There were two things I watched on on video as a toddler: The Sound of Music and the Megan Follows AoGG adaption that my parents had taped off TV at some point. That was basically it, until I graduated into “child”. And I watched them a lot. So it’s been a part of my cultural landscape… forever. I have read the books, but that didn’t happen until I was an adolescent. I hear what you are saying about it seeming Canadian - when I visited Canada at age 8, it was a very visible thing, which was a neat surprise for me. My library had the books when I was a kid, though, and it seems like it might have had (more of) a place in the non-canadian cultural consciousness in the 1990s than it does now. Isn’t it still really popular in Japan, too? Anyway, it definitely had a place in my home. My mom’s family is from P.E.I. which may have been a contributing factor in it all.