About Little Canada

What is
Little Canada?

Little Canada is a celebration of all things Canada. It’s a unique journey of discovery through the sights and sounds of our great country in miniature scale. A unique Toronto attraction that will unleash your childlike sense of wonder, discovery, and curiosity.

Mission & Vision

Our Vision

To entertain our guests with a magical journey of discovery through Canada in miniature, that will be amazing, exciting and meaningful for all ages.

Our Mission

To evoke a sense of wonder and curiosity about Canada.

Big 5 Values

  • 1 | we create to amaze!

    The astonishment of our guests is our inspiration.

    We research, explore, discover, invent and tell stories to delight people.

    We strive to make every day amazing.

  • 2 | we're naturally curious

    We get excited about new discoveries. Eureka!

    We’re eager to learn.

    We seek out the knowledge of others.

  • 3 | we are family

    We get to know each other.

    We support each other. We ask first, “how can I help?”

    We celebrate our differences.

    Everyone is welcome to be a part of our family.

  • 4 | we're better together

    We listen first. We seek input from each other.

    We look for ways to help each other.

    We look for the extraordinary in one another.

  • 5 | we're serious about fun

    We believe that fun fuels creativity.

    We use humour to connect with each other.

    Like any self-respecting Canadian, we don’t take ourselves too seriously.

The Little Canada Story

Jean-Louis Brenninkmeijer, an immigrant to Canada, began learning all of the wonderful things about Canada when he would help his children with their school projects. He loved experiencing the wonder of his new country through their eyes.

Inspired by a visit to Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg, Germany, Jean-Louis began to develop a vision for a similar miniature world in Canada. In 2011, encouraged by two of his mentors to follow his heart and pursue his passion, Jean-Louis quit his job and turned his full attention to fulfilling his dream of building a miniature Canada.

Recognizing the need to partner with like-minded individuals who could help bring his vision to life, Jean-Louis sent out emails to various model railway clubs in the GTA and Hamilton area.

One of the responses he received was from Dave MacLean, a University of Toronto-educated civil engineer and two-term president of The Model Railroad Club of Toronto. More importantly, Dave had been a model enthusiast since the age of three, and had built dozens of model railroads for private, institutional and corporate clients.

The two quickly realized their shared passion and vision, and the rest is history. Today, with a team of talented individuals, experts in their respective field, and thousands of working hours, their dream is coming to life.