McNeil Bay (Bruce McCalla)

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.

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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:

  1. Burlington, ON
  2. Grimsby, ON
  3. Ottawa, ON
  4. Oakville, ON
  5. New Tecumseth, ON
  6. Salmon Arm, BC
  7. Brant, ON
  8. Niagara-on-the-lake, ON
  9. Russell, ON
  10. Tecumseh, ON

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