Canada: Comics, Regions and Geography

Most of Canada's 34+ Million population clusters in cities close to the US/Canada border like Vancouver, Calgary, Regina, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City and Halifax. 21 Million people live in Central Canada (Ontario and Quebec). 10 Million people live in the Western Provinces and the other 3 million in the Maritime Provinces. Under 100,000 people live in the northern territories.

As Canadians know, Canada is a massive country, not just east-west, but also north-south. To our non-Canadian friends, you need to think of a province as you would a state. For the sake of Americans reading this, I’m using miles below instead of kilometres. 1 mile = 1.609344 kilometres.

Canadian Retailers (by Province)

Comic Conventions Across Canada

Canadian Creator Links

Canadian Publishers

Canada can be broken down into three distinct regions:

Western Canada (British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta).

Central Canada (Ontario and Quebec).

Eastern Canada (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland).

To give you a sense of how close Montreal and Toronto are, it would take you about 6 hours to drive from one to the other – about 340 miles.

If I wanted to drive from Toronto to Winnipeg it would take me about 24 hours to do it, almost 1400 miles to drive.

It would take you 13 hours to drive to Calgary from Winnipeg as they are over 800 miles apart. New York and Chicago are about 13 hours driving apart – almost 800 miles. It would take someone in Toronto over 35 hours of non-stop driving to go the over 2100 miles to Calgary.

Vancouver and Calgary are almost 12 hours driving apart – a little over 600 miles.

You’ll find that like most of Canada, comics culture tends to gravitate towards the larger cities — Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Quebec City, Saskatoon, Southern Ontario (incl. the Greater Toronto Area, London, Guelph, Kitchener, Kingston, Oakville, Niagara Falls, Hamilton, Oshawa, etc.), Vancouver, Victoria, and Winnipeg