There are so many gorgeous places to live in Canada. But, beauty is always in the eye of the beholder. Some of us can't get enough of the big city and others yearn for the solitude of the Canadian wilderness. What if you're not too sure where you should live? Take our quiz to discover the Canadian neighbourhood that could be just right for you!
1. Which ambient noise best suits you?
A. Traffic, planes, trains and the bustling streets.
B. A quiet neighbourhood with only distant traffic sounds.
C. Distant crashing waves, gulls and a brisk salt breeze coming through the window.
D. The wind in the trees, nighttime peepers and crickets.
E. Barely a peep from anything, anywhere.
F. Bells, whistles, tinkling and whirring.
2. What kind of work commute do you prefer?
A. Take the streetcar downtown.
B. Catch the Metro.
C. A short drive suits me just fine.
D. I enjoy walking or cycling to work.
E. No commute: Working from home is perfect for me.
F. A quick scoot, sled or reindeer ride to the workshop.
3. How close to the big city would you like to be?
A. Right in the thick of things.
B. In the suburbs, but not too far from downtown.
C. I'm indifferent about proximity to a big city.
D. A number of cities within a few hours' drive would be great.
E. If I never see a big city again, I'll die happy.
F. What's the big city?
4. If you lived near water, what should it be?
A. A Great Lake
B. A large river system.
C. Salt water!
D. A small river running through town.
E. A historically significant river system.
F. An enchanted lake.
5. When you step outside what would you prefer to see?
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6. What is your favourite season?
A. I don't have one. They're all too hot, cold, wet or dry.
F. Christmas! duh.
7. What do you enjoy doing outdoors with the family?
A. A walk down the street to a central inner-city park.
B. Hitting a community playground or splash pad.
C. Skiing or snowboarding.
D. A geocaching adventure.
E. Hunting or fishing in the wilderness.
F. Magical sleigh rides.
8. What kind of school would best suit your child(ren)?
A. An urban school with a wide range of cultures.
B. A suburban school with a choice of English or French immersion.
C. A small town school where everyone knows each other.
D. A small community school within walking distance of home.
E. A school with a strong Indigenous curriculum.
F. I don't have children, but I'm definitely young at heart.
Mostly As: Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario
You love a community with a lot of character that reaches beyond daylight hours and the urban appeal of this culturally rich Toronto neighbourhood would satisfy your appetite. This charming Victorian neighbourhood was built in the 1850s and has a lot of history and culture, with influences from many parts of the world. Parkdale is home to urban schools, local eateries and bars, and plenty of eclectic shopping destinations. Read the full guide to learn more about Parkdale.
Mostly Bs: Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Quebec
This suburban neighbourhood is just the place for a variety of anglophone and franco-Québec schools, plus easy access to numerous parks and splash pads that are perfect for hot summer days. The independent municipality is found on the island home of Montreal and is within 30 minutes of downtown Montreal. Here's the full scoop on this family-friendly neighbourhood.
Mostly Cs: Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador
Long may your big jib draw! This lovely, scenic town on the west coast of Newfoundland and Labrador is a beauteous jewel nestled amongst the high hills of the island. You'd love the salt air that blows in from the incredible and scenic Bay of Islands and would enjoy the friendly vibe and slower pace of Newfoundlander life. Check out what else awaits you in Corner Brook, B'y!
Mostly Ds: Medicine Hat, Alberta
Welcome home to sunny Medicine Hat, Alberta—fondly considered the geocaching capital of Canada. With some of the most mild and consistently sunny weather conditions in Canada, you'll just love the splash of fall colours against the red rock coulees that abound in the area. A handful of small, tightly-knit communities means you're never far from school or work, or your next discovery adventure to the latest geocache. Read the full neighbourhood guide for more about Medicine Hat.
Mostly Es: Whitehorse, Yukon
You've come to the conclusion that the call of the wild—and North—is too irresistible to deny any longer. Whitehorse, Yukon is the place for you! With a piece of Klondike history flowing through town, you're never more than a few minutes from the Canadian Wilderness and everything it has to offer, including stunning Aurora Borealis on most clear nights. Go take a look at your new digs in Canada's wilderness city.
Mostly Fs: Santa's Village, North Pole
Ho Ho Ho! Clearly, you need a touch of magic in your life. While not technically part of Canada, Nunavut is this magical location's closest land connection. Worried about surviving a year-long winter? Not to worry, it always feels like Christmas in Santa's Village. Go see what enchanting possibilities are in store for you there.
Pretty even: Kelowna, British Columbia
You are pretty laid back and don't have a real preference when it comes to what type of neighbourhood vibe you would like. With that in mind, pack your belongings and head to Kelowna, British Columbia. You'll be treated to mild weather, some of the best fruit in the country, quick access to both Okanagan lake—keep an eye out for Ogopogo!—and the mountains. Plus, if you're a golfer, get ready to hit the links as early as March! Take a look at this beautiful West Coast city and all it has to offer.