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As a sometime Canadian, I thought I would forestall Rick Heli's march around the globe by starting this list. These are games set in Canada, or in which Canada makes up a significant part of the map (games where it is just a blank spot north of the border, as in TV weathermaps, don't count). We'll also include traditional and proprietary games that have distinctly Canadian versions.

To keep the list manageable and on topic, please don't add games that have only a marginal Canadian connection, such as games designed by a Canadian, or rail games that have a bit of Canada on the map.
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1. Board Game: War of 1812 [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:2013]
Peter Donnelly
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Columbia Games started out as Gamma Two Games in Vancouver, so it's not surprising that several of their games should have a Canadian setting.
 
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2. Board Game: Quebec 1759 [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:2020]
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The origin of the linguistic divide that marks the country to this day: Wolfe and Montcalm on the Plains of Abraham.
 
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3. Board Game: The Great Canadian Pie [Average Rating:4.91 Unranked]
Peter Donnelly
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A game about separatism. Appropriately, it's bilingual.
 
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4. Board Game: Klondike [Average Rating:6.23 Overall Rank:10746]
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A lesser-known offering from Gamma Two -- not the 1993 game of the same name, which is abstract. There are a few other gold-rush games on Rick's Arctic Frieze list, http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist.php3?action=view&listi... .
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5. Board Game: Trivial Pursuit [Average Rating:5.20 Overall Rank:15275]
Peter Donnelly
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This is a placeholder for the Canadian edition. There are lots of Canadian editions of games -- mostly to satisfy language requirements -- but this has actual Canadian content. And Trivial Pursuit was invented in Canada, which might or might not be a matter for national pride.
 
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6. Board Game: The Last Spike [Average Rating:6.08 Overall Rank:11540]
Peter Donnelly
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Yet another Gamma Two game.
 
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7. Board Game: 1856: Railroading in Upper Canada from 1856 [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:865]
Brent Ross
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1830 also contains southern Ontario, but it's only a corner of the map. Age of Steam also has Toronto in one corner. North American rails has a sliver of Canada all the way across, but it's seldom visited. Canada is weakly represented in those three rail games, but 1856 is southern Ontario and thus qualifies for this list.
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8. Board Game: Wilderness War [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:572]
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This treatment of the Seven Years' War provides the context for Quebec 1759.
 
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9. Board Game: Canadian Checkers [Average Rating:7.01 Unranked]
Peter Donnelly
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This French-Canadian game is played on a 144-square board with 30 pieces a side and an unusual long-ranging move for promoted pieces.
 
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10. Board Game: Poleconomy [Average Rating:5.40 Overall Rank:14237]
Jeph Stahl
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'The Game of Canada' (the Canadian Edition)
with little beaver figures and colourful money
 
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11. Board Game: Trapper-Company [Average Rating:6.85 Unranked]
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Southern Ontario...the Great Lakes Region
 
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12. Board Game: Formula Dé Circuits 13 & 14: Montreal & Long Beach [Average Rating:7.39 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.39 Unranked]
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Tough Track
 
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13. Board Game: Crokinole [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:75]
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This probably originated in Canada and definitely lives on thanks to Canada. (This picture even SAYS "made in Canada".)

[Note from SkookumPete: http://www.crokinole.com/faq.html does indeed confirm the Canadian origin of this game in the 1860s.]
 
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14. Board Game: Treasure (in the Canadian Rockies) [Average Rating:4.00 Unranked]
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Published by Copp Clark, which produced many of the schoolbooks I grew up with.
 
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15. Board Game: Dragons [Average Rating:5.42 Unranked]
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I was far too lazy to dig out my digital camera to add a graphic to the entry for this game--suffice it to say if you can play Tic-Tac-Toe, you can play Dragons. Whether this is actually an incentive is less clear....
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16. Board Game: Sports Action Canadian Pro Football [Average Rating:8.41 Unranked]
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Grab a seat on the 55-yard line as the Saskatchewan Roughriders execute a third-down punt to the Ottawa Rough Riders. (With only nine teams in the old CFL, you'd think they could have come up with different names -- and names not based on American history!)
 
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17. Board Game: Canadian Civil War [Average Rating:5.46 Overall Rank:12591]
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From the description, it seems to be more Civil than War.
 
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18. Board Game: Break the Bank [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
Jim Pulles
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Regina
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A Canadian Trivia game from the 1950s. Questions have a distinct Canadian flavour, especially in the Entertainment category, with 'Wayne and Shuster' and 'Robert Goulet' being common answers.
 
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19. Board Game: Oxfurd Bluff [Average Rating:5.30 Unranked]
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A word game -- with similarities to Balderdash?
 
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20. Board Game: Quebec Libre [Average Rating:5.50 Unranked]
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The situation in 1978.
 
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21. Board Game: North to Alaska [Average Rating:5.38 Unranked]
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The summary starts "A Roll-and-Move travel boardgame that was apparently released in 1984 as a promotion for Yukon Sam Rest Stops.".
 
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22. Board Game: Yukon Company [Average Rating:6.25 Overall Rank:9654]
Robbie Smith
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A business game about the buying and selling of goods during the Yukon gold rush.
 
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23. Board Game: Gold am Yukon [Average Rating:4.81 Unranked]
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Staking gold claims during the Yukon gold rush.
 
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24. Board Game: Cabinet Minister [Average Rating:3.00 Unranked]
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Canadian politics of the 1980s.
 
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25. Board Game: Northwest Passage! [Average Rating:4.57 Unranked]
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A game celebrating the attempt to establish an oil tanker route across the Northwest Passage using ice-breaking tankers. I guess it was safer and cheaper the build the Alaska Pipeline...
 
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