Every year, thousands of the people from all over the world come to Canada to start a new life. They come with many different skills and the hope of contributing to their new society.

If you are reading this website, you may be interested in finding out more about Bulgarians, where they come from and what it is like in their original home. Perhaps you are hosting a Bulgarian family as part of the HOST Program, learning about Bulgaria in school or working with Bulgarians who have settled in Canada recently. Whatever the reason, you will probably find this website helpful. It will introduce you to Bulgaria and give you some information about its traditions and culture.

Bulgarians who come to Canada will have many of the same questions you would have if you moved to another city or country. They will want to know about schools and education, health care, jobs and places to live. They may also have questions about the community to which they now belong. While you are helping a Bulgarian family settle into life in Canada, it will help if you understand some elements of the Bulgarian culture. Your offer of time, friendship and concern for them will be valuable as well.
 Did you know?
Storks are a common sight in Bulgaria. They build untidy nests on roofs and on the top of telephone poles. Storks are considered to bring good luck.

Although this cultural profile provides insight into some customs, it does not cover all facets of life. The customs described may not apply in equal measure to all newcomers from Bulgaria.

 Did you know?
There are about 2,000 explored and unexplored caves in Bulgaria. The Magoura Cave contains unique wall paintings that date back to a prehistoric culture.