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Top Ten Canadian Magazines To Check Out – Your Best Guide

Magazines are one of the best sources of information related to worldwide topics. Magazines tend to acknowledge you with your subjects of interest in a much more secure and concise form.

In this article, you will come across the top ten Canadian magazines.

Best Canadian Magazines To Check Out

Canada has its full series of incredible, mesmerizing, and knowledgeable magazines, which many people admire and follow.

Still, these top ten Canadian magazines are charismatic enough to be considered for the top position.

a) Chatelaine

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Chatelaine is an English language-based, very well-known, and appreciated brand of Canadian magazine primarily for women. Chatelaine covers almost all topics of your interests, including lifestyle, feminism, food, politics, relationships, decor, and health.

Fundamentally, this magazine is a source of all the essential knowledge you crave in your life. Chatelaine was first published in March 1928 by Maclean publishing which is known for its trade publications like Canadian Grocer & General Storekeeper.

Chatelaine started to post topics about rising feminism and women’s issues from 1955 to 1977 when Chatelain’s editor was Doris Anderson.

Back in 1928, during the start of this great magazine, Canadian women were told to choose a name for this upcoming magazine with prize money of $1000 for the winner by Maclean Hunter, the publisher. The house received 75 thousand entries for this contest.

A rancher’s wife, from British Columbia, suggested the name Chatelaine which was very much intriguing and fascinating. Hence, selected for the upcoming magazine brand. Chatelaine refers to a ring of keys that long ago was used by the women, female of the house to get to the other parts of the house.

In 2014, Chatelaine ranked first among all the Canadian magazines as the largest magazine in Canada. It made an overall circulation of  534,294 copies. Well, Chatelaine reduced its frequency from 12 to 6 times a year in 2017.

b) Maclean

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Maclean is a Canadian English-language based magazine with subjects like pop culture, news, and current events. The plan of this magazine was so much to “entertain but also inspire readers” when it first came out.

The founder, the publisher of this magazine J B Maclean, established the magazine from a specific point of view of awakening the audience about Canadian affairs. Maclean’s earned much fame for its brilliant photography.

Started as “The Business magazine,” renamed to “The Busy Man’s Magazine” in December 1905, which was more about topics like immigration, national defense, home life, women’s suffrage, and fiction.

Later the publisher, and founder, renamed the magazine after his name in 1911. The reason told was the title was too reminiscent of the business magazine, which has become much of a general interest publication.

Maclean’s magazine has been through much of the controversies like the Canadian Islamic Congress complaint, Quebec controversy, and the “Too Asian?‘ article but has managed to be in the top ten Canadian magazines.

Maclean is also known for his guide to Canadian universities, the “Maclean’s University Guide,” which is published annually in March.

A ranking issue of the Guide is published in November, for the last year of high school and students entering their first year in Canadian universities. In 2019, its current publisher, St. Joseph’s Communications, purchased the magazine.


Subscribe to FLARE!

FLARE is a reinvention of the great CHATELAINE magazine with the same publisher, founder Maclean Hunter. FLARE is a Canadian English-language-based fashion magazine.

FLARE often features American or international stars as cover stories. Still, it mainly focuses on Canadian content and its role in various fields like art, fashion, media, music, entertainment, health, and beauty. It also depicts stories related to young Canadian females.

FLARE is an outcome of Donna Scott’s brainstorming, hired by Maclean Hunter management for the two magazines, CHATELAINE and The Teen Generations.

FLARE mainly focuses on young career women. Keitha Maclean, the first editor of the FLARE, made it to Canada’s first successful fashion magazine.

d) enRoute

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enRoute is the brand of Air Canada and is one of their unusual and very well-known in-flight magazines. enRoute is a Canadian magazine available in English and French languages. enRoute is very well known for its superior content and much famous for the same.

Spafax Canada Inc. publishes enRoute, and its headquarter is in Montreal, Quebec. enRoute is handed over in all Air Canada flights for free and also in its Maple Leaf Lounges.

In 2010, enRoute won 10 awards at the Canadian National Magazine Awards, which was an excellent achievement for the magazine. In May 2012, CNN gave it the title of Best Inflight Magazine.

The magazine was also an organizer of the great Air Canada enRoute Film Festival, which ran from 2007 to 2016 and served as a platform for emerging filmmakers.

e) Toronto Life

How an entrepreneur built a miniature Toronto in an Etobicoke warehouse

Toronto Life is a Canadian English magazine mostly publishing about topics like entertainment, current news, daily news, social issues, trends, lifestyle, and much more. It was established in 1966 and purchased by Michael de Pencier in the year 1972. Later on, St. Joseph Media bought it.

The magazine is a blockbuster winner of the Canadian National Magazine Awards, with 110 gold awards as well as three awards for the magazine of the year in 1985, 1989, and 2007.

It’s also known for its various annual exclusive interest guides, which write about topics such as Real Estate, Stylebook, Eating and drinking, City, Home, and Neighbourhoods.

Toronto Life has also been through many controversies related to Libel suits and others. For once, the magazine was also claimed for Unlawful Employment Practices and for violating Journalism Ethics.

It has a circulation of 87,929 and readers up to 890,000.

f) Zoomer

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Zoomer Magazine is a part of the Zoomer Media company that has established itself in various mass media communication fields like Conventional Television Stations.

Moses Znaimer controls Zoomer Media. The primary target of this group is the baby boomers with zipping, who refer to the people who desire to be socially and culturally active in their early 50s, 60s, and 70s.

It was founded in 2007 by Moses Znaimer, whose headquarters are in Toronto, Ontario. No doubt, Zoomermedia is an all-rounder in the field of media, especially, Zoomer magazine.

g) NOW

Behind the scenes: actor Sarah Gadon on the set of NOW's Alias Grace cover shoot

NOW is a Canadian English language-based magazine/newspaper and an online publication owned by the company Media Central Publication. The website content of NOW includes mainly columns of sex advice by Dan Savage named Savage love and astrology by Rob Brezsny named Real Astrology, which is very much followed and liked by many people.

It was (first published in 1981) under publishers named Michael Hollett and Alice Klein. Now, it is published every Thursday and 52 times a year. It focuses on perspectives like entertainment, news, culture, and arts. It is available at various places like cafes, subway stations, restaurants, stores, clothing outlets, movie venues, and many other places.

Hollett sold the magazine to Klein in 2016 and then further handed it over to Media Central Company for 2 million dollars.

NOW also focuses on green efforts, making sure the ink used for printing is 100 percent vegetable-based dyes.

Further, it also follows a 100 percent recycled paper policy, which is a significant step and effort to address the current environmental issues and thus surely ensures its place in the top ten Canadian magazines.

h) Realscreen

Realscreen is a brand of Brunico Communications, which is an English-language-based Canadian magazine publishing. Realscreen is the only international magazine working on non-fiction films and also the television industry.

It publishes a quarterly printed magazine, runs a website of news and industry formation, and finally runs the Annual Realscreen Summit, during which the Realscreen Awards, which is mainly for presenting awards to the unscripted films and non-fiction film media in a range of categories.

i) Elle Canada

Welcome to ELLE Canada

ELLE was crafted immediately after World War 2, a worldwide magazine mainly focusing on fashion, beauty, health, and entertainment. Founded in 1945, its topic refers to the word “she” or “her” in French.

ELLE is the world’s largest fashion magazine, with 46 international editions and publications in 60 countries. It is published in Canada by the TVA group. Although Elle is originally a French production, it is famous worldwide, and in Canada, too, it has acquired much of the people’s attention and love.

Elle was first issued in 1945, and since then, it has had an outstanding journey throughout many countries.

j) The KIt

KIT magazine is a product of the Toronto Star Newspaper Limited and Star Media Group. It is a 360-degree beauty and style leader. The Kit covers most topics, including style, culture, trends, lifestyle, horoscope, and more.

This magazine brilliantly delights and informs you that all women should know talking to women on every level of the multitude and engaging with them on every platform.


These are the top ten Canadian magazines that you must read in your free time. Enjoy them!

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