Monday, September 08, 2014

The Canadian Maritimes For Dummies: Random Facts


  Random Facts for Americans visiting Atlantic Canada:

1.     When someone says P.E.I., they mean Prince Edward Island.
2.     Don’t forget your passport, Canada is another country.
3.     It’s cold here from November through April, so always bring a warm jacket just in case.
4.     No, people don’t always say "eh" or "sorry", but they do say "sorry" a lot.
5.     The Canadian Maritimes are considered to be a little more conservative/traditional.
6.     Canada has 10 provinces & 3 territories (above the provinces).
7.   East of Maine, the timezone is Atlantic Standard Time (AST), which is one hour ahead of EST. Newfoundland (NDT) is a half an hour ahead of that(AST)!
8.     Yep, there are letters and numbers in their zip code. Where the US might be 92019,  Kingswood’s Canadian zip code, which is called a postal code, is E4E 5L2.

9.     Post-secondary education is usually referred to as university instead of college and they usually would say they are in year 1, 2, 3, or 4 instead of using the terms of freshmen, sophomore, junior, and senior. 

This is the sliver of how much land mass the Maritimes make up of Canada:

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