• Fernie

Fernie is a black snowboarder. Every day, he goes to the Canadian Ski Resort to go zipping down the slopes at high speed, not feeling any kind of fear. He practises at the Canadian Winter Sports Centre where he can sharpen his bravery. Fernie aspires to master snowboarding at Olympic level.

  • Flin Flon

Flin Flon is a maple syrup producer. He cuts maple tree trunks using a sharp knife to let the sap bleed out, hanging buckets beneath for collection, and he then boils the sap into thick, treacly, sweet syrup. He stores the syrup in handcrafted glass bottles with an embossed maple leaf motif on the front. Every bottle of maple syrup Flin Flon produces, no matter the colour or strength, is pure and organic. As well as syrup, he also makes maple-flavoured cookies, lollipops and hard candies. Flin Flon plants a new maple tree on his patch daily so he can continue extracting the sap.

  • Fort McMurray

Fort McMurray is an oil digger. He dresses up like a cowboy – complete with Stetson hat, sheriff’s badge and pointed boots with spurs – and he spends hot summer days out on the desert-like dunes of the more remote parts of the city drilling through the sand in the hopes of hitting ‘black gold’ and striking it rich. If he finds oil, he cheers excitedly as it all squirts out of the rig tower, collecting it into steel barrels and then reaping all the monetary rewards. Because of the nature of his job, he often gets hoots of disapproval from environmentalist protestors who say he is destroying the dunes with his excessive drilling, resulting in him being hounded out of the site, feeling a sense of humiliation. Fort McMurray’s wealth from digging for oil shows through the layout of his home – a huge mansion with all the ‘mod cons’ he wanted, the likes of which include a swimming pool with a Jacuzzi and water flumes, a bowling alley with a bar, and a home cinema – and his extravagant manners in relation to money and how he presents himself.

  • Fredericton

Fredericton is the CEO of Fredericton’s Fantastic Funhouse, a chain of children’s play areas, and its subsidiary company, Hotel Fun, a chain of ‘amusement’ hotels, and the villain of Canadian Boys. When working at the original branch of Fredericton’s Fantastic Funhouse in downtown Canada alongside his partner Nanaimo, he is the receptionist and CEO, typing customers’ details onto his computer, taking telephone calls, collecting money and sorting out bookings for parties. But when he decides to act as the ‘bad guy’, he and Nanaimo go around the city causing havoc, panic and devastation to innocent citizens. He has had a song written about him and his enterprises, aptly named ‘Fredericton’s Fantastic Funhouse’, where the most prominent line is: “When you wanna have some fun and you wanna enjoy yourself, Fredericton’s Fantastic Funhouse!” Fredericton sometimes gets annoyed by Nanaimo, making them even more of ‘bad Canadian Boys’.

  • Gagetown

Gagetown is a soldier. He is stationed at COCFB Fennville, where he is one of the youngest serving members at 25 years of age. He carries a range of weapons around with him, including rifles and grenades, and he sharpens his accuracy every morning with a round of target practice. Very rarely, he is actually required to be drafted out onto the battlefield, where he must put all his acquired skills to good use for his own – and his comrades’ – survival. As a soldier, Gagetown is brave and hardy, yet also manages to see the funny side of many things, even if he’s cracking a joke at his own expense. When not on duty, he likes to go down to the local pub to have some pints, play some games and even show off some moves and belt out some tunes at karaoke with his fellow soldiers, although he admits his singing and dancing aren’t really that good. Gagetown has a City-of-Canadian Cross medal pinned to his lapel, which he won in a previous exercise for his outstanding courage.

  • Gatineau

Gatineau is a young French Canadian man, the first of a duo of French Canadian villains in Canadian Boys. He is very testy and frequently shouts noisily, making a scene of himself. He travels the city with Laval to cause trouble and terror. He speaks both English and French, often mixing the two languages together when he speaks. Gatineau acts as Laval’s carer when she goes out with him.

  • Georgina

Georgina is a 20-year-old watercolour artist. In stark contrast to her older brother Jacksons Point’s vividly striking marker illustrations, she approaches her art in a much softer manner, using light sweeps of aquatic paint and ink to create masterpieces which are easy on the eye and are almost true-to-life. She feels a sense of relaxation when she paints, so whenever she feels an impulse, she will get creative straight on the spot. For this reason, she usually carries her watercolour-paper sketchbook, paint palette and brushes of various sizes around with her. Georgina aspires to become professional, selling her artworks to an art gallery or to other people who want to decorate their homes, and teaching her techniques to the next generation of hopefuls.

  • Glovertown

Glovertown is a wheelchair-confined 96-year-old. He wears a velvet tartan blanket in various shades of green draped over him and a tea-towel spread across his lap to mop up saliva, as he dribbles and spits a lot. He does not speak, has poor eyesight and hearing and a very bad memory, always looks angry and serious, and he has a small hearing aid clipped onto his left ear. He is tube-fed on skimmed milk powder blended with water. Glovertown cannot control his bodily movements, so he ends up relieving himself in his trousers and needing changing. Because of his deteriorating physical and mental condition, he is prone to bursting out in fits of making strange noises, jerking himself about and flapping his hands like crazy. Glovertown puts a great strain on the staff at the care home where he resides, but they love his charm and the stories his family have to tell about him.

  • Goffs

Goffs is a blind 36-year-old. He cannot see at all, and he cannot talk either. He wears dark sunglasses and carries a walking stick with a silver rubber bottom to help him work out where he’s going, and reads using Braille. Due to his total lack of sight, Goffs will often crash into objects and knock things over while he is moving about. When he needs to use the bathroom, he needs help in getting there, using and flushing the lavatory, and washing his hands. He also needs to be supported while having a bath or shower so he doesn’t slip up. Goffs finds many everyday tasks which ‘normal’ Canadian Boys take for granted daunting, but his carer helps him to gain much-needed independence, and he feels very proud of him and the progress he’s made.

  • Grafton

Grafton is Cobourg’s father. He cares for his disabled son, supervising him, preparing his feed and letting his mother Port Hope know when he needs changing. He jots down details of the day and his thoughts in his light mauve journal. Grafton’s life is very difficult as he has to keep constant watch over Cobourg, but he loves him just as he is because he is his dear son.

  • Guelph

Guelph is a potter. He makes pots by hand on a wheel from clay, and they range in colour from cream through to terracotta and burnt umber. He gets very messy while making pots because of the wet clay, so he cleans his hands on his clothes, dirtying him even more. He takes regular breaks to help soothe his aching muscles and joints. Guelph often decorates his pots by scratching patterns into them while the clay is still moist using either his fingernails or a cocktail stick.

  • Guysborough

Guysborough is a fisherman. He lives on a big boat docked in the Canadian Harbour, just like his fellow fishermen Blacks Harbour and St. John’s. He earns income by going out to sea every day to catch some fresh fish for sale at market. Guysborough is concerned about overfishing and the depletion of fish stocks, so he practises good fishing techniques to maintain sustainability. Because of this, he acts as a role model for other fishermen to look up to when they feel passionate about conserving marine life. Guysborough is frequently seen with a fish in his arms, gripping on to it tightly and admiring his ‘new catch’.

  • Haliburton

Haliburton is a lactose-intolerant Canadian Boy. He has to consume lactose-free food and drink, or else he will suffer from severe diarrhoea and awful bouts of wind. He must keep a very close eye on looking at ingredient lists on packaging to make sure he doesn’t ingest lactose by accident. Haliburton uses lactose-free milk in his tea, coffee, cereal and cooking, and warmed up as an aid to help him drift off to sleep.

  • Halifax

Halifax is a businessman. He wears a royal-blue suit with a white-and-sky-blue striped tie and a pair of black laced shoes, and he always carries his ‘precious’ suitcase around with him. He works in a very modern office in the city’s Central Business District, where many big businesses along with a few medium-sized and small enterprises are headquartered. Halifax is obedient, courteous, patient and noble, and he is never late for work, misplaces his things or lets himself get distracted by goings-on around him, which some of the other employees do. He has received many ‘Employee of the Month’ awards since he started working at the office. For all these reasons, he is popularly called ‘the good businessman’. He eats healthy food, drinks decaffeinated coffee and refrains from smoking, drinking alcohol and taking harmful drugs since he knows they’re all bad for him. While at work, he gets up and takes short strolls around the office to keep himself active. Halifax is a very positive role model for Canadian businessmen owing to his keeping of morals and strong work ethic.

  • Hamilton

Hamilton is a pig keeper. He lives in a barn on the Canadian Farm in the southwest of the city, and he keeps a wide variety of different breeds of pigs like Berkshires and Common Whites. Hamilton believes that pigs should live freely, not cooped up in claustrophobic pens which severely limit their movement and breathing space. Because of this, his pigs have the liberty of trotting away in natural daylight out in the fields. He feeds, gives them water to drink and checks them thoroughly for illnesses on a regular basis. Hamilton thinks slaughtering animals for their meat and skin is immoral, so he follows a vegan diet. He is often seen carrying a pig in his arms, embracing and caressing it tenderly. Hamilton frequently finds his pigs trotting around the barn, and when he sees a pig sitting down on his bed, he smiles brightly. Hamilton cares deeply for his pigs.

  • Hanceville

Hanceville is a 51-year-old man. He wears glasses and carries a dark walking stick with an amber rubber bottom. He loves to take leisurely strolls around the Canadian Park, enjoying the sights and scents of nature. He carries a mini-book entitled The Many Different Types of Plants in his left jacket pocket for quick and easy reference and identification of the various flora he finds. In the autumn, he loves the earthy colours of the leaves being blown off the trees, and he sometimes goes foraging for wild berries. Hanceville has a vivid memory – he can remember distant memories in great detail.

  • Happy Valley-Goose Bay

Happy Valley-Goose Bay is a young fisherman. He lives on a huge boat docked in the Canadian Harbour, just like his fellow fishermen Blacks Harbour, St. John’s and Guysborough. Every day, he goes out to sea to catch some fresh fish to be sold at market. He uses sustainable fishing methods to help protect the sea and ailing fish stocks. Happy Valley-Goose Bay obeys fishing quotas set by the City of Canada Council, which is another way of promoting marine sustainability.

  • Harricott

Harricott is an Irish-Canadian 18-year-old, Dunville’s son. He lives with his father on their houseboat. His face is peppered with pale brown freckles, and he has soft, thick, curly black hair, which used to be straight until he had it curled with rollers. He is quiet and mildly shy. Dunville thinks of him as his “little curly-haired b’y”. Harricott loves to play on the beach and go swimming in the sea while his father is out fishing. He washes his hair after every swim to get rid of salt and seawater and maintain his curls as he is very proud of them. Harricott feels a lot of kindness and care from Dunville.

  • Ingonish

Ingonish is a 30-year-old Scottish-Canadian man. He wears a bright red jacket with an orange collared shirt underneath and a deep-red tartan kilt fastened with a belt. He is part of a piping band – specifically the City of Canada Highland Pipers – and he plays the bagpipes for special occasions such as weddings, family reunions and parades. He also makes appearances at Highland Games and other Scottish-themed festivals like the Gathering of the Clans or the Tartan Tintamarre. Ingonish occasionally helps out at inns and lodges around the city by baking foods such as blueberry pies and growing plants to decorate and freshen up the rooms.

  • Inuvik

Inuvik is a young Inuit man. He carries a silver-headed spear, and he goes out every day to forage for food and pan for gold. He eats raw meat and uses a sharp piece of flint to carve sculptures out of soapstone. Inuvik sleeps in his freezing-cold bed at night.

  • Iqaluit

Iqaluit is Whitehorse’s first-eldest brother. He goes out with Whitehorse and his second-eldest brother Yellowknife daily to go foraging for food and panning for gold. He helps in hunting for big game such as deer, moose and caribou to provide meat for raw consumption and hide to make insulating clothes for chilly weather. Iqaluit sleeps with his brothers inside their igloo at night.

  • Jacksons Point

Jacksons Point is a 23-year-old illustrator. He first sketches out line-art using black graphic pens in various widths, then he adds dashes of colour with his rainbow-hued collection of markers to create artworks which evoke childhood memories of comic books and Saturday morning cartoons. Sometimes he creates actual comics out of the characters he creates in his illustrations, writing up detailed backstories for them and scripting out the plots beforehand before drawing, inking and colouring. He hopes that one day his comics will be published and read by fans around the city and the world, and they will meet him at comic conventions to see him in action. Jacksons Point has a younger sister named Georgina, who paints with watercolours.

  • Jasper

Jasper is Banff’s older brother. Like Banff and his younger brother Whistler, he has a sweet nature and is not afraid of zipping down the slopes. He often practises at the Canadian Winter Sports Centre with his brothers just before going out for the ‘real thing’. Jasper shares his dream of being an Olympic skier with Banff and Whistler.

  • Jenner

Jenner is a farmer. He lives in a barn in the Canadian Fields and grows a range of cereals such as wheat, barley and oats. He also grows a variety of fruit and vegetables, especially berries and carrots. Jenner frequently attracts visitors to his farm who come to pick their own produce and learn about farm life.

  • Joggins

Joggins is a 22-year-old Scottish-Canadian man. He wears a pale tan collared shirt and a bright red tartan kilt fastened with a belt. He is often seen at ceilidhs gleefully playing his bagpipes and smiling joyfully. Joggins is good and caring, thinking positively of his brothers. Joggins has a young nephew named Parrsboro whom he cares so much for.

  • Jonquiere

Jonquiere is a 22-year-old French Canadian man. He goes out to the Canadian Diner to have some French Canadian dishes like poutine and smoked-meat sandwiches. He loves to listen to traditional Quebecois music with accordions, fiddles and tap-dancing to accompany. He is fluent in both English and French, frequently blending the two languages together when he speaks. Jonquiere wears a blue fleur-de-lis badge on his shirt to show off his pride of being French Canadian.

  • Judique

Judique is a fiddler. He performs with his bandmates Campbell and Lime Hill at ceilidhs and Highland Games across the city. He is a little of a ‘happy chappy’ as he always seems to be smiling, although of course he is sometimes sad or angry. Judique breaks wind quite frequently, often at awkward moments such as when he is rehearsing with his bandmates or playing at a concert. Because of this, he is easily embarrassed and can be overly apologetic, always asking people to excuse him when he ‘lets one rip’. Sometimes he accidentally wakes up his bandmates in the morning by breaking wind loudly in bed, and occasionally right up in their faces, causing much disgust and irritation. Judique has a very strong Cape Breton brogue when he speaks, reflecting his heritage and upbringing. Judique is regularly encouraged by Campbell and Lime Hill to keep up on his fiddling talents despite his near-constant bad gas.

  • Kamloops

Kamloops is a beekeeper. He lives beside the Canadian Heath in the southeast of the city with his younger brother Kelowna, and he watches over his bees daily, collecting honey and storing it in golden pots. He is concerned about the use of pesticides and their damaging effect on bees, so he practises natural and organic beekeeping. Kamloops’ bees are tame – they do not sting him or Kelowna – and he is often seen with a bee crawling up his bared arm. Kamloops shows a great deal of affection to his younger brother, caring a lot for him and their bees.

  • Kelowna

Kelowna is Kamloops’ younger brother. He lives with his older brother, and like him, he tends to his bees every day, collecting and packing honey. He is also aware of the detrimental effects of pesticides on bees, preferring a more natural and organic approach to beekeeping instead. Kelowna’s bees are meek – they don’t sting him or Kamloops – and he is frequently seen with a bee crawling up his un-sleeved arm. Kelowna shows a lot of fondness for his elder brother, caring greatly for him and their swarm of bees.

  • Kenora

Kenora is a Chinese-Canadian snowboarder. He visits the slopes daily to practise his runs repeatedly to memorization and perfection, not afraid of zipping down steep hills at high speed. He further hones on his snowboarding skills at the Canadian Winter Sports Centre on the artificial slopes. Kenora hopes to play for the snowboarding team at the Winter Olympics at professional level.

  • Keremeos

Keremeos is Bountiful’s father. He has a wife named Port Renfrew, together caring for their young son. He is very generous towards his wife and his ‘sweet little one’, using a range of endearments when he speaks, such as “dear” and “sweetheart”. He strokes his soft skin to show his affection. Keremeos sleeps with Port Renfrew and Bountiful in their king-size bed at night.

  • Kitchener

Kitchener is a cook. He spends much of his time in his kitchen, cooking up new recipes for everybody else to try for themselves. Kind-hearted, he speaks sweetly, using endearing terms such as “dear”, “sweetheart” and “my lovely little one”. He is often seen cradling a bowl of chocolate cake mixture in his arms, briskly whisking it up and taking little licks fresh off the spoon, enjoying its sweet cocoa taste. Thus, Kitchener is an ardent lover of chocolate, using it as an ingredient in a wide array of dishes, both sweet and savoury.

  • Kleinburg

Kleinburg is a 12-year-old who lives with dyslexia. He cannot read without much assistance and effort, and he also struggles greatly with writing, his words often coming out as nearly illegible scribbles or wiggles. He has an easier experience with pictures, however, so he often uses graphical symbols that simplify more complicated texts. He receives essential support from his parents and teachers at school, correcting his mistakes and neatening his calligraphy. Kleinburg labours hard over even the most basic tasks of forming letters and words, which most people would take for granted.

  • Komoka

Komoka is a black 15-year-old adopted by a white foster family, namely Port Carling and Sprucedale. He is quiet, making his needs clear by approaching his adoptive parents, from which they deduce that he wants their attention. Due to traumatizing events in his past, he has been afflicted with severe depression, the reason for his emotional sensitivity and frequent outpourings of crying. His ethnic identity has not been broken or assimilated, however. Despite being separated from his biological family for a very long time, Komoka presents unwavering loyalty towards his adoptive parents.

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