Like most of the rest of the world, Canada uses the metric system (ahem, we're looking at you Mr. U.S. of A: an imperial system holdout.) Despite our proximity and many similarities to our American neighbour to the south, we do not use the same system to measure volume (or speed or weight for that matter).
Metric volume in Canada is measured mainly in millilitres and litres, yet you will find that many people are quite versed in using both gallons and litres.
In fact, Canadians still use ounces to measure certain things, like beverages. We do though measure gasoline at the pump in litres - not gallons. No matter which system you're using at the gas station, gas is way more expensive in Canada than in the U.S. so fill up accordingly.
Milk, on the other hand, is sold by the litre, either in cartons or in individually clear plastic sealed bags that get put into a jug and cut to pour. Americans seem to get a kick out of this, but it is commonplace in Eastern Canada.
Other metric conversion tables:
- Common Weights in Grams & Kilograms and Ounces & Pounds
- Common Temperatures in Celsius and Fahrenheit
- Common Speed Limits in Kilometers and Miles per Hour
- Metric Distances in Canada - Converting Meters & Kilometers and Yards & Miles
Common Volumes in Canada
|Volume Measurement||Milliliters or Liters||Ounces or Gallons|
|Carry-on luggage liquid allowance per container on airplanes||90 ml||3 oz|
|Can of soda or a mickey of alcohol||355 ml||12 oz|
|Bottle of wine or regular-size bottle of alcohol often referred to in Canada as a "twenty-sixer"||750 ml||25 oz|
|Large-size bottle of alcohol. Referred to in Canada as a "forty ouncer"||1.14 liter||39 oz|
|Largest bottle of booze - a "handle," or, in Canada, a "sixty ouncer"||1.75 liter||59 oz|
|Gas in Canada is sold in liters and is generally much more expensive than in the US.||1 liter||0.26 US gallon|
|Visitors from the UK should note that an Imperial gallon is slightly larger than a US gallon||1 liter||0.22 Imperial gallon|