12+ features of life in Canada that foreigners don't realize about
Cold winters and smiling people are two indisputable facts that everyone knows about Canada. However, life in this country is very different from what we are used to. OBOZREVATEL has collected 12+ peculiarities of life in a distant country.
- Canadian homes rarely have a washing machine. Usually, people take their clothes to dry cleaners or wash them themselves in special public institutions for a small amount of money. But if you decide to buy such equipment for your apartment, you immediately buy an automatic dryer.
- Local pharmacies sell not only medicines, but also cosmetics, perfumes, and common products. Here you can buy packaged food, milk, cheese, sweets, and other basic necessities. It is surprising that people come here to take photos for documents.
- Canada has a very low crime rate. Therefore, you can safely leave your things on the bench and go for a walk with your children. And couriers put parcels right under the recipients' doors when they are not at home. The risk of becoming a victim of robbers is minimal.
- Canadians love mixing different spices and experiment in the kitchen. Only here you can find chips with the flavor of everything at once. One pack contains fried slices with cheese, ketchup, vinegar, salt, and herbs.
- Vinegar is added to almost all food here. The locals especially like to pour it on French fries and various vegetable dishes.
- You can find all kinds of meat in Canadian stores. Venison, horse meat, ostrich and kangaroo meat are popular here.
- Cell phones are prohibited by law in Canadian schools. They are locked in special drawers before class and given to children after school.
- Schoolchildren are fed three meals a day. In the morning, children receive fruit or some healthy snacks. In the middle of the day, they have a full lunch with different dishes. And after that, they get tasty supplements.
- The primary school lasts for 7 years. Then students move on to middle school and have specialized subjects. This period prepares teenagers to enter colleges and universities.
Laws and public services
- It is forbidden to remove band-aids on the streets of Canada under any circumstances. Of course, you won't be arrested for this, but you will be warned.
- Canadians do all their paperwork over the phone or via e-mail. You can even get a passport, health insurance, or bank statements without leaving your home.
- Almost all medical services are free of charge. However, dentists and ophthalmologists charge for their services, which are not covered by insurance, so you will have to pay.
- Many tourists believe that Canadians speak English. But in fact, French is also very common here. Also, different regions have their own dialects, which are very different from each other.