15 Unspoken Rules About Ontario That All The Locals Know

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Canadians: vote up the rules that all tourists should know before they visit Ontario.

In case you're still unsure whether to spend your next vacation in nature or urban life, consider Ontario, Canada! You'll get the best of both worlds as long as you follow the Ontario dos and don'ts. And don't worry, the locals have you covered with Ontario tourist tips and secrets to having the best time of your life.


  • 1
    11 VOTES

    Take Off Your Shoes

    From Redditor u/bipolar_sky_fairy:

    When you enter someone's house, take your shoes off. It's rude to track in outside dirt to someone's home.

    11 votes
  • 2
    7 VOTES

    Don't Be Loud

    From a former Redditor:

    Do not talk loud in restaurants or in public places, it's impolite, show disrespect for other's enjoyment of the restaurant and outside, and your lack of etiquette.

    Just because no-one says anything, doesn't mean it doesn't bother them.

    7 votes
  • 3
    15 VOTES

    Overall: Be Polite

    From Redditor u/should-of:

    We tend to walk on the right side of the sidewalk.

    Don't chew with your mouth open, don't smack your lips when eating. Don't blow your nose at the table.

    Canadians have a 'personal space' - typically 2 or 3 feet when in line.

    People queue up here - queue for movie tickets, restaurants, bus stop, concerts, etc.

    15 votes
  • 4
    9 VOTES

    It's A Huge Province

    From Redditor u/Milligan:

    To quantify it in a way that American visitors will understand, Ontario is about 1-1/2 times the size of Texas.

    9 votes
  • 5
    9 VOTES

    Tip & Smile

    From Redditor u/missthatisall:

    Smile at strangers if you make eye contact.

    Do tip at least 15% at restaurants.

    Do know that ice tea is sweet.

    9 votes
  • 6
    8 VOTES

    Not Everyone Speaks French

    From Redditor u/Nolleezz:

    Don't assume because someone speaks French, that they are to be referred to as French-Canadian. They could be Acadian or Quebecois. Francophone is more of a blanket term and should be used until they say differently.

    8 votes