There is no better way to see Canada’s astounding diversity than by traveling like a local! Before you book that perfect Canada holiday or summer trip you’ve been planning, a little bit of advanced learning will help you get the most out of your stay.
Ethics and manners
- Remember Canadian table manners at all times. Always say “thank you,” keep your elbows off the table, and cover your mouth when you yawn. Additionally, tips are expected, and the customary percentage is 15%.
- Politics should not be discussed because they are a private concern in Canada.
- Never be late.
- Avoid pointing at someone.
- Try to stay away from broad stereotypes.
- When in doubt, show consideration.
Canadians shake hands with each other when they first meet. This custom is not too strange for those who already reside in the West, but it might be a little disturbing for others. Just a friendly reminder: Always shake someone’s hand when they extend it to you; failing to do so is considered disrespectful.
Study some Canadian Slang
Speaking like the natives can help you blend in. With a few dialectal variations, you’ll most likely be hearing and speaking in North American English. The best way to blend in with the group is to become familiar with Canadian slang.
Maybe it would be better for you to learn a bit of French too! Learning a few words in the local tongue is polite whenever you travel to a new place (s). You’ll need to know a few essential French words to get around if you travel to the East and provinces like Montreal. And who knows? You might even stumble upon your soul mate there! After all, French is the language of love.
Eat in neighborhood restaurants
Trying the local cuisine is one of the most remarkable things you can do when traveling. There is so much to learn from it, and you might discover a new recipe you love.
You get a taste of authentic foods (like poutine and beavertails) while supporting the underdogs when choosing local eateries over chain eateries. Why not give it a shot because both situations stand to gain from it? Furthermore, what’s the sense of traveling if all you do is eat the same fast food you do at home?
If you want to experience Canada like a local, you can’t skip Tim Horton’s, their go-to coffee shop. You’ll feel you’re immersing yourself in everything Canadian as soon as you take your first taste!
Consider your commute
Most places may be reached on foot or by bicycle if you’re in a well-known urban area like Toronto. If you truly want to blend in with every one, take the bus. It’s the most popular and unquestionably economical mode of transportation in Canada.
Stay away from busy tourist areas
Many travelers visit the CN Tower, Old Quebec, Niagara Falls, and other well-known Canada holiday destinations. The most crowded areas will be here, and while the attractions are unquestionably worthwhile, you won’t get a feel for what it’s like to travel like a native.
How, then, do you counteract this? Of course, by traveling to the lesser-known hidden gems! Discovering hidden gems helps you appreciate the little things in life and provides you with a better understanding of how natives travel around their nation!
There will be times when you feel strange or uncertain, and that’s normal!
Traveling is getting to know people and discovering their cultures. It’s acceptable to ask your hotel staff member or restaurant server for any local sightseeing advice. Exercise patience, respect, and, most importantly, enjoyment.
There you have it! Now that you know the basics of enjoying Canada like a local, it’s time to book your Canada holiday trip!