April Fools day pranks

April Fools' Day pranks in Canada from Square Timbits to Domino's Pizza cereal

April Fools' Day pranks where everywhere in Canada this year.

Everyone was looking to fool you into something on April 1 including us.  Did you hear about the leaked document that revealed Toronto will secede from the province?

It was just a prank even though many seemed to wish it were true.

While the tradition of April Fools' may have been more fun before the age of disinformation, I can't help but cackle at a handful of smart April Fools' Day jokes this year.

Here are a few April Fools' Day pranks some people may have fell for this year.

Square Timbits

Offering six sides of flavour, Canada's favourite coffee chain produced Square Timbits for April 1.

"We first launched Timbits in 1976 and have introduced so many flavours that Canadians adore, but we never experimented with the shape – until now," said Chef Tallis Voakes, Director of Culinary Innovation at Tim Hortons in a press release.

One of the biggest selling points is that they're stackable. The fake offering is unavailable in three flavours: Birthday Cake, Chocolate Glazed, and Coconut.

Love Language

Duolingo, a language learning app, is always killing it in the marking department, especially on TikTok. For this year's April Fools' Day, they went all out, staging a fake reality TV show where contestants don't speak the same language. Honestly, we'd watch it.

As a special Canadian connection, the fake reality series stars real-life reality TV star Francesca Farago, who's from Vancouver.

Canada Place

Vancouver's Canada Place announced on April 1 that it would be removing its iconic white sails.

"After several years of comprehensive risk assessment, structural engineers have confirmed that the Sails are catching wind and slowly pulling the building apart from the shoreline," said Canada Place.

"Due to fears that the facility may set sail, the five Sails atop Canada Place will be removed on April 1, 2024."

Jeep Canada

Jeep Canada preyed on the fact that all Canadians have some Buffalo Plaid in their closets somewhere. Even if it's a prank, it still looks pretty cool for a car interior!

Domino's Canada

Domino's celebrated April 1 by marketing this stomach-churning pizza cereal concept as a "tasty and nutritious start to your day."

Sarah Polley

Sarah Polley tweeted an April Fools' Day prank that her kid set up for her, a fake letter from the academy saying that she received her Oscar in error this year. The Toronto filmmaker won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for Women Talking.

"In hindsight, we should have told you when we realized it," reads the letter. A low blow, according to Polley.

And just for the record, blogTO's Leaked document reveals Toronto will pursue bid to secede from Ontario was an April Fools' Day joke. But think of our article as a case study instead.


According to a press release from Tinder, a whopping 92 per cent of singles got the ick after seeing a potential match's fish pic.

So, Tinder's set to remove all fish pics from the app, making it the first "fish free" app.

What was your favourite April Fools' Day gag this year?

Lead photo by

Tim Hortons

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