Greatest Canadians

The Greatest Canadians of all-time however you define greatest.

The Top Ten

1 Terry Fox Terry Fox Terrance Stanley "Terry" Fox was a Canadian athlete, humanitarian, and cancer research activist. In 1980, with one leg having been amputated, he embarked on an east to west cross-Canada run to raise money and awareness for cancer research.

I love terry fox for fighting cancer and raising the amount of donations he did for cancer, almost all of my grandparents have had it and there isn't one person I know who hasn't been strongly affected by cancer. He was also very strong and never put himself above others

Terry, for myself was and is the definition of what it is to be Canadian. In the maw of cancer Terry fox fought for us all, raising awareness on a global scale and through his courage and strength made us understand what it means to be human.

Terry Fox is a real hero. Most people who have cancer would just sit in bed all day (Mostly because its all they can do but) Terry went out and basically sacrificed himself, not for his own cure but for others to be cured. - Tmanator123

Being Canadian myself terry fox is my hero

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2 Bryan Adams Bryan Adams Bryan Guy Adams is a Canadian singer, songwriter, record producer, guitarist, photographer, philanthropist and activist.

I can't believe he wasn't here. Bryan is one of the greatest musicians ever - great singer, perfect songwriter, talented producer. Real Canadian Trophy - Irina2932

3 Celine Dion Celine Dion Céline Marie Claudette Dion is a Canadian singer and businesswoman. She is best known for her song "My Heart Will Go On", which is the main theme of the 1997 film Titanic, which was the first film to gross $1 billion at the box office.

Amazing woman with powerful voice. She performs the hardest songs and she does it wonderfully easy. Brilliant vocalist! - Irina2932

4 Sir Fredrick Banting Sir Fredrick Banting Sir Frederick Grant Banting was a Canadian medical scientist and Nobel laureate noted as the first person to use insulin on humans. He received the Nobel Prize at age 32, remaining the youngest Nobel laureate in the area of Physiology/Medicine (as of 2011). He was also a physician and painter.

Nobel laureate noted as the first person that used insulin on humans. He received the Nobel Prize at age 32, remaining the youngest Nobel laureate in the area of Physiology/Medicine (as of 2011). - Metal_Treasure

5 Neil Peart Neil Peart Neil Ellwood Peart (born September 12, 1952 in Hamilton, Canada) is a Canadian-American musician and author, best known as the drummer and primary lyricist for the rock band Rush. Peart has received numerous awards for his musical performances.

The greatest rock drummer of all time is Canadian - ask anybody who knows a bit more about drumming. He's a drummer of the great band Rush. - Metal_Treasure

Best drummer ever!

6 Alexander Graham Bell Alexander Graham Bell Alexander Graham Bell was a Scottish-born scientist, inventor, engineer and innovator who is credited with patenting the first practical telephone.

He invented telegraph! We could not phone or use Facebook or any other things, if he didn't invented those stuff. I am impressed of his amazing work of history.

7 Wayne Gretzky Wayne Gretzky Wayne Douglas Gretzky CC is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player and former head coach. He played 20 seasons in the National Hockey League for four teams from 1979 to 1999.

Wayne is such an amazing hockey player and a true great person.

He holds 49 NHL records of course he should b here

Hey I like hockey

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8 Geddy Lee Geddy Lee Geddy Lee Weinrib, known professionally as Geddy Lee, is a Canadian musician, singer and songwriter best known as the lead vocalist, bassist, and keyboardist for the Canadian rock group Rush.

Geddy lee is the worlds most influential bass guitar player and is an officer in the order of Canada as well as Canada's most respected bass player.

9 Sir John A. Macdonald
10 Michael J. Fox Michael J. Fox Michael Andrew Fox, known as Michael J. Fox, is a Canadian-American actor, author, producer, and activist.

Actor (Back To The Future). Iconic quote - "This is heavy". - Metal_Treasure

The amount of work his foundation has put into Parkinson's research is epic. - Xean45

The Contenders

11 Tommy Douglas

He was so diligent and persistent in his efforts to improve the lot for all Canadians. Today, it is only the older generation who can recall what it was like to not have universal access to health care. Our current dental system would be comparable. Not only did he succeed in his efforts but he also changed how we view ourselves; a people who care about our neighbours.

He saved the world! Imagine you getting hurt and you have to go to the hospital. how would you pay? Without Tommy Douglas we wouldn't be getting free medical care. we don't have to pay. we give in our medical heath care card. PS. he was voted the greatest Canadian in real life!

12 Michael Bublé
13 Ryan Reynolds Ryan Reynolds Ryan Rodney Reynolds is a Canadian actor and producer. He portrayed Michael Bergen on the ABC sitcom Two Guys and a Girl, Billy Simpson in the YTV Canadian teen soap opera Hillside, as well as Marvel Comics characters Hannibal King in Blade: Trinity, Wade Wilson / Weapon XI in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, ...read more.
14 David Suzuki

He has worked to save Canada without being a public celebrity.

15 Jim Carrey Jim Carrey James Eugene "Jim" Carrey is a Canadian American actor, comedian, impressionist, screenwriter, and producer. He is well known for comedic roles in films such as Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Mask , Dumb and Dumber, Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, The Cable Guy, Liar Liar, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, ...read more.

Good actor... yeah, that's about it.

One of my favourite actors ever.. he is incredibly talented and every movie starring this guy is guaranteed to make you laugh.. he does such an amazing job..

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16 Kristen French Kristen French Kristen French was a young Catholic girl growing up in the Niagara Region of Southern Ontario. In April 1992, she was abducted in broad day light, by Paul Bernardo & Karla Homolka, while she was walking home from school. By the time they had done this, the duo had already committed multiple rapes, as ...read more.

Who knows what great things Kristen could have done had she not been murdered! We need to remember Kristen and Leslie and Tammy... Maybe all 3 should win! Give them a little something back from what was taken away by two monsters and one that is walking free!

17 Ryan Gosling Ryan Gosling Ryan Thomas Gosling is a Canadian actor, musician, and producer. He began his career as a child star on the Disney Channel's Mickey Mouse Club and went on to appear in other family entertainment programs including Are You Afraid of the Dark?
18 Jeff Waters Jeff Waters Jeff Waters (born February 13, 1966) is a Canadian metal musician and founder of the metal band Annihilator. He's best known as the guitarist for Annihilator, appreciated for his fast riffs and solos. Waters is also the primary songwriter in the band. Very often he has taken on the role of lead singer, ...read more.

A guitar virtuoso and one of the greatest metal musicians (Annihilator). - Metal_Treasure

19 Pierre Trudeau Pierre Trudeau
20 Louis Riel

No one is better then Terry Fox.

Louis riel is better then terry fox

21 Glenn Gould Glenn Gould Glenn Herbert Gould was a Canadian pianist who became one of the best-known and most celebrated classical pianists of the 20th century.
22 Alex Lifeson Alex Lifeson Aleksandar Živojinović, better known by his stage name Alex Lifeson, is a Canadian musician, best known as the guitarist of the Canadian rock band Rush.
23 Don Cherry

Don cherry is amazing and deserves 500% of the votes

Should be #2 at least

24 Norm McDonald

One of the funniest comedians of all time. Easily the greatest ever host of SNL's Weekend Update. Many of his funniest moments have come from various T.V. interviews with Conan, Letterman, etc. Also starred in and wrote cult classic Dirty Work, had two sitcoms, and was host of Sports Show on Comedy Central.

25 Mike Myers Mike Myers Michael John "Mike" Myers is a Canadian actor, comedian, screenwriter, director, and film producer, who also holds British and American citizenship.
26 Colin Mochrie
27 Romeo Dallaire

One of the bravest Canadians in my opinion

He is a hero among heroes

28 Drake Drake Aubrey Drake Graham, known professionally as Drake, is a Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer and actor, born on October 24, 1986 in Toronto, Canada. He started his career on Canadian reality show "Degrassi: The Next Generation".

Should be number 1

He is awesome

What a loser, lmao. He has suchhh a gross nose my god

29 Lester Pearson
30 Neil Young Neil Young Neil Percival Young, OC OM is a Canadian singer-songwriter and musician, producer, director and screenwriter.

He never sits still. From garage band music to beautiful ballads and protest songs Mr. Young keeps on rockin' the world. - mgenet

31 Leonard Cohen Leonard Cohen Leonard Norman Cohen was a Canadian singer-songwriter, poet and novelist. His work explored religion, politics, isolation, sexuality and personal relationships. Cohen died on November 7, 2016 at the age of 82.
32 Justin Bieber Justin Bieber Justin Drew Bieber (born March 1, 1994) is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and record producer. He currently resides in Ontario, Canada and is Christian. He is the son of author Pattie Mallette. ...read more.

I only hate his music.

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YAAY! My Justin is on the list! He is so GREAT! Especially how he's granted the most wishes in the Make A Wish Foundation! LOVE YOU BIEBS! :D

33 Craig Kielburger

Travels to other country's fighting against child abuse

I feel he should be up in the top 20's at least because child abuse needs to be stopped

34 Shawn Mendes Shawn Mendes Shawn Peter Raul Mendes is a Canadian singer-songwriter and model. He attracted a following in 2013, when he began posting song covers on the popular video sharing application Vine.

Canadian Singer/Songwriter aka the best

Shawn mendes is the best and the only best canadian
. thank you.

35 Pamela Anderson Pamela Anderson Pamela Denise Anderson is a Canadian-American actress. In addition to her acting career, she is also a model, producer, author, activist and a former showgirl, known for her roles on the television series Home Improvement, Baywatch and V.I.P..

OK, she is far not the best role model but she became one of the biggest Sex Symbols of all time. And she's cute - Irina2932

36 Steven Truscott
37 Shania Twain Shania Twain Shania Twain is a Canadian singer and songwriter. She has sold over 100 million records, making her the best-selling female artist in country music history and among the best-selling music artists of all time.

Fabulous artist with amazing voice and touching songs. One of the most successful and influential female singers in the world.
I adore this wonderful woman - Irina2932

38 Lucy Maud Montgomery
39 Roberta Bondar

She is the first Canadian Women going to space.

40 James Cameron James Cameron James Cameron is a Canadian film director, producer, screenwriter, and deep-sea explorer. He is best known for his films, The Terminator, Aliens, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, Titanic, and Avatar. He is also the third person in history to reach the bottom of the Mariana Trench, the deepest part of the ...read more.

Titanic. - ParasN2000

41 William Shatner William Shatner William "Bill" Shatner is a Canadian actor, singer, author, producer, director, spokesman, and comedian.

William shatner is not only a famous actor he also helped us Canadians know that at the end of the day wherever you are, don't forget where you initially came from.

42 Joni Mitchell Joni Mitchell Roberta Joan Mitchell, professionally known as Joni Mitchell, is a Canadian singer-songwriter. Drawing from folk, pop, rock, and jazz, Mitchell's songs often reflect social and environmental ideals as well as her feelings about romance, confusion, disillusionment, and joy.
43 Christine Sinclair

Christine is Canada's greatest soccer player with 141 international goals. She is considered to be one of the worlds best female strikers.

44 John Candy John Candy John Franklin Candy was a Canadian actor and comedian, mainly in American films such as Planes, Trains and Automobiles and Uncle Buck.
45 Laura Secord
46 George Chuvalo

Canadian boxer who after 90+ professional matches was never knocked of his feet. Lost three of his four sons to drug addiction, along with his first wife. Went the distance with boxers such as Joe Frazier, George foreman, and possibly the greatest of all time Muhammad Ali. He now tours the world with current wife to teach the dangers of drug use in youth.

47 Avril Lavigne Avril Lavigne Avril Ramona Lavigne is a Canadian–French singer-songwriter and actress. By the age of 15, she had appeared on stage with Shania Twain; by 16, she had signed a two-album recording contract with Arista Records worth more than $2 million.
48 Chris Jericho Chris Jericho Christopher Keith Irvine, better known by the ring name Chris Jericho, is a Canadian-American professional wrestler, musician, media personality, actor, author, and businessman, currently signed to WWE and NJPW.

BITW at what he does

49 Sidney Crosby Sidney Crosby Sidney Patrick Crosby ONS (born August 7, 1987) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player who currently serves as captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League.

A good hockey player.

50 The Weeknd The Weeknd Abęl Makkonen Tesfaye, known professionally by his stage name The Weeknd, is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and record producer. He was born on 16 February 1990 in Toronto, Ontario. He used to upload songs on YouTube in 2010, now he has 3 studio albums. He has won 3 Grammy awards and 9 Juno Awards

Best singer since Michael Jackson

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1. Sir Fredrick Banting
2. Terry Fox
3. Alexander Graham Bell
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1. Bryan Adams
2. Celine Dion
3. Geddy Lee
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1. Colin Mochrie
2. Norm McDonald
3. Celine Dion
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