So, you wanna date a Canadian, eh? Don’t be a hoser* and just ask her out already!
(*We jest. Most Canadians never, ever say “hoser.”)
Here are 15 reasons to date a Canadian:
1. Contrary to popular opinion, “polite” doesn’t mean “boring.”
Sure, you can take a Canadian home to meet Mom and Dad, but, according to this poll, they’re also pretty sexy and cool, too.
2. Canadians are lookers.
See Rachel McAdams, Elisha Cuthbert, Coco Rocha, and the Ryans (Gosling and Reynolds), just to name a few.
3. Canadians love their winter sports.
You won’t have to convince your date to watch Team Canada go for gold with you. It’s an unspoken understanding.
4. Canadians are a diverse, internationally savvy bunch.
In fact, Toronto is the most internationally diverse city in the world. The nation also happens to have the best reputation in the world — which is why some non-Canadian travellers pin the maple leaf to their backpacks.
5. Canadians are always at (or near) the top of the list.
The OECD’s Better Life Index, which looks at health, income, jobs and life satisfaction, ranks Canada fifth in the world. In other studies and polls, Toronto has been named the “most resilient city” and the “most youthful city” in the world, while Vancouver is known as the third “most livable” city in the world, just edging out Toronto and Calgary, also great places to call home.
6. “Je t’aime.”
Canadians learn French, the language of love, in school. A vacation to Paris is more fun when your date knows how to order the “frommage.”
7. Canadians have high (breakfast) standards.
When it comes to the most important meal of the day, your date won’t settle for anything less than maple syrup. (Canadians love bacon, too. Enough to have the best kind named after them.)
Fun fact: Canadians also have better taste in chocolate than their American counterparts.
8. Canadians appreciate the great outdoors.
They have a lot of it.
9. Cold can be cute.
Is it cold in Canada? Not every day. But, yes, most of them own cuddle-friendly sweaters. Embrace the cozy winter date.
Canadians are actually pros at dealing with the winter chill. According to one stat, there are far fewer excess winter deaths each year in Canada than the U.S., despite a much colder climate on average.
10. Canadians are smart.
In fact, Canada is the second-most educated country in the world. (As if to further prove this point, a Canadian invented Trivial Pursuit.)
11. (Some) Canadians get a day off just to hang out with family.
In British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario, citizens get a February Monday off for “Family Day.”
If you’re not Canadian, get ready to be introduced to these other fun new holidays: Boxing Day, Victoria Day, Canada Day, and a Thanksgiving that comes a few weeks before Halloween.
12. Canadians are hilarious.
See: Jim Carrey, Mike Myers, Martin Short, Dan Aykroyd, Lorne Michaels, Catherine O’Hara, Samantha Bee, and Russell Peters.
13. Canadians are tolerant and open-minded.
Compared to their neighbours south of the border, Canadian “conservatives” are relatively liberal. And the diverse nation has been dubbed the world’s most tolerant country.
14. Canadians are healthy — and not in debt because of it.
National healthcare is something every Canadian will stand up for. (Giving birth won’t cost you a dollar — even if your workplace doesn’t offer additional insurance.)
15. To many nations, Canada represents peace.
Need peacekeepers? Call in the Canadians.