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CultureShock! Canada

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Whether you're encountering the mountainous Rockies, the coastal areas of New Brunswick, or the French-speaking province of Quebec, this guide covers every aspect, providing you with all the tips and pointers you'll need to make a smooth transition. Understand what is truly meant by the Canadian ‘mosaic' through learning social customs and etiquette, immerse yourself in the nation's love for ice hockey, and be fully aware of the community ‘ honor' system. Not sure where to live? This book covers every possibility, from log cabin to trailer home, small-town to sprawling city. Discover where to sample Canada's huge variety of cuisine, be it Saskatoon berries, maple syrup, or oka, a highly flavored cuisine brought to Canada by Trappist monks. Whatever your preference, whatever your needs, CultureShock! Canada will guide you through the vast expanse of this fascinating country.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. About the Series
  5. Contents
  6. Acknowledgements
  7. Dedication
  8. Map of Canada
  9. Chapter 1 First Impressions
    1. Arrival
    2. Size, Climate, People
  10. Chapter 2 Overview of Canada
    1. Geography
    2. History
    3. The Political Spectrum
  11. Chapter 3 The Canadian Vision
    1. What is a Canadian?
    2. Canadian Stereotypes
    3. Multiculturalism in Canada
    4. Canada’s Young and Young at Heart
    5. Senior Citizens
    6. The Canadian Mosaic
    7. The Gender Issue
  12. Chapter 4 Living in the Canadian Mosaic
    1. A Question of Size
    2. The Honour System
    3. Rights of the Consumer
    4. The Luck of the Draw
    5. Garage Sales
    6. Door-to-Door
    7. Addressing a Postal Problem
    8. A Manner of Greeting
    9. Perceptions
    10. Becoming Part of the Mosaic
    11. Social Customs and Etiquette
  13. Chapter 5 Settling In
    1. Documentation and Formalities
    2. What to Bring
    3. Where to Live
    4. From Log Cabin to Trailer Home
    5. Shopping
    6. Coping with the Seasons
    7. Living in the North
    8. Financial Matters
    9. Health and Hospitals
    10. Keeping in Touch
    11. Getting Around in Canada
  14. Chapter 6 Food and Entertaining
    1. Canadian Smorgasbord
    2. A Typical Canadian Menu
    3. Shopping for Food
    4. Canadian Cheer
    5. Dining Out
    6. Pot Luck
    7. The Perfect Guest
  15. Chapter 7 Canada at Play
    1. Celebrations
    2. The Long Weekend
    3. Cultural Pursuits
    4. Canadian Music
    5. Our Sporting Selves
  16. Chapter 8 Canadian Language
    1. The English Canadian Language
    2. English Canadianisms
    3. Language and ‘The Two Solitudes’
    4. French and English
    5. Canadian French
    6. Heritage Languages
    7. Body Language
  17. Chapter 9 Doing Business in Canada
    1. Entrepreneurship in Canada
    2. Starting a Business in Canada
    3. Finding a Job
    4. Working for a Living
    5. Job Security
    6. Types of Work In Canada
    7. Common Management Strategies
    8. Canadian Business Etiquette
  18. Chapter 10 Made In Canada
    1. Famous Inventions
    2. Acronyms
    3. A–Z Fast Facts
  19. Culture Quiz
  20. Do’s and Don’ts
  21. Glossary
  22. Resource Guide
  23. Further Reading
  24. About the Author
  25. Index