Aboot Time for Laughs: 23 Weirdly Funny City Names in Canada

Canada is a vast land, stretching for 4700 miles from east to west, across 6 time zones! It has beautiful spots that will take your breath away and it’s the 2nd largest country worldwide with just 1% of the earth’s population. Yeah, let that sink in. And it also has a LOT of funny and weird city names. And we do mean a LOT! We’ve gathered every single one of the weird city names in Canada we could find. If you know of any others, let us know in the comments. Come back often because we will be updating this list. Enjoy!

Assumption, Ontario

It’s named after the church “Our Lady of Assumption” constructed in 1950. Just 50 people live here but the church is something special and should be visited if you’re ever in the area.

Asbestos, Quebec

Asbestos, QuebecThis 7,000 people town was called this way up until 2020 when they decided enough was enough and changed it to Val-des-Sources which means Valley of the springs. They changed the name because it sounded weird, inhabitants hated it and no one really wanted to do business in a town with such a name.

Bacon Cove, Newfoundland and Labrador

It’s not entirely certain where this funny name came from but there’s a story that could explain the name. It seems a big ship, filled with pigs got caught in a big windy storm and it sank. Residents tried to help as many of the pigs they could, just so they would eventually end up in their frying pans. Well, that would explain the “tasty” name, wouldn’t it?

Bawlf, Alberta

Named after Nicholas Bawlf, who was the Winnipeg Grain Exchange president, this 422 resident village is a nice community, founded in 1905.

Blow Me Down, Newfoundland and Labrador

Funny city names in Canada: Blow Me DownWe know, we know. The name is funny and all but has nothing to do with what you must be thinking about. There are terrible winds here that blow across the valleys and mountaintops. Anyone on water is at danger because of the winds. If you visit, better be prepared for heavy winds.

Cardigan, Prince Edward Island

The Earl of Cardigan is the inspiration for this sweater related place :), Earl who became Prince of Wales later. The Canadian town is known for the smallest lending library in the country.

Climax, Saskatchewan

Climax is one of the funny city names in Canada

Maybe they named it this way because it’s a very nice and beautiful place or maybe someone just wanted to have a laugh. Their small population of 200 shows, once again, that size doesn’t matter at all.

Conception Bay South, Newfoundland

C.B.S. (sounds like a crime show doesn’t it?) has around 25000 residents and has some amazing locations with extravagant views.

Cow Head, Newfoundland and Labrador

The story behind the name isn’t as exciting as you’d think. It seems a sailor saw a big rock and he thought it looked like a cow head. This town is located in a beautiful national park called Gros Morne.

Crapaud, Prince Edward Island

frog

This name comes from a… frog. Crapaud means frog in French so… This place is a very popular stop for people traveling on the Trans-Canada Highway.

Czar, Alberta

While it’s not clear where the name came from and why it has Russian accents, this 200 residents, 1917 founded town is your classic ranching town. Plenty of farmland and animals are what this place is all about.

Cheddar, Ontario

cheddarYou would expect this place to be focused on all kinds of cheeses, wouldn’t you? But it was actually a mining spot, named after a village from England. It’s not inhabited right now and has become one with the forest.

Crotch Lake, Ontario

The name comes from the lake that has 2 narrows and their meeting point looks like the crotch of a stick. There are 77 campsites here with a magnificent canoe route that goes through the Mississippi River.

Dead Man’s Flats, Alberta

foggy placeThe name could have originated from a 1904 murder on a Bow River dairy farm but that is not certain. Nowadays this place is a known destination for fishing trout plus it’s very close to Banff National Park.

Dildo, Newfoundland

To its defense, when the town was named this way (back in 1711) the word dildo didn’t mean what it means today but rather any cylindrical shaped item. The 1200 residents will openly joke about the name so be ready for some good ones.

Drinkwater, Saskatchewan

drinkwaterThe name comes from Charles Drinkwater, who was, in 1843, the first corporate secretary of the CPRC (Canadian Pacific Railway Company). There’s also the fact that CPR trains would always stop for water near this place.

Emo, Ontario

Emo comes from a Gaelic name which means “edge of the plain”. There’s a town in Ireland called Emo, after which this place was named by Alexander Luttrell. It’s a community of just 1200 people but it’s constantly growing.

Eyebrow, Saskatchewan

Eyebrows of dogThe community seems to have named this place this way because of a hill that resembles an eyebrow. It’s a little, quaint town where the world seems to have stopped in place.

Fertile, Saskatchewan

The peculiar name comes from the very fertile farming land found here. This place doesn’t have any 100% residents, just people that come and go, working the land.

Flin Flon, Manitoba

horse

A Canadian mining city that is located just on the border between Saskatchewan (with 300 residents on this side) and Manitoba (with 5500 residents). The name was given from a book called “The Sunless City” with the main character, one Josiah Flintabbatey Flonatin.

Forget, Saskatchewan

With a population of just 55 people, the community found here is a tight one. The views are great and the name of the village comes from the first Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan one Amédée E. Forget.

Garnish, Newfoundland and Labrador

Funny city names in Canada

The first settlers that came here did so from Garnish Island and when they saw this beautiful place, which resembled their island, they thought Garnish would be the appropriate name.

Goobies, Newfoundland and Labrador

In the 1800s there were a lot of people called “Gooby” and this is probably where the name comes from.

We hope you’ve found a few funny city names that made you chuckle or at least smile. Be sure to bookmark this page as we will keep searching for fun names and add them here. If you have suggestions please share them in the comments. Have a good one!

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