7 Canadian Slang Words That Aren’t “Eh?”

Canadian slang is not something I expected to pick up when I moved to BC. But more than once the Canadian slang terms I ran into completely threw me for a loop. And often as not, my southern slang confused my Canadian friends, as well. Here’s a list of Canadian slang words and phrases that I learned while in British Columbia.


A list of Canadian slang words and their meanings.


Canadian Slang Words That Confused Me


1. Appy


“Hey, we should grab some drinks and appys sometime.”


The first time someone mentioned going out for drinks and appys I had no idea what they meant. My deep Grey’s Anatomy knowledge stepped in but it seemed unlikely that Canadians routinely go out for a drinks and appendectomies. I even googled it and came up short.


Appy means appetizer. Ahhhhhh. It makes so much sense now but none when I first heard it.


2. Gong Show


“Oh man, went to the game last night and it was a total Gong Show.”


Thankfully, my old friend context clues helped me figure out the meaning of this Canadian slang phrase pretty quickly. Basically, it means that something was a disaster.


3. Homo Milk


“Hey hon, can you pick up some homo milk on the way home?”


I am being dead serious right now, homo milk is real-life Canadian slang. It’s short for “homogenized milk” but it actually means what we in the states call whole milk. In other words, full fat milk.


4. Toque

Pronouned “tuke”.


“It’s getting cold out there, don’t forget your toque.”


My what now? Oh, my hat. Okay. Toques are knit caps, the kind that you wear in the winter. Where I’m from we just call them hats or sometimes beanies. Toque was news to me.


5. Rubbers


“Mom, have you seen my rubber?”


Your who do what?! Oh, your ponytail holders. Okay. This is acceptable. Rubber means something different in my neck of the woods…


6. Runners


“Grab your runners, we’re heading to the park.”


Again, this one made sense after the fact but it was foreign to my ears in the beginning. We say tennis shoes where I’m from. Which is probably weirder because no one’s playing tennis. But still. It’s my normal.


7. Zed


I still hold that this one is strange. Zed is the name of the letter “z”. Letters shouldn’t have two constant sounds. Can I get an amen? They just shouldn’t. You can’t call a “b” a “bed”. It’s weird. Double U is the exception.


Would you have gotten any of those right if you were guessing? I’m not the first person to be amused by Canadian slang. You kind find several books on Amazon devoted to the subject. And check out this Buzzfeed video below where Americans try to guess Canadian slang.




Southern Slang that Confused my Canadian Friends


Once in awhile I made my Canadian friends furrow their brow when I spoke southern. Here are a couple of southern slang instances that I remember.




“Holy crap, there were bookoodles of homeschoolers in there.”


I had no idea that this slang had southern origins until my Canadian friends looked at me like I was crazy. It means “a lot of something” and apparently is derived from the French “beaucoup”.


Snaggle Tooth


“Susie lost another tooth last night and now she has the most adorable snaggle tooth.”


I was shocked – SHOCKED – that my Canadian friend didn’t know the phrase “snaggle tooth”. It’s that adorable smile that little kids have when their teeth start falling out.


Test your southern slang knowledge with this hilarious Buzzfeed video where yankees try to guess southern slang.




And the list of Canadian slang words and their meanings could go on and on, I’m sure. What would you add?


Any other slang that you’ve run into around the country (or world) that confused you?



A funny list of Canadian slang words and their meanings.




Campbell Valley Park in British Columbia

British Columbia is seriously one of the most beautiful places ever. And Campbell Valley Park is a great example of what we loved about BC. Just a simple, unassuming little trail minutes from our house.


campbell valley park


I don’t think I’ve ever seen a place live up to it’s motto more: Super, natural, British Columbia.  It really is like stepping into a fairy tale world. In fact, if you’ve ever watched the popular show Once Upon a Time, you’ve stepped into the magical, super, natural world of British Columbia.


campbell valley park


Even though the winters are wet and cold, it never stopped us from getting out and onto trails. Even in winter, BC is green and beautiful. Perhaps even more so with everything gleaming from the most recent shower, or sprinkled with snow.


What We Loved about Campbell Valley Park


Well, again, you can’t deny the beauty. It’s also located very conveniently if you’re in the Langley area. This was one of the closest trails to our house, mere minutes away. We also dabbled in the fine, Canadian art of geocaching here. (We found that geocaching was big with a lot of our British Columbian friends.)


But our absolute favorite part about Campbell Valley Park were the local residents.


campbell valley park


BC is teeming with wildlife from giant slugs, to raccoons, to coyotes. But, thanks to the influence of my husband, what we’re really interested in is the birds.


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All lined up for a photo op and looking at a bird instead.


If you stumble onto a group of Bowmans in the wild you’re sure to find at least one pair of binoculars and a bird book. So what makes Campbell Valley Park so special for bird lovers?


The extremely accommodating chickadees.


campbell valley park


And if you’re lucky, an elusive nuthatch might accept your wares, as well. Visitors to Campbell Valley are often found with a bag of bird seed, getting up close and personal to one of nature’s cuter critters.


Campbell Valley Park in British Columbia.


There are a lot of things to do with kids in the Vancouver area and we frequented several locations to satisfy our bird watching needs, but Campbell Valley was the only one that made us feel like Cinderella.


Have you been to super, natural British Columbia?




Fort Langley on Canada Day, Eh?

Fort Langley Historic Site in British Columbia is a pretty sweet place for families to spend Canada Day.


Fort Langley


That’s right, we’re complete traitors now and have rejected The Fourth of July and have replaced it with maple leaf love.  Although really, it’s not that much different.  Canada Day is pretty much The Fourth.  With less blue.


Canada Day at Fort Langley


Fort Langley Historic Site


We decided to visit the Fort Langley Historic Site because admission was free in honor of Canada being born and stuff.


Fort Langley


It’s a pretty snazzy place where you can learn about the early settlers that were with the Hudson Bay Company and the local aboriginals (which is Canadian for “American Indian”).  Essentially, it all adds up to a Pioneer Day type thing.


Have I mentioned how much Six Year Old likes group pictures? . . .


Fort Langley

We watched some bona fide black smithin’.


Fort Langley

Did some log sawin’.


Fort Langley

Rested our laurels around the campfire.


Fort Langley



Fort Langley

Met French dogs.


Fort Langley

Weeded the garden.


Fort Langley

So we could feed the pigs.


Fort Langley

Listened to some Blue Grass.


Fort Langley

Watched a musket firin’.


Fort Langley

Fed really adorable sheep.


Fort Langley

Explored some ole timey houses.


Fort Langley

Tugged a lot of war.


Fort Langley

Panned for gold.


Fort Langley

And learned a little about fur tradin’.


Fort Langley

Whew!  Not bad for a day of free entertainment, eh?  Go, Canada!


Have you ever been to Fort Langley?