30 Struggles You’ll Only Understand If You Grew Up In Canada

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30 Struggles You’ll Only Understand If You Grew Up In Canada

Growing up in Canada was a truly special experience. Even though we had to deal with the cold weather, weird TV shows and ridiculous stereotypes, we wouldn’t have had it any other way.

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If you grew up in Canada, you’ll definitely relate to these hilarious first-world struggles (as told by the #GrowingUpCanadian hashtag):

Note: This article refers mostly to experiences of the millenial generation.


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1. Colouring in Nunavut.

And all the water.


2. Trying to fit “Saskatechewan” in its tiny space on the map.

There’s no way to make it look pretty.


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3. When all the chocolate on your donut gets stuck to the bag.

It’s a pain no one should ever have to experience.


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4. Dealing with the crushing realization that you can never have a house hippo.

No matter how much your heart ached for one.


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5. Trying to do the Big Comfy Couch stretch and failing miserably.

This girl was a show off.


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6. Having to draw the Canadian flag and always botching the maple leaf.

You gave up eventually and just traced one from a textbook or something.


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7. Only being rich in Canadian Tire money.

Even if you had a wad of bills, you only really had like $3.


8. Learning French from a talking pineapple.

A truly out-of-this-world experience.


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9. Being made fun of by non-Canadians for saying “eh” and “sorry” all the time.

Some of them also think we actually live in igloos.


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10. Going trick-or-treating in a winter jacket.

It always ruined your costume.


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11. Waiting impatiently to turn 16 years old so you could be just like the 6teen crew.

They were everything we ever wanted to be.


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12. Schools not being cancelled in super subzero temperatures because we live in Canada.

And in Canada, windchill doesn’t count.


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13. Losing your mood to watch TV because Naturally Sadie or Life With Derek came on.

The most hated people ever.


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14. Almost breaking your teeth trying to Roll Up The Rim to Win.

Why do they make them so hard to roll up?


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15. Learning your most important life lessons from Canadian PSAs.

These ones especially. What the heck, Aidan.


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16. “This content is not available in your country.”



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17. Being left with all the ugly Timbits at the bottom of the box.

Those measly tan ones with raisins that aren’t chocolate or powdered.


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18. Getting the Yop jingle stuck in your head.

Yop! Mi mama.


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19. When the cheese curds in your poutine don’t melt because the gravy isn’t hot enough.

Cold gravy should be outlawed.


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20. Being heartbroken when you found out Out Of The Box was a sham.

So… It’s not really a gigantic box fort?


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21. Not knowing when to use “ou” or just “o” for some words.

Like colour or favourite.


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22. Schools in the winter looking like a slushmageddon.

Especially the hallways. *Squish squish squish*


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23. Waking up to a pushed over green bin and garbage littered all over your lawn.

Damn raccoons!


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24. Regretting that you complained about the heat in the summer once winter comes along.

Summer please come back!!


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25. Going through that inevitable Avril Lavigne phase.

And being forever haunted by old pictures on Facebook.


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26. Annoying Marineland commercials.

You still sang along to them anyway.


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27. Having to explain Smarties and Rockets to Americans.

In Canada we eat this stuff okay?


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28. Feeling obliged to hold the door open for 19,823 people.

We’re just too nice.

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29. Being the only one who went to school in a snowstorm.

Because everyone else’s parents let them stay home.


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30. Taking your Canadian childhood for granted.

And not realizing how much you’d actually miss it once you got older.

For more funny Canadian memories, check out #GrowingUpCanadian on Twitter!

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30 Struggles You’ll Only Understand If You Grew Up In Canada