Canada is confusing....

If you thought Canada used the metric system, you'd be right. And wrong. It's a source of endless confusion and chuckles for Amber and I.

I always assumed Canada was fully metric. I knew air temperature was measured in degrees Celsius, and distances were measured in kilometers (well, technically, it's kilometres, but that's even harder to remember). In reality, Canada uses a strange mix of metric and imperial units, with little rhyme or reason behind it.


  • Air temp is measured in degrees Celsius, but cooking temperatures are measured in degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Elevation is measured in kilometres, but height is measured in feet.
  • A person's weight is in pounds, but packages are in kilograms.
  • Bulk items at the grocery store are advertised in dollars-per-pound, but sold at dollars-per-(kilo)gram.
  • Odometers track kilometres, but Canadians still talk about a car's "mileage."
  • Building supplies, sports fields, and paper are all measured in inches, feet, and yards.
  • Canadians explain km and kg are used because they are more accurate than their imperial counterparts. But, Celsius is considerably less accurate than Fahrenheit.

You stay weird, Canada!

(BTW, if you ever see us posting about the weather, it'll be in *C. An easy(ish) way to convert to *F is to take the Celsius number, double it and add 30.)

12 x 2 = 24
24 + 30 = 54

12*C = 54*F