Super-punny and geographically accurate, this town’s claim to fame is that it’s, well, not Ottawa.
Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha!, Quebec.
No, it’s not a joke, and yes, there are exclamation marks in this proper name. Word has it the interjection is the sound one makes at the sight of the town’s lake.
Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, Alberta.
A bit gory, perhaps, but it makes sense when you consider that indigenous people used to kill buffalo here by driving them off the site’s 11-metre cliff.
Flin Flon, Manitoba.
Evocative of our favourite summer sandal, the mining city of Flin Flon refers to a science fiction literary character.
Mature, Saskatchewan. Real mature. Their goodbye sign reads “Please Come Again,” adding a dose of Canadian politeness and levity to an otherwise awkward name.
Happy Adventure, Newfoundland.
When settlers landed, they couldn’t help but address the lush scenery when naming this town.
With a population of just over 11,000, you may think this town name references its modest size. But it’s actually named after the pet dog of Lady Sarah Maitland, the wife of Upper Canada’s Lieutenant Governor.
Blow Me Down, Newfoundland.
It might sound like an aggressive demand, but a visiting ship captain feared its strong winds would literally blow him down.
Although it inevitably evokes one of history’s most horrifying symbols, this town was actually named after a train station built in 1906.
Imagine the sign once you drive into town reading, “You’re now entering Entrance.” How’s that for redundancy?
One would assume the population would be overflowing beyond its bounds, but only 50 people call this town home.
Pain Court, Ontario.
It sounds like it would hurt, but it translates from French to “short bread,” the loaves of which impoverished parishioners offered to early Roman Catholic missionaries.
One might think that a love of fattening condiments was at an all-time high when this town was named, but Irish settlers actually named it after their hometown.
Sober Island, Nova Scotia.
Can you even get a drink here? As a major hub for oysters, we’d assume so, since they’re best paired with bubbly.
Cow Head, Newfoundland.
For a town renowned for its rich fishing grounds, the name sure evokes taxidermy.
Bacon Cove, Newfoundland.
A fishing and farming cove, this name may not make sense given its primary export-but it’s enough to make your mouth water regardless.
Crotch Lake, Ontario.
Situated smack between the two legs of a lake, this town name makes an awkward sort of sense.
Stoner, British Columbia.
More family-friendly than you’d think, it’s named after Stone Creek – and not that guy at the bus stop eating Cheetos.
Remember that 2009 psychological thriller called Pontypool? (Neither do we.) It also turns out the first settlers named it after their hometown of Pontypool, Wales.
Let’s just get the raunchy stuff out of the way. With no affiliation with its modern definition, it’s rumoured to refer to a pin placed in a rowboat that attaches to the oar.
You may be inclined to communicate entirely in peace signs while in Radville-a town named after a gentleman by the name of Conrad Paquin.
Quispamsis, New Brunswick.
Translated from the Maliseet language into “little lake in the woods,” it’s commonly referred to as Q-Dot, because, well… Who has time to even pronounce the whole thing?
It’s not a baby learning to pronounce “water,” but Obwije for “wild goose”.
One of Canada’s fastest-shrinking towns, the odd childbirth imagery stems from an old basque villa in Spain called Placencia.
So fitting that Pocahontas would be a hub for scenic campgrounds in renowned Jasper National Park.
Salmon Arm, British Columbia.
The imagery is something you would only see in a hallucination, but it actually refers to the concentration of salmon that used to live in the southwest arm of the Shuswap Lake.
Point to a random body part and that’s how they’ll derive the town name, right? Actually, it’s named after a parabola-shaped hill above Eyebrow Lake.
This town was named after a post office, which begs the question, “What was that post office named after?”
As unappealing as it sounds – our throats are tickling just thinking about it – the town was (until recently) home to a vast asbestos mine.
Well, isn’t that sweet. Old adages say young people would stroll through its streets holding hands, but this town name actually comes from Tom Love, the first train conductor to pass through.
Cardigan, Prince Edward Island.
No need to constantly bundle up here! This community was named after James Brudenell, the 5th Earl of Cardigan.
A community in the Severn townships, we’re hoping that living there is the antidote to wintertime blues.
Heart’s Desire, Newfoundland.
Sandwiched between Heart’s Content and Heart’s Delight, this town got its name from its unparalleled scenic views.
It may be an inversion of the mid-western American state, but it actually means “flowing water” in the Dakota language.
Sorry, Trekkies – this isn’t Spock’s home. It’s said to have been named by a railway surveyor after the Roman God of Fire, but its exact origin hasn’t been traced.
Punkeydoodles Corners, Ontario.
Legends say a local innkeeper always sang “Yankee Doodle,” which was somehow translated into “Punkey.” Either way, it’s no surprise the town’s sign frequently gets stolen.
Herring Neck, Newfoundland.
Fishermen from this region used to portage a large amount of herring across the Pike’s Arm. How the “neck” came to be is a mystery.
Stop the press! This town was named after The Daily Mirror, a London-based tabloid founded in 1903.
Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.
How a town can be shaped like a moose’s jaw on the map is beyond us, but to each their own.
We know you chuckled in elementary school, but now that you know Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll, named it after her mother, the Queen (Victoria Regina), it seems way less funny.
Keg River, Alberta.
We imagine the founding fathers of Keg River, Alberta, knew how to have a good time.
Dead Man’s Flats, Alberta.
Some trace the name back to a murder that took place at a Bow River dairy farm. Others probably get lost in thoughts about what Dead Man’s Heels would look like.
Pokemouche, New Brunswick.
You may be wondering whether this town was named by a Pokemon enthusiast, but the word is actually Mi’qmak for “Pokomújpetúák”, which has been interpreted as either “salt water entrance,” “lots of fish,” or “ground of abundance.”
Seven Persons, Alberta.
An ode to polygamy, Mormons migrated here from the U.S. for religious freedom.
Clo-oose, British Columbia.
This town name is actually “tluu7uus” in Nitinaht, meaning “camping place”.
Mushaboom, Nova Scotia.
Mushaboom about nothing: If you’re a Feist fan, you’ll know she wrote a song about this town, which was named after Mushaboom Harbour.
Spuzzum, British Columbia.
Pretty anticlimactic considering it’s Indian for “little flat,” and not (as we’d hoped) a superhero.
Osoyoos, British Columbia.
Syilx’tsn for suius, meaning “narrowing of the waters,” early settlers added the “O” prefix to unify all the towns in the Okanagan Country.
Skookumchuk, British Columbia.
Chinook for “strong water” or “rapids,” we’d bow out if challenged to say it ten times fast.
Crapaud, Prince Edward Island.
It’s French for “toad,” but much more fun for anglophones to say.