Talk:Northern Canada

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Per WV:Naming conventions#Region article names like "North" are generally frowned upon unless that really is what it's called (example: the USA's "Midwest" and "South" regions are always called "the Midwest" and "the South", and even then an argument might be made for renaming them). Is "North" the best name for this article, or would something like "Northern Canada" be better? -- Ryan • (talk) • 20:44, 1 July 2015 (UTC)[reply]

Canadian High Arctic comes to mind... and isn't the US South Dixieland? K7L (talk) 20:49, 1 July 2015 (UTC)[reply]
Well I don't want to quote Voltaire here, but in all seriousness, what about something like "Northern Canada" or (analogous to a similar area in Alaska) "Arctic Canada" (even though some areas of this region are south of 66.5 N) Hobbitschuster (talk) 21:48, 1 July 2015 (UTC)[reply]
Wikipedia uses w:Northern Canada for the exact same region, so that seems sensible. I like the sound of "Canadian High Arctic", but would assume that was north of the Arctic Circle based on the name, although w:Canadian Arctic is a redirect to the Northern Canada article covering the same region, so perhaps it's a common usage that could work here as well. -- Ryan • (talk) • 22:40, 1 July 2015 (UTC)[reply]
The terminology is usually chosen to distinguish the "Arctic" (the three territories) from northern Ontario or other "near north" points within the ten provinces. K7L (talk) 18:22, 2 July 2015 (UTC)[reply]
So options at this point for a rename would be "Northern Canada", "Canadian Arctic" or "Canadian High Arctic". I'd lean towards "Northern Canada" since that seems the most clear to me and matches what Wikipedia uses, although any of those three should be better than the existing article name. K7L, Hobbitschuster or anyone else - given the options discussed, if a rename is to occur, do you have strong feelings for or against any of the discussed options? -- Ryan • (talk) • 15:49, 6 July 2015 (UTC)[reply]
Northern Canada appears to be the best options, but I don't have any strong opinions either way... Hobbitschuster (talk) 18:19, 6 July 2015 (UTC)[reply]
"Far North" is another possibility, as is "Canadian Northern Territories". The main idea is to avoid the possibility that someone in Toronto will claim North Bay and Sudbury (Ontario) to be "north"... they're north of Trawna, but so what? Neither is even geographically "north of 49⁰", a term oft misused to refer to the entire southern national boundary. K7L (talk) 18:11, 7 July 2015 (UTC)[reply]
I think Northern Canada would be fine. Canadian Government websites seem to refer to it as "Canada's North" and sometimes the "far north". Just "The North" also seems to be common. Canadian High Arctic seems to correspond more to the islands (based on a quick Google scan) and Canadian Northern Territories is uncommon. Even Canadian Arctic is stretching it as Whitehorse and much of the Yukon aren't "arctic". -Shaundd (talk) 03:59, 8 July 2015 (UTC)[reply]
Given that there was no objection to changing the name and "Northern Canada" seemed to be an acceptable, albeit imperfect, alternative, I've made the change. -- Ryan • (talk) • 17:33, 11 July 2015 (UTC)[reply]