I occasionally describe Canada to those who haven't been there as "kinda' like the United States, but different". The "different" part is seen when you drive by a power center, see the place filled with chain stores, and notice that not a single one of those chains is south of the border. There's also cable channels that are like alternative universe versions of those south of the US border.
The intent of this thread is to document the Canadian alternative universe; the American and Canadian versions of chains, cable channels, and perhaps other things such as brand names.
Chain stores and restaurants
United States: Barnes and Noble, Borders
Canada: Chapters, Indigo
United States: Best Buy
Canada: Future Shop
United States: Petsmart
United States: Hardee's/Carl's Jr.
United States: Lowe's
United States; Time-Warner (evil cable company)
Canada: Rogers (evil cable company)
United States: MTV
United States: ESPN
United States: Nickelodeon
United States: Comedy Central
Canada: Comedy Network
United States: CMT
Canada: New Country Network
United States: The Weather Channel
Canada: The Weather Network