Cultural preparation

Information to help you prepare for Canada culturally.

Canada’s New Year’s Eve Anthem: Auld Lang Syne

The Canadian New Year’s Eve Anthem: Auld Lang SyneAs the final ten seconds of 2013 are counted down by revelers across the country (in each of Canada’s 6 time zones), we celebrate being with friends and family, we remember the year’s achievements and lessons, and we think of those who cannot be with us. As the clock strikes midnight, it is tradition to kiss the ones you love…

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Welcome to winter! Dressing for the cold

Winter in CanadaAre you arriving to Canada this winter? This post contains tips on dressing for Canada’s colder months (generally November-March).  In addition to its beauty, Canada’s winter offers the newcomer countless adventures: skating the Rideau Canal in Ottawa , snowshoeing near the snow-covered Rocky Mountains, and gazing at the ice sculptures of Québec City’s Carnival…

 
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Cultural Success in Canada: Get to know your iceberg

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Icebergs are huge masses that float by Canada’s eastern coasts of Newfoundland and Labrador each spring. They are an absolutely breathtaking sight and if you are considering living in, or visiting St. John’s this is another great reason! In this post I will use the iceberg as a metaphor for culture, and explain how knowing your own cultural iceberg can lead to better cultural awareness in Canada…

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Your Canadian Music Playlist

Cultural preparation blogWhen I was studying at university, I was fortunate to spend a year as a DJ on the campus radio station. Every Saturday morning I would select and play music over the airwaves for listeners, and I would discuss Canadian music. From coast-to-coast Canada has a very rich music scene…

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