The Largest Canadian Cities Ranked By Population

By Antonia Čirjak on July 4 2020 in Society

The largest city in Canada by population is Toronto.
The largest city in Canada by population is Toronto.
  • Canada is a country that is marked by a high level of diversity and its openness to immigrants from all over the world.
  • Toronto gained popularity in 2019, when its NBA team, the Toronto Raptors managed to win the title of the NBA champions.
  • There are many parts of Canada where people speak French as their first language, but most also speak fluent English, so you should not worry about people not understanding you.

Throughout the past several decades, Canada has managed to become an incredibly diverse and welcoming country that seems like the perfect place to live. It is the second-largest country in the world, and it is located in the northern part of the North American continent. Given the fact that the country is quite large, some genuinely breathtaking cities can be found in it.

Some of the cities in this country showcase this large diversity of people living there and offer a plethora of different types of locales. They can range from those that feature more sophisticated urban settings to those with laid-back, almost rural locales. Each of the cities we will talk about in this article has a unique personality, and everyone will be able to find something they would enjoy if they ever decide to explore Canada.

Country Famous For Its Diversity

Toronto is the largest city in Canada by population. Toronto is the financial center of Canada and is incredibly diverse, with a large portion of its population having Italian, Korean or Greek roots, among others. Toronto is probably the most well-known Canadian city, for many reasons, including its famous film festival, and several major sports franchises, including the Toronto Raptors. The city also has the second-largest Chinatown on the North American continent. 

Montreal used to be what Toronto is now, the economic center of the country, up until the 1970s.
Montreal used to be what Toronto is now, the economic center of the country, up until the 1970s.

The next on our list is Montreal, located in the province of Quebec, where French is the official language. You do not have to worry if you decide to visit, though most residents are fluent in English. Montreal used to be what Toronto is now, the economic center of the country, up until the 1970s. It is still considered one of the most important cities in Canada, with its Old Town being especially gorgeous and worth a visit, with its 17th-century architecture.

Malls, Festivals, And The Olympics

Calgary is the third-largest Canadian city by population, and it is one where the citizens strive to keep the spirit of the Old West alive. You can expect to see people wearing cowboy hats, and we suggest you also visit the Calgary Stampede festival. The city is also known for being the place where the Winter Olympics of 1988 were held. 

The fourth-place of our list is taken by the capital of Canada, Ottawa. The city is gorgeous and designed in a way that suits pedestrians, meaning you will be able to witness most of its gorgeous sights by foot. The city is known for its well-preserved historic buildings and landmarks. Next up, we have Edmonton, a city known for its music festivals and the fact that the largest shopping mall in the world can be found here. The West Edmonton mall is massive, and besides the standard stores you can find in malls, it has a water park, a roller coaster, and a hotel in it. Just in case you ever need to take a break from shopping.

A Place Immigrants Can Call Home

Mississauga is the sixth-largest city by population in Canada, and it is a city that has grown considerably in the past several decades.
Mississauga is the sixth-largest city by population in Canada, and it is a city that has grown considerably in the past several decades.

Mississauga is the sixth-largest city by population in Canada, and it is a city that has grown considerably in the past several decades. Most people attribute this to the fact that it is close to Toronto, which might be true. Still, the city is worth visiting and is known for its diverse population, becoming a home to many immigrants from all over the world. North York is another administrative district of Toronto, and it falls on the seventh place on our list. Just like Mississauga, it is the home to many different ethnicities and is a good place to visit if you want to see just how diverse Canada can get.

Winnipeg, Scarborough, and Vancouver take the last three spots on our list. Winnipeg is the largest city and the capital of Manitoba and is a well-known transportation and railway hub that is home to many famous festivals. Scarborough is yet another administrative district of Toronto found on its easter parts, and just like the other districts, it is a popular destination among immigrants. Finally, we have Vancouver, possibly one of the most well-known cities in Canada. This could have a lot to do with the fact that they did have an NBA team during the 1990s. The city is known for its breathtaking natural beauty and the relaxed lifestyle of its citizens. If you prefer a cozy life without much stress, perhaps this is the town for you.

The Largest Canadian Cities Ranked By Population

RankCanadian CityPopulation
1Toronto2,600,000
2Montreal1,600,000
3Calgary1,019,942
4Ottawa812,129
5Edmonton712,391
6Mississauga668,549
7North York636,000
8Winnipeg632,063
9Scarborough600,000
10Vancouver600,000
11Quebec528,595
12Hamilton519,949
13Brampton433,806
14Surrey394,976
15Laval376,845
16Halifax359,111
17Etobicoke347,948
18London346,765
19Okanagan297,601
20Victoria289,625
21Windsor278,013
22Markham261,573
23Oshawa247,989
24Gatineau242,124
25Vaughan238,866
26Kitchener233,700
27Longueuil229,330
28Burnaby202,799
29Ladner200,000
30Saskatoon198,958
31Richmond Hill185,541
32Barrie182,041
33Richmond182,000
34Nepean180,000
35Regina176,183
36Oakville165,697
37Burlington164,415
38Greater Sudbury157,857
39Abbotsford151,683
40Saguenay143,692
41St. Catharines131,989
42Sherbrooke129,447
43Anmore126,456
44Levis126,396
45Kelowna125,109
46Cambridge120,372
47Trois-Rivieres119,693
48Guelph115,760
49East York115,365

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