During the 1776 Continental Congress, former American president John Adams proclaimed, “Canada must be ours; Québec must be seized. However, the United States did not take Québec or Canada, which evolved into a tremendous independent country with its distinct cultural character. Although Canada may appear to be a more relaxed, kinder version of its American neighbor, at first sight, its residents will immediately point out all the features that distinguish their country.
Although Canada has a more subtle image than the United States, Canadians nearly always find a reason to rejoice and party at any time of year. Some of Canada’s most popular holidays and events, such as Québec City’s Winter Carnival and Ottawa’s Winterlude, take place in the dead of Winter to rouse Canadians from their slumber. On the other hand, summer continues to be Canada’s most significant festival season, with millions of spectators flocking to the Calgary Stampede and the Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival.
Although grocery shops and restaurant menus in Canada contain nearly identical products to those in the United States, each Canadian area offers tourists its unique regional delicacies. Tourtière meat pies and poutine, French fries covered with gravy and cheese curd, are two of Québec’s most well-known trademark foods. Lobster, shellfish, and fiddleheads, coiled fern heads, are the most common items on Atlantic Canadian restaurant menus. In contrast, pirogies, owing to the region’s sizeable Ukrainian immigrant community, have become a western Canadian cuisine staple. Every Canadian city and town has its list of recommended drinking establishments, but Vancouver and Montréal are two of the country’s most vibrant nightlife destinations.