Is Vancouver really Canada’s most livable city?

Matthew Coutts
beautiful city parks Stanley Park Vancouver
Stanley Park, Vancouver

The temperate rainforest of Stanley Park is almost completely surrounded by water, with both gorgeous skyline views and wild forest of 500,000 cedar, fir and hemlock trees. It connects to the historic waterfront and downtown via a 5.5-mile portion of seawall that surrounds the park, popular with joggers, strollers and cyclists. Rose and rhododendron gardens, nine intricately carved First Nations totem poles, a small golf course, an outdoor summer theater, a seaside swimming pool and areas for lawn bowling round out its charms.

(Photo: Gunnar Knechtel)

If this doesn't incite a sudden rendition of O Canada, then almost nothing will.

Three Canadian cities have been ranked among the most livable cities in the world, maintaining their positive positions on the influential list released by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).

Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary were named third, fourth and fifth on the EIU's Global Liveability Report.

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The trio ranked behind only Melbourne and Vienna – the top five has remained unchanged for the past three years. Before that, Vancouver had been considered the most livable city in the world.

The report ranks 140 cities from around the world and scores them in five categories: stability, health care, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.

Vancouver's top-Canadian rank was secured thanks in part to perfect scores in health care, culture and education.

Here are the EIU's Top 10 and their overall rankings (out of 100):

  1. Melbourne, Australia: 97.5
  2. Vienna, Austria: 97.4
  3. Vancouver, Canada: 97.3
  4. Toronto, Canada: 97.2
  5. Calgary, Canada: 96.6
  6. Adelaide, Australia: 96.6
  7. Sydney, Australia: 96.1
  8. Helsinki, Finland: 96.0
  9. Perth, Australia: 95.9
  10. Auckland, New Zealand: 95.7

Despite the fact that Vancouver outscored Toronto by 0.1 points, the rankings are bound to incite a bout of civic pride.

So we ask: Is Vancouver really Canada's most livable city? And how do you think your home town should rank?