9 Things Only East Coast Canadians Can Understand And Will Totally Bond

This Opinion article is part of a Narcity Media series. The opinions expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Narcity Media.

As an East Coast resident, I can tell you that there is no better feeling than meeting someone from the Atlantic Provinces when you are away.

You go from strangers to best friends in a minute, and it’s like finding a little piece of home.

I grew up in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, but moved to Vancouver this year. Once in a while I bump into someone from the Maritimes and it never fails to put a smile on both of our faces. There is something unique about East Coasters that I can confidently say you won’t find anywhere else.

It’s a friendliness and trust between us that we always miss when we leave. Sorry, to my new neighbours, but those on the west coast—and people in Ontario, where I used to live, for that matter—just don’t measure up.

If you’re a homesick Nova Scotian, New Brunswicker, Islander or Newfoundlander, then this will do you good – and probably spur you on to book a plane ticket.

You crave donair sauce everyday

If you’re a Maritimer, you’re probably holding back tears reading this.

I hadn’t realized this wasn’t a thing elsewhere until I arrived in Ottawa, for my first week of college, and tried to order some delicious garlic sticks.

Do you know what happened to those garlic fingers that dreadful day? MARINARA SAUCE.

Need I say more?

You fail to recognize everyone you meet

People walk the streets of Saint John, New Brunswick.

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I have to admit, it can get boring when you’re at home. Every one of my friends can relate to the pure anger we felt as kids going to the store with our parents because every five seconds we had to stop and wait while they were being hit on by someone that they knew.

Even in our “big cities” like Halifax, you won’t make a block of it unrecognized. While it’s not so great on bad hair days, I miss that sense of community.

You’re from towns no one’s even heard of

​People often ask me where I grew up, and I say “mostly Halifax”.

In fact, I grew up moving between Musquodoboit Harbour, Halifax, Saint Margarets Bay and Rothesay, New Brunswick.

There aren’t a ton of towns on the East Coast, so most of us have lived in remote towns that no one outside of our areas has heard of. We like it that way because then it’s our own little piece of heaven.

You’re annoyed that people aren’t so nice everywhere else

The number one complaint I hear from any east coast resident is how lame people are, in comparison.

It’s not that everyone else is rude, it’s just that people on the east coast are so nice. I can’t count the number of stories I hear of people going above and beyond to help their neighbors back home.

You just don’t want to love anywhere else.

The life of the Atlantic bubble

People in Atlantic Canada had a very unique experience with COVID-19 because we had the bubble. All of our provinces have come together for a while and allowed indoor travel, without quarantine restrictions.

While other people were completely locked down, there was a time when we managed to keep the pandemic relatively under control, and we got the whole town talking about it.

I was very lucky because it allowed me to visit my family in Newfoundland and Nova Scotia.

The accent suddenly returns

I was chatting with someone the other day and then we suddenly realized we were both from Nova Scotia. I went from perfectly normal speech to a completely Nova Scotian drawl.

Annoying? Maybe just a little.

Now, if you come across a Newfoundlander, there will be no doubt about his region of origin.

You know ‘Farewell To Nova Scotia’ by heart

This one’s just for Nova Scotian friends out there – because my fellow New Brunswickers can’t understand.

There’s nothing quite like meeting someone and simultaneously singing that tune we were all made to recite in school, and then being shocked at how dark it gets.

You have a serious love for the ocean

Living by the canal in Ottawa wasn’t enough for me, and I soon realized how amazing growing up by the ocean was. Being on the west coast is better, but nothing beats the Atlantic Ocean breeze.

You probably miss home

There hasn’t been a single East Coaster I’ve come across while traveling or living outside that doesn’t miss a bit of home. I guess that’s the price to pay for living in one of the most underrated and beautiful parts of the world.

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