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To begin your search, go to the alphabetical index below and click on the first letter of the word you are searching for.

Atlantic provinces

Since the term Atlantic provinces is not an official name of a political or administrative division, the word provinces does not ordinarily take a capital:

  • We met many wonderful people while travelling through the Atlantic provinces last summer.

However, it is correct to write Atlantic Provinces (with a capital) in contexts where the provinces are viewed as a geographical division in comparison with other regions of Canada:

  • The Atlantic Provinces, the Prairies, and the West Coast are three of the major regions of Canada.