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Naming Canada: Stories about Canadian Place Names Paperback – Mar 15 2001


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  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division; 1 edition (March 15 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802082939
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802082930
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 14 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 481 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #596,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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On a trip once from Ottawa to the Eastern Provinces of Canada I drove by a place in called "St.-Louis-du-Ha! Ha!" and I laughed. Where did a little place in Eastern Quebec get such a ridiculous name? Well that question was answered for me in <I>Alan Rayburn's</I> <b>Naming Canada</b>, a great book exploring the unique names municipalities, cities, provinces and places throughout Canada.
The book is actually a collection of years of columns that appeared in <I>Canadian Geographic</I> that were written by the author. It explores the different ways that places were named, as well as ethnic origins of those names and any standards used to come used to create them.
At times, the essays contained within the book can seem a little academic for the average reader, which can render it a little boring. But the remarkable research put into the content of the book more than makes up for it. Overall, anyone who want to find out about why anyone would name a province Saskatchewan, or which native tribes were most responsible for the names that scatter the Canadian landscape, this is a very fascinating book, and well worth the read.
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On a trip once from Ottawa to the Eastern Provinces of Canada I drove by a place in called "St.-Louis-du-Ha! Ha!" and I laughed. Where did a little place in Eastern Quebec get such a ridiculous name? Well that question was answered for me in <I>Alan Rayburn's</I> <b>Naming Canada</b>, a great book exploring the unique names municipalities, cities, provinces and places throughout Canada.
The book is actually a collection of years of columns that appeared in <I>Canadian Geographic</I> that were written by the author. It explores the different ways that places were named, as well as ethnic origins of those names and any standards used to come used to create them.
At times, the essays contained within the book can seem a little academic for the average reader, which can render it a little boring. But the remarkable research put into the content of the book more than makes up for it. Overall, anyone who want to find out about why anyone would name a province Saskatchewan, or which native tribes were most responsible for the names that scatter the Canadian landscape, this is a very fascinating book, and well worth the read.

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