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Books Set in Canada – Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. They are great at bringing new top ten themes, and they have a huge list of them well in advance for those bloggers that like to plan super far ahead. You can learn about joining in here. I make a list of five instead of ten, just for your knowledge 

This week’s prompt is about books set outside of the US. But because I am a moderately patriotic Canadian, I decided to put a little twist on it and do books set in (or that make reference to) Canada. I will say that I feel unabashedly happy and surprised whenever a book makes positive reference to Canada. Aka talks about us without also mentioning the frigid cold (it’s cold, WE KNOW), beavers, moose, igloos, or our ‘accent’. Oh, and maple syrup, let’s not forget that. That being said, if I could get a beaver tail with a poutine on top and maple syrup, I would at least try it. I mean, I would have to! No moose tracks ice cream though because I’m allergic to peanut butter. Okay, enough confusing my non-Canadian readers with references, off we go:

Books Set in Canada

Zeroboxer by Fonda LeeZeroboxer by Fonda Lee


A rising star in the weightless combat sport of zeroboxing, Carr “the Raptor” Luka dreams of winning the championship title. Recognizing his talent, the Zero Gravity Fighting Association assigns Risha, an ambitious and beautiful Martian colonist, to be his brandhelm––a personal marketing strategist. It isn’t long before she’s made Carr into a popular celebrity and stolen his heart along the way.

As his fame grows, Carr becomes an inspirational hero on Earth, a once-great planet that’s fallen into the shadow of its more prosperous colonies. But when Carr discovers a far-reaching criminal scheme, he becomes the keeper of a devastating secret. Not only will his choices place everything he cares about in jeopardy, but they may also spill the violence from the sports arena into the solar system.

Canadian Setting: I’m reading this right now, and the main character is originally from Toronto, his mom works for the TTC (Toronto Transit Commission) and his boxing name is “the Raptor” . I mean, he could only get more Torontonian if his real name was Drake, amirite?

Fifth Business by Robertson DaviesFifth Business by Robertson Davies


Ramsay is a man twice born, a man who has returned from the hell of the battle-grave at Passchendaele in World War I decorated with the Victoria Cross and destined to be caught in a no man’s land where memory, history, and myth collide. As Ramsay tells his story, it begins to seem that from boyhood, he has exerted a perhaps mystical, perhaps pernicious, influence on those around him. His apparently innocent involvement in such innocuous events as the throwing of a snowball or the teaching of card tricks to a small boy in the end prove neither innocent nor innocuous. Fifth Business stands alone as a remarkable story told by a rational man who discovers that the marvelous is only another aspect of the real.

Canadian Setting: This is a classic Canadian novel and it takes place all over Canada. The main characters are from Deptford, Ontario which is a fictional town based on the real town of Thamesville, Ontario. That town is just between Chatham and London if you’re curious. It’s also where Robertson Davies was born, hence using it as the setting for his novel.

Run by Eric WaltersRun by Eric Walters


Travelling to Nova Scotia with his father, who is covering what he thinks is just a human interest story about a man trying to run across the country, Winston spends a day with Terry Fox and his best friend, Doug. Their determination to achieve what seems like an impossible goal makes a big impression on Winston, and he takes courage and inspiration from Terry’s run. He is overjoyed when his father’s article about the Marathon of Hope ignites public interest across the country.

But when Winston discovers that his father’s next article about the Marathon of Hope will characterize Terry and Doug in an unflattering way, he is furious with his father and fearful of betraying his friends. Unsure of what to do or where to turn, Winston decides it is time to make a run for it himself…

Canadian Setting: If you live in Canada and you didn’t read an Eric Walters book in middle school, then something went very wrong with your English class. I vaguely remember reading this one though not a lot of details come to mind. I probably cried, though. I can’t NOT get emotional about any Terry Fox themed presentation/book. If you’ve never heard about him you should read the wiki page! The Canadian setting here is Nova Scotia which is in Eastern Canada.

Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life by Bryan Lee O'MalleyScott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life by Bryan Lee O’Malley


Scott Pilgrim’s life is totally sweet. He’s 23 years old, he’s in a rockband, he’s “between jobs” and he’s dating a cute high school girl. Nothing could possibly go wrong, unless a seriously mind-blowing, dangerously fashionable, rollerblading delivery girl named Ramona Flowers starts cruising through his dreams and sailing by him at parties. Will Scott’s awesome life get turned upside-down? Will he have to face Ramona’s seven evil ex-boyfriends in battle? The short answer is yes. The long answer is Scott Pilgrim, Volume 1: Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life

Canadian Setting: I HAD to mention this one. This graphic novel is firmly set in Toronto (and I suspect the GTA as well?) and features all sorts of wonderful little Easter eggs of places within the city. I’ve only read a couple of volumes but I was constantly pointing at the pages like “I KNOW WHERE THAT IS” and fangirling over it. It’s a great way to learn about the things in Toronto other than the CN Tower and Skydome.

The Gathering by Kelley ArmstrongThe Gathering by Kelley Armstrong


Sixteen-year-old Maya is just an ordinary teen in an ordinary town. Sure, she doesn’t know much about her background – the only thing she really has to cling to is an odd paw-print birthmark on her hip – but she never really put much thought into who her parents were or how she ended up with her adopted parents in this tiny medical-research community on Vancouver Island.

Until now.

Strange things have been happening in this claustrophobic town – from the mountain lions that have been approaching Maya to her best friend’s hidden talent for “feeling” out people and situations, to the sexy new bad boy who makes Maya feel…different. Combine that with a few unexplained deaths and a mystery involving Maya’s biological parents and it’s easy to suspect that this town might have more than its share of skeletons in its closet.

Canadian Setting: Vancouver island is the setting for this novel, which is in Western Canada. Which is a pretty legit setting for a book about werewolves (I’m assuming werewolves) because: nature. SO MUCH NATURE. I’ve only briefly been to Vancouver aka Van-City myself, but what I saw was beautiful. Fun fact, Kelley is also the author of the Bitten series, and the Bitten tv show is filmed like 5 minutes away from my house!

What’s a book set in Canada that you’ve liked? Would you like to see more books set outside the US?


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