First impressions of Canada

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I must sadly admit I didn’t know much about Canada before coming here. I blame tv and media for that. We are bombed with all possible information and culture events from the USA but Canada barely ever appears in our TV. All I could recall about this country, besides some famous places, amazing Trans Canadian train journey and big cities, were maple syrup, hokey, Anne of Green Gables and Robyn Schrebatsky of How I Met Your Mother. But that’s good in a way as I arrived here with no expectations at all and I’m taking everything just as it is!


After one full day in Canada I already have some first observations and impressions. I visited only Toronto very briefly (walked all the way of the Yonge Street, one of the main streets in Toronto’s Downtown) and spent few hours in Kingston and so my opinions are based only on these two places. But the very first thing I’ve noticed is how extremely friendly people are! It’s incredible! Every single person starts a conversation, no matter how random, with “how are you today?” and damn, Canadians are so good in these small talks. It’s extremely easy to talk to people as the conversation goes, just like that. Even the immigration officer yesterday at the airport talked to me much longer than it was necessary, already after giving me back my passport, only because he was curious about my job (not every day you met someone who works with the trains schedule) and how easy it is to travel around in Europe. Or the guy in the tourist information in Kingston, even if there was already a line of people waiting he just kept telling me all the Polish words he knew, asking me of some new ones to learn and showing his knowledge of Polish cities. Every person asks me where I’m from (assuming I’m from France or Germany) and kept asking me about my impressions of Canada and my plans for the stay. It was pretty tiring at some point but I still think it’s amazing! Oh, and everyone says how good English I speak – it never happened in any other English speaking country before


Canada is not the most walking-friendly place. I assume everyone here has a car and drives around but there were actually quite some people walking in Kingston too yet the sideways are very narrow and sometimes only on one side of the road (so you have to walk from one side to another and back). There was a bus service in Kingston but not very frequent so using it was pretty difficult too. That’s just the country for drivers I guess.

So far things look like in the American movies I know. There are yellow school buses, yellow-painted traffic lights, everything is just bigger than in Europe and even suburban houses and streets or Toronto metro looks familiar. It’s quite amusing, even if I’m in a completely new country (or continent for that matter) everything looks so familiar. But again, I’ve heard that Ontario is very American whereas Quebec feels more European so maybe I’ll change that opinion after some time in the Quebec Province.


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I need to finally realize that European and North American “old, historic site” isn’t the same thing. Maybe that’s why Kingston’s architecture kind of disappointed me (more about that city hopefully tomorrow), I expected something more from UNESCO site. But I like it here, big time, I enjoy it a lot and I’m really looking forward to exploring more of Canada! Now it’s time for Quebec Province!!

Have you been to Canada? Would you like to visit it?


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  • Reply
    23/09/2016 at 16:47

    Hey Kami! It was very interesting reading your first impressions of Canada. I’ve lived in Toronto for 28 years and I don’t find people particularly friendly. “How are you” is just a greeting. Nobody expects a response. (It took me a long time to figure this out after I moved here from Quebec.) This goes to show how your experience of a place can differ widely depending on who you are (visitor or resident, man or woman). On the other hand, I find Toronto very easy to walk around, even though it lacks the pedestrian streets of Europe. I know tons of people who don’t have a car here! I hope you enjoyed the rest of your stay.

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      27/09/2016 at 21:43

      Thank you for comment! It’s indeed really interesting how different people see different places! I really enjoyed my time in Canada and would love to go back one day!

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    07/06/2019 at 20:30

    I live in Quebec and reading your first impressions was a fun experience. I’m glad you enjoyed your stay and i never thought people from other places didn’t greet each other like that, but everyone half-expects a response when they say something like, “how are you?” or “What’s up?” i showed a classmate your post and they (my classmate) found it silly that people aren’t as friendly as in Canada, but you grow into a habit of constantly saying “please,” “thank you” and “sorry” i say sorry far too often (i bump into everyone because of how clumsy i am)

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      26/06/2019 at 02:03

      haha, believe me, it’s a very Canadian thing! And that’s great really!

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      29/03/2020 at 17:01

      Hi Kami,

      I read your take on Canada with a smile on my face. I am Canadian and I too find GTA a place where you need car to move around. TO is different, there is a lot of good public transportation if you need it.

      I hope you get to visit other parts of the country like the East coast (Newfoundland and Labrador in particular) as well as Vancouver island on the other side.

      Best wishes,


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        05/05/2020 at 08:09

        I would love to visit other parts of Canada too, and to take the train across the country. Hopefully one day! :) All the best!

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    usman naji
    05/03/2020 at 20:17

    I also like travelling I am glad to khow that you are liking travelling and visiting a lot of countries such as Canada and many others contry,so kindly tell me how can I get a Canadian visit visa at very low cost and 100 percent gurranted

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      05/05/2020 at 07:48

      I’m sorry but I don’t know. I didn’t need a visa when I went to Canada and I never had to research this information.

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    07/01/2022 at 17:52

    Hi Kami, if you noticed Canada looks very American, it’s also because they film so many movies in Canada that take place in US! Many of the most popular Hollywood movies are filmed in Vancouver and Toronto, so Canada looks very familiar to people around the world. Also so many of the actors are Canadian too so the accents and voices of Canada are familiar as well.

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      17/01/2022 at 13:37

      Yes! Just the other day I was checking the filming location for one of the NYC-based movies and of course it was filmed in Toronto :)

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    Lee Rushford
    25/11/2022 at 02:41

    Try Winnipeg Manitoba…

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      26/11/2022 at 21:33

      Why not ;) I wouldn’t mind going there one day :)

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