List of provincial and territorial nicknames in Canada

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This partial list of provincial and territorial nicknames in Canada compiles the nicknames, sobriquets, and slogans that the provinces and territories are known by (or have been known by historically), officially and unofficially, to provincial and territorial governments, local people, outsiders, tourism boards, or chambers of commerce.

Provincial and territorial nicknames can help in establishing a provincial or territorial identity, helping outsiders recognize a community or attracting people to a community because of its nickname; promote provincial or territorial pride; and build community unity. They are also believed to have economic value, but their economic value is difficult to measure.

Some unofficial nicknames are positive, while others are derisive. The unofficial nicknames listed here have been in use for a long time or have gained wide use.



British Columbia[edit]


  • "The 204"[6] — referring to the province's original area code.
  • "Canada's Heart Beats" — Travel Manitoba's current slogan since 2014.[7]
  • "Friendly Manitoba" — currently used on its license plates.
  • "Manisnowba" — a blend between Manitoba and snow because of how snowy the province can get.
  • "The Keystone Province" — due to its position in the center of Canada.[8][9][10]
  • "The Postage Stamp Province" — in its original form upon joining Confederation, Manitoba's size and shape resembled a postage stamp when viewed a map of Canada. The name faded after the province's boundaries were extended in 1881 and 1912.[11][10]
  • "Sunny Manitoba" — formerly used on its license plates from 1971–1975.
  • ”The land of 100,000 lakes”
  • "Toba" — unofficial name used by several organizations.[12][13][14]


  • "The Heartland Province"[4]
  • "Land O'Lakes"
  • "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.
  • "A Place to Grow" (and French: En plein essor) — briefly used on license plates in 2020, originally from the unofficial provincial anthem.
  • "A Place to Stand" — after the eponymous 1967 film made for the provincial pavilion at Expo 67, later used for the unofficial provincial anthem.
  • "Yours to Discover" (and French: Tant à Découvrir) — used on license plates issued since 1982.
  • “The Great Lake Province”

New Brunswick[edit]

  • "The Picture Province"[4] — formerly used on its license plates.
  • "Petit Québec"
  • “The Drive Through Province”

Newfoundland and Labrador[edit]

Nova Scotia[edit]

  • "Canada's Ocean Playground" — currently used on its license plates[16]
  • "Land of the Mi'kmaq" (Miꞌkmaꞌki region) — referring to current-day Nova Scotia belonging to the Miꞌkmaꞌki region, the traditional land of the Miꞌkmaq; currently used on specialty license plates.
  • "Bluenose Province”
  • "The Sea Bound Coast"[4]

Prince Edward Island[edit]

  • "Birthplace of Confederation" (and French: Berceau de la Confédération) — currently used on its license plates since 2013 (and formerly 1997–2007).
  • "The Cradle of Confederation"
  • "The First Province"
  • "Garden of the Gulf"[4] — formerly used on its license plates from 1929–1930 and 1962–1965,
  • "The Garden Province"[17] or "Canada's Green Province" (and French: La province verte du Canada) — the former was used on its license plates from 1966–1972; the latter was used from 2007–2012.
  • "Home of Anne of Green Gables" — formerly used on its license plates from 1993–1997; refers to the titular character of the famous Anne of Green Gables novel coming from the fictional town of Avonlea in rural PEI.
  • "P.E.I."


  • "La Belle Province"[4] — formerly used on license plates from 1963–1977.
  • "The Festival Province"
  • "Je me souviens" (French for 'I Remember') — official motto of Quebec, currently used on its license plates.
  • "Je suis là" (French for 'I'm here') — formerly used on license plates


  • "Canada’s Bread and Butter"[18]
  • "The Drive-Through Province" — used sarcastically by Canadians, describing it as a boring province.
  • "The Land of the Living Skies"[4] — currently used on its license plates.
  • "Wheat Province" — formerly used on its license plates from 1951–1959.

Territories/Northern Canada[edit]

Names used for Northern Canada more broadly or shared between the three Canadian territories:

Northwest Territories[edit]


  • "Our Land" — a simple translation of the Inuktitut word Nunavut.[4]


  • "The Klondike" — currently used on its license plates.
  • "Home of the Klondike" — used on its license plates from 1971–1977.
  • "Land of the Midnight Sun" — used on its license plates from 1952–1970.
  • "Larger Than Life"[21]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Alberta". Britannica Kids. Retrieved 2022-04-17.
  2. ^ "The Province of Alberta (AB)". Retrieved 30 November 2016.
  3. ^ "Friday's letters: Why Alberta is called Texas of the north". edmontonjournal. Retrieved 2022-04-17.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "The Nicknames of Places in Canada and the United States". CashNetUSA Blog. 2019-11-18. Retrieved 2022-04-17.
  5. ^ Francis, Daniel. 2 September 2013. "Far Out on the Left Coast: British Columbia's Sense of Isolation and Belonging". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved 17 April 2022.
  6. ^ "What's in a number? New area code in the works for Manitoba - Winnipeg |". Global News. Retrieved 2022-04-17.
  7. ^ "Travel Manitoba, Canada: Start Planning Your Trip". Travel Manitoba. Retrieved 2022-04-17.
  8. ^ "Manitoba". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2022-04-17.
  9. ^ Coates, Ken, and Fred McGuinness. 1988. The Keystone Province: An Illustrated History of Manitoba Enterprise. Burlington, ON: Windsor Publications. ISBN 0897812573.
  10. ^ a b "Manitoba Pageant: From Postage Stamp to Keystone". Retrieved 2022-04-17.
  11. ^ Historic Resources Branch. "Postage Stamp Province | Manitoba Heritage Council Commemorative Plaques". Retrieved 2022-04-17.
  12. ^ of 'Toba, Trails. "Trails of 'Toba - Your Adventure Awaits!". Trails of 'Toba. Retrieved 2022-04-17.
  13. ^ "Home - Toba Centre for Children & Youth". 2020-05-08. Retrieved 2022-04-17.
  14. ^ "Basketball Manitoba: Journey to Niagara: Team Toba Basketball Building Momentum for the 2022 Canada Summer Games". Basketball Manitoba. Retrieved 2022-04-17.
  15. ^ "Talking Travel Destination Canada Sandra Phinney Newfoundland Coast and Outports". Retrieved 30 November 2016.
  16. ^ "Website Update - Nova Scotia Archives". Retrieved 30 November 2016.
  17. ^ McKenna, Peter. "The Politics of Gaming in the 'Garden Province'." Journal of Canadian Studies 41 (2007):51-74. doi:10.3138/JCS.41.1.51.
  18. ^ "About Studying in Canada - Study Canada". Retrieved 30 November 2016.
  19. ^ Bone, Robert M. 1974. "Canada’s Last Frontier: The North." Current History 66(392):161–84. JSTOR 45313053.
  20. ^ "Canada's Final Frontier: Understanding Arctic Sovereignty". The McGill Tribune. 2014-02-25. Retrieved 2022-04-17.
  21. ^ a b Midnight Sun

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