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Friendly neighbors, safe streets, excellent schools, and quieter regions near bustling cities are all qualities some of the best small towns in America share in common. To find the best small towns to live in across America, Stacker referenced Niche's Best Places to Live study, released in August 2021, which ranked American towns by overall quality of life. The variables used by Niche include cost of living, health and fitness, and weather. Any town with more than 40,000 people was excluded.

The top cities on this list run the gamut from long-established villages in the suburbs of New York City to planned communities in Virginia and Texas. They feature stops on the Underground Railroad, buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, and community traditions—apple festivals, communal gardens, ice cream socials, and harvest markets—reflecting their roots as farming towns.

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A huge group of people flooded to Niagara over the weekend to participate in an anti-lockdown rally.

The rally, which reportedly took over the city from 1 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, was to fight back against Doug Ford's newest measures.

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In response to the “rapidly rising” number of cases of COVID-19 in Ontario, Justin Trudeau reached out to provincial leaders from across the country.

In a tweet on Saturday, April 17, the PM revealed he’d spoken with three Atlantic premiers about how they could help Ontarians “get through this third wave.”

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A Barrie anti-lockdown protest has attracted "hundreds of people" according to Maxime Bernier, who spoke at the rally. 

The People's Party of Canada leader and former Conservative MP shared photos from the event, where large crowds can be seen in the Ontario city. 

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New COVID-19 restrictions for the province involve heightened Ontario police powers, but eight forces have said they won't be doing random stops. 

Several police forces have commented on the new enforcement measures and addressed how they will be responding to them. 

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