Ever wondered where Canada’s friendliest places are? A new study has found the top 20 most-amiable Canadian cities and towns and there are top-spots all over!
To compile the top-20 list, travel company Expedia considered which regions had the “highest mentions of ‘friendly, friendliest, amiable,' and other word associations" in traveller reviews between January 2019 and December 2020.
Taking the top spot is Radium Hot Springs in B.C., which has a permanent population of under 800 people! Digby, in Nova Scotia, and Niagara-on-the-Lake, in Ontario, round-off the top three.
According to the research, there are super-friendly spots in provinces all over Canada, with B.C., Alberta, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador and P.E.I., all having at least one town or city on the list.
Here's a look at the full list and which regions came out on top:
- Radium Hot Springs, British Columbia
- Digby, Nova Scotia
- Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
- Baddeck, Nova Scotia
- Drumheller, Alberta
- Saint John, New Brunswick
- Gatineau, Quebec
- Thunder Bay, Ontario
- Banff, Alberta
- Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
- Whistler, British Columbia
- Osoyoos, British Columbia
- La Malbaie, Quebec
- Nanaimo, British Columbia
- Mont-Tremblant, Quebec
- St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador
- Gananoque, Ontario
- Canmore, Alberta
- Stratford, Ontario
- Fernie, British Columbia
Where is Radium Hot Springs?
The location at the top of the list is a small village in the East Kootenay region of B.C.
The population is pretty small, with just 776 permanent residents according to the most recent census.
The beautiful spot is popular among tourists for having hot springs and great hiking trails — and it sounds like the residents are pretty nice, too!
Western Canada features quite heavily on the friendliest-places list, with three small Alberta towns also making the cut.