Very few countries that share borders also share as much in cultural commonality as Canada and the United States of America. The most obvious cultural common ground between the two countries is our use of the English language, although many parts of Canada also rely on French as a primary form of communication.
But our common traits extend far beyond mere language, and in many cases Canadian influences on American culture run just as deep as the other way around.
Too often the United States is presented as the most influential when it comes to cultural trends in North America; and, while it is true that Americans are often the instigators of many cultural phenomena that eventually trace their tracks around the world, Canadian influences can at times be just as important and profound as those of his friends to the south.
Because of its massive amount of natural forests, wildlife and magnificent geography, Canada and its citizens are sometimes recognized as leaders on the world stage when it comes to promoting a culture of conservation and development. appreciation of nature.
The many examples of beautiful, pristine and unspoiled Canadian wilderness inspire many other countries, such as the United States, as they attempt to conserve their own natural resources while meeting a demanding and expanding urban population.
There is no doubt that Canadians have succeeded in merging the urban lifestyle and nature in a way that does not diminish their magnificent natural resources or the efficiency of their cities. Canada is truly a country that has succeeded in integrating bustling metropolises with the surrounding beauty of the natural landscape and, as such, is a tremendous motivator for other countries around the world looking to do the same.
On another front, Canadians have also distinguished themselves as producers of some of the best artists, actors, singers and performers in the world. Many American moviegoers are often surprised to find that some of their favorite actors and actresses are not Americans at all, but rather Canadians.
From great comic book actors to award-winning playwrights, Canada has hosted countless performers whose styles and body of work have influenced entertainment culture around the world. Canadian singers and songwriters are also often equally popular in America, and more than a few have made it to the top of the charts both in the United States and around the world.
Again, many American music lovers are often surprised when they discover that some of their most beloved artists are either Canadian or have significant Canadian influences on their work.
Too often, America’s northern neighbors are underestimated for their contributions to global culture, entertainment, technology, art, literature, and environmentalism. Canadians have their own cultural traditions and there are countless areas to be proud of.