In Canada, roughly 15% of the overall population claim to be Irish, but in some provinces, Irish numbers swell to double that size!
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (PRWEB) March 15, 2018
In Canada, roughly 15% of the overall population claim to be Irish, but in some provinces, Irish numbers swell to double that size! In celebration of St. Patrick's Day, Zolo wanted to see where the Irish-Canadians were living and the best places to celebrate the St. Patty's Day. You might be surprised at some of the top Irish-Canadian provinces…
Top Irish-Canadian Provinces
Overall, most of the top Irish-Canadian provinces are in Eastern Canada - not surprising given the closer proximity to Ireland. Leading the pack is Prince Edward Island with over 30% Irish population!
Below provides a look into each province and the specific Irish population breakdown:
1. Prince Edward Island: 30.4%
2. Nova Scotia: 22.3%
3. Yukon: 22%
4. New Brunswick: 21.9%
5. Newfoundland & Labrador: 21.8%
6. Ontario: 16.4%
7. Alberta: 15.9%
8. Saskatchewan: 15.5%
9. British Columbia: 14.9%
10. Manitoba: 13.2%
11. Northwest Territories: 11.9%
12. Quebec: 5.5%
To see the original infographic visit: https://www.zolo.ca/news/where-do-irish-canadians-live
Where to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day
Green beer, shamrocks, and an opportunity to enjoy good times with good friends is what makes this holiday unique and celebrated by Irish-Canadians and Canadians alike! No matter where you are in Canada, there is certainly a St. Patrick's Day celebration around the corner.
You'll find some great St. Patrick's Day celebration ideas below based upon the highest Irish-Canadian density.
Despite the harsh northern Canadian climate in the Yukon, most Irish settlers initially moved here because of gold fever. Now, it remains thick with Irish heritage, ranking third on our list. If you're looking for a great St. Patty's Day celebration, check out the festivities in Whitehorse, which is home to 20.35% Irish-Canadians.
While not the Eastern-most province, Prince Edward Island claims the top spot with over 30% Irish-Canadians calling it home. Historically, there was a time when Irish Catholics and British Protestants battled in this province but now the province is now known for potatoes not protests. Charlottetown boasts 27.11% Irish population and has an annual St. Patrick's Day 5K & 10K race that runs through the city's beautiful neighborhoods.
In Ontario, after 1812, plenty of Irish, mainly from Tipperary and Cork (and known as 'navvies') came to this province to help build much of this province's early infrastructure, including Ottawa's Rideau Canal. Nowadays, many Canadians celebrate with the Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in Peterborough, Ontario where over 31.76% Irish-Canadians live.
In New Brunswick, the St. Patrick's Society was first founded in 1819 and by 1867, more than 150,000 immigrants from Ireland flooded this province, most of them settling in Saint John - prompting the nickname "Canada's Irish City." Today, 29.84% of the city's population is of Irish descent and many will be heading to O'Leary's Pub.
St. Patrick's Day is Saturday, March 17 this year - where in Canada are you celebrating?
To see the original guide on where to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in 38 Canadian cities visit: zolo.ca/news/celebrate-st-patricks-day