List of provincial and territorial nicknames in Canada

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This partial list of provincial and territorial nicknames in Canada compiles the aliases, 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 or their 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]

  • "Beautiful British Columbia", currently used on licence plates
  • "Super, Natural, British Columbia"
  • "B.C."


  • "Wild Rose Country", currently used on licence plates
  • "The Princess Province"
  • "The Energy Province"
  • "The Sunshine Province" [1]
  • "'Berta"


  • "Land of the Living Skies", currently used on licence plates
  • "The Bread Basket of Canada" [2]
  • "The Wheat Province"
  • "The Land of seed and Honey"


  • "Friendly Manitoba", currently used on licence plates
  • "The Keystone Province" [3]
  • "The Postage Stamp Province" [4]
  • "Land of 100,000 Lakes"
  • "Canada's Heart Beats" (Travel Manitoba's current slogan since 2014)


  • "The Heartland Province"
  • "The Province of Opportunity" (dated, official provincial slogan, formerly seen on provincial highway construction project signs)
  • "Yours to Discover", currently used on licence plates


  • "La Belle Province" (French for "The Beautiful Province", formerly used on license plates)
  • "Je me souviens" (French for "I remember", Currently used on license plates)

 New Brunswick[edit]

  • "The Picture Province"
  • "The Loyalist Province"
  • "The Drive-Through Province" (derogatory, a reference to the perceived lack of a tourist industry in the province, leading many to simply drive through to the other Atlantic provinces)
  • "No Funswick" (derogatory, a reference to the lack of recreational activities within the province)

 Nova Scotia[edit]

 Prince Edward Island[edit]

  • "Spud Island"
  • "Million Acre Farm"
  • "The Garden of Gulf"
  • "Abegweit"
  • "Minegoo"
  • "The Island"
  • "The Cradle of Confederation"

 Newfoundland and Labrador[edit]

  • "The Rock"[7]
  • "The Big Land" (Labrador)

 Northwest Territories[edit]

  • "Canada's Last Frontier"
  • "Land of the Polar Bear"
  • "North of Sixty"
  • "The Land of the Midnight Sun"[8]
  • "Spectacular Northwest Territories"[8]


  • "The Land of the Midnight Sun"[8]


  • "The Land of the Midnight Sun"[8]
  • "Larger than life"[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Province of Alberta (AB)". Retrieved 30 November 2016.
  2. ^ "About Studying in Canada - Study Canada". Retrieved 30 November 2016.
  3. ^ "CM Magazine: Manitoba. (Canada's Land & People)". Retrieved 30 November 2016.
  4. ^ Name, Author's. "Explore Our Heritage - Provincial Plaques". Retrieved 30 November 2016.
  5. ^ "Website Update - Nova Scotia Archives". Retrieved 30 November 2016.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-09-15. Retrieved 2008-05-30.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Talking Travel Destination Canada Sandra Phinney Newfoundland Coast and Outports". Retrieved 30 November 2016.
  8. ^ a b c d e Midnight Sun

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