From Ellesmere Island to Pelee Island, from Tofino to St. John’s, we’ll show you where it all happened. You’ve read about all kinds of interesting people and events in Kayak. Get clicking to see where in Canada you’ll find them.

Origins of Canadian cartoon artists

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Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador

When a very serious disease called tuberculosis put many people in hospital in the 1950s, the patients at a Corner Brook hospital put out a kind of comic book telling people what they should do to avoid catching the disease.

Granby, Quebec

This is where Palmer Cox was born. He created a much-loved comic strip called The Brownies while working in New York City. It was so popular, the Kodak camera, the Brownie, was named after the strip’s characters

Calgary, Alberta

A man named Bob Edwards started the spunky Calgary Eye Opener in 1904. It ran until 1922, and featured lots of sarcastic comics drawn by Edwards and others.

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Cartoonist Arch Dale got his start drawing cartoons for the Winnipeg Free Press and the Grain Growers’ Guide before moving to Chicago, where he became famous as the creator of a strip called “The Doo Dads.”

Mabou, Cape Breton

Cartoonist Kate Beaton draws edgy strips, often about Canadian history, as well as other subjects. Originally from Nova Scotia, she has worked in Alberta, B.C., Ontario and the United States.

Victoria, B.C.

Adrian Raeside is the very popular editorial cartoonist at the Victoria Times-Colonist, but for a time he also drew a strip called “Captain Starship.”

Collingwood, Ontario

Probably Canada’s most famous and popular comic strip, “For Better or For Worse,” was created by Lynn Johnston, who was born in this central Ontario town.

Regina, Saskatchewan

It’s not for kids, but the idea is pretty funny. A family of criminals from New York goes into hiding in Regina in the animated show Fugget About It. Probably helps that one of the creators is from here.

Summerside, P.E.I.

Refusing to be discouraged when he was told his cartooning would never be any good, Wayne Wright has now been drawing editorial funnies for the Journal Pioneer for more than 30 years.


A series of single-panel cartoons called “Polar Lines” covers all kinds of different things about life in Nunavut. Some are beautiful sketches in a traditional style, while others are more like comics you’d see in other places.


The animated show “Yvon of the Yukon” ran from 1999 to 2005. The award-winning show told the story of the made-up explorer Yvon Ducharme, who gets frozen in Arctic ice and thawed in modern times by the people of Upyer Mukluk.

Project partially funded by the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage.
  • Canadian Heritage / Patrimoine Canadien
  • Government of Canada
  • HBC: Hudson's Bay Company
  • ecentricarts inc.