Name That Town

What's in a name? In this series of short animated videos by Daniel Kitts and David Schmidt, discover the sometimes surprising stories behind how communities across Ontario got their names.


Air Date: December 09, 2019 - 3:20
Who is Kingston named after - and what does that say about Ontario?
Air Date: November 26, 2019 - 2:22
How southwestern Ontario became the site of North America's first oil boom.
Air Date: December 10, 2018 - 2:00
Find out how Ontario's Hansen Township went from being named after a global villain to being named for a Canadian hero.
Air Date: December 09, 2018 - 2:02
Find out about the novel - and controversial - way Kenora, Ont., decided to come up with its name.
Air Date: November 14, 2018 - 2:13
How Thunder Bay owes its name to a quirky referendum result.
Air Date: November 13, 2018 - 1:42
How Bracebridge, Ont., owes its name to a book-obsessed postal official and a mostly-forgotten work of literature.
Air Date: November 13, 2018 - 2:21
How Cobalt, Ont., owes its name to a common metal that has become extremely valuable.
Air Date: November 08, 2018 - 2:06
The southern Ontario town of Ajax owes its name to one of the first naval battles in World War II.