Ohh Sarah please tell more about Canadian regions! Call me an ignorant American but I thought we were the only ones who had names for our regions like “Deep South” “new England” “Midwest” “Ohio river valley” “Pacific Northwest”. Do you guys also have this west coast/east coast argument as to which is better like we do in the states?
Hi! Hah! I'll move west to east and be broad.
The "western provinces" - in theory - comprise of B.C., Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan but like I consider the latter three to just be "the prairies" and Vancouver specifically is the "west coast" and is more akin to the "Pacific Northwest". I would bundle it with the same energy as Seattle and Portland. I am obviously from Vancouver so I'm the most familiar with that province (coastal vibes + tons of islands further west + wine country in the interior of the province).
There's also the Canadian Arctic which basically comprises our northernmost territories. To make sense of it I would just in short say it's equivalent to Alaska but like it spans across the northern most area of those four aforementioned western provinces so it's a v v v large region.
There's the Great Lakes/Saint Lawrence region which is bordered entirely by the province Ontario. These would be the Canadian equivalents to your Michigan/Wisconsin/Minnesota vibes because the Great Lakes that border those states border our provinces, too. I don't have much info on Ontario as I haven't spent a lot of time there but it's home to the country's capital, Ottawa, and one of our most populous cities Toronto.
The Appalachian mountain range extends around Quebec (our predominantly French-speaking province and partly why Canada is a bilingual country in theory) that's probably a familiar name to you because the Appalachian Mountains go all the way down to the southern states. But we'd probably call that "Central Canada"?
The "Maritimes" or "Atlantic Canada" are our eastern most provinces and they are all small. I haven't spent any time there but would love to. As previously mentioned, afaik very "New England" sea and laidback, small, tight-knit energy. They have, imo, the most notable accents of the country but I guess that's also because I have a western ear so to me a Newfie accent would sound very distinctive. Like a Boston/east coast accent energy. Not the same, but just vibes.
And lastly yes there's a significant rivalry between Vancouver and Toronto, specifically, about who is better. The answer is obvious imo but I'm also a biased source.