Our BIG Little Story

Little Canada is a dream manifested for Dutch-Canadian Jean-Louis Brenninkmeijer, who moved to Ontario with his young family in the late 1990s. He credits his embrace of miniatures to his childhood, fondly recalling his father’s model train set that has since been passed on to him. In fact, it was when unpacking this very train set—which had long been tucked away in boxes—that the idea of Little Canada first took root.

Finding inspiration from attractions such as Hamburg’s Miniature Wunderland and Madurodam in the Netherlands, Jean-Louis got to work on bringing his vision to life, supported by David MacLean from the Toronto Model Railway Club. Together, they set out to replicate Canada in miniature; to offer a destination where people can learn about and connect with the country in a unique and surprising way.

Little Canada is Jean-Louis’s tribute to the place he now calls home; an ode to the landscapes, scenes and people that have embraced him. It’s his way of educating guests, as he also continues to uncover stories, histories and moments that have shaped the nation. It’s his way of leaving a legacy that allows others to appreciate what Canada represents, through a world of wonder, discovery and delight.

A BIG dream

of tiny proportions.


Little Canada is a love letter to a nation, modelled in miniature form; where diversity is celebrated, belonging is emulated and imaginations are activated.

It’s a place where adults feel like children, children feel like giants, and everyone feels something – amazed by the detail, inspired by the scenes, and connected to something greater than themselves.

Whether a new Canadian or here for generations; an international visitor or from just up the street—there is something at Little Canada for everyone to learn and to love.

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