In case there was any doubt about the superior quality of life offered by several municipalities in the Greater Victoria area, a recent Macleans report has named 7 communities among the top 50 in the country.
For their 2019 ‘Best Communities in Canada’ list, Macleans ranked 415 municipalities and compared them in the following categories: Wealth and economy, affordability, population growth, taxes, commute, crime, weather, access to health care, amenities and culture.
- Victoria ranked 6th most expensive rental market in Canada
- Air Canada lists 3 Vancouver Island eateries among contenders for top 10 best new restaurants
- Canada ranked one of the top 10 happiest countries in the world
Based on their analysis, Oak Bay, Colwood, North Saanich, Central Saanich, Saanich, Langford, and Sidney are among the top 50 communities in Canada.
Here are their respective rankings:
- Oak Bay – #15
- Colwood – #25
- North Saanich – #26
- Central Saanich – #29
- Saanich – #32
- Langford – #38
- Sidney – #50
In comparison, Victoria placed #121 in the ranked list, Esquimalt was #159, and Sooke clocked in at #184.
The top 10 best communities in Canada are as follows:
- Burlington, ON
- Grimsby, ON
- Ottawa, ON
- Oakville, ON
- New Tecumseth, ON
- Salmon Arm, BC
- Brant, ON
- Niagara-on-the-lake, ON
- Russell, ON
- Tecumseh, ON