With such an immense geographical scale and often widely dispersed population, it is hardly surprising that Canada should have a culture of such variety that it is not easy to categorise. Like its southern neighbour, its population derives from a rich mixture of indigenous peoples, (themselves split between many localised groups), as well as settlers from a host of different countries, races and religions.
Despite all of this, or perhaps because of it, we offer the following observations and examples of modern Canadian culture, which we hope will help you in your own discovery of this amazing country.
Because of its largely immigrant base, many Canadians feel that their country is not characterised by one generalised culture, but by a mosaic of different ones. There is the Quebecois culture with its strong European atmosphere, which often appears the most lively, or vocal, of Canada's cultures. There are strong Asian influences now in the cultures of main cities like Vancouver and Toronto, reflected in the changing trends in cuisine and fashion. Well recognised too is the Newfoundland or "Newfie" culture of the far east of the country, which stresses the rugged, traditional nature of the people of that region. There is the "prairie culture" of the central part of Canada, also with its own distinct outlook tempered by its prevailing geographical conditions. Perhaps more than anything, it is testament to "Canadian Culture", that Canadians appear so welcoming and accepting to all these diverse and varied cultural influences. A fine example of this is the Cultural Profile Project – a guide for Canadians to the background of new settlers from over 100 countries. (see www.cp-pc.ca)