Top 10 Largest Cities of Canada By Area

Top 10 Largest Cities of Canada By Area

A look at the top 10 largest cities of Canada by area.

1/10 La Tuque

La Tuque

La Tuque is a city located in the Mauricie region of Quebec, Canada. La Tuque is situated on the Saint-Maurice River and is surrounded by the Laurentian Mountains. The city has a total area of 28,294 km2 making it the largest municipality in Canada by area. The city is divided into two distinct geographical areas: the lower part of La Tuque is located on the northern shore of the Saint-Maurice River, while the upper part is located on the southern shore. The municipality is bounded by the Canadian National Railway to the east, the Canadian Pacific Railway to the west, and the Témiscamingue Regional County Municipality and the municipality of La Corne to the north. La Tuque is a resource-based city, with a large forestry industry and other natural resources. The forestry industry is the city’s largest employer, and the main products come from spruce, balsam fir, and white pine. In addition, the city has a hydroelectric power plant, which supplies electricity to the region. The city of La Tuque is also home to many recreational activities and attractions. The La Tuque Regional Park offers a wide range of activities, from hiking and camping to canoeing and fishing. There are also several lakes in the area, such as Lac aux Amours and Lac des Cygnes, which provide great opportunities for swimming, fishing, and boating. 

2/10 Senneterre


Senneterre is a town located in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region of Quebec, Canada. It has an area of 16,525 square kilometres and a population of 4,541 as of the 2016 census. The town is located on the banks of the Senneterre River, which provides the town with its name. The town is surrounded by a network of lakes, rivers, and wetlands, providing a stunning backdrop to the town. The Senneterre River flows through the town, connecting with many other lakes and rivers, including Lake Baskatong and Lake Temiscamingue. The entire region is part of the Abitibi-Témiscamingue National Park, which provides a wealth of opportunities for outdoor activities such as camping, fishing, and whitewater rafting. The town of Senneterre is located in a hilly area, with rolling hills and gently sloping valleys. The town is located in a primarily agricultural region, with many of the town's inhabitants working in farming and related industries. The town is home to a variety of small businesses and stores, as well as a small industrial park. 

3/10 Rouyn-Noranda


Rouyn-Noranda is a city located in western Quebec, Canada, and is the administrative and commercial centre of the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region. The city has a total area of 6,441 square kilometers and is bordered by the municipalities of Notre-Dame-du-Nord to the east, Taschereau to the south, and the townships of Déline and Rémigny to the west. Rouyn-Noranda is a vibrant, growing city that offers plenty of activities and attractions for visitors. The city is home to several museums, including the Musée régional d'Abitibi-Témiscamingue, the Musée de l'améthyste, and the Musée de l'industrie minière. Other attractions include the Coronation Park, which features a playground and outdoor swimming pool, and La Ronde des Bois, a nature park that offers hiking and biking trails. The city of Rouyn-Noranda is located in the heart of a large forestry region, and is a major centre of the lumber and forestry industries. The area is also home to several important minerals, including gold, copper, zinc, and iron. Rouyn-Noranda also has a vibrant cultural scene, with numerous festivals, concerts, and other events taking place throughout the year. 

4/10 Val-d'Or


Val-d'Or is a city located in Quebec, Canada. It is situated in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region of the province, approximately 550 km (340 mi) northwest of Montreal. It is the main urban centre for the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region, with a population of around 34,000 people. Val-d'Or covers an area of around 3,995 km2. The city is surrounded by large tracts of boreal forest, which make up the majority of the area. There are also some small lakes and rivers located within the city's boundary. The terrain of Val-d'Or is mainly flat, with some hills to the east. The elevation of the city is around 515 m (1,690 ft). The highest point in the area is Mont La Guerre, which is located to the southwest of the city and has an elevation of 1,542 m (5,059 ft). Val-d'Or is located at the intersection of two important highways. Highway 117 runs through the city from east to west, connecting Val-d'Or with the provincial capital of Quebec City. Highway 111 runs through the city from north to south, connecting it with the town of Amos and the provincial border with Ontario. 

5/10 Greater Sudbury

Greater Sudbury

Greater Sudbury, located in the Northeastern region of Ontario, Canada, is the largest city in Northern Ontario by both area and population. Spanning over 3,228 square kilometres, Greater Sudbury is one of the largest cities in Canada in terms of area. The City of Greater Sudbury is made up of a number of smaller communities including but not limited to: Coniston, Copper Cliff, Garson, Hanmer, Lively, Onaping, Skead, Sudbury, and Walden. It is also home to a number of small towns, some of which are located in the surrounding area and are part of the Greater Sudbury Area. The landscape of the Greater Sudbury region is fairly varied, with the city itself located on the Canadian Shield. This region is characterized by rocky outcroppings, boreal forest, and hundreds of small lakes and rivers. The surrounding area is also quite hilly, with rolling hills and valleys. The Sudbury region is also home to a number of provincial parks, including Killarney, Lake Laurentian, and Wanapitei. These parks provide a great way for people to explore and enjoy the region’s natural beauty. The city of Greater Sudbury is also home to a number of other attractions, including Science North, Dynamic Earth, and the Big Nickel.

6/10 Kawartha Lakes

Kawartha Lakes

Kawartha Lakes is a city located in Central Ontario, Canada. The city is situated along the Trent-Severn Waterway, and lies just west of Peterborough within the Kawartha region. Kawartha Lakes has a total area of 3,084 square kilometres, making it one of the largest cities in Ontario in terms of area. The city is divided into seven distinct municipalities, each of which has its own unique landscape and attractions. The City of Kawartha Lakes is primarily rural in nature and is made up of the following municipalities: City of Kawartha Lakes, Cavan Monaghan, Kirkfield, Manvers, Mariposa, Omemee, and Somerville. The largest of the seven municipalities is the City of Kawartha Lakes. This municipality is located at the northern end of the Trent-Severn Waterway, and is home to a variety of recreational activities, including fishing, hiking, boating, camping, and more. The city also boasts a number of tourist attractions, including the Kawartha Lakes Railway Museum and the Kawartha Settlers’ Village. The second largest municipality is Cavan Monaghan. This municipality is located near the southwestern end of the Trent-Severn Waterway and is home to a number of villages and hamlets. The area is popular for its natural beauty, as well as its agricultural and recreational activities. Kirkfield is located at the western end of the Trent-Severn Waterway. This municipality is primarily rural in nature and is home to a number of villages and hamlets. The area is known for its outdoor activities, including camping, fishing, and canoeing. Kawartha Lakes city is divided into seven distinct municipalities, each of which has its own unique landscape and attractions. 

7/10 Timmins


Timmins is a city in Northeastern Ontario, Canada, located along the Mattagami River. The population of Timmins is 43,165, making it the tenth-largest city in the province. It is the largest city in the region and the hub for the surrounding area. Timmins covers an area of about 2979 square kilometres and is located about 400 kilometres north of Toronto. The city lies on the Canadian Shield and is surrounded by boreal forest and lakes. The terrain is mostly flat, with elevations ranging from about 280 to 320 metres above sea level. The Mattagami River flows through the city and is an important source of recreational activities. The climate in Timmins is humid continental, with cold winters and warm summers. Average temperatures range from -15°C in the winter to 24°C in the summer. The city receives an average of 688.3 mm of precipitation each year, with the most occurring in the summer months. Timmins is home to many natural attractions, including the Kamiskotia Snow Resort, which is a popular destination for skiing and snowboarding. The city is also known for its parks and trails, including the Hollinger Park Trail, which follows the Mattagami River.

8/10 Ottawa


Ottawa is the capital city of Canada and is located in the eastern portion of the province of Ontario. It is situated on the south bank of the Ottawa River, in the Ottawa Valley. With a population of 1,323,783, Ottawa is the fourth-largest city in Canada and the second-largest in Ontario. It is the economic and political centre of the country and the hub of the National Capital Region, a metropolitan area that includes the neighbouring cities of Orleans, Kanata, Nepean, and Gloucester. Ottawa covers an area of 2,796 square kilometers and is divided into two distinct regions: the rural and agricultural Ottawa Valley to the west, and the urban and suburban National Capital Region to the east. The city is mostly flat, with an elevation ranging from 20 to 80 meters above sea level. The highest point is in the west, at the intersection of Leitrim and Albion roads. The Ottawa River divides Ottawa into two distinct parts, the Ottawa Valley to the west and the Ottawa-Gatineau metropolitan area to the east. Ottawa is known for its diverse landscape, with forests, rivers, lakes, and canals all within its boundaries. The city is surrounded by the Greenbelt, a protected area of protected natural environment that includes forests, meadows, wetlands, and agricultural lands. In the heart of the city lies Parliament Hill, the home of Canada’s federal government. The city is home to many national parks, including Gatineau Park, Rideau Canal National Historic Site, and the Thousand Islands National Park. Many of these parks offer activities such as hiking, camping, and canoeing.

9/10 Gillam


Gillam is a small town located in Northern Manitoba, Canada, approximately 837 km north of Winnipeg. The town has a population of 1,265 people, as of the 2016 Census. It is situated on the Nelson River and is the northernmost point on the historic Hudson Bay Railway. Gillam is located within the boreal forest, and its surrounding area is characterized by flat, rolling terrain, interspersed with numerous lakes and rivers. The town is surrounded by the Kiskatinaw, Kistapinan, Matayataw and Wapusk Rivers, as well as the Nelson River. These rivers, as well as numerous smaller creeks and streams, provide numerous opportunities for outdoor activities such as fishing, canoeing, and kayaking. The area around Gillam is also home to a variety of wildlife species, including moose, caribou, black bears, and wolves. During the summer months, it is not uncommon to see a variety of birds in the area, including great blue herons, bald eagles, ospreys, and various species of ducks. Gillam is situated on a large area of land, measuring approximately 1,996 square kilometres. This includes the town itself, as well as a large surrounding area. The town is located on the Nelson River, and is connected to other parts of Manitoba via the Hudson Bay Railway. Gillam is an isolated, small town in northern Manitoba, but it is surrounded by some of the most beautiful wilderness in Canada. 

10/10 Sept-Îles


Sept-Îles is a small city on the north shore of the Gulf of St. Lawrence in Quebec, Canada. It is located on the eastern side of the Côte-Nord region, approximately 600 km northeast of Quebec City. The city is an important port of call for the transportation of iron ore and other commodities from the area’s abundant natural resources, including the world’s largest iron ore deposit located nearby. Sept-Îles is divided into two sections, the main city and the area known as the Îles-de-la-Madeleine. The main city is located on the mainland and has a population of just over 20,000 people. The Îles-de-la-Madeleine are a collection of small islands located roughly 10 km off the coast of Sept-Îles. The area is known for its beaches, coves, and national parks. The city is located on the eastern side of the Côte-Nord, which is the northernmost region of Quebec. The city is bordered by the Saint Lawrence River to the south, the Gulf of St. Lawrence to the east, and the Îles-de-la-Madeleine to the north. The region is also home to a number of lakes, rivers, and streams, including the Saguenay River and Lac Saint-Jean. Sept-Îles is divided into two distinct parts; the urban area and the rural area. The urban area is comprised of the main city and is home to the majority of the population. 

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