Geographical names in Canada

Access the Canadian Geographical Names Database, find guidelines for proposing a geographical name, and learn about geographical terms and the origins of Canadian place names.

Geographical Names Board of Canada
Learn about the Geographical Names Board of Canada and find contact information.

Indigenous Place Names
Learn how Indigenous place names help to preserve, revitalize and strengthen Indigenous languages and cultures, and their connection to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Canadian Geographical Names Database
Use our online query tools to search for information about current and former official geographical names.

Propose a Geographical Name
Find out how to submit a proposal to approve or change a geographical name.

Download Geographical Names Data
Official geographical names for individual provinces and territories

Origins of Canada’s Geographical Names
Discover the origins of geographical names including Canada’s provinces, territories, and capital cities. Learn the meaning of geographical terms and phrases used in Canada.

  • Geographical Names Day
    The federal, provincial and territorial members of Canada’s national coordinating body for place names, the Geographical Names Board of Canada, are proud to announce the inaugural Geographical Names Day, November 13, 2018.