The Most Famous Canadian of All Time: Ranking a Timeless Icon

Choose the Canadian you think is the most famous!

Author: Gregor Krambs
Jun 16, 2023 10:18 (Updated on Dec 4, 2023 10:44)
Welcome to StrawPoll, where opinions unite and voices are heard! Today, we're diving into the land of maple syrup, hockey, and friendly faces to answer a burning question - "Who is the most famous Canadian of all time?" Whether you're a fan of musical sensations like Justin Bieber and Celine Dion or admire the talents of actors like Ryan Reynolds and Keanu Reeves, we've got a star-studded lineup ready for your votes! But wait, do you think we missed someone who deserves the spotlight? Fret not, you can suggest a missing option and let others support your choice! So, grab a cup of Tim Hortons, sit back, and join us as we embark on this exciting journey through Canadian fame. Cast your vote, rally your friends, and let's find out who will be crowned the ultimate Canadian icon!

Who Is the Most Famous Canadian of All Time?

  1. 1
    Terry Fox
    Jeremy Gilbert · Public domain
    A Canadian icon who embarked on a cross-country run to raise money and awareness for cancer research after losing his leg to the disease. Fox's Marathon of Hope inspired millions and his legacy lives on through the annual Terry Fox Run.
  2. 2
    The Great One is widely considered the greatest hockey player of all time. Gretzky's accomplishments on the ice include four Stanley Cup championships and numerous records, including most career points.
    Wayne Gretzky in other rankings
  3. 3
    A prolific author and activist, Atwood's work spans novels, poetry, and essays. She is perhaps best known for her dystopian novel The Handmaid's Tale, which has been adapted into a successful television series.
    Margaret Atwood in other rankings
  4. 4
    Pierre Trudeau
    Chiloa · CC BY-SA 3.0
    A lawyer, writer, and politician, Trudeau served as Canada's 15th prime minister from 1968 to 1984. He is remembered for his progressive policies, including the official adoption of bilingualism and multiculturalism.
  5. 5
    One of the most successful singers of all time, Dion has sold over 200 million records worldwide. Her hits include "My Heart Will Go On," the theme song for the film Titanic.
    Celine Dion in other rankings
  6. 6
    David Suzuki
    Holger Motzkau · CC BY-SA 3.0
    A scientist and environmentalist, Suzuki has been a leading voice in the fight against climate change for decades. He is best known for his television series The Nature of Things, which explores the natural world and our relationship with it.
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    Leonard Cohen
    Rama · CC BY-SA 2.0 fr

    Leonard Cohen

    Leonard Cohen
    A musician, poet, and novelist, Cohen's work has been influential across multiple genres. He is perhaps best known for his song "Hallelujah," which has been covered by countless artists.
    Leonard Cohen's version of the song 'Hallelujah' is a soulful and iconic rendition that has captivated audiences worldwide. Cohen's heartfelt delivery and poetic lyrics have made it one of the most beloved and popular songs of all time.
    • Release Year: 1984
    • Album: Various Positions
    • Genre: Folk
    • Length: 4:40
    • Writer(s): Leonard Cohen
    Leonard Cohen in other rankings
  8. 8
    Tommy Douglas
    Lieut. G. Barry Gilroy · Public domain
    A social democratic politician, Douglas is often referred to as the "father of medicare" for his role in implementing universal healthcare in Canada. He also served as premier of Saskatchewan from 1944 to 1961.
  9. 9
    Neil Young
    Tore Sætre · CC BY-SA 4.0
    A singer-songwriter and guitarist, Young's career has spanned over five decades. He is known for his distinctive voice and his work with the bands Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.
    Neil Young in other rankings
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    The current prime minister of Canada, Trudeau is a politician and former teacher. He is known for his progressive policies, including his support for LGBTQ rights and his commitment to environmental protection.
    Justin Trudeau in other rankings

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Ranking factors for famous Canadian

  1. Accomplishments
    The individual's achievements in their field of work or other accomplishments such as political achievements or philanthropic work.
  2. Contributions
    The impact the individual has made on Canadian society and beyond.
  3. Recognition
    The individual's level of recognition and awards received for their contributions and accomplishments.
  4. Popularity
    The individual's level of popularity and how well-known they are across Canada and internationally.
  5. Legacy
    The individual's lasting impact on Canadian history and culture.

About this ranking

This is a community-based ranking of the most famous Canadian of all time. We do our best to provide fair voting, but it is not intended to be exhaustive. So if you notice something or Canadian is missing, feel free to help improve the ranking!


  • 226 votes
  • 10 ranked items

Voting Rules

A participant may cast an up or down vote for each Canadian once every 24 hours. The rank of each Canadian is then calculated from the weighted sum of all up and down votes.


More information on most famous canadian of all time

Canada has produced a number of famous individuals who have made a significant impact in various fields such as entertainment, politics, and sports. From the iconic musician Celine Dion to the renowned scientist Alexander Graham Bell, Canadians have left their mark on the world. But who is the most famous Canadian of all time? This is a question that has sparked numerous debates and discussions over the years. In this article, we will explore some of the most popular candidates for this title and their achievements that have earned them a place in Canadian history.

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