50 Canadian Towns With Quirky Names
The 50 weirdest town names in Canada are as unusual (and entertaining!) as our country is wide. We did the digging to figure out how they earned their delightfully odd names.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
Spuzzum, British Columbia.
Pretty anticlimactic considering it’s Indian for “little flat,” and not (as we’d hoped) a superhero.