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When visiting Elliot Lake Ontario, be prepared to see trees and rock outcrops, along with numerous lakes. 


A few questions tourists have about Canada. 




“Can I buy a toonie (a nickname for two dollar Canadian coin)  from you for $10 American?”

Yes. Yes you can.



“Do I need a metric compass when I go hiking?”

– No.  Only used by experts to determine Canadian government sanctioned positions.



“Where can I go to see the Queen?”

Her Majesty resides in Buckingham Palace when she is not in Canada or on official visits.

“If the sign says it’s 100 km, how far is it really?”

It really is 100 km, subjectively it may appear to be be approximately 60 (old method) standard Canadian miles.

“Texas is bigger than Canada, right?”

– An optical illusion, like the Northern Lights  (Refer to Corrective  Metric Sunglasses). Note, Canada has 6 time zones







7 responses

  1. Your post made me smile!

    June 25, 2014 at 5:40 pm

  2. And now I want to visit Canada!

    June 25, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    • elmediat

      There is lots to visit. 🙂

      As crazy as some of those questions appear – they are real.

      I remember my parents chuckling over some of the American cousins assumptions about Canada. The biggest ones usually deal with size, climate, and language. The confusion seems to come between population & landmass. Many Americans equate the smaller population with a physically smaller country. Our well known cold winters somehow seems to extend into summer. Bilingualism and accent is equated with non-English.

      We are more exposed to American media, which gives a distorted view, but most Americans have no exposure to Canadian media/culture/history, so their expectations/assumptions are , ………. more pronounced. 🙂

      June 25, 2014 at 10:14 pm

  3. Hah! People really think that Texas is bigger than Canada? Sheesh. Egos, maybe. But not land mass.

    June 26, 2014 at 11:28 am

    • elmediat

      I know it seems so illogical, 😀 but trying to understand it, I think many people in America construct an image of Canada based on limited knowledge and emotional associations with that knowledge. They do not look at the map.

      Actually it plays out from Canada in the inverse. Many students have the impression that America is much larger than us. They confuse landmass with economic and military power, plus saturation by American Mass Media also distorts their impressions.

      Canadian students attitude towards American culture has been distorted. I would point out to them that back in the 60s there were no Canadian content rules on Canadian radio. Often in order for a Canadian performer to get heard on most Canadian radio stations, they needed to have a contract with American recording company and have some level of success in America first. It propagated the myth that you weren’t any good if you did not succeed in the states.

      Movie chains are still controlled by American content. It is near impossible for a Canadian film to get national distribution.

      Ignorance and narrow perceptions have always existed, but mass media business interests certainly take advantage of it and manipulate it.

      June 26, 2014 at 12:15 pm

  4. Believe it or not I have heard people ask these questions. It is usually my American brother in-law. He has been accidentally amusing me for years.

    July 4, 2014 at 7:27 am

    • elmediat

      Oh yes . Canadians all have their ” … and then the American visitor/relative asked me this ” story. 😀 I remember when the cousins from Connecticut were wanting to know if Labrador was a short distance from Grimsby Ontario . 😀

      July 4, 2014 at 1:17 pm

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