While happiness cannot be quantified, scientists are still trying to find their way around using some statistics to measure happiness including; the kind of professional people, their salary and even the kind of city they live in.
Researchers from the Vancouver School of Economics examined data on life satisfaction in more than 1,200 urban and rural locations across Canada to compile a list of the country’s happiest cities. According to the findings, people living in cities have much lower life satisfaction than people living in rural areas.
According to them, indicators such as median income and unemployment are similar in the happiest and most unhappy neighborhoods. On average, happy communities have shorter travel times and fewer residents who spend more than 30% of their income on housing. Despite having more wealth, jobs and education, city dwellers have much lower life satisfaction than rural dwellers.
Rural residents, on the other hand, enjoy a stronger sense of community, lower house prices that consume a smaller percentage of their income, shorter travel times, and longer living at the same address.
At this point, they concluded Canada’s 25 happiest cities, but in this article we’ll only highlight the top 10.
Top 10 happiest cities in Canada
1. Lake of Louise
Lake Louise is a village in Banff National Park, famous for its blue, glacier-fed lake surrounded by soaring mountains. Hiking trails go up to the Lake Agnes Tea House where you can get panoramic views of the lake. In the summer there is a kayak pier and in the winter there is an ice skating rink on the frozen lake. A nature interpretation center sits on top of a gondola at Lake Louise Ski Resort.
There’s a lot to do in Lake Louise and those who prefer to stay indoors will find fun things to do like watch the snow fall from the iconic Fairmont Banff Springs or enjoy the great drinks at Banff Ave. Brewing Co.
2. Tofino, BC
Tofino is a small town on Vancouver Island, off the west coast of Canada. It is located on a peninsula in Clayoquot, surrounded by untamed natural resources such as lakes, coves and ancient forests. Cox Bay, Chesterman Beach, and the famous Long Beach, all part of the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, include sandy beaches with year-round surfing.
To make the most of your stay in Tofino, catch a wave at Chesterman Beach or even grab a bite to eat at Tofino’s legendary hot chocolate. A beach bonfire is another option if you decide to shake off the cold and warm up. They are allowed on Chesterman Beach and as the sun goes down you are likely to hear sounds of people gathered around the fire.
3. Wiarton, Ontario
Wiarton is a town in Bruce County, Ontario, Canada, located in the South Bruce Peninsula town. It is in the traditional territory of the Saugeen Ojibway Nation, on what is now known as the Bruce Peninsula, on the western side of Colpoys Bay, an inlet of Georgian Bay.
4. Sand Spit, British Columbia
Sandspit is the largest town on Moresby Island, located off the coast of British Columbia, Canada, in Haida Gwaii. Sandspit, Moresby Island’s only settlement, provides shelter, a campsite, a shop and a harbor with 85 moorings for tourists to Gwaii Haanas.
If you want to relax yourself, you can visit the Sandspit to fish and enjoy the beauty of nature. This small village is a year-round salmon and trout hot spot, with excellent trout fishing in the winter.
5. Jasper (Alberta)
Jasper is the commercial center of Jasper National Park, located in Alberta, Canada. The park contains rivers, forests, and glacier-fed lakes nestled in the snow-capped Canadian mountains. The Jasper Yellowhead Archive and Museum showcases the park’s early discoveries, including the railroad and fur trade.
Jasper Falls, Athabasca Falls, and the crystal-blue Maligne Lake offer stunning scenery, while the Marmot Basin ski area offers action-packed photo opportunities.
6. Trout River
Trout River is a small rural fishing community near the Tablelands, on the south coast of Newfoundland’s Gros Morne National Park. George Crocker and his family founded Trout River in 1815, and they remained the sole residents until 1880.
It’s easy to see why Trout River is one of Canada’s happiest places to live, with natural splendors like Gros Morne National Park right at its back. In this city, you can also relax in the evening by visiting the Seaside Restaurant, where a glass of wine, soothing harp music and a beautiful view of the ocean at sunset are guaranteed to make you happy.
7. Mingan (Quebec)
Many of the happiest cities are located near nature reserves, which is no coincidence. The Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve is unlike any other park. However, it also has another feature that everyone enjoys: puffins.
There are also breathtaking limestone cliffs and whales frolicking in the water. After a long day of touring, a nightcap at Bar l’Écoutille in nearby Havre-Saint-Pierre with live music and a drink is the ideal way to end the day.
8. Port Hardy
Port Hardy is a city in British Columbia, Canada.
It is filled with many beautiful places that are perfect for sightseeing. From the ocean to the snow, in Port Hardy you can see all that Mother Nature has to offer in less than two hours.
If you want to make the most of your time in this town, be sure to picnic on Storey’s Beach with maple salmon from local legend Hardy Buoys Smoked Fish. Then head to Mount Cain Alpine Park for an afternoon of skiing or snowboarding. After completing your day in the city with a cappuccino at Café Guido, you’ll never want to leave.
9. Red Lake (Ontario)
Red Lake is a city in the Canadian province of Ontario, 535 kilometers northwest of Thunder Bay and less than a hundred kilometers from the Manitoba border.
When the days get shorter and the nights get colder (winter), the inhabitants of the Red Lake become happier. This is because of the winter festivities that usually take place every year. From gallery exhibitions by local artists to the Winter Carnival, there’s no limit to the fun and enjoyment you’ll get in this small town. For the extremely daring, Red Lake Outfitters offers a special winter adventure in the wilderness of Woodland Caribou Provincial Park.
Windsor is a city in Ontario, Canada, located across the Detroit River from Detroit, Michigan, in the United States. Windsor’s main waterfront park stretches for nearly three miles from the 1929 Ambassador Suspension Bridge to the current Windsor Sculpture Park.
Windsor is the birthplace of hockey and a must-see destination for any hockey enthusiast, a heart-healthy sport.
We can all do better with more happiness in our lives and one of the most effective ways to do that is to surround yourself with things that make you happy, including where you live. Of course, not all cities are created equal, but some are seen as better for overall happiness.