Top 25 Places to Live

These are the cities that offer the best overall quality of life in Canada.

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11 comments on “Top 25 Places to Live

  1. So how am I suppose to this list seriously? Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver didn’t even make the list while every single world class surveys, classifications and studies put these three cities on the top places to live in the world and in North America particularly.

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  2. What about Middleville, Ottawa Valley, Ontario? How did it not make the list? Culture: Middleville Museum, Walkability – there are only two streets; Employment: Lots of work in the fields. My point is: Who needs these surveys? Every place in this country is a good place to live, especially rural areas. No bombs, no terrorists, Why bother picking best or worst places. We are happy where we are and happy to welcome newcomers.

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    • There is no good place to retire in frozen north.

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  3. This has got to be the worst chart on-line layout ever. You scroll down, you can’t see the categories, you scroll across and you lose which city it is. Too much!

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  4. Haha I live in st. A it’s dope. best place in Canada a few times now

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  5. All this places seem to say great for foreigners. As a canadan they are part of what I want to get away from. Moving to a city feeling up with ppl that can barely speak either of the local languages is a turn off for moving somewhere not a reason to.

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    • You’re obviously not very bright. Sorry about that.

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  6. #23: Stratford, Ont.
    “…with it’s low property taxes”
    ^ This is grammatically incorrect and should read, “…with its low property taxes”.

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  7. Listen, Kingston is NOT a great place to be if you want a truly integrated, forward looking community. It is a city of divides: old versus young, rich versus poor, ruthless capitalists versus bleeding heart socialists, sports versus arts… I have been here for most of my life from age 15 to 44 – I have gone to school at the two major institutions. I have been a renter, homeowner and landlord, even. I have been poor and fairly well to do. I have raised a child here. I have tried not to sit on the sidelines of life – but I can tell you that as a person who has vision, creativity & joie de vivre Kingston will slap you back to the stone age if you try to cross any of the boundary lines I’ve just listed, above.

    To boot, right now our city is in the midst of wide spread decay/redevelopment. There is construction (thoughtless, ugly and incompetent) everywhere you go. I mean EVERY WHERE you go. The winters see neglect in terms of snow removal and the summers see traffic jams due to ripped up roads. Housing is far too costly for what you get, mainly because all of the older homes in desirable, walkable areas are being bought up by wannabe property magnates and turned into rooming houses.

    The City Council pretends to listen to the people but I could name ten issues this year alone where the input of the community was ignored in favor of what one or another big businesses or landlords wanted to see happen. Opposed school closures? Too bad, we’re closing them. Opposition to night time noise? Who cares if you don’t like noise – move to the country. Pleading with the city to fix the roads? We’re doing the best we can.

    And access to medical care? It’s great, apparently, if you have cancer. Other than that I can tell you that it’s no better than anywhere else.

    Downtown businesses are closing up at a rapid rate and there are a number of factors which contribute to that. Construction closes many streets for weeks/months at a stretch. Rents are outrageously high and we have one mega landlord who uses dirty practices to gouge his more successful entrepreneur tenants. Parking is a problem and yet the City has seemed to make a point of removing parking spaces each year – closing lots, selling permits to locals, and getting rid of viable spaces to make way for bike lanes.

    Our most cherished waterfront is almost all gone now – sold to the same housing developers who keep putting up clones of the same buildings all along the space – not mixed use, not affordable, not walking friendly, just ugly highrises surrounded by sterile parking lots. Not to mention that once the high paying elderly move into the units they complain of city noise which then clamps down on our festivals and the trend towards a dying downtown only becomes exacerbated.

    The West End and East Ends are growing – but only in terms of residential-only developments. Swathes of identical homes where a car is a must. Transit routes barely serve these areas.

    Innovation is stifled. Our historic buildings are either left to rot or given to queen’s university to demolish & rebuild into yet another extension of their vaunted business school. There is no integration of community between the members of the military, the people employed at one of our 6 federal correctional instutitions, the college students, the university students, the working class and the old money. Sexual assaults are ignored by the mainstream press but are covered on the Queen’s security website, so you can see that crime isn’t as low as our reputation would suggest. Young people who di not go in to commerce or medicine really have no chance to thrive here and so they leave.

    Kingston could be so wonderful but thanks to all I’ve outlined above it is not.

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  8. I find the design of this website to be completely terrible. It took me forever to realize the city name and info was on the right.

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  9. Could we simply have a list of these places? My computer takes forever to load all these stupid images. So annoyed.

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