Canadians call Americans "Yankees" or "Yanks." Canadians classify all Americans by these terms, regardless of location. The term "Yank" became popular in Canada due to a series of cartoons featuring a character known as the "Yankee Clockmaker."
Canadians refer to America as "the states." Canadians feel that the term "American" refers to the entire continent of North America, not just the United States. Thus, Canadians consider themselves to be American due to geography.
The term "Yankee" originally meant anyone living in New England. During the Civil War, the term described anyone from the northern states. The term is also associated with Americans because of the song "Yankee Doodle Dandy."