Moving to Canada? Five Greatest Cities to Live in the Country
Canada is one of the largest countries in the world. This vast land has something for everyone. Lush green cities. Open prairie towns. Breathtaking mountain views. Family-friendly suburbs. Cultural hubs. Here are several of Canada’s best cities:
1. Calgary, Alberta
Calgary is a growing city of over 1 million people near the Canadian Rockies. MoneySense Magazine ranked it the best city to live in Canada in 2013. It has a thriving arts and cultural scene, including the famous Calgary Stampede. Calgary has a low unemployment rate and one of the youngest median ages in the country. For nature lovers, Banff National Park is only a 90 minute drive.
2. Burlington, Ontario
If you prefer a medium-sized city, Burlington is the place for you. About 175,000 people live in Burlington. It is within close commuting distance to both Toronto and Hamilton. Not only is Burlington located on the beautiful shores of Lake Ontario, but it also boasts over 581 hectares of parkland.
3. Vancouver, British Columbia
Vancouver is a booming metropolis of over 2 million people. It features some of the best shopping in the country, museums galore and thousands of restaurants. Nicknamed “Hollywood North,” Vancouver is the third largest center of film industry in North America. Few cities can match Vancouver’s outdoor activities. You can hike, ski, windsurf and relax on the beach all in the same day.
4. Ottawa, Ontario
With its grand, gothic architecture, Ottawa is one of the most beautiful cities in Canada. It is a large city of 1 million people, yet it maintains a small town feel. Residents can choose to live in urban, suburban or rural settings. As the capital city of Canada, Ottawa offers a wide variety of government and private jobs. Each year, it hosts Winterlude, Canada’s largest winter festival.
5. Quebec City, Quebec
Quebec City is a hidden secret in the shadow of its larger provincial sister. It is a city steeped in history and beauty. UNESCO named Quebec City a World Heritage Site. It has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country thanks to the large supply of government jobs. It is an ideal place for families with a low crime rate and 18 weeks of government-authorized maternity leave.
There are so many wonderful cities in Canada. No matter which region of the country you choose to live in, you can find a beautiful city rich in culture, recreation, history and fun. It’s all there waiting for you.
Information credited to Two Small Men With Big Hearts Moving Co., movers in Vancouver.