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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
Last updated: November 04, 2018
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Population
City
2,731,579
Toronto
1,704,694
Montréal
1,239,220
Calgary
934,243
Ottawa
932,546
Edmonton
721,599
Mississauga
705,224
Winnipeg
631,486
Vancouver
Population
City
593,638
Brampton
536,917
Hamilton
531,902
Quebec City
517,887
Surrey
422,993
Laval
403,131
Halifax
383,822
London
328,966
Markham
Population
City
306,233
Vaughan
276,245
Gatineau
246,376
Longueuil
239,700
Burnaby
233,222
Saskatoon
232,755
Kitchener
217,188
Windsor
215,106
Regina
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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 69
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 76
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 46
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 54
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 52
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 28
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 61
Aug 30, 2017
Yes they are ignorant for other reasons.
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level 50
May 21, 2018
Another issue here is that we're dealing with city proper population, which brings up issues of legal boundaries and other things irrelevant to most non-Canadians. e.g. Surrey and Burnaby are both in greater Vancouver; Longueuil and Laval are both in greater Montreal; Gatineau is in greater Ottawa; Mississauga, Brampton, Markham and Vaughan are all in greater Toronto. In each case you don't leave the urbanized area for a single moment when driving from one city to the other. So to me, as a Canadian, almost half the names on this list would be irrelevant to anyone from outside our country. It's still a cool quiz, but I agree that not getting all the cities on this list doesn't imply ignorance at all.
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level 46
Aug 9, 2018
These cities are relatively big. For example, France has smaller cities, albeit with higher population. Mild weather allows people to distributed in rural areas.
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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 61
Jun 17, 2018
I'm Canadian and could get only one from Argentina so don't feel so bad 10 is quite a few for someone in Argentina.
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level 31
Dec 22, 2014
There's no shame in not knowing most of these.
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level 49
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 59
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 61
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 59
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 68
Apr 8, 2019
Over half of these are nondescript suburbs with large administrative borders and Toronto exurbs most people 80 miles away have ever heard of.
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level 54
Apr 26, 2012
What, Alert isn't on there? How unexpected!
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level 67
Jul 31, 2013
LOL
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level 41
May 6, 2012
Canada is a cool country
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level 49
Jul 1, 2014
I wish it was a cool country, I'm sweating my balls off.
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level 68
Apr 8, 2019
Wait a week.
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level 29
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 75
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 58
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 51
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 67
Jan 10, 2018
Brit here and I didn't get Surrey and Burnaby (among many others) because I thought they were part of Vancouver. I have been there and I was surpsied when it's population showed up as being so low. I should probably have tried a few of the places I assumed where suburbs. I guess it's the tricky part of deciding where a city actually stops, especially with large metropolitan areas.
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level 69
Feb 7, 2013
What about Victoria and Oshawa, both with well over 300,000 each.
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level 48
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 72
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 68
Apr 8, 2019
https://www.google.com/search?&q=city+limits
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level 76
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 79
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 72
Jul 2, 2014
you didnt get ottawa? i thought you were a world capital guru?
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level 76
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 72
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 76
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 68
Apr 8, 2019
Forget Saskatoon, the capital of Saskatchewan sounds even funnier the way they pronounce it.
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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 44
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 67
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 43
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 59
Aug 22, 2014
I got 12, actually visited 5. I want to do a hockey match in Canada.
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level 51
Dec 18, 2014
Got 9.
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level 59
Jan 26, 2015
Surprised that Kingston isn't on here
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level 27
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 75
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 75
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 61
Mar 22, 2016
I got 10, with seven of them just because of NHL teams.
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level 16
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 57
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 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 24
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 38
Aug 30, 2017
i missed halifax,regina,windsor,surrey,laak,brunaby,markham,vaughan and longueuil
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level 76
May 18, 2019
Deadpool is from Regina because Regina rhymes with fun.
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level 51
Aug 30, 2017
For as much as I pay attention to the CHL, I should have gotten more.
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level 44
Aug 30, 2017
Only 4, so sad :(
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level 36
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 44
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 54
Sep 25, 2018
Greater Vancouver is the third most populous region in Canada, Vancouver The City is just a portion of that. (Burnaby & Surrey, both on this list, are part of Greater Vancouver.)
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level 46
Sep 12, 2017
22/24 I couldn't think of Longueil and didn't know of Burnaby
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level 53
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 22
Nov 25, 2017
I'm from St. Catharines, and I go to Hamilton regularly. It's a pretty cool place!
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level 54
Sep 25, 2018
The only reason I remembered it is because of the football team. (but I DID remember it!)
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level 46
Apr 22, 2019
uncle lives in hamilton
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level 39
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 54
Sep 25, 2018
Although Greater Vancouver is the third most populous region in Canada, Vancouver proper is just a portion of that. (Burnaby & Surrey, both on this list, are part of Greater Vancouver.) So it makes sense that Vancouver The City is farther down the list.
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level 54
Nov 11, 2017
RIP me, I'm Canadian only got 18/24
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level 24
Jan 2, 2019
How is Vancouver so far down it is the 3rd biggest city in Canada, 2.5 million people live there as of 2016
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level 41
Apr 3, 2019
11... not bad for an american
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level 68
Apr 8, 2019
Got all the suburbs of Ottawa, Vancouver, Detroit, Montréal and Toronto. Forgot Toronto.
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level 35
Apr 10, 2019
Should have remembered Ottawa. I am Canadian and I forgot Ottawa.
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level 35
May 18, 2019
I'm Canadian, and I usually do very well on JetPunk quizzes, but I only got 11 cities. If you're not from Ontario, all the cities around the golden horseshoe can comfortably be conceptualized as "Toronto". I mean, you can drive to Mississauga in a half hour, which is about how long it takes me to get across town in Edmonton.
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level 70
May 18, 2019
This quiz is a good validation why metro areas are better for quizzes than city proper - signed, a Canadian (who only missed one, Burnaby).