250+ Nicknames For Canada, Canadians and Its Cities — Find Nicknames (2022)

We know fromSouth Parkthat Canada and Canadians are sometimes easy prey for nicknames and general ribbing.

Characterized by self-deprecating humor, Canadians take all this teasing in stride. They rest in the socially progressive nature of their country, of universal health care, of pretty sophisticated conservationist policies… and their Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, rocks it like a Kennedy on social media.

But, if you’re a true American, you’ll want to continue the tradition and ascribe a nickname to Canada that’s as original, obscure, and ostentatious as the country itself. Or, maybe you are Canadian and want a backlog of all the times your own country made fun of itself. What follows is the most extensive list to date of nicknames for Canada, nicknames for Canadians, provincial nicknames for people, and nicknames for Canadian cities.

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Table of Contents

  • Canada Nicknames
  • Nicknames for Canadians
  • Provincial Nicknames for People
  • Canadian City Nicknames
    • ALBERTA NICKNAMES
    • BRITISH COLUMBIA NICKNAMES
    • MANITOBA NICKNAMES
    • NEW BRUNSWICK NICKNAMES
    • NEWFOUNDLAND and LABRADOR NICKNAMES
    • NOVA SCOTIANICKNAMES
    • ONTARIO NICKNAMES
    • PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND NICKNAMES
    • QUEBEC NICKNAMES
    • SASKATCHEWAN NICKNAMES
    • NORTHWEST TERRITORIES NICKNAMES
    • NUNAVUT NICKNAMES
    • YUKON NICKNAMES

Canada Nicknames

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  • Great White NorthOne of the most common nicknames, Canada is an expansive, northerly (even arctic!) country that experiences long, harsh winters.
  • Borealia – Refers to the aurora borealis, or the ‘northern lights,’ which can be seen from many rural places in Canada.
  • Rupert’s LandThe Hudson Bay Company was givendomainby King Charles II over an area of land around Hudson Bay, known as “Rupert’s Land.” Rupert was a Prince of the Rhine, King Charles’ cousin, and HBC’s first governor.
  • Canadia – Plays on Canadian.
  • Canuckia – Canadians are sometimes referred to as Canucks, so this is the nounal form of that nickname.
  • Lumberjack Country – Known for its large lumber industry, Canada is said to be full of lumberjacks.
  • The NorthRefers to geographical location.
  • England’s Castoff CountryCanada used to be a colony of England until their independence in 1867.
  • Nova BritanniaNew Britain, since Canada was a protectorate of England.
  • Land of Maple SyrupMaple syrup is a major export of Canada due to the prevalence of maple trees.
  • America’s HatCanada sits geographically on top of the US, like a hat.
  • The 51st stateAn American term joking that Canada is the US’s 51st state.
  • The 14th colony – An American nickname that plays on the original 13 colonies ofAmericaand that Canada was its 14th colony.
  • Cold MexicoBecause Canada border the US, this nickname conflates American neighbor Mexico.
  • Victorialand – An original proposal for the official name of Canada in honor of Queen Victoria, who granted the charter.
  • Ursalia – Derived from the Latin word for ‘bear,’ literally “land of bears.”

Nicknames for Canadians

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What are the best nicknames for Canadians? Here are a few:

  • 51st StaterAn American slur for Canadians joking that Canada is America’s 51st state.
  • AngieA diminutive for Anglophone, or English-speaking Canadians, as opposed to French-speaking.
  • Bay FrogRefers to those Canadians from Hudson Bay thatare French descendants from Quebec.
  • Cankee/CankieA Canadian-Yankee.
  • Canuck – The most well-known diminutive of Canadian.
  • Canucklehead – A diminutive of Canuck, which is a diminutive of Canadian.
  • Canyada – Another American term that conflates Canada with its neighbor to the south (Mexico).
  • Cheeser/CheeseheadRefers to Canadians who cross the border into Washington to get reduced prices on cheese.
  • Dryback – A problematic term for Canadians who illegally cross the border into the US; plays on Mexicans who cross the Rio Grande (wetbacks).
  • FrostbackRelated to dryback, relates to cold winters.
  • IcebackRelated to dryback, relates to cold winters.
  • SnowbackRelated to dryback, relates to very snowy winters.
  • PinebackRelated to dryback, refers to large pine forests in Canada.
  • Hoser – A popular terms for Canadians; usually refers to a white man who drinks lite beer and watches hockey.
  • MapeA shortening of ‘maple’; the maple leaf appears on the Canadian flag.
  • Maple-suckerSomeone who consumes a lot of maple syrup.
  • NadeA diminutive of Ca-NADE-ian.
  • North Mexican – A term from Americans that conflate Canadians with Mexicans, because it borders the US to the north.
  • PuckRefers to Canada’s love for their national sport, hockey. A puck is the ‘ball’ hockey player’s use.
  • Puck-chasesAnother allusion to Canadian love of hockey.
  • PuckheadAnother allusion to hockey-lovers; usually refers to a dumb guy who plays hockey.
  • RubberheadAnother, unfortunate, allusion to hockey. Because hockey can sometimes be a dangerous, even violent sport, heads bounce off the ice like rubber, or like a puck.
  • ShoobieA Canadian tourist in the US who vacations at beaches, a derivative of ‘shore.’

Provincial Nicknames for People

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In our nickname guide, we mentioned that you could give someone a nickname based on their city or state. For example, In the United States, someone from New York could be called a “New Yorker.” Similarly, in Canada, there are several nicknames for people that are based on their city or province.

  • Bluenosersomeone from Nova Scotia
  • Bogtrottersomeone who lives in New Brunswick and other Atlantic provinces due to the number of lakes and ‘boggy’ land.
  • Cariboozerdenotes someone from Cariboo Country in British Columbia
  • Coastie – someone from Vancouver or the lower mainland.
  • Downhomersomeone from Newfoundland
  • Maritimer – someone from the Maritime Provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island.
  • NewfiesorNewfsomeone from Newfoundland.
  • Blue-eyed ArabA somewhat problematic nickname for someone from Alberta due to the oil and gas industry.

Canadian City Nicknames

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The following are nicknames of Canadian provinces and their cities.

ALBERTA NICKNAMES

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Brooks, Alberta

  • Alberta’s Centennial CityBrooks became a city on Canada’s 100th anniversary.

Calgary, Alberta

  • C-townObviously Calgary starts with a ‘C,’ but it might play on Cowtown as well.
  • CowtownFamous for the Calgary Stampede, cattle are aplenty in Alberta.
  • Heart of The New West – Comes from the city’s former slogan.
  • MohkinstisTraditional name of Blackfoot in the Calgary area.
  • The Stampede City – Due to the famous rodeo, The Calgary Stampede.
  • Sandstone CityIn 1866, the Great Fire destroyed most of Calgary’s buildings, which were made of sandstone.

Camrose, Alberta

  • The Rose City –Due to the large number of wild roses that grow here.

Edmonton, Alberta

  • The Big E – Edmonton begins with ‘E,’ and it is one of the largest cities in Alberta.
  • E Town
  • Canada’s Festival City,orFestival City – Many festivals, music and otherwise, are held in Edmonton. This was also the unofficial city slogan.
  • Canada’s Richest Mixed Farming District – An agricultural region with many different crops. It was once the unofficial city slogan.
  • City of Champions – This was an unofficial city slogan touted by former mayor, Laurence Decore, and how he characterized Edmonton after the community’s swift response to the 1987 tornado.
  • Crossroads of the World – By its location in central Alberta, it is a gateway between eastern and western Canada. It was also an unofficial city slogan.
  • Deadmonton – A comedicnicknameused by British reporter, Robert Philip, during the 2001 World Championships in Athletics that colored Edmonton as a boring place to live. It re-emerged in 2011 because of an increase in the homicide rate.
  • Stabmonton – Another nickname that unfortunately refers to an increase in violent crimes in 2010-11. Since firearms are more difficult to procure in Canada, a lot of these violent crimes were perpetrated by assailants wielding knives.
  • Edmonchuck,orThe Chuck – Refers to Edmonton’s substantial Ukrainian population
  • Gateway to the North – Edmonton sits on a major roadway to the Northwest Territories. It was also an unofficial city slogan.
  • Heart of Canada’s Great North West – Edmonton stands between the plains of Saskatchewan and the great mountain ranges which span Alberta and British Columbia. It was also an unofficial city slogan.
  • Official Host City of the Turn of the Century – Edmonton became a city in 1904 and attracted many artists, inventors, and musicians.
  • The Oil Capital of Canada – There is a large supply of oil in Alberta, and many of the people who run Canada’s oil industry are located in Edmonton. This nickname dates back to 1947.
  • Redmonton – Refers to Edmonton being home to many liberal parties in the province.
  • River City – Edmonton sits along the North Saskatchewan River and its tributaries, The Blackmud Creek, Oldman Creek, Whitemud Creek, and Rat Creek.
  • Smart City – Edmonton boasts a confluence of technology, innovation, and collaboration across many disciplines.
  • Top of the World – Edmonton is located rather far north and is one of thelastdensely populated cities in Alberta before moving into the rural north.
  • Volunteer Capital of Canada – Many volunteers, military or in the nonprofit sector, come from Edmonton.

Fort McMurray, Alberta

  • Fort Mac – A shortening of the city’s full name.
  • Fort MacMoney,orFort McMoneyComes from a 2013 documentary and strategy video game by David Dufresne about the Athabasca oil sands in Fort McMurray.
  • Fort McMordor – A play on Tolkien’s evil land, Mordor, in theLord of the Ringstrilogy.
  • St. John’s North – Named for St. John the Baptist Mission.

Fox Creek, Alberta

  • Fox VegasA small town with a big personality; many flock here for the oil and gas industry, so the area has become affluent.

Grande Prairie, Alberta

  • Swan City – Due to this city’s location near trumpeter swan migration route of summer nesting grounds.

Lloydminster, Alberta

  • Border City,orCanada’s Border City – This city sits right on the border between Saskatchewan and Alberta.
  • Heavy Oil Capital of Canada – Famous for its oil and gas industry.

Lethbridge, Alberta

  • The Windy City – Located near the Canadian Rocky Mountains, the city experiences warm summers, mild winters, and a very windy climate.

Medicine Hat, Alberta

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  • The City with All Hell for a Basement – This nickname comes from poet Rudyard Kipling, who spent a few days in Medicine Hat. He wrote of the natural gas that lies below the city.
  • The City with Energy – Refers to the oil and gas industry.
  • The Gas City
  • The HatA shortening of the city’s formal name.
  • An Oasis on the Prairies – It is a middle point and civilized respite in the expansive prairies of central Canada.
  • Saamis – A Blackfoot word for “medicine man’s hat.”

Red Deer, Alberta

  • Dead Rear – A spoonerism of the city’s formal name.

Stettler, Alberta

  • The Heart of Alberta – Geographically located in the central part of Alberta.

Whitecourt, Alberta

  • Snowmobile Capital of AlbertaBecause of Whitecourt’s forestry heritage, it has one of the largest snowmobile clubs in the province.

BRITISH COLUMBIA NICKNAMES

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Abbotsford, British Columbia

  • Berry Capital of Canada – Many wild berries grow in this region, from blueberries to raspberries to blackberries.
  • Raspberry Capital of Canada
  • City in the Country – A little bit of civilization nestled in the countryside.

Campbell River, British Columbia

  • Salmon Capital of the WorldMany fish the river for salmon, although the nearby town of Port Alberni also claims this title.

Kamloops, British Columbia

  • The Tournament CapitalKamloops hosts many tournaments each year in large sports facilities like The Tournament Capital Centre, Kamloops Bike Ranch, and Tournament Capital Ranch.
  • Bee City – There has been a major effort in Kamloops to protect and create bumblebee habitats.

Kelowna, British Columbia

  • Orchard City – Known for the fruit industry in the Okanagan Valley.
  • The Four Seasons PlaygroundTourists travel to the area year-round.

Nanaimo, British Columbia

  • Harbour CityLocated on the east coast of Vancouver Island.
  • Hub City – Attributed to the layout of the city which had streets radiate out from the shoreline like spokes on a wagon wheel.

Nelson, British Columbia

  • Queen City of the Kootenays – Name for Kootenay Lake in the Southern Interior of British Columbia. Known for its restoration of the heritage building on famous Baker Street.

New Westminster, British Columbia

  • New West – Shortening of the formal name, but it also calls attention to the westerly location of the city.
  • Royal City – This town was given its name by Queen Victoria, hence the nickname.

Oliver, British Columbia

  • Wine Capital of Canada – This town boasts many vineyards and wineries.

Penticton, British Columbia

  • The Peach CityMany peach orchards in this area; every year it hosts the Penticton Peach Festival, or Peachfest.

Port Alberni, British Columbia

  • Salmon Capital of the World – Its Rivers are heavily fished for salmon, though the nearby town of Campbell River also claimsthis title.

Port Coquitlam, British Columbia

  • PoCo – A portmanteau of the formal name.

Powell River, British Columbia

  • Pearl of the Sunshine CoastA coastal city which wanted to draw settlers to its picturesque landscape.
  • Cultural Capital of CanadaFollowing a huge initiative in 2004, Powell River implemented many arts and cultural programs.

Surrey, British Columbia

  • City of Parks – This city is outfitted with many natural and man-made parks.

Trail, British Columbia

  • Home of Champions – Honors citizens of the Greater Trail area who have been leaders in business or sport.
  • Silver CityMany flocked to the area to mine for silver. Now, there is the annual Silver City Days festival honoring this past.

Vancouver, British Columbia

  • Rain CityVancouver receives a crazy amount of rain, on average about 47.2 inches a year!
  • Terminal CityPart of Vancouver, called Gastown, is the western terminus of the Canadian Pacific Railway.
  • Saltwater City – A nicknames given by early Chinese immigrants.
  • Hollywood North – Vancouver is the fourth-largest film towns in North America, after Los Angeles, New York City, and Toronto.
  • The Big Smoke – Due to the heavy fogs which blanket the area as well as pollution from sawmills and other industries.
  • Vansterdam – Similar to Amsterdam, Vancouver is known for its relaxed attitude about recreational drug use, mostly marijuana.
  • Lotusland – Noted by Allan Fotheringham article in theVancouver Sunas a literary reference to Homer’sThe Odyssey.Odysseus’ homeland is said to have been drugged by a lotus narcotic, so this may be a reference to the heavy drug use in Vancouver.
  • City of GlassA name taken from writer, Douglas Coupland to describe the architecture of downtown.
  • No Fun City – Vancouver has long been chided for having a lacking music scene and a lame nightlife.
  • Blandcouver – Used self-deprecatingly to draw attention to the lack of diversity.
  • Hongcouver – Though a bit racist, this nickname notes the large population of those with Chinese heritage. There was a large influx of people from Hong Kong in 1997 during the British handover.
  • Van – Diminutive of the formal name.
  • Vancity – Comes from the Canadian hip-hop community.

Victoria, British Columbia

  • The Garden City – Victoria is lush with flowers and gardens due to its fertile soil and proximity to freshwater.
  • City of Newly Weds and Nearly Deads –The two largest demographics in Victoria are seniors and young families.

MANITOBA NICKNAMES

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Brandon, Manitoba

  • Wheat City – Agricultural economy supported mostly by wheat and grain.

Churchill, Manitoba

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  • Polar Bear Capital of the World – A slogan to attract tourists to its large population of polar bears.

Steinbach, Manitoba

  • Automobile City – Economy relies on automobile manufacturing.

Thompson, Manitoba

  • The Centennial CityThompson was incorporated as a city on Canada’s centennial year, 1967.
  • Hub of the North,orHub City – Thompson is the largest city in Manitoba and provides many goods and services to the more rural surrounding towns.
  • Nickel CityThompson was involved with the mining, milling and concentrating of nickel. It so happens that the town sits on a huge, high-grade deposit of nickel.

Winnipeg, Manitoba

  • Chicago of the NorthA lot of the city’s architecture was influenced by late 1800s, early 1900s architecture in Chicago.
  • Gateway to the WestSituated on the eastern edge of the Western Canadian prairies.
  • NegativipegCoined by Burton Cummings, the singer for The Guess Who, who was assaulted at a 7-Eleven.
  • The PegA diminutive of its formal name.
  • Slurpee Capital of the WorldWinnipeg has held the crown most Slurpees consumed for eighteen years running.
  • WinnerpergA chant that can be heard after the Winnipeg Jets win.
  • Winterpeg Named so for the long, harsh winter season.
  • The Wholesale CityWholesale distribution began just after WWI in western Canada due to the difficulty in shipping goods from the older, more established east coast. Winnipeg was a leader in wholesale development.

NEW BRUNSWICK NICKNAMES

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Fredericton, New Brunswick

  • Celestial CityA hundred year quarrel between Fredericton and nearby Saint John resulted in a little jibe. When Fredericton built its first cathedral, Saint John dubbed its sleepier, more conservative counterpart “The Celestial City.”
  • City of Stately ElmsThe Saint John River feeds large elms that grow lush through the heart of the city.
  • Freddy Beach Not even the locals know why Fredericton got the name of “Freddy Beach.” A savvy journalist tracked it down to an old hockey team who came in on the train and, because it was mid-winter and freezing, jokingly dubbed it “Freddy Beach.”

Moncton, New Brunswick

  • Hub CityMoncton used to be a junction city in New Brunswick, likeawagonwheel where all spokes or roads meet.

Saint John, New Brunswick

  • Canada’s Most Irish CityDuring the Great Irish Famine, many Irish emigrants settled in Saint John.
  • Canada’s Original CitySaint John was the first city incorporated by Canada
  • Loyalist CityMany American British loyalists fled to Saint John during the American Revolution.
  • Port CitySaint John played a pivotal role in the shipbuilding industry in the 19th Century.

NEWFOUNDLAND and LABRADOR NICKNAMES

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Gander, NL

  • Crossroads of the WorldThere aren’t too many roads in this part of Newfoundland. Gander sits in the middle of the scenic Route 1.

St. John’s, NL

  • City of LegendsAs one of the oldest cities in North America, St. John’s has had all the time they need to make legends.
  • Newfiejohn –A nickname given by American soldiers during World War II
  • Sin JawnsPlays on the heavy accents found in St. John.
  • TownSince there aren’t really any other towns around, you know which ‘town’ you’re referencing.

Twillingate, Newfoundland

  • The Iceberg Capital of the World – Twillingate is very cold and near a lot of water, a perfect recipe for icebergs, of which there are plenty.

NOVA SCOTIANICKNAMES

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Amherst, Nova Scotia

  • Busy Amherst – Amherst was an industrial giant in the Maritime Provinces during the early 20th Century.

Antigonish, Nova Scotia

  • The ‘NishA diminutive of its formal name.
  • Antigonowhere – This town is a bit remote; this name plays on the old adage, “Middle of Nowhere.”

Berwick, Nova Scotia

  • Apple Capital of Nova Scotia – Apple orchards are plenty in Berwick.

Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

  • City of LakesThere are many lakes that surround Dartmouth.
  • The DarksideA play on the phonetics of Dartmouth.

Digby, Nova Scotia

  • Scallop Capital of the WorldA town with a fleet of fishing boats to scoop up all those scallops in the bay.

Halifax, Nova Scotia

  • City of Trees – Due in part to a mandate, Halifax is very green and boasts many parks and shaded walkways.
  • Haligonia –The nounal form for people who reside in Halifax (Haligonian).

Oxford, Nova Scotia

  • Blueberry Capital of Canada – Oxford is situated in Cumberland County which is famous for its blueberries bushes.

Pictou, Nova Scotia

  • The Birthplace of New Scotland – Pictou was the landing place for theHector, the ship which carried the first Scottish immigrants to North America.

ONTARIO NICKNAMES

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Brampton, Ontario

  • Bramladesh – A bit of a derogatory nickname that refers to the large South Asian population, mostly those from Bangladesh.
  • BrowntownAnother derogatory name which refers to the large population of non-white people.
  • Flower CityGiven due to the wildflowers which grow here and its only non-racist nickname.

Brantford, Ontario

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  • Bell City – The Bell Telephone Company started here and has grown to become quite a monopoly in Canada.
  • The Telephone City

Chatham, Ontario

  • The Maple CityLots of maple trees grow here (as opposed to the rest of Canada?), and maple syrup is produced.
  • The Classic Car Capital of Canada – RM Sotheby’s (formerly RM Auctions) runs a lot of classic car events in Chatham.

Guelph, Ontario

  • The Royal CityThe city’s founder, John Galt (no, not the guy fromAtlas Shrugged), named Guelph to honor the British royal family, the Hanoverians, who were of the House of Welf.

Hamilton, Ontario

  • Ambitious CityCredited to the journalist, Robert Smiley, who allegedly won a war of words with a rival newspaper who said that Hamilton’s ambitions far exceeded its talents. Smiley wrotethat“Ambition” would be a worthy and proud nickname, and it still sticks 170 years later.
  • The HammerThere’s a great mystery as to why Hamilton is called The Hammer. Famed journalist, Paul Wilson, wrote a column on the nickname and surmised that businesses just started incorporating the Hammer into their names until it stuck.
  • SteeltownLarge steel industry in Hamilton.

Kingston, Ontario

  • The Limestone CityMany of the older buildings downtown were constructed of limestone.
  • K-townUsed by local businesses and radio stations.

Leamington, Ontario

  • The Tomato Capital of CanadaThis region produces a lot of tomatoes for export.

London, Ontario

  • The Forest CityThe British actually coined this term to make fun of Governor Simcoe who had dreams of a large, prosperous city when he only managed to build a small village cut out from the trees.

Markham, Ontario

  • Canada’s High-TechCapital –Kind of like the Silicon Valley of Canada, where lots of start-up tech companies come to live.

Niagara Falls, Ontario

  • Honeymoon Capital of the WorldOf course, famous for that humongous waterfall, lots of people have honeymooned here for the romantic atmosphere… of casinos and Ripley’s Believe It Or Not. Well, if it’s good enough for Superman and Lois Lane….

North Bay, Ontario

  • Gateway to the North
  • Gateway City
  • Smoothie Capital of the WorldThe most smoothies are sold here annually than anywhere else in the world.

Oshawa, Ontario

  • Canada’s Motor City – Large automobile manufacturing industry.
  • The ‘Shwa – A slang diminutive of its formal name.

Ottawa, Ontario

  • BytownThis used to be the official name of Ottawa before 1855.
  • Capital CityOttawa is the capital city of Canada.
  • O-Town
  • The City That Fun ForgotA nickname used derisively by residents who complain that there’s not much culture or night light.

Peterborough, Ontario

  • Electric CityIt was the first town in Canada to use electric street lights.

Scarborough, Ontario

  • Scarberia – Located Far East of Toronto, this town is rather remote and barren. Plays on Siberia in Russia.
  • Scarlem – Compares its crime rates to what used to be the high-crime rate in Harlem, New York.

Sudbury, Ontario

  • Nickel CapitalLarge nickel deposit near the city.
  • Nickel City
  • City of Lakes

Thunder Bay, Ontario

  • Canada’s Gateway to the West
  • LakeheadThunder Bay is situated on the northern side of the Great Lakes.
  • T-Bay

Toronto, Ontario

  • Centre of the UniverseSince Toronto has so often been compared (or desperately tried to compare itself) to New York City, they stole this nickname which too belonged to NYC.
  • T.O.Pronounced Tee-Oh.
  • The MegacityToronto just seems to swallow up the surrounding towns to become one giant city. It’s one of the largest in North America.
  • The City That WorksWritten in Harper’s Magazine, by Anthony Astrachan in 1975in reference to successful and well-executed urban planning.
  • The Big SmokeDue to industrial factories which produce pollution and smog.
  • HogtownThere are many origin stories for this nickname. Some think it refers to a large pork processing plant called, William Davies Company. Others link it to a derivative of an Anglo-Saxon word,Eoforwic,which translates to “wild boar village.” Or, it could come from an old bylaw that charged a 10-cent-per-pig fine on anyone who let their livestock run free in city streets.
  • Toronto the GoodCoined by William Holme Howland in reference to the influence of Victorian morality in the city.
  • Queen CityMostly what French-Canadians called Toronto,La Ville Reine.
  • City of ChurchesThere are copious amounts of churches in Toronto.
  • Hollywood NorthToronto is huge in the film industry, behind Los Angeles and New York.
  • Broadway NorthToronto has a New York complex and has even built its own Time Square, called Dundas Square. Although, it’s not completely unfounded; Toronto boasts the world’s third largest English-speaking theater district.
  • The 416This is the area telephone code.
  • The SixA nickname actually coined by Drake, the Canadian rapper and actor, which he explained comes from the 416 area code.

Waterloo, Ontario

  • The ‘Loo
  • K-Dub – A conjunction of Waterloo and the nearby city of Kitchener.

Windsor, Ontario

  • City of Roses – A lot ofWild roses grow in Windsor.
  • Automotive Capital of Canada – Large automobile manufacturing industry.

PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND NICKNAMES

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Charlottetown, PEI

  • Birthplace of Confederation – The Maritime Provinces (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and PEI) met with the Province of Canada (Ontario and Quebec) in Charlottetown to agree on the North American Confederation, which eventually became Canada.

QUEBEC NICKNAMES

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Montreal, Quebec

  • Quebec’s Metropolis(La Metropole du Quebec) – The largest and most cosmopolitan city in Quebec.
  • La metropole, or The Metropolis
  • The City of Saints – Many of Montreal’s streets are named after holy people who’ve been canonized, for example, St. Urbain, St. Elizabeth, St. Catherine.
  • La ville ancien cent clochers, or The City of a Hundred Steeples – There are many beautiful and extravagant churches and cathedrals.
  • Sin City – During the Prohibition Era, it was a little easier to find a drink in Montreal.
  • The City of Festivals – Montreal hosts many festivals throughout the year— even IglooFest in the winter, during which everyone dresses in snowsuits and dances at an outdoor club.

Quebec City, Quebec

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  • La Vieille Capitale, or The Old Capital – A much older, and much more “French” city than Montreal.

SASKATCHEWAN NICKNAMES

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Kelvington, Saskatchewan

  • Canada’s Hockey Factory – Many professional NHL players come from Kelvington.

Maryfield, Saskatchewan

  • The M.F.An acronym for Maryfield.

Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan

  • Band CityMoose Jaw boasts a large and thriving music scene.
  • The JawA diminutive of the formal name.
  • Little ChicagoAl Capone bootlegged liquor in the tunnels underneath Moose Jaw, much like he controlled the mafia in Chicago.
  • The Friendly CityLocals of Moose Jaw are incredibly hospitable.

Pilot Butte, Saskatchewan

  • The Sand Capital of CanadaDuring the construction of a railroad through the region in 1882, Pilot Butte was used for its gravel and sand deposits.

Prince Albert, Saskatchewan

  • P.A.An acronym for Prince Albert, not to confuse those from Pennsylvania.

Regina, Saskatchewan

  • The Queen CityRegina is the Latin word for Queen.
  • Pile o’ BonesLarge amounts of bones were left behind by hunters and trappers prior to its industrialization in 1882.
  • The City That Rhymes With FunThe nickname functions on two levels – It plays on the fact that Regina is rather remote and doesn’t have much of a nightlife. It also rhymes with the female genitalia….

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

  • The Bridge CityThis city has nine bridges over waterways.
  • Hub CityUrban planning after the spokes on a wagon wheel, with a central hub.
  • Paris of the PrairiesRefers to the many bridges crisscrossing the city, much like Paris.
  • POW CityNamed so for its plentiful resources of Potash, Oil, and Wheat.
  • Saskabush‘Bush’ is Canadian slang for wilderness, hence this diminutive.
  • StoonA contraction of Saskatoon.
  • ToontownA suffix of its formal name and a play on Disney’s “Toontown” which was full of our favorite cartoon characters.

NORTHWEST TERRITORIES NICKNAMES

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Aklavik, NT

  • The Town That Wouldn’t DieThis small city defied all odds, including a flood, a frail government, and the expectation that it would die. But, guess what? It didn’t.

Fort Liard, NT

  • Tropics of the NorthLocated in the relative southern part of the Territories, Fort Liard actually experiences some long hot summers.

Fort Resolution, NT

  • Fort Res – A diminutive of its formal name.
  • ResolutionNot too much inventiveness here, they just dropped the ‘fort.’

Fort Smith, NT

  • Graden Capital of the NorthDue to its location, this is a relatively green region of the Northwest Territories.

Hay River, NT

  • Hub of the NorthThis is a large city for the region and supplies many goods and services to the more rural areas.
  • Whitefish Capital – The waters near Hay River are fished primarily for whitefish.

Norman Wells, NT

  • The Wells

Tuktoyaktuk, NT

  • TukThis city needed a diminutive for all those syllables.

Yellowknife, NT

  • YKAn acronym for Yellowknife.
  • The Knife

NUNAVUT NICKNAMES

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Pangnirtung, Nunavut

  • Switzerland of the ArcticThe landscape is reminiscent of Switzerland, due to snow and higher elevation.

YUKON NICKNAMES

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Dawson City, Yukon

  • Paris of the NorthPlaywright Sally Clark said that Dawson City is known as the Paris of the North because “There is a sense of being in this really great artistic community where ideas really flow.”

Whitehorse, Yukon

  • The Wilderness CityWhitehorse is very remote and abuts true wilderness.

To end this article, we are going to leave you with this hilarious rant on Canada from the award-winning Tv show – Shameless (US).

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FAQs

What's Canada's nickname? ›

There are many stereotypes about Canada and Canadians that other nationalities get wrong. But when the country received the nickname of the Great White North, people were telling the truth. Here's why Canada is sometimes referred to as the Great White North.

What is the nickname of Ottawa? ›

Ottawa became one of Canada's largest high-tech cities and was nicknamed Silicon Valley North.

What are some nicknames for Toronto? ›

What is Ontario's nickname? ›

Ontario. "The Loyalist Province" — referring to Upper Canada (what is now Ontario) being one of the main destinations for Loyalists fleeing the United States during the American Revolution. "The Province of Opportunity" — dated, official provincial slogan, formerly seen on provincial highway construction project signs.

What is the old name of Canada? ›

Lawrence River the “rivière du Canada,” a name used until the early 1600s. By 1616, although the entire region was known as New France, the area along the great river of Canada and the Gulf of St. Lawrence was still called Canada.

Does Montreal have a nickname? ›

Nicknames. "Sin City" (During the period of Prohibition in the United States, it became well known as one of North America's "sin cities" due to its unparalleled nightlife.)

What is a nickname for Alberta? ›

NICKNAME: Princess Province, Energy Province, or Sunshine Province.

What is the nickname for Winnipeg? ›

Winnipeg is the capital city of Manitoba. Gateway to the West and Winterpeg are popular nicknames for this city.

What do you call someone from New Brunswick Canada? ›

DemonymResident of
MonctonianMoncton, New Brunswick
MontrealerMontréal, Quebec
Moose JavianMoose Jaw, Saskatchewan
MordeniteMorden, Manitoba
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What do you call someone from Vancouver? ›

According to it, someone from Vancouver is a Vancouverite.

What do you call someone from Calgary? ›

A native or resident of Calgary, Alberta, is called a Calgarian.

What is Toronto's second name? ›

Little York

York was incorporated and renamed Toronto in 1834. The city steadily grew during the 19th century, becoming one of the main destinations for new immigrants.

What is the nickname for Nova Scotia? ›

The term 'Bluenose,' used as a nickname for Nova Scotians, dates from at least the late eighteenth century.

What do you call someone from Manitoba? ›

A demonym is a term describing people living in a certain area — people who live in Manitoba are called Manitobans, for example.

What is the nickname for Newfoundland? ›

Nickname of Newfoundland and Labrador is "The Rock", "The Big Land", (Labrador) "Canada's Happy Province"

Why is Canada referred to as the 6? ›

The term “The 6” was popularized by Drake and refers to the six municipalities that made up Metro Toronto before it was amalgamated in 1998. The name is also derived from the city's first official area code, 416.

What does Canada mean in French? ›

Le Canada (m) Canada.

What does the word Toronto mean? ›

The name Toronto is derived from the Mohawk word tkaronto, which means “where there are trees standing in the water.” (See also Largest Cities in Canada With an Indigenous Name.)

What do they call Quebec city in French? ›

Other names

The name of the municipal corporate body instituted to govern Québec is Ville de Québec, in both English and French.

What was Montréal called before? ›

More than 100 years later, in 1642, Paul de Chomedey de Maisonneuve founded Montréal under the name “Ville-Marie” in honour of the Virgin Mary. Even in the early years of its existence, however, Ville-Marie was also called Montréal, after the name of its mountain. The name “Ville-Marie” fell out of use in about 1665.

What is the slogan for Nova Scotia? ›

The slogan, of course, is “Nova Scotia Strong.” It's quickly become so familiar that even an elongated blue blob with a heart spray-painted beside it on rocks by the side of Highway 103 is immediately recognizable as an offshoot of the slogan.

What is Ontario known for? ›

Besides being Canada's main economic hub, Ontario is also known for its natural diversity, including vast forests, beautiful provincial parks, four of the five Great Lakes and the world-famous Niagara falls.

What do you call people from Edmonton? ›

A resident of Edmonton is known as an Edmontonian.

What is Calgary known for? ›

Some of the things Calgary is known for include:
  • The Canadian Pacific Railway Headquarters.
  • The Calgary Fire of 1886.
  • The Calgary Stampede.
  • Calgary Flames - NHL Hockey Team.
  • Red Mile - Sea of Red Jerseys during the NHL playoffs of 2004.
  • Hosting the 1988 Winter Olympics.
  • Hosting the 2009 World Water Ski Championship.
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What is the Chicago of Canada? ›

The city of Hull, or Le Petit Chicago, has a long history as an island of vice. There's a compulsion among even Canada's most exciting cities to link themselves to Chicago. Obama once said that Toronto reminds him of Chicago, and now the city to the north won't let anyone forget it.

What Canadian city has the nickname Muddy York? ›

But it's actually a nickname for the city of Toronto in Canada. “Muddy York” is now not as popular a moniker as it used to be, but the name refers to a time in Toronto's history when there was no drainage system or sewers—meaning the “muddy” part of the name was quite literal.

What is Canada's national motto? ›

The motto of the Dominion of Canada is A Mari Usque Ad Mare which is officially translated as “From Sea to Sea” and “D'un océan à l'autre ”. The phrase comes from the Latin translation of Psalm 72:8 in the Bible.

Why is Canada called Canada? ›

According to the Government of Canada website, the name “Canada” likely comes from the Huron-Iroquois word “kanata,” meaning “village” or “settlement.” In 1535, two Aboriginal youths told French explorer Jacques Cartier about the route to kanata; they were actually referring to the village of Stadacona, the site of the ...

Why do Canadians say eh? ›

'Aye' or 'eh' is commonly related to Canadians. In linguistics, it mainly means a 'verbal confirmation from a person who is listening to you'. When Canadians say 'eh', it could mean they are confirming whether the other person is listening or not.

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