Because Canada is so diverse historically and ethnically, there is no single national culture. Unlike the melting-pot ideal of our American neighbours, Canadian culture is more of a cultural mosaic. In this sense, cultures are put together, like salad ingredients, but do not merge into a single homogeneous culture. Each culture keeps its own distinct qualities. This idea has become more politically correct due to the controversy of the “melting pot” suggesting that cultures won’t be able to preserve themselves as a result of assimilation.
British and American influences are strongly felt in Canadian daily life in English-speaking portions of the country. Quebec’s French culture is perhaps the most noticeable through its distinctive architecture, music and cuisine. Dishes popular in French areas are poutine (fries with gravy and cheese curds) and tourtieres (tender and flaky meat pies), whereas a more typical English meal would include a roast-and-potato supper, and French fries with gravy or malt vinegar or butter tarts, doughnuts and coffee, as favourite snacks Quebec is also among the world’s leading producers of maple syrup, and sweets laced with maple sugar are common throughout the country.
Both French- and English-speaking Canadians are likely to enjoy pizza, Indian cuisine, or Chinese food as much as any presumed national dish. This is part of what makes Canada such an attractive place to live — you can keep your homeland close to your heart while living in a new land.