Eric Jarvis


Since the 1920s, Florida has been an important factor in the lives of many Canadians who either traveled ot the state as tourists, became short of long term residents, or invested in its land and businesses. As a result, a close and involved interrelationship has developed between the culture and people of the northern country and that of the souther state. Different in type from either overseas or nothern American visitors and investors, Canadians have provent to be a significant but often overlooked ethnic culture in Florida, providing demographic diversity and financial support while at the same time creating a set of sometimes irritating problems and attitudes. For many Canadians, Florida has been transformed into Canada's 11th province, an extension of their society into a foreign country. It has become a second home that they enjoy and where they spent money but never really joined. To Floridians, Canadians have been seen as an important source of tourist revenue and investment capital, but rarely as the unique minority group that they really are. When Canadians are discussed at all, it is often the unspoken, but vaguely understood concept of the 11th province that is found most disturbing.