Coast-to-Coast Canadian Slang

Heading to Tim's for a double-double

We get it, Canadians use the word “Eh” a lot. But with a country so large, you’re bound to run into words and sayings unique to certain regions. See below for our list of Canadian slang divided by region.
 

West Coast

BC has mountains, ancient forests, and a beautiful coast. They also happen to have their own language (kind of) with slang that you won’t hear on the other side of the country.

“Choked” or “Chapped” — Pissed off or angry
“Cabin” — What we in Ontario call a cottage
“Doeskin” — Plaid jacket
“Skookum” — A brave or strong person
“Squatch” — A hairy and/or dirty guy

 

Alberta

Alberta brings the country to Canada, with events like the Calgary Stampede and country music festivals. Their slang matches their stride, much of it just cutting common words in half to make the most of conversations.

“Cow Town” — Also known as Calgary
“May Longy” — The May long weekend
“‘Berta” — Alberta
“Bud” — Either referring to your friend or your beer

 

Ontario

Northern Ontario is packed with small towns and rich history. Some of us might have grandparents and great-grandparents that are from small Ontario towns, where everything revolves around a church, a general store, and the post office.

“Chesterfield” — A couch
“Hutch” — Another word for a storage cabinet, usually one with open or transparent shelves at the top
“Up north” — Referring to anywhere north of Barrie
“Two-four” — A case of 24 beers
“Runners” — Running shoes, sneakers

 

Prairies

Saskatchewan and Manitoba are rich with unique Canadian slang, and anyone who’s taken a drive west will be familiar with at least a few of the words listed below.

“Gitch” or “Gotch” — Underwear in Manitoba and Saskatchewan
“Bootin’” — Buying booze or smokes for underage kids
“Lunch kit” — Lunch bag
“Out for a rip” — Taking a truck or motorcycle out for a rip in the mud
“Hit the rhubarb” — Crashing into a ditch, likely while out for a rip
“The Patch” — Refers to lands where the oil industry operates
“Bunny hug” – People in Saskatchewan say this for hoodie
“Jam buster” – A jelly-filled doughnut


 

East Coast

Like I said before, Canada is a massive country, so it’s only fair that both coasts boast their own slang. It’s more than just the hard ‘A’ out east, it’s like another language.

“Camp” — A cottage or cabin
“Sobeys bag” – Literally any plastic bag regardless of the label is a Sobeys bag
“Scribbler” – Everyone else calls them notebooks
“B’y” – Newfoundland speak for a guy, dude, or buddy
“Narn” — None
“Fill your boots” — Common phrase meaning help yourself.

 

Quebec

There’s the obvious french-as-a-first-language factor that distinguishes Quebec slang from other parts of Canada, but there are also a few true slang-y words often used by French Canadians. Check them out below.

“Bines” — Pork and beans
“Blochead” — An Anglophone in Quebec
“Dep” — Your local corner store (short for “depanneur”)
“Chum” — Boyfriend
“Full” — Very much

 

Coast to Coast

And of course, there are the national slang words that every Canadian will understand.

“Timmy’s” or “Tim’s” — Tim Horton’s
“Loonie” — A dollar, referring to our $1 coin that has a loon on it
“Double-double” — Two cream, two sugar
“Toque” — A beanie or cap with no brim
“Mounty” or “Mountie” — A member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

 
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Feature photo courtesy Dennis Jarvis via Flickr.