Canada is a weird place. They have tons of moose, geese, beavers, and bears just lurking around. I'm pretty sure children there are given hockey sticks straight out of the womb rather than birth certificates. They not only don't feel the cold — they don't even mind it.
The people of the beer-swigging, poutine-eating northern country have a pretty unique culture of excessive politeness that can be pretty jarring to us normal folks. Here are 30 hilariously perfectly Canadian photos.
Doing The Absolute Most To Apologize
Only a Canadian would pay for a classified ad in order to admit they made a mistake while driving, and would like to apologize to the person who honked at them.
What Happened The First Time?
Only a northern Canadian hotel would want to be so accepting of people's pets that they would feel inclined to let a bear inside. I'm glad they learned their lesson.
This Example Of Canadian Theft
Not only did the thief return the stolen wheelbarrow, but the owner went as far as to thank the person who stole from them for bringing their wheelbarrow back. This is the most wholesome crime.
This Hard-Hitting Protest Sign
This person doesn't want to be too harsh towards the person they are protesting against, but do want to make their feelings clear. I hope that the protest worked out and change was made in their favor.
These Honest Commuters
There weren't any nearby workers and the automated machine was broken, but that couldn't stop these Canadian commuters from paying for their subway ride, unlike normal people who would enjoy the free ride.
This Canadian Bus Accident
Most post-collision sites feature at least two pissed off people aggressively exchanging insurance information. Not in Canada though. The truck could have been the reason for the crash, and the bus would still say sorry.
Just Trying To Make Sure Their Neighbors Have Warm Fingers
You've heard of "finder's, keeper's", now get ready for the Canadian version: "finder's, keep it safe, clean it up, mend any holes in it, and return it in a waterproof bag to the place it was originally found".
This Is The Most Canadian Headline Of All Time
What kind of person turns down a pay raise? Apparently hundreds of Canadian doctors. The fact that they just want to make sure social services have enough funding is so endearingly Canadian.
Please Don't Commit Crime
Even signs stating the law are polite. Also, the fact that they have signs strictly prohibiting tobogganing specifically is so ultra Canadian — someone had to be hired to design that tobogganing graphic.
Just Another Casual Moose-At-The-House Situation
This person was just trying to walk home when a moose decided to follow them. I wish this was a rarity, but when visiting family on Canada's east cost one time, a moose followed someone into a grocery store.
I Mean, I Guess Those Were The Only Sticks They Had Lying Around
You can tell this is a Canadian protest just based on the hockey sticks. These people probably just grabbed the outdated stick from two seasons ago, slapped some duct tape on, and got ready to fight for people's rights.
Just A Minor Interruption To The Postal Service
There are several things that can go wrong with an expected delivery, such as a mistake on the shipper's end, weather problems impeding transit trucks, and misplacement of items at facilities, but "bear at door" is pretty unique to Canada.
Responsible Vandalism And Nationalism
Most people like to get a little wild for their country's independence day, but these Canadians have done it so respectfully and patriotically, right down to the red tape and red marker on their note.
Torontonians Made A Memorial For A Dead Racoon
After the city forgot to pick up the late furry friend, the people of Toronto built a memorial around it with flowers, candles, and a photograph. Even city politicians were tweeting about the raccoon. RIP.
Wholesome Bathroom Graffiti
Potties are for your butt, not for your mouth according the Canadian washroom users. These positive acts of vandalism are really uplifting and kind. My mom is a nice lady, thank you very much.
"Oh Yeah, Just Toss Me A Stick, Eh"
These police officers are doing their duty to remind the neighborhood kids that they used to play a little road hockey back in their day and still can wheel, snipe, and celly.
Even Geese Obey The Law
Not only are they using the designated pedestrian crosswalk, but according to the photographer, they also waited for traffic to stop. What excellent manners from these animals! It's no wonder that they're Canadian geese.
Break And Entry, But Make It Polite
This robber who broke into this home just wanted to make sure that no one stepped in glass and that people kept their socks clean, going as far as to apologize for the mess. American thieves would never.
Police Meditating Before Work
Policing is a demanding job that requires a lot of mental energy, so facilitating meditation for them would make sense. Canadians are just the only ones who would actually do it.
Is This Winnipeg? I Bet It's Winnipeg
Rumor has it that the song "Hot N' Cold" by Katy Perry was actually written about Canadian weather trends. Do I need a parka or a swimsuit for the weather today? It's anyone's guess.
"Can We Use Your Pool? There's A Moose In Ours"
Have you ever had that problem where you're looking forward to a nice, relaxing swim only to realize that the moose in your pool is preventing you from doing so? Of course not.
Canadian Street Names Are Wack
Can you imagine how hard it would be to get directions? You ask for help, and a stranger says "Okay, so you take This Street until you hit That Street, which loops around to "The Other Street"..."
When Your Politeness Is A Safety Hazard
I wonder how many people were consistently opening the door to random people because they felt like it was rude to make them stand outside before this building put the sign up?
Celebrating Victories Together
Apparently, nothing brings Canadians together like a big hockey win. This good Samaritan wanted to make sure that the driver could fully enjoy Canada's gold medal win and not let a parking ticket put a damper on things.
"I Swear, We Didn't Plan It!"
This is a photo of a bar in a small town in Canada. If you want to catch a hottie to take home tonight, you have to make sure you wear your best plaid flannel.
Cold? Oh No, It's Barely Snowing!
In Canada, it's not cold until the blood in your veins starts to freeze solid. You don't even need to start wearing a light jacket until mid-January when the temperature reaches -15 Celcius (5 Fahrenheit).
Very Important Policework!
When you see a good boy wearing a hat, it's an event that demands the attention of emergency service professionals. Not just one, but at least four. This dog needs all the belly rubs from the Canadian police.
These Amazing Posters That Support Transgender Bathroom Users
We love to see people making spaces more inclusive for everyone, and this poster promoting respect for transgender people in washrooms (a place that many cite as a source of anxiety) is so Canadian.
Classic Canadian Christmas Tree
The North American Beaver is the national animal of Canada, and they couldn't be more proud of their wood-chomping, dam-building patrons, even if they do make finding the perfect Christmas tree a little challenging.
All In All...
Canadians love their country, and who can blame them? They have polite people, beautiful outdoor scenery, and the leader of their country is a verified hottie (Justin Trudeau-look him up)!