to look like a Canadian flag isn't hoping for a good showing or a competitive run that comes close to victory. He wants his team to win. He wants to celebrate over the battered bodies of his enemies with an unhealthy dose of poutine, Canadian beer and showmanship.

That means that every single aspect of any team representing Canada is analyzed extensively. Is Hockey Canada choosing a bunch of under 20 year-olds to play a sport? Yes? Well there had better be a ridiculous amount of over the top coverage! Canadians wouldn't have it any other way. And if these kids lose the game? Prepare for meltdown.
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Coffee Is Very Serious Business

We've mentioned before how anything Tim Hortons does is treated with great fanfare and attention and that trend continues.

Canadian coffee chain Tim Hortons is going to specialty coffee drinks. A coffee shop selling coffee? No big deal, right? WRONG. It is big news in Canada.

How big of a deal is it? The story was discussed on the national news. Not during the business section, not during the life section. No, it was reported during the news segment of the national news. On several networks including CTV and CBC. The Globe & Mail and the Toronto Star gave the story big coverage as well.

This story got so much attention across Canada that you would have thought Celine Dion and Justin Bieber were taking a canoe guided by beavers to a maple syrup factory. Okay... that's pushing the stereotypes a bit. But you get the point.

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Sorry! I want to bring the site back though!

Sorry everyone! I know it's very Canadian of me to apologize, but I am very sorry for basically abandoning this site.

I'd really like to bring it back in the near future. I'm going to start thinking of new ideas and hopefully the blog posts will resume on a regular basis in the near future.

If you have any suggestions for good ways to spot Canadians, post them in the comments! With your help we can track down and identify as many Canadians as possible.

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Should you Visit a Dentist or an Orthodontist?

Dentistry is a medical field that caters to the teeth, gums, nerves, and jaw. Orthodontics, on the other hand, is a branch of dentistry specializing in fixing teeth alignment, bites, and malocclusion.  Both dentistry and orthodontics Calgary SE services help patients by maintaining and cultivating their overall oral health care.

Dentists and Orthodontists

There are many experts in dentistry and orthodontics Calgary SE, which offer various dental services for patients seeking solutions to their oral health problems. The difference between the two is their fields of expertise. An orthodontist is also a dentist but they have more advanced education and specialty training compared to general dentists. However, both professions have the same goal of improving the oral wellness of patients.

When it comes to educational background, dentists are required to finish a bachelor’s degree before proceeding to a dental school.  Once they graduate, they can start practicing their line of work. Meanwhile, orthodontists must complete a residency of at least two years before they start their own practice.

General dentists check the state of your teeth and gums for possible tooth decay or cavities. They conduct regular check-ups, cleanings, x-rays, and fillings. Dentists usually work with dental assistants and dental hygienists when dealing with patients.

Orthodontists’ help patients align their teeth and jaw structure, correct their bite and provide them with solutions such as braces, retainers, and other appliances. If a patient has any of these conditions, the dentist will refer their case to an orthodontist. There are many dentists who specialize in orthodontics Calgary SE, where patients can seek dental attention.

Orthodontics is one branch of a specialty out of nine others that provide both aesthetic and health benefits and services. For example, if a patient has crooked teeth, the patient’s appearance will greatly improve once corrected, at the same time it will prevent your teeth from contracting cavities. Some of the dental problems orthodontists face include overbites, under bites, spaces in between gaps and traumatized teeth.

This specialty does not only focus on the aesthetics but it also provides treatment and prevention of various oral health problems especially related to misalignment, bone destruction, digestive problems, broken teeth, tooth decay, tooth loss, and speech difficulties.

In some countries, dentists and orthodontics are included in the top paying professions. In some cases, dentists can perform specific orthodontic treatment as long as they follow a high quality of standard.

Educational Background and Training

In Canada, orthodontists are required to attend university before proceeding to a graduate program for four years at a dental school. Afterward, another two to three years is required for practice. Overall, it takes years to finish the studies and training before a student officially becomes an orthodontist.

If you wish to seek professional help and advice, you can start by visiting a general dentist regularly. Once your dentist checks the status of your oral health, your dentist will be able to determine if he/she can treat your condition or if there is a need to recommend you to an orthodontist. Either way, always have regular check-ups and ask your dentist to help you understand the basic concepts and techniques on how to take care of your teeth and gums.

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A Doughnut Shop Opening in New York is a Huge Canadian Story

We're back.

We couldn't resist this one.

Tim Hortons has taken Manhattan.

The once-again Canadian company has expanded into New York City.

And Canadians couldn't be more proud. Newspapers and television programs presented the news as if it were a successful Canadian invasion. And, in a way, it was. Not since the War of 1812 have Canadians felt so proud and victorious when entering the United States.

Maybe now Americans won't give us strange looks and point us to a basketball court when we ask for a "double-double."

Tim Hortons is an icon in Canada and, in a world where American companies have invaded almost every aspect of Canadian life, Tim Hortons opening in New York City represents a rare victory for Canadians.

In fact, if Canada really wants to claim victory over New York here's a simple plan they could use: After about six months they should suddenly close all of the Timmies in NYC. By that point New Yorkers will be hopelessly addicted to the coffee and fatty treats. Suddenly taking it all away will weaken them severely. That's when the Canadians can strike.

Tim Hortons: the first shot in the war against America.

It sounds good, doesn't it?

Of course, it will be hard for Canadians to fight while they're full of Timbits.
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