The Best of Canada

Canada is a wonderful country to call home. We continually update this page with news items and survey results about the best Canada has to offer. Read about the best places to live, the best restaurants, top airports, best place to retire and more.


Canada Fun Facts

Easy Planet Travel, ranked Canada amoung the 10 Safest Countries in the World to Visit in 2016.

The Institute for Economics and Peace rated Canada in the top 10 most peaceful cities in the world in 2016.

Enjoy our Canadian Trivia and learn fun facts about Canada

The Global Peace Index 2016 was recently published by the think tank Institute for Economics and Peace, in June 2016 they named Canada in the top 10 safest cities on Earth.

In 2016 Conde Nast Traveler named Canada amoung the 10th safest countries in the World

2015: Calgary was listed in several publications as the Number 1 Cleanist City in the World.

June 2014, TripAdvisor named Vancouver's Stanley Park as the #1 Best Park in the World. For pictures of this fabulous park, visit our Vancouver real estate page.

June 2014, UK's Telegraph reported Vancouver as the3rd Best City to live in the world. Also making the 10 top best cities in the world list where Calgary and Toronto.

Montreal was named by UNESCO as a "City of Design"

81% of Canada's population lives in cities

The Baseball Glove was invented in Canada

Quebec City has an Ice Hotel which is made from 400 tons of ice. It melts each year and each year is rebuilt.

The most southern points in Canada are Pelee Island and the Middle Islands.

Toronto is now the 4th largest city in North America: largest cities are Mexico City, New York and Los Angeles.

New Brunswick is home to the warmest saltwater beaches in Canada - Top Beaches in New Brunswick

New Brunswick is also home to the largest whirlpool in the Western Hemisphere, (second largest in the world). It is located between Deer Island and Indian Island, New Brunswick. The whirlpool is called “Old Sow” because of the sounds it produces

New Brunswick has more than 48 lighthouses

The Best Place to Live in Canada

2015 Best Places to Live in Canada

In 2015 MoneySense named Thunder Bay, ON as the best place to live in Canada, stating that the average home price in 2014 was $208,705. The rankings are based on housing value, price momentum, economic strength and rental income potential.

They ranked best places to retire in Canada using criteria such as great access to health care, decent weather and low crime rates. Kingston, ON was named as #1 Best Place to retire in Canada. Also in the top 5 were, Ottawa, ON, Burlington, ON, Rimouski, QC, Monction, NB. (2014 rankings).

The 5 top rankings for best place to raise kids in Canada (2014) are, ranked from #1 to #5, Calgar, AB, Blainville, QC, Strathcona County AB, Levis QC

The Reader's Digest named Sherbrooke, QC as the best place to raise kids in the country, stating Sherbrooke has some of the lowest rates of child and partner crime, great access to mom groups and daycares, and the province has a 18-week maternity leave policy. Also in the top 5 best places to raise kids in Canada were, Ottawa, Guelph, Calary and Windsor.

March 2015: global business consultant Mercer's survey, places Vancouver as top city in North America for quality of life, stating that Canada continues to offer a high quality of living for residents and expatriate employees. In North America Ottawa ranked #2, Toronto #3 and Montreal #4. Globally, Vancouver ranked #5.

March 2015: Huffington Post Canada's article on, Canada's Best Cities To Move For Work, According To The Conference Board, are Calgary, Ottawa, Vancouver and Waterloo,

Canada City News and Information

Chatelaine has a list of Canada's 6 Best Bike Trails. They include:

  • Yukon's Ridge Roade Heritiage Trail (30 km)
  • BC's Myra Canyone Trail, near Kelowna (24 Km)
  • Mountain High Trail in Duck Mountain on the Saskatchewan- Manitoba border (15 km)
  • Reclaimed Nature at Tommy Thompson Park in Toronto (7.6 km)
  • Lover's Lane at Lachine Canal East Route in Montreal (10 km)
  • Emeral City on Conderderation Trail in PEI (40 km)

Chatelaine's top-rated bike routes in Canada.

The Great Lakes

The Great Lakes Basin include; Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, Lake Erie and Lake Ontario and their watersheds. The lakes support a large variety of landscapes, plants, wildlife and fish and covers an area of 750,000-square kilometres! They form the largest system of freshwater lakes in the world.

10 Best Great Lake Beaches in Canada

March 2013: Victoria International Airport #1 for quality of service in North America. Awards presented by Airports Council International. Customer service is measured using more than 30 criteria.

Victoria, BC has the mildest winters in Canada

Condé Nast Traveler named the Wickaninnish Inn on Vancouver Island as the Best Resorts in Canada: Readers' Choice Awards 2014.

Top 5 Canadian Cities: Readers' Choice Award by Condé Nast Traveler 2012

The cities were rated on Ambience, Friendliness, Lodging, Restaurants, Culture/Sites and Shopping.

#1 Top Canadian city: Vancouver
#2 Top Canadian city: Quebec City
#3 Top Canadian city: Victoria
#4 Top Canadian city: Montreal
#5 Top Canadian city: Toronto

Vancouver was named as the number 5 Top City in The World.

Vancouver Island was voted the #1 Island in Canada AND the #6 Island in the WORLD in the Readers Choice Awards by Conde Nast Traveler!

Best Airport in North America

April 2012: World Airport Awards by Skytrax shows Vancouver International Airport as the best airport in North America. (The results are based on 12 million passenger surveys completed in a 10-month survey period, covering over 388 airports.) It was also voted as the best airport worldwide in the category of 10 to 20 million passengers and received a global rating of 9. View full report here.

Best Place to Live in Canada

In March of 2012, MoneySense released their list of the best places to live in Canada. Best Places to Live compiles municipal data and information from Statistic Canada and other sources. MoneySense assigns each city a value on 20 different criteria for a total of 105 possible points. The numbers below represent rankings out of 190 cities.

Top 10 most desirable cities, ranked in order are:

1. Ottawa, ON (this is Ottawa's 3rd year in a row for #1 position)
2. Burlington, ON
3. Kingston, ON
4. Halifax, NS
5. Regina, SK
6. Brandon, MB
7. Fredericton, NB5
8. Edmonton, AB
9. Red Deer, AB
10. Winnipeg, MB

Number One City in Canada in the following areas:

Best Weather in Canada: Oakville, ON

Most Affordable Housing in Canada: Cape Breton, N.S

Population Growth: Regina, SK

Culture: Vancouver, BC

Best Place to Walk or Bike to Work: Victoria, BC

Most New Cars: Whitehorse.

Lowest Crime Rate: Caledon, ON

Best Household Income: Wood Buffalo, Alta

Canada’s best ratio of doctors per 1,000 people: Grand Falls-Windsor

Best Place in Canada to Find a Job: Estevan, Sask.’s (1.6% unemployment)


Canada's smartest cities 2010: overall rankings from MacLean

Check to see how Canada's major cities stack up


Canada's Best New Restaurants

The 2013 - 50 Top Restaurants in Canada by

Best Restaurants in Canada to Open in 2012


2012 Best New Restaurants in Canada from Air Canada’s enRoute Magazine

It seems that Toronto has a lot of Canada's new best restaurants. We spend the spring and summer of 2012 in Toronto and we tried out a lot of restaurants ourselves and can testify that Toronto has many, many excellent restaurants. Below are the top 10 new restaurants in Canada as ranked by enRoute Magazine.

1 Edulis: Toronto
2 Model Milk: Calgary
3 Ursa: Toronto
4 Acadia: Toronto
5 Pastaga: Montreal
6 Hopgood’s Foodliner: Toronto
7 Grand Electric: Toronto
8 Keriwa: Toronto
9 Borgo: Calgary
10 Nora Gray - Montreal

The following restaurants have been rated from 1 to 10 by EnRoute for Canada's Best New Restaurants for 2011.

1. Raymond's, St. John's Newfoundland (95 Water St.)

2. Hawksworth, Vancouver, BC (801 W Georgia St.)

3. L'Abattoir Vancouver, BC ( 217 Carrall St.)

4. Les 400 Coups, Montreal, QC (400 rue Notre-Dame E)

5. ICI Bistro, Toronto, ON (538 Manning Ave.)

6. Van Horne, Montreal (1268 Av. Van Horne)

7. Campagnolo, Toronto, ON (832 Dundas St. W)

8. Le Comptoir, Montreal. QC (4807, boul Saint-Laurent

9. Ulla, Victoria, BC (509 Fisgard St.)

10. Corso 32, Edmonton, AB (10345 Jasper Ave.)


5 Top Romance Destinations in Canada


1. Victoria, BC

2. Quebec City, QB.

3. Niagara Falls, ON

4. Prince Edward Island

5. Vancouver, BC


Canada's Top Restaurants

The list below was published in the Globe and Mail. It is based on singer, Jill Barber of Vancouver and her band traveling coast to coast. Restaurants are listed starting on Canada's east coast and continuing across the country to Canada's west coast.

1. Raymond's, St. John's, NF

2. Blue Door, Fredericton, NB

3. Pintxo, Montreal, QC - 256, Roy E

4. Pan Chancho, Kingston, ON

5. Gilead Cafe and Bistro, Toronto, ON

6. Fusion Grill, Winnipeg, MB

7. River Cafe, Calgary, AB

8. Bao Bei Chinese Brassiere, Vancouver, BC

9. Devour, Victoria, BC

10. Sobo, Tofino, BC