Todays Canadian can vary widely in type and size but they generally stay true to their heritage as an all round breed- sound, and solid minded. I find that the majority look like a robust Friesens. They tend to have loads of long mane and tail and that trademark rich black color. As Canadians are still relatively rare I have only had the opportunity to know a handful of them personally but they have all struck me as being robust, hearty but also beautiful horses with a regal air about them.
For more information on their unique history, a link: Cheval Canadien
Wikipedia's description of the breed: "The old-style Canadian Horse somewhat resembles the foundation-style Morgan, having large and expressive eyes, a well- structured head and small, delicate ears. Their build is very muscular, compact and stout, with a cresty neck and naturally animated gaits. They are known for having a heavy and wavy mane and tail, good bone and good feet. They are considered to have soundness, hardiness and endurance. They are willing horses and easy keepers.
I have wanted to own a Canadian for many years now but have never found just the right one when I have been in the market. I guess I keep looking for one that reminds me most of a Quarter Horse because that is my "type" preference. There is one for sale right now that has my interst....