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.
- Social Issues – Laws and attitudes on controversial topics.
- Religion in Canada – What Canadians believe.
- Canadian Manners and Etiquette – How to behave around Canadians.
- Canadian Traditions – Celebrating Canadian-style.
- Canadian Foods – Eating Canadian-style.
- Canadian News and Media – How Canadians learn about current events.
- High Culture – Art, literature and theatre.
- Pop Culture – TV, movies, music, celebrities, and more.
- Sports – The games Canadians play.
- Anti-Americanism – Canada’s most persistent obsession.
- Canadian Self-Image – How Canadians see themselves.
- Canadian Urban Legends – Weird things Canadians believe that may or may not be true.