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06/08/07

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List-er-ino Fridays: Five Places That You Can Only Find in Canada

My home country, like all countries, has it's share of unique and different place names... at least, I think the five I've selected are unique to Canada... although who knows...

It's Not What You Think

Granted, names and making fun of names in GOOD humour is normal... after all, there's a town named "Cold Water" here in Ontario... and a fellow by the name of Richard Shrivels purposely moved there just to have business cards that said "DICK SHRIVELS in Cold Water". (This is true and Sue already blogged about it here!) To the best of my knowledge, Dick Shrivels STILL in Cold Water...

Of course, there's also Beeton, Ontario... and driving instructions would never be complete without suggesting one take the highway and use the Beeton Off-Ramp... and there is a Beeton Wives Club.

...but I digress...

Here's FIVE place that (again, to the best of my knowledge) are only in Canada...


Punkeydoodles Corners

Nestled near Kitchener, Ontario is Punkeydoodles Corners... It was a stagecoach stop in the nineteenth-century run by a German immigrant who may have inadvertently given it its unusual name when he'd belt out the tune "Yankee Doodle" and murder the original lyrics... which, considering the popularity of the Americans in nineteenth-century Canada, was probably beloved by all.

Of course, this is only ONE possibility, the other is that "punkeydoodle" was a Victorian-aged nursery-slang word for "frittering about" and wasting time.

Which is the origin of the town? Your guess is as good as the next!


Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump

A wonderful park in the Province of Alberta, it's unique name is based on a method of hunting bison that the natives used... basically, you "heard" them up a hill with a cliff and... well, you get the idea. Needless to say, the park name is from such hunting done there way back when... and yes, there is a ten-meter cliff.

It's a UNESCO World Heritage Site!


Swastika

Okay, we ALL know that the "broken cross" known as the Swastika was around long before some maniacal home decorator with an odd little moustache adopted it for his political party in Germany that led to a little spat known as WWII... and a lot of other horrible things.

In fact, Swastika, Ontario had that name as of 1908!

James and William Dusty were miners who set up shop there when miners were streaming in to Ontario's North.

Needless to say, there were calls to "change the name" during World War II, but the town stood it's ground and claimed, "To hell with Hitler! We had it first!" and the name remains the same.

Of note, "Berlin, Ontario" did cave in WWI and became "Kitchener"... so we're not all so solid here in Canada as the residents of Swastika!


Ochiichagwebabigoining

Okay, it's also known as Dalles, Ontario... but it's traditional name (and still used by the local First Nations groups,) is Ochiichagwebabigoining.

How does one pronounce this? You got me!

It's up near Kenora, if that helps! :)


Dildo

I'm making this up, aren't I?

Nope!

As any GOOD Canadian knows, Dildo is in the lovely Maritime province of Newfoundland... NewFOUNDLand... Newfundland... NewFoundLund... however you wish to pronounce it... but no mistaking Dildo's pronounciation.

No, it is not named after an "adult toy", apparently it's also the name of an old glass cylander... an "arm of water"... and is found in the refrain of many songs that go "Hey Nonny-Nonny" in their original form.

At least, according to the book Sue bought me for my birthday, Cassleman's Canadian Words.

You have to wonder though... with a province that support Dildo, Conception Bay, and Come-By-Chance, what's REALLY on the mind of those folks out East... or "Down Home" as they prefer...

I won't do them the injustice of calling the "Newfies".

...and with a hey-nonny-nonny, I think I'll end this list!


Oh, and I know there's other places I've missed... and many outside Canada... and I ask you all to perhaps share some of the ones you know in the ol' comments section...


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