Generally speaking I find Canadians to be very polite* & friendly … we don’t usually have any issues talking to other people we don’t know in public. We hold the door for the next guy, smile at you in passing, say Hi a lot, and like to talk to the next person in line at the Grocery Store, Bank etc.
This is Eastern Ontario, so we sit right next door to Quebec… and also have a lot of French Canadians who live here as well. When friends greet each other here, there is a very warm & friendly exchange. It is not unusual for men to shake hands, people to hug, sometimes kiss or more precisely *kiss-kiss* (one to each cheek… well more often not into the air next to the cheek)
Everywhere I’ve lived in my 50+ years I’ve had a good relationship with my neighbours… altho I would have to say that “country people” tend to be more easy to warm up to than “city folk” probably because those who live out in the country know that they may need to depend on their neighbour a lot more in an emergency.
And when you live in the city, there is a higher turn around of people on a street / neighbourhood. So always people coming and going… whereas in the country, people tend to stay put a lot longer.
When I’ve lived in the city still tho I’ve known several neighbours on my street, and have found ways to socialize to some extent with all of them… be it a backyard BBQ, an invite for Drinks at Christmas, or getting together for a Block Party or Garage Sale.
Canada may be a cold country… but for the most part I find us to be a warm & friendly people.
Mr TTR & I travel a lot… and we love our visits to the USA… but we do get our share of “You aren’t from here are you” when we are there (or the occasional strange looks). As we tend to carry on in some situations just by habit… such as at a Store… I’d never walk on up to the Clerk without saying Hello and starting a bit of a conversation… I appreciate that He / She is a person, and not a machine… I always try to be nice to the Cashiers, afterall I’ve been a cashier and I know how long the hours are, and how crappy some of the Customers can be… why not have a good experience to remember at the end of your shift beyond just the bad ones.
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* Lol, how polite are we… we have a joke in Canada about how if we don’t look where we are walking and we walk into an inanimate object (like a street pole) we autmatically say “Oh I’m sorry”… and it is true. We do do this.