How to be a Canadian

Front Cover
Douglas & McIntyre, 2001 - History - 225 pages
72 Reviews
It isn’t always easy being Canadian, according to Will Ferguson, but it can be a lot of fun. Asked to write a follow-up to his runaway bestseller Why I Hate Canadians, Ferguson, who’s Canadian himself, recruited his brother Ian — comedy writer and executive producer of the Canadian series Sin City and a Canadian too — to create this ultimate guide to the country's cultural quirks. The result is a hilarious inside look at that unique species, the Canadian, and their thoughts on such diverse subjects as beer, sex, dating rituals, sports, politics, religion, social rules — and, of course, their trademark death-defying search for the middle of any road.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 star

Review: How to Be a Canadian

User Review  - Shannon - Goodreads

I am probably the only Canadian who has a tendency to dislike the writings of "Will Ferguson". However, this book is the exception! This is a book that I refer to whenever I need a good laugh, and it never fails to disappoint! It is truly a great read! Read full review

Review: How to Be a Canadian

User Review  - Cynthia Vengraitis - Goodreads

Cute, not really laugh out loud funny, but amusing. I think a notion of life in Canada is probably necessary for full entertainment value. Apparently it's written by the guy who is the Northern version of David Letterman... Read full review

All 13 reviews »


From an Idea
Introduction How to Find Canada on a Map
Canada A Rich Tapestry Who to Hate and Why How to Mingle with Canadians

16 other sections not shown

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2001)

Will Ferguson was born in Fort Vermillion, Alberta. His debut book Why I Hate Canadians was a national bestseller. Recently, he published the bestselling Bastards and Boneheads and Canadian History For Dummies. Ferguson is also the author of the critically acclaimed travel narrative Hokkaido Highway Blues, as well as the budget traveller s favourite, The Hitchhiker s Guide to Japan.

With his brother Will, Ian Ferguson co-authored the runaway bestseller How to Be a Canadian. Ian Ferguson has also written extensively for radio and television. He is the creator of the live improvised soap operas Die-Nasty and Sin City, as well as the CBC comedy show Liquid Soap, and is currently developing a sitcom series for Fox Television. He lives in Los Angeles with his partner, actor and comedian Kirsten Van Ritzen.

Bibliographic information