Top 10 Small Cities in Canada

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  1. I have no idea how you come with this methodology for the top cities but, it would appear to flawed. Having lived and worked in some the cities you have rated above Victoria demonsrates this. The severity of crime index is totally misleading. Again, I have lived and worked in a couple of the prairie cities and in no way do I see the crimes in Victoria that would be close to being as violent or dangerous as in those cities. I have no hesitation to walk down the city streets of downtown Victoria which, is something I would not do in Winnipeg, Calgary, Regina etc. Check your data and separate the minor crime from the major violent catagories, such as murder and other assault. Your ratings are very misleading to say the least.

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    • Hi Dan
      I live in downtown Calgary, and walk the streets every night, without any fear. My wife recently moved here from Regina where she lived downtown as well. I was nervous walking through the Scarth street mall, and the park in Regina after dark. However they have taken great strides to make it a more vibrant downtown after dark. I went to stats can and for 2011, the last year available, Calgary had a violent crime index of 68, Victoria 72, and Regina 125. Which shows that my gut feeling that Calgary is safer than Victoria is true, though not by much.
      Bob

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  2. Hi Dan
    I thought I posted this a couple of days ago, but it seems to be a hitch, I live in donwtown Calgary, and walk the streets daily, I've never been afraid. My wife recently moved from Regina, and yes, there were times i was nervous in downtown Regina. I checked statscans violence severity index, which measures how violent crimes are, Calgary came in at 68, Victoria at 72, and Regina at 125, which sort of confirms my gut feeling.

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  3. Its unfortunate that the Okanagan Valley was not included in your survey, or maybe it was and we fell between the cracks. Yes, there are bad people everywhere.

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    • lol really everyones leaving THE OKANAGAN theres no work

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  4. The best place in Canada to live is Coldstream BC (right next door to Vernon) with its rural community feel but beautiful views of Kalamalka Lake, the Coldstream Valley. The Vernon/Coldstream area has everything that anyone could ask for: nature at its best with trails within the city, parks and mountains all offering beautiful vistas of lakes, mountains, grasslands, waterfalls, orchards, we have it all. With skiing (world class alpine and nordic skiing at Silver Star), boating, swimming, paddle boarding within minutes, golf course to suit every taste, including renowned Predator Ridge. We mustn't forget to mention the best in spa experiences at Swarovski's Sparkling Hills situated above the Predator Ridge Golf Course and overlooks Okanagan Lake. No family could ask for a better place to raise their children (how lucky are you to ski in the winter and and walk to the beach in the summer). If you are a skier and golfer, as you approach the end of the ski season, you can ski at Silver Star in the morning and golf at one of our many courses in the afternoon — there aren't many places that offer that kind of fun! THERE'S NO BETTER PLACE TO LIVE WHETHER YOUNG OR OLD — AND THE WEATHER IS FANTASTIC.

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    • The Okanagan is an incredible place to live, unfortunately there are limited jobs and the wages do not reflect the cost of housing available. I lived there for a few years and would love to return, but also have to be realistic about costs. If you can find a way to afford it you are a lucky person.

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  5. The best PLace???? Sidney Island BC It's our own private Island owned by a group of 97 Owners. We have our own marina, Airstrip, Orchards, 1500 acres private hunting grounds. NO TOURISM. No public access. No noise, No traffic, ZERO crime, no pollution, the entire Island is run on alternative energy, Mediterranean climate, Life simply don't get better then this.

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    • Hi how about the job opportunity.I am living in nyc n thinking of moving to Canada.

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  6. All that glitters……. I ived in Canmore for a number of years. Looks nice, but a very clique town and its also silly expensive. Geared up to tourists only, the town is swamped withthem in the summer making it not so much fun for locals and if you fancy a day trip somewhere, just remember you are a very good drive from anywhere. Came to B.C and its the best thing we ever did. Canmore is nice for a day out or vacation but not to live there. A mass exodus seems to have happened recently. Everyone coming to B.C. Most people realising that you can get way more bang for your buck elsewhere.

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  7. Sorry, but I was born and raised in one of your “Small” cities and I can tell you, North Vancouver is nowhere close to being a small city. We have a current population of 300,000 people. You call that small? Not to mention we’re merely a five minute drive to downtown Vancouver and the rest of the surrounding suburbs which in total accounts for a million and a half people. North Van is not small!! It’s a freaking city with people crawling all over the place! I also have multiple close family members who live in Stratford, ON (I’ve been at least fifteen times) and there is no way you can compare that town to North Vancouver. Stratford has farms.. within a three minute drive from their main stip. You will not find that here, or anywhere close unless you drive at LEAST an hour outside OF THE CITY. HELLO. VANCOUVER AND IT’S SUBURBS ARE NOT “SMALL CITIES”. Have you ever been here?

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