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18 Things That Confuse British People When They Come To Canada

The light turns red as you're turning right? Just go ahead anyway.

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1. In Canada, summer is a real, proper, actual season.

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It's not just 12 days of sun randomly scattered across three months, like in the UK.

2. But when winter does arrive, Canadians actually get to play in the snow, while Brits get soaked by drivers who speed through puddles in the road.

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Winter in Canada is more magical than misery.

3. Life continues as normal when it snows in Canada.

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Snow in Britain? Public transport is in chaos. Excess leaves on the tracks have also been known to halt British train services.

4. Raccoons have absolutely no chill when raiding your garbage bin.

Did this creature really knock down my 37-inch bin, rummage through it, and throw an unwanted biscuit on my porch?
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Did this creature really knock down my 37-inch bin, rummage through it, and throw an unwanted biscuit on my porch?

5. It's perfectly legal here to turn right on a red light – a red light!!! – as long as you come to a complete stop before making the turn.

This is a shocking revelation for someone from across the pond.
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This is a shocking revelation for someone from across the pond.

6. Canadians dispute it, but to a British ear, it really does sound like they say "aboot" or "aboat."

So-rry.
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So-rry.

7. Smiling or saying "hello" to passers by is perfectly normal.

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These actions in Britain (certainly London) may earn you a dirty look or a "what the fuck you looking at?"

8. Canadians actually enjoy talking about the British Royal Family.

Conversations range from Prince Harry’s girlfriend who lives in Canada (obviously), right through to "Why the heck is The Queen on our money?"
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Conversations range from Prince Harry’s girlfriend who lives in Canada (obviously), right through to "Why the heck is The Queen on our money?"

9. In fact, Victoria Day is a public holiday in Canada.

Why don't us Brits get a day off to mark Queen Victoria's birthday?! That hardly seems fair.
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Why don't us Brits get a day off to mark Queen Victoria's birthday?! That hardly seems fair.

10. The Toronto subway map makes the London Underground map look like a complex rainbow-coloured maze.

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Canadians are simultaneously jealous and intimidated by the Tube.

11. People actually DO eat poutine in Canada.

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Most of us Brits just thought it was a stereotype.

12. We have to remind ourselves that we’re not in France.

Road signs, product packaging — French is everywhere.
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Road signs, product packaging — French is everywhere.

13. The price on the tag is NOT what the item actually costs.

The price doesn't include tax?!?!
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The price doesn't include tax?!?!

14. And thanks to said tax, alcohol is (generally) more expensive.

Drink responsibly (or should that be sparingly?).
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Drink responsibly (or should that be sparingly?).

15. Canadians fly their flag with unreserved pride.

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The Union Jack, however, means different things to different Brits.

16. You can jump on a plane in Canada, take a five-hour flight, and... still be in Canada.

You could get from England to Morocco in less time!
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You could get from England to Morocco in less time!

17. Canadians actually watch Coronation Street!

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Yep, Corrie’s cobbles made it to Canada on the CBC.

18. And finally, Canadians pronounce the letter Z as "zed," just like us Brits.

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Despite our differences, we do have a lot in common.

CORRECTION

Prince Harry's girlfriend, Megan Markle, is American but films the show Suits in Canada. A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that she was Canadian.