Had a Nikon 35mm film point & shoot for years. Just loved it, one of the best cameras I ever owned. After many years it broke.
In the early days of digital, my sister had a Canon PowerShot & loved it. I played with it and decided to get one.
I really liked the User Experience - small form factor, even from the little arrow on the battery to let you know the correct way to align it in the camera.
When going to SLR, I read one site that mentioned you are not buying a camera, but an entire system - lenses, flash, bodies, etc. The overall Canon system was superior, and I already had good experiences with the brand.
Now I'm into it too deep w/ lenses, etc. to ever change. Bodies come and bodies go, sometimes Nikon is ahead, then Canon responds.
Overall, I'm very happy.