Buzz·Updated on Jun. 29, 2021This Is What Happened When A Canadian And An Australian Compared Aspects Of Their Culture"Do people ever refer to you as just Americans?"by Kyle Richmond, Liza Hicks, Julia WillingFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink Recently our good friends at BuzzFeed Australia asked us some very serious questions about Canada. Here's what we had to say: 1. What’s with you people and maple syrup? Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF The Office / Via giphy.com Kyle: TBH I haven’t got the slightest of clues. I mean we do produce the biggest supply of maple syrup in the world, but do we actually consume that much? Anecdotally we probably don’t. I think it’s just considered a “thing” we have and something we can easily promote as Canadian so we really go for it, full hog.Liza: Maple syrup is truly delicious! But we don't have it with every single meal. I enjoy maple syrup MAYBE once every couple of months with breakfast... but we aren't obsessed with it. 2. Can you seriously just tap into any tree and start to glug, glug, glug? Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Riverdale Nature Center / Via giphy.com Kyle: I mean I think you could (I’m not a maple syrup expert) but usually when it comes out of the tree it’s pretty loose and needs to be cooked down for it to be a syrup, but I’m pretty sure it’s edible from the tree.Liza: Haha also its not EVERY tree. People don't have maple syrup trees in their backyard that they can just "turn on" when they want maple syrup. If you want to "glug, glug, glug" from a maple syrup tree you usually have to visit a maple syrup farm in the winter! Most Canadians just purchase maple syrup pre-packaged from a grocery store. 3. Does half the country really speak French? Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF South Park / Via giphy.com Kyle: Without doing any research I wouldn’t say half. Quebec's official language is French and New Brunswick is officially bilingual; and the rest of us take French in elementary/high school but if you’re like me you only retain a few words here and there. Zuts alors! Liza: I took French in elementary school and I can barely speak it (yes, I know, it's truly embarrassing). BUT I can conjugate and write you an essay in French! A ton of my friends attended French immersion schools and they are fully bilingual... and I'm jealous. 4. And do you feel out of place if you can’t? Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF The Office / Via giphy.com Kyle: Nah. I mean if you go to small towns in Quebec you’ll probably be frowned upon but everywhere is fairly bilingual. Personally I would have loved to take it more seriously while in school but like everything else you don’t appreciate it until you don’t have it anymore. 5. Explain the Mounties to me, what’s that about? Do they really have to wear those uniforms? Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Team Coco / Via giphy.com Kyle: They sure do. There’s a lot of history behind it and the uniforms. A lot of the RCMP is about pageantry and the visuals of Canada and it always makes me think of policing at a federal level. But I believe they also do police work in smaller communities that don’t have their own local police force. 6. Do people ever refer to you as just Americans? Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF BBC / Via giphy.com Kyle: Personally I’ve never gotten that but I know there’s a stigma around it. As a Canadian we are so close to the states and so ingrained in US culture that it’s sometimes hard to blur the lines of where Canadian culture sits.Liza: I've also never gotten it! People refer to us as America's northern neighbours or "top hat" but I think there's enough differences between us that I've never been referred to as an "American". I've been referred to as a "North American" but that makes sense! 7. And while we’re on the topic, are you embarrassed to share a border with the US? Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Warner Brothers / Via giphy.com Kyle: I wouldn’t say embarrassed at all. Canadians love to be very smug when comparing themselves to America... but we’re all the same. There’s obviously differences in culture and certain political things that I won’t go into, but we’re more alike than we are different.Liza: Yeah I wouldn't say we're embarrassed... we just happen to share a very large land mass with them. 8. Do all your people play ice hockey? Like, is that a prerequisite to citizenship? Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF NHL / Via giphy.com Kyle: It’s very big here. More so in smaller communities — you kind of grow up having it run through your veins. You play it when you’re smaller and then you grow up and either play it recreationally or try to make a profession out of it. I grew up in a larger city so it wasn’t really part of my childhood.Liza: A LOT of people grow up playing hockey... I didn't but I enjoy watching it! With the winter season, it's very cliche and cute to think about all the wee Canadians who learned to skate on a frozen pond in the country. 9. Are the winters really so unbearable? Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF The Bachelor / Via giphy.com Kyle: Depends on where you go really. The coasts aren’t too bad. Vancouver can be pretty balmy. But in the middle of the country it can get pretty hellish, especially with the windchill. I’m in Toronto and thanks to global warming the past couple of winters haven’t been that horrific. But we’re also used to it. I think people that come from warmer climates would probably have a tough time.Liza: IMO, sometimes the winters are unbearable! Not the full season... but there are some days that my eyelashes freeze or that I refuse to leave the house. I grew up in Edmonton, AB and it can get hella cold there! But most Canadians know to how to bundle up real well. 10. Are beavers to Canadians what kangaroos are to Australians? Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Nature on PBS / Via giphy.com Kyle: I feel like this is more of a stereotype than anything. I’ve never actually seen a beaver in person before. I’m not sure what Australian’s relationships with kangaroos are but it’s more of a Canadian symbol then something you’ll randomly see walking across the street.Liza: So I have seen beavers before and yes they are extremely cute! But I think you nailed that comparison. 11. And speaking of, WTF is a beaver tail? Why do you eat them? View this photo on Instagram BeaverTails / Via instagram.com Kyle: Beaver Tails are delicious. Essentially they are a fried piece of dough that’s shaped in a long oblong shape (a beaver tail!) and usually topped with butter and cinnamon sugar. That’s the classic. You can also get other flavours like ones with hazelnut spread or berry spread — it’s pretty open-ended. To me, it reminds me of a cold-weather treat. Like skating on the Rideau canal in Ottawa and taking a break with a beaver tail and hot chocolate. *chef’s kiss*Liza: I haven't had a Beaver Tail in so long and now I want one! 12. Tell me about Bieber — are you proud to claim him as Canadian? George Pimentel / WireImage Kyle: I think at one point we weren’t — but I think we’re indifferent at this point. I met him once at the height of his fame when he was dating Selena Gomez and he was stereotypically the nicest, especially for being so young and so damn famous.Liza: As Canadians, I feel like we are proud when any of our people "make it" on a global scale. 13. Is plaid (or “flannel” as Aussies would say) really a staple in everyone’s wardrobes? Alain Pham / Via parkscanadashop.ca Kyle: Yes! We do like a certain style of flannel called “Buffalo Check” which is a dark red / black combo. More of a winter time style.Liza: Double yes! This is an accurate stereotype and I enjoy all my flannels (especially the red ones). 14. Do you really say ‘eh’ every second word? Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Friends / Via giphy.com Kyle: This one is hard. I don’t really notice it locally but I think it comes out a bit more when you get into the middle parts of the country where the “Canadian-accent” is thicker.Liza: I didn't think I said it a lot... but one day Kyle pointed out that I do say it quite a bit! Maybe because I'm from Alberta? It just comes out after I ask a question and it basically means "right?" or "what do you think?" 15. What’s with Canadian bacon? Is that just bacon covered in syrup? Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF The Tonight Show / Via giphy.com Kyle: I don’t actually know! What the hell is Canadian bacon? I’ve been trying to figure it out. I think it’s lean pieces of pork – like ham, kind of? We do have something similar but it’s encrusted with cornmeal and we call it Peameal bacon. I think there’s some similarities there but I could be making that up.Liza: Peameal bacon? It's thicker and maybe has less fat? I don't know the exact details... but I do know that it's delicious! 16. Finally, every Canadian I’ve ever met has been so damn polite. Is everyone like that? Brittlestar / Via giphy.com Kyle: I do think generally we’re nicer than some places but we also have our fair share of assholes. It’s a stereotype but I always say that it’s really not the worst stereotype to have.Liza: I think people are generally nicer. Whenever I visit colleagues in New York there is a definite difference in demeanor... but again that could just be New York. But it could also be a small town thing? When I first moved to Toronto people used to tell me, "You're definitely not from around here, you're way too nice." 17. Are you just a nation of well-mannered sweethearts? Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF DJ Khaled / Via giphy.com Kyle: Like I said, we do have our fair share of assholes. I also think we’re just more passive aggressive than say our American neighbours. While they’re more likely to tell you like it is… we’re more likely to be nice to your face and then get angry when your back is turned.Liza: Most of us are! But we definitely have regular assholes (who doesn't). For example, I'm much nicer and well-mannered compared to Kyle (no offense Kyle!)Kyle: How rude. But truthful. So, what do you guys think? Do you disagree or agree with our answers? Let us know in the comments below.