Money Sense Magazine released their Best Places to Live in Canada list recently. Guess where Victoria landed on that list? If you thought 1st or 2nd, you thought wrong. If you thought 11, think again.
Nope, you gotta slide down further on the chart, past 15, past 20, even past 25, oops slipped at 30, Woah Nelly! looky here, Victoria is the 34th best place to call home in Canada. That's why when we still called the southern tip of Vancouver Island home we almost always preferred Saanich (15 on the list) to Victoria proper.
The list is telling really. Regina = better. Red Deer too. WTF Fredericton? Even Edmonton, where people die of unnatural causes more frequently than the Oilers lose (not really, but almost), is better. Heck even the town we ended up moving to is higher on the list than any in BC.
I know what your probably thinking: their methodology must be sh&t...
Have a look.
It actually looks pretty comprehensive to me.
Forgive me for adding personal opinion in here for a moment. Since the wife and I headed out almost a year ago for greener pastures, we've come to realize some pretty solid reality:
- Leaving Victoria was one of the best decisions we ever made, wish it would have happened sooner.
- Natural beauty is all around us. Yes, Victoria is certainly gorgeous. But is it worth earning less and paying more to live for? Not at this stage of our lives.