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Canada, it seems, was made for stories. Think about it: the stunning variety of landscapes that, while beautiful, challenge the body and the spirit; the diverse mosaic of characters; the dauntlessness that seems to define the culture of northern countries. It's no wonder that legions of writers have made Canada their muse, bringing our country to life for the world. We wanted to honour some of their stories.

Inspired by this map, some Canadian Geographic editors got together and picked out a few of our favourite books that are set in each province or territory. While each of these was written by a Canadian, there are also many foreign literary giants who have been captivated by Canada. (Looking at you, Jack London.)

Perhaps it goes without saying, but this list is hardly definitive. A book is ultimately a subjective experience and we look forward to hearing what titles you would add. Suggest your alternatives in the comments or on Twitter and help readers find more great novels set in Canada!

The best* Canadian novel set in each province & territory *As voted by Can Geo editors

Y.T. The Man from the Creeks by Robert Kroetsch (1998)

N.W.T. Late Nights on Air by Elizabeth Hay (2007)

Nun. People of the Deer by Farley Mowat (1952)

B.C. The Double Hook by Sheila Watson (1959)

Alta. Green Grass, Running Water by Thomas King (1993)

Sask. As for Me and My House by Sinclair Ross (1941)

Man. Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence (1964)

Ont. Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town by Stephen Leacock (1912)

Que. The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz by Mordecai Richler (1959)

N.B. Nights Below Station Street by David Adams Richards (1988)

N.S. Barometer Rising by Hugh MacLennan (1941)

P.E.I. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery (1908)

N.L. The Colony of Unrequited Dreams by Wayne Johnston (1998)

A few tough calls

Sask. Who has seen the Wind by W.O. Mitchell (1947)

Man. The Diviners by Margaret Laurence (1974)

Ont. In the Skin of a Lion by Michael Ondaatje (1987)

Que. The Tin Flute by Gabrielle Roy (1945)