Canadian Utopias Project

This website presents descriptions of utopian settlements built across Canada from the seventeenth to the mid-twentieth century.

Many of these settlements have been written about elsewhere, either individually or in clusters that describe regional, ethnic or religious groups. The reason for bringing them together in one place is to help assess the impact utopianism as an idea had on building Canada from the early seventeenth century until the Second World War. [for more – go to Purposes]

This project is a tribute to Jeanne M. Wolfe, C.M., Professor Emerita of McGill University’s School of Urban Planning, Montréal, who began the work of identifying built utopias across Canada. After her death, the work was carried on by Professors Beth Moore Milroy, Ryerson University, Toronto, and Brian S. Osborne, Queen’s University, Kingston. [for more – go to Background]

NEW! An article by Beth Moore Milroy that begins analyzing the impact of utopia on land development will be published in early 2021: “Enacting utopia: Utopia’s investment in Canada’s land and its settlement-building past,” Utopian Studies, 32, 1.