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.

  • The Geographical Names Board of Canada (GNBC) is pleased to officially recognize 2019 as the International Year of Indigenous Languages. The GNBC is committed to the support, promotion, accurate representation and strengthening of Indigenous languages through official geographical names.