The most Canadian of the Canadian lakes

A father and daughter sitting on the dock, wrapped in a Canadian flag By Anna Kraynova/Shutterstock

Canada has a lot of lakes—some of them are among the world’s largest. But what makes a Canadian lake truly Canadian? The depth? The water quality? The jaw-dropping scenery that surrounds it? Hey, maybe it’s the name. No shock: Canada has tons of Canoe Lakes, Loon Lakes, and Moose Lakes. We also have lots of Beaver Lakes. And Beavertail Lakes—though only one is in Nova Scotia. Similarly, we have plenty of Cold Lakes, but only one Cold River (in Saskatchewan). There is no Lacrosse Lake, but there is a Lac du Hockey (Quebec). Except Lac du Hockey is just a pond. (Obviously! Where else would you play pond hockey?) Disappointingly, we have no Poutine Lake, but we do have a Lac de la Tourtière. This is probably just an oversight, but there are no Canadian Lakes in Canada. However, there are several Canadian Creeks, including one in P.E.I. Huh. Bottom line: a lot of water bodies in Canada are…Canadian. At least, stereotypically.

Here’s our roundup:

Maple Leaf Lake, Ont.

Canuck Lake, B.C.

Canada Jay Lake, Ont.

Lac de la Tourtière, Que.

Sorry Harbour, Nunavut

Beavertail Lake, N.S.

Lac Toque, Que.

Tims Lake, Ont.

Friendly Lake, Ont. And Friendly Lake, B.C.

Canadian Creek, P.E.I.

Cold River, Sask.

And check out the map. (And then tell us: what did we miss? Email

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