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How the Provinces got their Names

Newfoundland
Was named by King Henry VII, who referred to John Cabot's discovery in 1947 as " New Found Luanda ".
Nova Scotia
The Latin form of New Scotland.
Prince Edward Island
Was named in 1799 after a son of King George III, Prince Edward who was commander in chief of British North America at the time.
New Brunswick
Was named in 1784 in honour of the reigning Monarch, King George III, who was also the Duke of Brunswick.
Quebec
Was named in 1763, after the Algonquin word for narrow passage.
Ontario
Is of Native origin from the Huron words, "onitari" for lake and "io" for beautiful; and the Iroquoian word "kanadario" for sparkling water. It appeared in 1641 and was applied to the province in 1867.
Manitoba
Comes from Manitou bou, which in Cree means, " narrows of the Great Spirit ".
Saskatchewan
Was derived from the Cree name for the Saskatchewan River, "Ksiskatchewananisipi" which means "swift flowing river".
Alberta
Was named in honour of Queen Victoria's fourth daughter, Princess Louise Caroline Alberta, in 1882.
British Columbia
Was the name of Queen Victoria chose for the colony in 1858 ( it was originally known as New Caledonia in the North and Columbia in the South).
Northwest Territories
Was known as the North-Western Territory 1870.
Yukon
Was named after the Loucheaux Native word for great river, "Yuchoo".
Nunavut
Was born in 1999, and it means "Our Land"


Published on: 2004-08-05 (9970 reads)

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