Nicknames mean a lot to Canadians, here's a list of the best
Tuesday, June 26, 2018, 4:33 AM - From the Garden City to the 6ix, there are a lot of nicknames for Canadian cities.
With your help, we've put together a list of some of the more popular nicknames for Canadian cities.
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St. John's, Newfoundland
- Sin Jawns: Some locals use this pronunciation to differentiate from St. John, New Brunswick).
- Town: St. John's is the only major city centre in Newfoundland, so locals refer to visiting the city as going to "town".
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
- Birthplace of the Confederation
Antigonish, Nova Scotia
- The 'Nish
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Fredericton, New Brunswick
- Freddy Beach: There's a bit of confusion surrounding how Fredericton got its nickname. Some say the name comes from Freddy Beach Clothing Co., while others say the nickname is tongue in cheek, derived from a lack of large beaches in the area and the harsh winters the region experiences.
Saint John, New Brunswick
- Fundy City
- Sin City: This nickname has nothing to do with casinos (like Las Vegas, which is also referred to as Sin City) and everything to do with the prohibition era. That's when this nickname was born.
Ontario takes the cake for regional nicknames. Dozens of cities have them. Here are some notable ones:
- The Hammer
- Steel town/city: This nickname is a nod to the Stelco and Dofasco steel plants situated in the city.
- The 6ix: The city that's now Toronto was broken up into six different cities: Toronto, Etobicoke, Scarborough, North York, York, East York. In 1998 the government amalgamated these six cities. The '6ix' references the region, pre-amalgamation.
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- Wheat City
Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
- The Jaw
- Little Chicago
- POW City: This is a reference to three resources found in the city: potash, oil and wheat.
- Toon Town
Swift Current, Saskatchewan
- Speedy City
- Cow Town or the Stampede City: Both are nods to Calgary's annual stampede.
Fort McMurray, Alberta
- Fort Mac
Vancouver, British Columbia
- Rain City
- The Wet Coast
- Van City
Port Coquitlam, British Columbia
- The Garden City
Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
- The Diamond Capital of Canada
Dawson City, Yukon
- Paris of the North