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Nicknames mean a lot to Canadians, here's a list of the best

Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

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

  • Haligonia

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

Montreal, Quebec

  • 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:


Hamilton, Ontario

  • The Hammer
  • Steel town/city: This nickname is a nod to the Stelco and Dofasco steel plants situated in the city.

Toronto, Ontario

  • T-Dot
  • Hogtown
  • 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.

Brandon, Manitoba

  • Wheat City

Winnipeg, Manitoba

  • Winterpeg

Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan

  • The Jaw
  • Little Chicago

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

  • POW City: This is a reference to three resources found in the city: potash, oil and wheat.
  • Toon Town

Swift Current, Saskatchewan

  • Speedy City

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Calgary, Alberta

  • 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

  • PoCo

Victoria, B.C.

  • The Garden City

Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

  • The Diamond Capital of Canada

Dawson City, Yukon

  • Paris of the North

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