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Top 10 Canadian License Plates

I venture to our northern neighbor to take a look at how their license plates look

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Since my Top 10 US License Plates article did so well, I decided to listen to the comments and branch out. Here are my Top 10 Canadian License Plates! Yeah, turns out there aren't many of them.

1) Northwest Territories

Image courtesy of Walser123 on Wikipedia

Image courtesy of Walser123 on Wikipedia

Best license plate ever. I mean come on, it's a bear as a license plate! The story behind this one is that a polar bear-shaped plate was introduced in 1970 to celebrate the centennial of the territory but the shape was retained ever since.

2) Nunavut

Image courtesy of Awmcphee on Wikipedia

Image courtesy of Awmcphee on Wikipedia

There's some really nice art going on here. According to the Wikipedia description, the plate features a night scene with a polar bear, an inuksuk (a manmade stone landmark) three sets of northern lights, 25 stars, and "Nunavut" in Inuktitut syllabics (ᓄᓇᕗᑦ) centered at the bottom. Inuktitut syllabics is a writing system used in Canada by the Inuktitut-speaking Inuit people of the territory of Nunavut and the Nunavik region in Quebec. Overall, this is a really pretty and colorful plate.

3) Manitoba

Image courtesy of Andrew Osborne on PlateShack

Image courtesy of Andrew Osborne on PlateShack

Not quite as artsy as Nunavut, but the wheat, river, and trees create a nice nature scene on the plate. I'd visit Manitoba, I hear they're quite friendly.

4) Prince Edward Island

Image courtesy of Jerry "Woody" on Flickr

Image courtesy of Jerry "Woody" on Flickr

This one is very patriotic looking. Maple leaves, the Canadian flag, the PEI flag & coat of arms, and the Province House looking over it all. I'm also a fan of the light brown background that almost makes it feel like you're seeing this scene at sunset.

5) Yukon

Image courtesy of Awmcphee on Wikipedia

Image courtesy of Awmcphee on Wikipedia

Not a whole lot going on here but the prospector on the left helps the Yukon plates stand out from the rest. So that's why they call them Yukon potatoes.

6) Ontario

Image courtesy of Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images

Image courtesy of Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images

This one reminds me of New Mexico with the way it's all one color. Despite their nice look, at least in my opinion, the police were having trouble reading them at night. This resulted in the old Ontario plates being brought back, with about 145,000 blue plates having been made.

7) Nova Scotia

Image courtesy of Dirk YUL on Wikipedia

Image courtesy of Dirk YUL on Wikipedia

This one's fairly standard, but I like the drawing of the Bluenose in the middle. Fun fact, the Bluenose was a fishing and racing gaff rig schooner built in 1921 in Nova Scotia that eventually became an icon for Nova Scotia and an important symbol for all of Canada.

8) Quebec

Image courtesy of UnQuébécois on Wikipedia

Image courtesy of UnQuébécois on Wikipedia

Even more basic than the Nova Scotia plate but the blue border makes it "unique" enough to come in at #8.

9) Alberta

Image courtesy of Doktorrob on Wikipedia

Image courtesy of Doktorrob on Wikipedia

I like roses.

10) Newfoundland and Labrador

Image courtesy of Jaster909 on Wikipedia

Image courtesy of Jaster909 on Wikipedia

This one stood out to me because the name of the province is at the bottom instead of the top. It's like the Nunavut plate except way more boring.

What do you guys think of my choices this time? Are they great or are they absolutely awful? Feel free to tell me about it in the comments below along with your personal top 10 Canadian license plates.

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