Canada is derived from Canatta, a Native American word for "home" or "village." In Montreal airport, ketchup is a controlled substance. (Fries are served with mayonnaise, and they expect you to eat them that way.) When you show your U.S. passport during pre-flight screening, expect the security officer to loudly announce "well, well, we have Americans here," in a way that is not entirely devoid of affection. There are French speakers who live outside of Quebec. Reportedly, some have self-esteem problems. There are a lot of poor people whose livelihoods ultimately (and in some cases permanently) depend on "federal handouts." They have some really good micro brews, some with relatively high alcohol content. Health care is free but not always available. Holiday season is thoroughly confusing -- in addition to "Christmas Eve" and "Christmas Day," there is "day after Christmas," on which day absolutely all businesses are closed. A huge majority of the people live within a couple of hours' driving distance from the U.S. The U.S.-Can. border is (reportedly) the longest unsecured border in the world.