(Credit to R. Stevens)
Archives for Canada
Qouthe a well-respected canu^Hadian friend of us all (while walking the streets of Stockholm in the middle of the night):
Mullet + Spandex + Synthesizer + Rock & Roll = One Man Band of the Future.
Rural Quebec is definitely a source for quirky place names. As you’ve noticed, the french ones: Tete a Baleine (Whale’s head), La Tuque (famous Canadian hat), Ste-Emelie-de-l’Energie. The Inuit ones too: Kangiqsuajujjuaq and Kujjuaq, Puvirnituq, Inukjuak, Sanikiluak, Kuujjuarapik.
But for my money the Maritimes have the best place names around: Meat cove, Money Point, Dingwall, Roaches Line, Dildo and South Dildo, and from there Heart’s Content and Heart’s Desire are right up the coast.
I’m sure you’re familiar with the Little Feat songs listing Texas places… they could have sung “Ontario is a world all of it’s own” because it has London, Stratford, Cambridge, Paris, Moscow, Cairo, Delhi. It had Berlin (except it’s now called Kitchener after the British Lord during the Great War) which is twinned with Waterloo.
So, growing up in Texas, I’ve become somewhat accustomed to somewhat unconventional city names. “Cut and Shoot, TX” comes to mind — as do names like “Snook” and “North Zulch.”
But I’ve found one that really takes the cake. I want exclamation points in my city’s name!