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Listing to the trivial side

Posted by Claire Matthews

It’s almost the weekend and lists are fun, so here are a few of my favourites from the Maclean’s Book of Lists:

Canada’s best places to find a job: Strathcona County, AB; Red Deer, AB; St. Albert, AB; Calgary, AB; Edmonton, AB; Regina, SK; Lethbridge, AB; Burlington, ON; Canmore, AB; Grande Prairie, AB.

Well, it’s good to know that job prospects are nicely spread out across the country …

Towns and cities with the most bars per person: Shawinigan, QC; Sorel-Tracy, QC; Saint-Hyacinthe, QC; Rivière du Loup, QC; Val-d’Or, QC; Thetford Mines, QC; Dolbeau-Mistassini, QC; Sept Îles, QC; Rouyn-Noranda, QC; Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, QC.

Again, no pattern there.

And, my favourite – places whose original names were more interesting:

Regina used to be Pile of Bones
Kenora, ON used to be Rat Portage
Collingwood, ON used to be Hens-and-Chickens Harbour
Raleigh, NL used to be Ha Ha Bay
Windsor, ON used to be Sandwich
Moncton used to be Le Coude (the elbow), and then The Bend

How awesome would it be to address mail to Pile of Bones, SK? City fathers just have no sense of fun.

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