CITIES

This category contains all the facts about each individual city in Canada.

Fun Facts About Brooks Alberta

Located in the prairie province of Alberta, most Canadians and our foreign friends have absolutely no idea that the city of Brooks exists. So… in our cities series of facts, it is time to show some love to small Canadian cities from coast to coast. Below you will find some fun and interesting facts about Brooks Alberta.

1: Brooks was established on July 14/1910 as a village. It officially became a city in 2005 (September 1).

2: The city is an environmental and agricultural city.

3: Before the city was established, the area used to be a hunting ground for Buffalo by the natives of Crow and Blackfoot.

4: The city is named after an Engineer from Calgary who worked for the Canadian Pacific Railway. His full name was Noel Edgell Brooks. The city is only a mere 2 hours or so from Calgary and not far from the US border.

5: The city is located in South-East Alberta, and has a population of almost 15,000 people.

6: It is not known for this by many, but Brooks is one of Alberta’s most active gas fields. So the oil and gas industry is very important to the city.

7: The city is small but has a very diverse culture; with over 100 languages being spoken. So because of this, it is sometimes referred as the “City of 100 Hellos.”

8: City believes strongly transparency, and as such you can find all the city’s end of the year financial statements online.

9: Brooks has one of the best economies anywhere in Canada. Most people here work and this is reflected in its very low unemployment rate of 2.9 percent. The city attracts a lot of job seekers because of this.

10: Unfortunately for Brooks, the low unemployment rate comes at a price. It has a major manufacturing industry, so a lot of people work at these meat packing and processing plants among others that emit a cow like smell in the air that permeates and fills the city. You can smell it as you are entering the city. But people get used to it once they are in the city. This is the major reason some people come in work, then leave.

11: If you love hiking, fishing, and hunting, the visit Brooks.

12: The Brooks Aqueduct is a Provincial and National Historic Site. It is a short 8 KM southeast of Brooks, by Trans-Canada Highway 1. It was built over 90 years ago (1912) by the Canadian Pacific Railway. It is a very important piece of history to the province of Alberta. It was a very ambitious  and daunting project at the time.

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Facts About Brampton

Classified as part of the “GTA”, (the Toronto Greater Area), Brampton is a city onto itself with a large population – one of the largest in Canada. It has a lot to offer, and there is a lot to do. Explore the facts below about Brampton to learn more.

  • Brampton is one of the largest cities in Canada (9th), with a population of over 600,000.
  • John Haggert was the city of Brampton’s first mayor.
  • Brampton is the flower capital of Canada, and has a huge greenhouse sector. So if you are a nature type of person and love flowers and the greenhouse, and want to work in that industry, then consider moving to Brampton.

  • Over 20% of the adult population have a post-secondary education.
  • The city’s economy is powered by small to medium businesses which have 50 or less employees. Over 70% of the companies in Brampton are small businesses.
  • It officially gained city status in 1974 when it was incorporated.
  • Brampton’s downtown core is also known as “The Four Corners”, nicknamed after 4 banks that resided on each corner of the city’s core.
  • Brampton is a very diverse city, with over 70 spoken languages from all over the world. Immigrants make up at least 50% of the population.
  • Brampton is the 3rd largest city in the GTA (Greater Toronto Area).
  • Brampton is Ontario’s 4th largest city.

 

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Facts About Oshawa

Time for facts about Oshawa! Still under the radar to most Canadians and foreigners, the city of Oshawa is full of life and energy, and is one of the fastest growing cities in Canada with a population of 166,000 and growing.

  • Oshawa is a city located in the province of Ontario not far from Toronto. The word Oshawa is an Indian word which refers to a stream crossing.
  • Oshawa is home to General Motors Canada. It used to be called the Automotive Capital of Canada and still is today.

  • According to StatsCan, Oshawa is the 6th best place in all of Canada to find a full-time job. Not surprising, a lot of manufacturing jobs here.
  • Parkwood Estate is a National Historic Site of Canada. It used to be the home of General Motors of Canada’s founder Samuel McLaughlin.
  • The city is growing at a rapid pace – one of the fastest in the country.
  • In addition to General Motors, the city is also a powerhouse in other manufacturing; metals, furniture, electrical appliances, woolen mills and other things are manufactured in Oshawa.
  • Even though most people do not know, Oshawa is a favourite destination for film and TV producers. Certain films and TV shows were filmed in Oshawa, such as XMen (certain scenes).
  • Oshawa was incorporated in 1850.
  • The city is right on the north shore of the famous Lake Ontario.
  • The city has an official population of 166,000. Making it one of the largest cities in Canada.
  • The city’s airport is the only one with the word “executive” in its name: “Oshawa Executive Airport”.

 

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13 Facts About Iqaluit

Iqaluit — It is small, it is cold, it is unique and fascinating – it is a different world… a unique culture, a world you’ve never experienced before. Much, much different from the rest of Canada. Experience what it feels like being so close to the North Pole. It is probably as close you can get. It is going to be an interesting experience, one you will never forget!

  1. Iqaluit is the capital city of Nunavut, one of Canada’s 3 territories. Amazingly, it is the only city in the entire territory – a giant mass of land. Residents are called Iqalummiut.
  2. Northern Lights (best time to go: October to February) It is one of the best places in the world to watch and experience the vibrant aurora borealis as the light up the night sky – must see! Best time is during the winter months.
  3. If Nunavut (the province) was a country, it would be the 15th biggest country in the world.
  4. The population of Iqaluit roughly around 7,745 people… the smallest capital city in Canada.
  5. Iqaluit means “many fish” in Inuktitut.
  6. Signs in Iqaluit are in both English and Inuktitut.
  7. Most roads here are not paved – so don’t bring your sports cars here.
  8. Due to its location, the city is very cold, and isolated from the rest of Canada. Almost everything is expensive because it has to be imported.
  9. Like most cities in Canada, before it was called Iqaluit, it used to be known as Frobisher Bay. This was changed in 1987.
  10. Founded by Nakasuk, Iqaluit officially became a city on April 19, 2001 – so it is one of the youngest cities in all of North America and Canada’s newest capital city.
  11. The population is mostly Inuit – over 65%.
  12. The Iqaluit Airport was built by the United States as a military air base during World War II.
  13. Summer months temperatures go up to 5 degrees and winter down as low as -30!

 

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Facts About St. John’s

Long overdue… finally facts about St. John’s! The “cutest” city in Canada! Welcome to St. John’s, located in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador. It is a very old city, full of history, charm, colour and style! One of our favourites places in all of Canada. Explorer these 14 facts below about the city of St. John to discover more. One of the best places in Canada to watch whales.

1. St. John’s has the most colourful waterfronts in North America. All the houses by the rivers/ocean are painted in different colours so ships can see them from afar during a fog.

2. St. John’s is the largest city in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador and it’s capital city.

3. Winters are some of the coldest in Canada. And a lot of snow. But summers are absolutely gorgeous.

4. The Great Fire of 1892 was the biggest disaster in the city and province.

5. The first ever none stop trans-Atlantic flight started from St. John’s, and finished off in Clifden in the Connemara region of western Ireland.

6. Royal St. John’s Regatta is the oldest annual sporting event in all of North America – since 1816. Long before Canada was a nation (1867).

7. St. John’s is host to one end of the longest highways in the world trans-Canada highway.

8. St. John’s is Canada’s “rainbow city”. Houses are coloured in different colours.

9. The creation of Cabot Tower on Signal Hill was to commemorate Queen Victoria of England as well as 400th anniversary of John Cabot.

10. St. John’s is the second oldest city in North America behind Mexico City.

11. The city has a population of an estimated 110,000 people.

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10 Interesting Facts About Yellowknife

If you like any of the following; cold weather, fishing, watching the northern lights and other surprises in the night sky, being close to the north pole, not much day light, quiet, and peaceful… and also love Diamonds (who doesn’t??), then you will love Yellowknife!

1. Located in the second largest territory in Canada, Yellowknife is the capital and largest city of Northwest Territories. With a population of just over 20,000 people.

2. English is the main language.

3. Yellowknife was established in 1934, making it one of the youngest cities in Canada. It became the capital of the territory in 1967.

4. If you have ever dreamed of living close to the North Pole, then Yellowknife is the best place to do it. It is only 3,062 kilometres away from the North Pole.

5. Gold mining is a big part of entire territories’ industry.

6. If you love fish, then you will love Yellowknife; there are a plethora of options – whitefish, northern pike, pickerel, arctic char, lake trout and more.

7. If you love the Northern lights, then come here… one of the best places on Earth to do it.

8. The city saw an estimated 24 cm of snow on February 20th, 1982. The most in the city’s history.

9. Appropriately named “the Diamond Capital of North America”, a lot of Canada’s diamonds come from Yellowknife.

10. The city gets an estimated 5 thunderstorms a year.

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