Capitalization
Lesson 2

Personification

Personification is the act of giving human characteristics to something that is not human. Such an item is capitalized.

The Shadow crept silently and ominously across the field before disappearing into the trees.
The Moon wept at such a pitiful sight.

Rivers, falls, brooks, and streams

Important words in the names of rivers, falls, brooks, and streams are capitalized.

Thames River
Niagara Falls
Main Brook

Mountains and hills

Important words in the names of mountains and hills are capitalized.

Rocky Mountains
Magnetic Hill

Oceans, seas, bays, gulfs, straits, and harbours

Important words in the names of oceans, seas, bays, gulfs, straits, and harbours are capitalized.

Atlantic Ocean
Mediterranean Sea
Gulf of St. Lawrence
Bay of Fundy
Battle Harbour

Volcanoes and hurricanes

Important words in the names of volcanoes and hurricanes are capitalized.

Mount Vesuvius
Hurricane Rita

Bridges, causeways, and airports

Important words in the names of bridges, causeways, and airports are capitalized.

Capilano Suspension Bridge
Cape Breton Causeway
Toronto Pearson International Airport

Contests, pageants, awards, and prizes

Important words in the names of contests, pageants, awards, and prizes are capitalized.

All Canada Contest
Miss Tourism International
Premier's Award for Teaching Excellence
Nobel Peace Prize

Festivals

Important words in the names of festivals are capitalized.

Blueberry Festival
Mardi Gras
Atlantic Film Festival

Musical groups

The important words in names of musical groups are capitalized.

Black Eyed Peas
Rolling Stones
Great Big Sea

Plays, movies, and musicals

The important words in names of plays, movies, and musicals are capitalized.

Merchant of Venice
Laws of Attraction
Phantom of the Opera

Television and radio programs

The important words in names of television and radio programs and their episodes are capitalized.

This Hour Has 22 Minutes
Marketplace: Canada's Restaurant Secrets
Quirks and Quarks

Parks, campgrounds, and resorts

Important words in the names of parks, campgrounds, and resorts are capitalized.

Gros Morne National Park
Sandbanks Provincial Park
Blue Cedar Campground
Golden Beach Resort

Memorials, cemeteries, and estates

Important words in the names of memorials, cemeteries, and estates are capitalized.

Canadian National Vimy Memorial
Belvedere Cemetery
Mackenzie King Estate

Signs and mottos

For short signs, you capitalize each important word.

The sign in the window read Closed for Lunch.

For mottos, which are usually in Latin, you italicize the phrase and capitalize the first word only.

Canada's motto is A mari usque ad mare (From Sea to Sea)

Amusement parks, fairs, and expositions

Important words in the names of amusement parks, fairs, and expositions must be capitalized.

Canada's Wonderland
Royal Winter Fair
Canadian National Exposition

Stars, planets, satellites, and constellations

Important words in the names of stars, planets, satellites, and constellations are capitalized.

Big Dipper
Mercury
Voyager
Ursa Major

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