I went on a reteat in Canada last year near Toronto, so I can tell you my impressions as a visitor.
I was surprised how populated that whole area of southren Canada is. Later I looked at a picture of the earth at night and saw that yes, it is quite populated there. Here in Western NY its more rural when you aren’t in the city. Driving there, once I hit Buffalo I had intense traffic all the way to my destination outside Toronto. I guess its like the NYC/North Jersey area. This surprised me, as I always thought of Canada as rural. That doesn’t happen till you get much further north, apparently.
Also I see a lot of national pride. You can see how also a lot of the building is regulated. More plain, sometimes pretty, so less clutter for the eye. Also, in the somewhat rural areas (all criss-crossed with major highways), you see very many tidy housing developments that are close and tight and compact - not much green for the individual, but the developments themselves are surrounded by green. I get the idea they are preserving the green spaces, so government chooses areas for people to live in, and pack the people in a patch of land for that purpose. The deveopments are attractive, but so tight and packed. Like a little city in the country plopped in the country.
I find people from that area are very friendly, though. Not so much the same in Quebec. Also, I suspect the cost of living is high, but I can’t say so authoratatively.