On my trip up through the Pacific Northwest, there was one particularly glaring difference between Vancouver and the American cities I visited.
It wasn’t the hiked alcohol prices, or the ubiquity of Tim Hortons, or even the (deny it all you want, it exists!) slightly different accent in ‘ou’s.
It was the patriotism. The massive patriotism.
It seemed that everywhere I went, a Canadian flag was hanging somewhere. Red and white and a bold maple leaf were somewhere. On store signs, in windows, on newspaper advertisements, even painted over people’s vans.
In contrast, I feel like many coastal Americans wouldn’t be caught dead with an American flag. We feel fierce alliance to our states, our towns, but to the country as a whole? Maybe it’s stubbornness, or elitism, or the simple disconnected feeling that America represents so many different people, groups, and cultures, that it doesn’t perfectly represent us, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a concentration of flags anywhere in America like I did in Vancouver.
Maybe it’s also because Canadians never elected a president as embarassing as Bush ;)
So, what’s the deal with Canadian patriotism? Is Vancouver typical of other Canadian cities, or am I just underestimating the patriotism in America in contrast?