German Traces in Canada

German Traces © Goethe-Institut

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There are many places in Canada that are linked to Germany. Have you ever wondered why Kitchener hosts an Oktoberfest every year? Or, what New Brunswick has to do with the city of Brunswick in Germany? Often, German immigrants and their descendants have played an important role in the development of this country. The influence can be seen in some names of cities and villages, in architecture, in the fields of economy and politics, as well as in the arts. People like Gerhard Herzberg or Elisabeth Mann Borgese left their mark in the scientific field.

At the time of the British Conquest of New France, nearly 200 families living in the St. Lawrence Valley were of German origin.  According to the 2016 Canadian Census, over 3 Million Canadians have German roots and 430 000 people in the country reported German as their mother tongue.

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