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Canada's culture is a funny thing. Many people in Canada maintain that Canada doesn't really have a culture at all, but borrows heavily from French, British and American culture to create our own sense of identity. Or that we define ourselves by what we are not, as in we are not Americans.

And it is hard to define our culture or to say that something is part of Canadian culture. There are aspects in our society that we can say are uniquely Canadian, such as hockey or our entertainment scene.

There are traits that are not unique to Canadians, but they certainly seem to be more prevalent here than anywhere else. Being polite and courteous to a fault (and often beyond) is something that is attributed to Canadians. We also have a reputation for being level-headed thinkers, and we certainly love peace and would prefer to argue than fight physically.

We don't really have an internationally renowned dish, like blood pudding, pasta or sauerkraut, unless it's maple syrup.

What we do have is multiculturalism. We are willing to take in any culture and make it part of our own. We are a country of immigrants and that is our culture. In Canada, just about every language in the world is spoken. We have television channels and newspapers devoted to any cultural group that has a large enough market to support them.

In a city like Toronto, Vancouver or Montréal, you could have world-class dim sum for breakfast, kim chi for lunch and butter chicken for dinner and the next day have Belgian waffles and crêpes for breakfast, Yorkshire pudding for lunch and jerk chicken or kitfo for dinner. The possibilities are endless.

So, we've told you a little about Canadian culture, and you can read more about it in the articles linked at the top of this page. But we think the best way to experience the inclusiveness of Canadian culture is to come to Canada and experience it for yourself.

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