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Transferring to Texas from Canada has been much less of a tradition shock than transferring to most different locations on the earth, however there are actually some notable variations! I believed I’d share a few of issues which have caught out to us probably the most. For reference, we got here from Southwestern Ontario and have moved to Northeast Texas.

Transferring To Texas: Variations Between Texas and Canada 

– My change pocket fills up a lot faster in a spot the place pennies are nonetheless in circulation! 


– Discovering the precise paper invoice is considerably extra time consuming when the increments usually are not coloration coded


– Pouring milk out of a jug as an alternative of a bag is fascinating to the children. It’s a lot tougher to deal with a gallon than a liter, however the huge jug is handy for giant households.


– There isn’t any recycling on this city and it feels unusual not separating paper, plastic, compost, and trash into their very own bins! 


– Plastic luggage are free, and plenty of shops double bag your gadgets. Canada is notably extra “environmentally acutely aware.”



– Every part IS greater in Texas! The paper towel sheets are twice as huge, the Walmart is 3x the dimensions of our earlier one, meal/drink parts are greater, and the bugs are greater.  Fortunately, the mice usually are not! 


– Meals costs are *a lot* cheaper in Texas! Cream cheese is $0.79/brick, bread is $1/loaf, milk is $2.79/gallon. Even with the trade fee, groceries and gasoline are considerably extra inexpensive. 


– Texans drive FAST! The pace restrict for the street we’re on is 75mph (120 kph), and you continue to get handed, ha! (Quickest pace in Ontario is 100 kph (62mph).


– “Y’all” is such an awesome phrase and rapidly changing into a part of our vocabulary! It’s fairly useful whenever you’re addressing a combined group because it encompasses each genders and sounds a lot nicer than “you guys.” 


– I’m instructed we’re in some of the conservative counties in all of Texas, and that is obvious in a number of methods. It’s regular to be addressed as “Sure, ma’am,” or “Sure, sir,” and no person thinks twice about whether or not the opposite individual is something aside from a ma’am or a sir, or in the event that they may be offended by that.  


– I’ll take a Texan Winter over a Canadian Winter any day. The fluctuations in temperature are excessive from at some point to the subsequent, however I tremendously loved having 20 C/sunny days interspersed all through! Nonetheless, Spring climate in Texas is rather more unstable than in Canada. Heat climate from the Gulf mixes with chilly climate from the North, and the environment is rather more unstable as Summer time is ushered in. I’m grateful that this a part of Texas doesn’t usually see many tornadoes. 


– There’s no actual snow elimination right here. Snow is uncommon sufficient that individuals can take off work earlier than it melts by the following morning. For traction, *gravel* is unfold onto the roads when they’re slippery which has resulted in just a few stone chips to our windshield! 


– Ice is a special beast than snow, they usually get rather more of it right here than we did in Canada. Snow is way much less harmful and extra pleasant! 


– Proper now (finish of March), the Northeastern a part of Texas is lush and inexperienced and appears similar to Southwestern Ontario in late Could. The Bradford pears and Pink Buds are at their peak in white and pink blooms, the daffodils have completed, and grape hyacinths are scattered all over the place. We frequently touch upon how comparable the forests right here look to those up North. They’re lacking the maples, in fact, however there’s a terrific mixture of pine, oak, and cedar bushes all rising collectively. 



– I’ve nonetheless not seen a snake (Hallelujah!), however I’m instructed they’re quite a few right here. The 2 venomous ones we glance out for on this a part of the state are Copperheads and Water Moccasins. The one snake I ever noticed within the wild in SW Ontario was a garter snake.


– Autos final for much longer down right here. It’s regular to see pickup vans from the Nineteen Eighties in mint physique situation. We left our ’07 Dodge Caravan behind in Canada as a result of the physique had been rusted via because of a lot harsher Winter circumstances and salt on the roads for extended intervals of the 12 months. 


– The homes right here haven’t any basements and only a few have multiple story. The water desk is simply too excessive for basements (I believe that’s the rationale, please be at liberty to right me on that!), and it’s 40% dearer to construct up slightly than out. Because of this, the sprawling home shapes look a lot bigger than those you see in Canada, however in actuality, the general sq. footage is smaller than a home with a full basement. 



– There are cattle all over the place. It’s very picturesque to see them grazing far and wide. 


– Usually, the tradition right here may be very heat and welcoming. I ponder if that is partly as a result of only a few individuals select to put on a masks. Making eye contact, smiling, tipping your hat, and saying, “Howdy!” to a passing stranger is regular conduct. The three-finger wave over the steering wheel is commonplace to drivers. You’ll be able to ask a stranger for assist in a retailer they usually’ll gladly take you proper to what you’re searching for. If I’ve much less groceries than the individual in entrance of me, they let me go forward of them. One time, I acquired bumped up by three individuals in the identical line. “Have a blessed day,” is how many individuals shut their voicemails… even companies! 


– There are church buildings EVERYWHERE and they’re full. We live within the parsonage of a church on the town; there’s a church on both aspect of this one, and one other three congregations that worship throughout the street. I do not know how theologically sound all of them are, however there are extra church buildings in a single place than I’ve ever seen in my life and I perceive now why that is referred to as “The Bible Belt.” 


– Virtually unfathomable to us are the foundations (or lack thereof) surrounding constructing on land outdoors of metropolis limits. Should you personal a bit of land, you’ll be able to construct no matter you need, nevertheless you need, wherever you need, everytime you need on that land. We’ve referred to as town and county a number of instances to verify this as we transfer ahead with placing up a store. No electrical, HVAC, constructing permits or the like are required. Should you needed to place up a church, enterprise, home, and barn on the identical land, you would try this. There’s a substantial amount of freedom when issues are market-regulated slightly than government-regulated. 


– One journey down a rustic street right here and it’s very obvious why many of the automobiles listed here are pickup vans or have an awesome suspension system. Potholes, bumps, and heaves within the pavement are higher than larger taxes, I suppose! A few of the county roads are a single lane dust path. Only a few roads have shoulders or sidewalks, and a few of them have a 2-foot drop off the aspect. No U-turns taking place with our 12-passenger van! 



– Cowboy boots are regular footwear for males (and girls). Brad loves his pair and says they’re very comfy. Three of our children dwell in them. I don’t have any but. 


– After we first acquired right here, we have been anticipating to see extra individuals sporting cowboy hats. Lots of people do, nevertheless it’s not as stereotypical as we thought. 


– Crawdad mounds within the garden are a completely new expertise for us. First, we thought they have been canine piles or moles. However, nope – we’ve acquired miniature lobster-looking creatures LIVING UNDER THE GRASS. Their entrance holes are good and tidy, however once they exit, they make a mound of dust that appears like a canine pile. Fortunately, these creatures solely come out at evening, or after it rains. They love meat, so the children will catch them by placing a bit of rooster or ham on the finish of a gap, and watch for them to make an look. Some individuals eat these items in a crawfish boil, however I doubt I’ll ever be courageous sufficient to strive it.


– Comparable Texas shops to Canadian shops:


  1. Atwoods = Canadian Tire
  2. Walgreens = Buyers Drug Mart
  3. Aldi = No Frills/ Meals Fundamentals 
  4. Brookshire’s = Zehrs/Sobeys/Fortino’s 
  5. Chik Fil A = No comparability. The closest factor could be Swiss Chalet, I believe.
  6. Sonic = No comparability. 
  7. Passion Foyer = No comparability. I really like this retailer! Consider an overtly Christian Michael’s Arts and Craft Retailer.
  8. Braum’s = Hewitt’s Dairy Bar 
  9. Dunkin Donut’s = Tim Horton’s (when you use your creativeness) 


– Privatized healthcare may be very completely different than socialized. Fortunately, we’ve solely had to make use of the Emergency Room as soon as thus far when our youngest son accidently slipped a chrome steel washer on his finger and we couldn’t get it off! The ER is a separate constructing than the hospital, as are most different medical departments (radiology, imaging, dialysis, bodily remedy, and so on.). We have been served virtually instantly, and the power was clear and uncrowded. We felt the expense greater than once we paid for it via larger taxes, however the service we acquired was excellent compared. 

-There isn’t any state revenue tax in Texas! Federal taxes and property taxes nonetheless apply, however gross sales tax can also be decrease at 8% vs. 13% in Ontario. 

I’ll hold including to this record as we observe the variations between Canada and Texas. 🙂 

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