Comparing Seven Canadian Regions to Their US Counterparts

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“It’s cold North of the Wall,” which is what Americans will think once Trump the Builder builds the Wall on America’s northern border. But is it though? While Canada does evoke mental images of cold, harsh terrain, hockey, and plaid red and black lumberjack shirts that are not worn ironically by LA hipsters, Canada is an incredible diverse place with as much geographical variation as America.

Still, for all of our major differences, there are several areas in Canada that you can directly compare to areas found in the United States.

Texas and Alberta

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Alberta and Texas are so similar you might think they were step-brothers (there’s so much room for activities). Both Alberta and Texas feature rich geographic terrains that span from mountains to modern cities, from agriculture to forests, and from dry lands to wetlands, all within the distance of a car drive. Texans and Albertans even dress like each other. During the Calgary Stampede, you can easily find Canadians donning cowboy hats, boots, and riding horses.

Fun Fact: Steven Harper and George W. Bush, the previous rulers of Canada and America, respectively, hail from Alberta and Texas. Both were on the right side of the political spectrum, probably due to their upbringing in some of the most conservative areas of each country. The coincidences keep piling on.

Additionally, both Texas and Alberta are major oil hotbeds. Texas has the oil fields and Alberta has the tar sands.

The Yukon Territory and Alaska

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Most North Americans think that the Yukon Territory and Alaska are cold, barren places. While it may be true that winters are brutal in the north, especially if you are not prepared to live through one, winter is not the only season people “enjoy” in the Yukon Territory or Alaska.

Summers in the Yukon are hot, although summer nights are cool. This is to be expected, though. You are living at one of the highest areas on Earth, even more so than Colorado (although they are high for different reasons). In Alaska, not much is different. Weather and temperature range significantly, depending on where you live and the time of year you live there.

There have actually been times when Alaska was warmer than the continental US, like in 2014 when a jet stream of arctic air made its way South.

Atlantic Canada and America’s East Coast

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The Atlantic Coast of Canada and America’s East Coast comprise huge sections of their respective nation’s geography. Atlantic Canada contains Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick. Being on the East Coast, fishing is a huge part of the Atlantic Canadian culture. Fishing, protecting fisheries, and producing and exporting seafood are major businesses in Atlantic Canada. There’s also a lot of water there.

By contrast, America’s East Coast contains every state from Maine to Florida. As you can figure, the climate, geography, and culture, vary dramatically, from the fishing culture of Maine, to whatever Florida’s doing (even Florida does not know what it is doing anymore).

Regardless, both versions of the East Coast feature funny accents and a unique way of life that is based on the coastal lifestyle.

Pacific Canada and America’s West Coast

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Weather in Pacific Canada (basically just British Columbia) is practically the Oregon of Canada. Winters are mild, summers are hot, and springs are cool (but not as cool as the people). This applies to the coast though. Obviously, the more you travel into Canada’s interior, the colder it may become, especially if you decide to travel North. The geography of British Columbia includes mountains, islands, and plains.

Similar geography exists in America’s West Coast, which extends from Oregon to California, but not its climate. When snow does occur, it literally shocks Americans. While everyone knows that the west coast is synonymous with surfing, organic food, and hiking, the west coast also comprises the Pacific Mountain System, a series of mountains that extend through several US states. There are many magical places to discover, in both America and Canada.

The Canadian Plains and Mid-West America

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The American Mid-West generally conjures images of wheat and barley (and even a few fields of dreams). If you like driving for hours along miles and miles of farm country, you will love driving through the Canadian Plains. The Plains, or Prairies, consist of Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. In fact, the largest wheat field in the world is in Alberta.

Some differences do exist though. Being a much more liberal nation, Canada’s Prairies are more liberal as well. The New Democratic Party (the NDP), Canada’s most liberal major political party, was founded in Saskatchewan. It’s first leader, Tommy Douglas, also hailed from Saskatchewan where he was the Premier (a Canadian governor).

So, if you plan to visit the Canadian Plains and you get injured, you will not have to worry about health care!

Ontario and New York State

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New York is so much like the province of Ontario. It even has a town in Wayne County named Ontario (although it was named after Lake Ontario, one of the five Great Lakes). Both Ontario and New York boast large agricultural and industrial sectors, making them a very diverse region. They also host international cities (Toronto and New York), which are practically carbon copies of each other.

Geographically, the land features also change quite a bit in Ontario. Ontario is home to Algonquin Park, wooded forests, huge lakes (although, if Trump becomes President, they’ll become “yuge”). During the winter, you can forego hiking or canoeing and toboggan down snowy hills in Ontario. Like New York State, snow reaches all areas of the province of Ontario.

The Great Lakes

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The Great Lakes are five large bodies of water that are situated between Canada and America. Eight states and two Canadian provinces border the lakes, for those who are interested.

The Great Lakes have a rich history in both Canada and America. During the 1920s for instance, when alcohol was more or less prohibited in America (you could get a medical prescription for it though), it was smuggled into America via the Great Lakes, as well as other venues.

In both countries, the Great Lakes Region features a strong cottage and recreational industry as well as many amazing national, provincial, and state parks. Having fun and enjoying a warm summer day at the cottage or at a park is something that both Canadians and Americans enjoy and the Great Lakes Region easily provides this.

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