Culture of Canada

“What does it mean to be Canadian?” It’s a question Canadians ask each other so much, it’s practically a national mantra. The goal of establishing a “Distinct Canadian Identity” is a task that has consumed generations of Canadian writers, artists, politicians and everyone in between — and still shows no signs of being settled any time soon.

Obviously, “culture” is a broad category that can encompass any number of topics depending on who’s setting the terms. For the purposes of this guide, I am focusing on “culture” as Canadians traditionally define it, which is to say, anything that provides a sense of purpose and patriotism to the country, including both cultural products (like art and music) and broader social attitudes.

Wayne Gretzky