Canadian Influences on American Culture

The Canada and the U.S have shared their borders as well as many cultural traits. The most obvious cultural similarities between the two countries are our use of the English language, although many parts of Canada also rely on French as the primary form of communication.

However, our shared traits run much deeper than just language, and in many cases, Canadian influences on American culture are just as profound as the other way around.

Far too often, the United States is presented as the more influential when it comes to cultural trends in North America; and, while it’s true that Americans often are the instigators of many cultural phenomena’s that eventually flame a way across the world. Canadian influences can sometimes be just as consequential and far-reaching as those of its friends to the south.

Because of its massive amount of natural forests, wildlife and beautiful geography, Canada and its citizens are sometimes credited with being leaders on the world stage when it comes to promoting a culture of nature conservation and appreciation.

The many examples of gorgeous, primitive and untouched Canadian wilderness areas act as an inspiration to many other countries, such as the United States, that are trying to conserve their own natural resources while they still meet a demanding and expanding urban populace.

Without a doubt, Canadians have managed to meld the urban lifestyle with the wilderness in a way that diminishes neither their gorgeous natural resources nor the effectiveness of their cities. Canada is truly a country that has successfully integrated bustling metropolises into the surrounding beauty of the natural landscape, and as such stands as a great motivator for other countries of the world looking to do the same.

On another front, Canadians have also distinguished themselves as producers of some of the finest artists, actors, singers, and performers in the world, as well. Many American movie fans are often surprised to discover that some of their favorite actors and actresses are not, in fact, Americans at all, but rather Canadians.

From great comic actors to award-winning dramatists, Canada has been home to countless performers whose styles and body of work have influenced entertainment culture all around the world. Canadian singers and songwriters, too, are often every bit as popular in America, and more than a few have risen to the top of the charts both in the U.S. as well as around the world.

Once again, many American music enthusiasts are often surprised when they discover that some of their most beloved artists are either Canadian or have some significant Canadian influences on their body of work.

Far too often, America’s neighbors to the north are under-appreciated for their contributions to world culture, entertainment, technology, art, literature, and environmentalism. Canadians have a unique cultural tradition of their own, and they have much to be proud of in many areas.


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  1. Smith July 31, 2017

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