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Biggest Cities in Canada Quiz

How many of Canada's 24 most populous cities can you name?
  • Source: 2016 Canadian census
  • City proper, not metro area
  • Quiz by Quizmaster - Jun 07, 2017
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Population
City
2,731,579
1,704,694
1,239,220
934,243
932,546
721,599
705,224
631,486
Population
City
593,638
536,917
531,902
517,887
422,993
403,131
383,822
328,966
Population
City
306,233
276,245
246,376
239,700
233,222
232,755
217,188
215,106
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level 15
Apr 26, 2012
9 for an american, not bad. It's funny how candians get American cities, but we can't really get Canadian cities. Tells something about us.
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level ∞
Apr 26, 2012
Not at all. The difference is that Canada's cities are not as big. Detroit, for example, is the 18th largest U.S. city. However, it has played an important role in world history. The same cannot be said of Canada's 18th largest city, Gatineau.

Take a person from a European country, and they will be able to name many more American cities than Canadian ones. Perhaps Americans are ignorant, but not for this reason.

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level 65
Apr 26, 2012
Correct. I'm British and I only guessed 5 answers and out of the ones I didn't get, I only recognised 3 of them. With American cities, I could probably name 50 if I was given enough time.
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level 21
May 10, 2012
I'm British (and 11) and I could only get about 10 of these, whereas I could probably list about 120 American settlements.
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level 71
Apr 29, 2013
Americans are no more ignorant of geography (or anything, really) than Canadians, Europeans, Asians or Arabs. Many years of international teaching experience speaking here. You could make a video like "Jay Walking" in any country in the world. The stereotype that Americans are ignorant is clung to because it helps shore up prejudice, that's all. In terms of geography, Americans, on average, know geography that is relevant to them- i.e. the geography of their state and those near to it, to a lesser extent their country, to a lesser extent the countries bordering their country, and to some extent the geography of the world that has come up in the news or in history class. Same as everybody else in thew world. Many people in the USA *are* ignorant, but that's true literally everywhere. I'm the only American in the office where I work and I'm sure nobody here could beat me in a geography bee.
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level 27
Jul 26, 2014
so where abouts is andorra then?
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level 43
Dec 8, 2014
I am irish and very adept and interested in world geography i could only name 10. Canada is a bit of an enigma as vast areas contain no cities at all due to harsh terrain and conditions usa is much more populous and with the Americanisation of western europe makes it much easier for europeans to even guess cities tho you may not no where the hell it is within the us. As for stereotypes no one nation is stupid and to assume that probably brings down the average intelligence of your nation. However i do know where andorra is. :)
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level 56
Apr 17, 2015
Australian, got 6 (and recognised only a few more). I'd say that, obviously, some places' populaces are less educated in geography and others more so (e.g. western/central Europe more so, USA/undeveloped world less so), but that's the extent of it.
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level 47
Jan 14, 2016
Its funny because Ottawa-Gatineau make up Canada's national reason and is one of the reasons why our country exists today; to balance our french and english population. If it wasn't for Ottawa-Gatineau, you guys would have at least 2 northern neighbours. How's that for not important? But I do agree. Their are more american cities that are important because there's more american cities in general; both by number and population.
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level 25
Jun 6, 2017
Definitely. I got 7/24 in this quiz as a person from Czech R., however i am able to get around 30/50 in the usa quiz. Not really fascinated by any of those two countries.
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level 53
Aug 30, 2017
Yes they are ignorant for other reasons.
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level 5
Jun 18, 2012
Another reason that you may not have realized being American is that in Canada we get a lot of tv shows from the states. so people become more familiar with places there. whereas in America there is very little if any canadian (or any other countries) influence or presence in day to day life.
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level 49
Jul 2, 2014
Agree. I'm Canadian and only got 17. But 4 of the ones I missed were Toronto suburbs, 2 were Vancouver suburbs and the one is the Quebec side of Ottawa... Yet I can name all 50 states and capitals. 90% of my TV stations are American. 99% of movies I watch are American.
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level 7
Aug 13, 2014
We can get American cities because they are more famous.
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level 51
Dec 13, 2014
I'm Argentinian and I can get 30+ US cities, but less than 10 from Canada.
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level 33
Dec 22, 2014
There's no shame in not knowing most of these.
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level 43
Jan 16, 2015
i got 12. I did try and cutNpaste Fredricton but apparently that is smaller than the rest lol Otherwise I got the rest by knowing the town names. Winsor is near detroit, I follow hockey to so I got a lot of them from that. and I knew Quebec city and a few more :)
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level 53
Aug 17, 2016
I live in Canada, yet I can only get 19 of these as I live near the west coast, while most of these cities are in Ontario and Quebec. I think it really depends on where one lives. Canadians can usually get American cities, as most of us live close to the United States's border. However, Americans may not know Canadian cities as well, as more Americans live farther from the border than Canadians do. Education may be influencial, but many Canadians aren't exactly great at geography either.
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level 53
May 10, 2017
Actually it tells something about you, that unlike many of your fellow countrymen, you know how to read a world map and are fully knowledgeable that there are other countries outside (and adjacent to) the U.S. It is also of note a survey conducted in 2014 found that 73% of Americans cannot find their own country on a map: http://recoilmag.com/poll-73-percent-of-americans-unable-to-locate-america-on-map-of-america-2/
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level ∞
May 10, 2017
Future April Fools quiz material. :)
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level 55
Sep 1, 2017
What evidence do you have that kal is the exception to the rule? Who says most Americans don't know geography? The article you cited is a fake news site. It's a satire. As kal said, Americans know the geography that's relevant to them. Europeans know the geography of other European countries because they're smaller and they're all near each other. Many of them are smaller than U.S. states.
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level 8
May 11, 2017
If you can get 10 Canadian Cities you should be able to get 100 US Cities as the US is 10 times Canada's population. The US is steeped in pop culture and is the wealthiest and most dominant country in the world. We Canadian schmucks just act as a playground and fishing hole for visitors. It actually is sad that we are the largest trading partner for the US and largest for more than 30 states individually and yet most Americans know nothing more than we are a frozen wasteland. Oddly enough the average Canadian knows nothing about Canada either. In fact to be honest the average person in this world knows very little beyond their backyard
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level 56
Jun 2, 2017
Except New Zealanders.
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level 55
Apr 26, 2012
What, Alert isn't on there? How unexpected!
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level 65
Jul 31, 2013
LOL
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level 41
May 6, 2012
Canada is a cool country
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level 50
Jul 1, 2014
I wish it was a cool country, I'm sweating my balls off.
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level 28
May 27, 2012
I'm pretty sure that in my 26 years here, I've never heard of Longueuil, therefore it doesn't exist. Also, screw you ontario.
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level 20
Feb 11, 2013
That's because it is a suburb of montreal that has no purpose of its own.
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level 20
Apr 27, 2014
markham, vaughn, brampton, and mississauga are arguably suburbs of Toronto and I live there
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level 7
Aug 13, 2014
None of them are suburbs. Mississauga was developed as a suburb of Toronto, but it's now a city. On top of that, it has it's own mayor, and so do Markham, Vaughn and Brampton. A suburb of Toronto would be something like Parkdale, Kensington, Cabbagetown, Yorkville or North Toronto.
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level 54
Sep 7, 2016
Kensington and Cabbagetown and all those are Toronto neighbourhoods. Brampton, Mr. & Mrs. Sauga and all those are suburbs, whether or not Hazel or whoever is mayor.
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level 37
Aug 30, 2017
This is a good point. While not officially "suburbs" many of these cities act as suburbs. Brampton, MIssissauga, Vaughn, etc. all jumped in population due to proximity to Toronto. In the US, you don't have suburb style cities making the list. That's why its difficult for even Canadians to do well (the first time) on this quiz. We may know Brampton, but to us its a small town that became a suburb as Toronto started to sprawl.
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level 15
Dec 5, 2012
Surrey and LONDON?????
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level 71
Jul 1, 2014
London, Ontario. There are many place names in the Americas that were just copied from Europe. There's at least one London in the USA, as well. There are also Yorks (and New Yorks), Birminghams, Manchesters, Liverpools, etc etc. Most explorers and city founders were not terribly original when it came to coming up with place names, either they'd name it after themselves, or some mutilated version of a native word, or they'd pick a placename from somewhere else and copy it. Most of the time.
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level 71
Jul 1, 2014
reigning monarchs also a popular choice amongst brown-nosing cartographers.
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level 72
Sep 30, 2014
True. Nearly every county in Maryland and Virginia is named after some British person in history (including the states themselves)
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level 7
Aug 13, 2014
Yeah, there's also a Greece in Ontario, an Athens in the US, as well as a Moscow, Paris, Dublin, Lisbon, Madrid, Naples, Rome, Milan, Brussels, Copenhagen, Berlin, Hamburg, Stockholm, St. Petersburg, Oslo, Amsterdam, Alexandria and Cairo. Many cities there are named after cities in Europe and other parts of the world. Even Philadelphia, which was named after the Egyptian city of Philadelphia.
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level 71
Jun 3, 2015
That's interesting, I didn't know the original Philadelphia was in Egypt. Thanks for the titbit.
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level 55
Dec 22, 2015
The original Memphis was also in Egypt.
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level 71
Nov 20, 2016
I thought the original Philadelphia was Amman, Jordan. The city was renamed by the Arabs.
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level 66
Nov 25, 2014
Several counties - plus many townships - here in New Jersey have identically named equivalents in England. Essex, Somerset, Middlesex, Bridgewater...
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level 16
Dec 25, 2012
22/24 first try :) only missed Surrey and Burnaby. Mostly because they are suburbs of Vancouver and that is not close to where I live, so not as familiar with them. I am Canadian though so I should get these. For the most part a lot of these cities are suburbs of Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver.
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level 70
Jun 4, 2014
Surrey and Burnaby are not suburbs of Vancouver. They are their own cities, each with their own mayor and council, and they have their own downtowns etc. However, they do belong to Metro Vancouver, which is a regional district authority. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metro_Vancouver
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level 34
Sep 17, 2014
Seriously? Ask anyone from there. They're suburbs.
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level 54
Aug 30, 2017
Technically cities, as are all those on this list. But, like Mississauga and Brampton and Vaughan and Longueuil, they're burbs, practically speaking.
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level 44
Aug 30, 2017
Per Mirriam-Webster Definition of suburb 1 a : an outlying part of a city or town b : a smaller community adjacent to or within commuting distance of a city They're suburbs AND cities.
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level 66
Feb 7, 2013
What about Victoria and Oshawa, both with well over 300,000 each.
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level 38
Aug 12, 2013
I don't know about Oshawa, but Victoria only has about 80, 000 people in the city proper.
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level 69
Jul 1, 2014
Victoria has over 300,000. I'm not sure about this "city proper" idea, it sounds like administrative lines have been drawn around the inner city leaving most of the city officially somewhere else. Sound like the same thing's happened with Montreal and Toronto too - they have far more inhabitants than the numbers claimed here.
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level 71
Apr 29, 2013
I got all the ones with NHL teams except I forgot Calgary for some reason... plus the national capital and Saskatoon because it sounds funny and is therefore memorable. Should have got Halifax just on history... but missed that and all the rest.
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level 33
Nov 23, 2013
But the national capital has an NHL team. The Ottawa Senators. I had to go by junior hockey teams. OHL, QMJHL and WHL. It helped.
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level 71
Jul 1, 2014
I don't think that team existed back when I used to go to hockey games. My father is an ex-employee of the Washington Capitals.
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level 72
May 14, 2014
I got all the ones with NHL teams, or those always being rumored about to get one (Hamilton, Quebec City). Beyond that, I got nothing.
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level 68
Jul 2, 2014
you didnt get ottawa? i thought you were a world capital guru?
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level 71
Nov 20, 2016
I did get Ottawa. I realize my sentence was poorly constructed. I've never claimed to be any type of guru. Do you think if I actually cared to present myself as some sort of trivia genius it would be *that* hard to lie and just say I got everything right on every quiz? Obviously I don't care about this and am making comments for other reasons. I thought you were a heckling jerkoff who didn't think through obvious things like this. Oh, wait, yes, apparently you are.
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level 64
Jun 21, 2017
^^^If you're trying to convince someone you don't care, this isn't the way to do it.
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level 71
Aug 31, 2017
I'm not and never am trying to convince anyone here of anything about me. I don't care what you think of me. I'm making factual statements. Think whatever you like, person I don't know.
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level 15
Mar 2, 2014
i can't believe i missed toronto. i thought toronto was a restaurant in vancouver.
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level 6
Apr 11, 2014
hahahahahahahahaha
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level 46
Jun 3, 2014
bahahahahahahahahahaha
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level 7
Aug 13, 2014
lol, that's funny
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level 6
Apr 11, 2014
I'm American and since I love hockey I got all the cities with hockey teams then Halifax, London, Quebec City and Regina, otherwise I've never ever heard of the rest lol. 11/24, I'm good with that =)
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level 56
Jul 2, 2014
Originally from Michigan so I got 15 but should have had 20 at least. I am a terrible Michigander.
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level 47
Oct 22, 2016
I am also a Michigander, but I only got 13. I thought Ottawa was a LOT smaller than it really is. But almost a million people? Wow.
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level 43
Oct 31, 2016
And it has Gatineau on the other side of the river. It is simply smaller than Montreal and Toronto which it is stuck in between.
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level 23
Jul 2, 2014
i got 3. I dont know much bout Canada except for hockey.
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level 46
Jul 2, 2014
If you knew anything about hockey, you should have at least guessed the 7 Canadian NHL cities
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level 62
Jul 2, 2014
15/24, not bad for a Finn who's never visited Canada. But then again, I'm slightly obsessed with the country so that might have something to do with the result...
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level 44
Jul 17, 2015
Interesting. I live in Canada and I'm obsessed with your part of the world, as referenced by my username, being an archaic name for a Norwegian archipelago.
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level 34
Jul 11, 2014
16/24 Greetings from Wisconsin.
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level 56
Aug 22, 2014
I got 12, actually visited 5. I want to do a hockey match in Canada.
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level 3
Oct 17, 2014
Named all the NHL team I could think of. And Quebec. That's about it
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level 51
Dec 18, 2014
Got 9.
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level 55
Jan 26, 2015
Surprised that Kingston isn't on here
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level 28
Feb 5, 2015
Been reading all the comments above, and mostly agree. There is a difference in perception between what a city is versus the "city proper." With the exception of the residents, very few people in Canada would recognize Missisauga as a city. Yes, it has its own council & mayor, but there is no separation of it and the adjacent cities. The same can be said of Markham, Brampton & Vaughan (and for that matter, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Niagara Falls, St. Catharines, Hamilton, Ajax, Whitby & Pickering) and possibly Kitchener & London as well--they're all part of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). I got Missisauga, but missed Markham, Brampton & Vaughan. And I am Canadian. No U.S. quiz takers should feel badly about missing stuff on this quiz. It was a good quiz, but definitely challenging!
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level 13
Aug 19, 2015
I got 6 cities and surprisingly I'm British and 10
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level 72
Aug 30, 2017
I agree. When I take quizzes on largest cities in each US state I never know the cities which are suburbs or considered within metro areas of more recognizable cities unless something bad happens there which puts them into national news. For instance, after Katrina I could name many of the New Orleans suburbs. And now, unfortunately after Harvey, I can name many Houston suburbs. I hope I remain ignorant in the future of most city suburbs.
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level 28
Dec 15, 2015
14 (15-17 if I remembered mississauga and kitchener)
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level 72
Jan 5, 2016
I always remember Saskatoon because of the old Sonny James song, "A Little Bit South of Saskatoon".
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level 56
Mar 22, 2016
I got 10, with seven of them just because of NHL teams.
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level 14
Mar 24, 2016
These cities must be small
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level 48
May 21, 2016
Wow i really "gatineau" for of these cities get it, like "got to know".... haha? i tried ok
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level 56
Jul 12, 2016
African here, got 11.
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level 31
Sep 11, 2016
I'm Canadian, and I still missed two... It's hard to remember all these boring suburbs which are counted as cities, even though they are technically part of bigger cities
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level 39
Sep 26, 2016
Really? Calgary is not there? you have Edmonton which is smaller than Calgary why?
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level 39
Sep 26, 2016
No, as a Canadian who lives right next door to Americans, the Americans truly are ignorant of Canada. Many don't know where Vancouver is, let alone Edmonton, and as the quizmaster, who is probably not Canadian, has missed Calgary, a major Canadian city, well what can I say?
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level 35
Aug 30, 2017
You could say how extremely ignorant and biased you are.
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level 55
Sep 1, 2017
I have a question: why do Americans need to know where Edmonton is? I know where it is because I love maps and hockey, but, I'm sorry, Edmonton is of no consequence to the average American. I can understand Toronto and Vancouver, which are more international cities and command a lot more attention...but Edmonton? What about it demands that we know where it is? I wouldn't call you ignorant if you didn't know where Nashville is (and Nashville is a great city). Good for you if you know your map of mid-size American cities, but I certainly don't understand why it should be a knock on someone for not knowing where any given city is located. People should know capitals and major cities like Toronto, New York, Shanghai, etc. But Edmonton? No.
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level 30
Apr 21, 2017
I got just 19 and even so I beat 95% of test takers. I guess most of them are Americans, too. Difference is I lived in Toronto for an year...
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level 51
Aug 30, 2017
There are a lot of comments about US vs Canadian city awareness, but this quiz is based on city population and not metropolitan area, so if you can't name the suburbs/twin cities of Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal and Ottawa you can't do well on the quiz. I don't think I could name more than one or two suburbs of New York,LA and Chicago. Vancouver is not considered in the top 5 "cities" by population but it could be regarded as Canada's third largest "metropolitan area"
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level 11
Aug 30, 2017
I think this needs to be updated since cities like Edmonton now have over the population of 1M.
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level 33
Aug 30, 2017
i missed halifax,regina,windsor,surrey,laak,brunaby,markham,vaughan and longueuil
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level 44
Aug 30, 2017
For as much as I pay attention to the CHL, I should have gotten more.
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level 48
Aug 30, 2017
Well I'm European and I got 16. Many smaller ones like London, Hamilton, Markham and Kitchener because of ECHL/OHL -teams :) But I failed to remember Saskatoon and Missisauga, and timed out while trying to spell Gatineau.
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level 20
Aug 30, 2017
21/24 didnt get gatineau, probably never would have thought about burnaby, and never even heard of longueuil
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level 41
Aug 30, 2017
Only 4, so sad :(
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level 33
Sep 3, 2017
this is false.. Vancouver is about 2.4 million and Toronto is about 4 million. Calgary is 1.3 million. Burnaby and Surrey make up outer Vancouver.
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level ∞
Sep 4, 2017
You should write to the government to let them know that their data is incorrect!
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level 28
Oct 9, 2017
You're thinking of the metropolitan areas, rather than the cities themselves. The former is used more here though, so you have a point.
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level 35
Sep 12, 2017
22/24 I couldn't think of Longueil and didn't know of Burnaby
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level 42
Oct 9, 2017
Out of curiosity: of those who guessed Hamilton, are you from Canada? Hamilton's my home town. It's sad that a good fraction of the Canadians who I meet have never heard of it, considering it's one of the biggest cities in Canada. It's big enough to be on most globes. I figure of those who get it, you're either American or British?
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level 37
Oct 29, 2017
Question, wouldn't Vancouver be third? If not, can you do an urban area quiz on this?
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level 22
Nov 11, 2017
RIP me, I'm Canadian only got 18/24
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