Vancouver ranked top city in North America for quality of life

The Vancouver Sun:

A new survey shows that four Canadian cities – led by Vancouver – are the highest ranking in North America for quality of life. Ottawa, Toronto and Montreal take the next three places respectively in the 2014 Mercer Quality of Living rankings.

I live here and it really is a spectacular city.



  • GFYantiapplezealots

    Uh, really? I guess weather isn’t a large part of it because, much like Seattle, it is gray and rainy most of the year. Summers are great though.

    • http://www.yourmaclifeshow.com/ Shawn King

      “it is gray and rainy most of the year.”

      Like I said, I live here. You’re wrong. Today is bright and sunny and 43 degrees.

      • http://tewha.net/ Steven Fisher

        Today in Abbotsford is my favourite kind of weather: Giant clouds whipping by in the wind, but lots of sun between them.

    • http://tewha.net/ Steven Fisher

      Even in the rainy months we still get some sun almost every day.

      • Paul Chernoff

        I lived in Vancouver from 1981 to 1984. I loved the long summer days and wasn’t bothered by the shorter winter days. While I remember lots of light rain I never felt that it rained all of the time. Back then Vancouver didn’t feel very friendly, though beautiful, but I think there have improvements over the years.

        • http://www.yourmaclifeshow.com/ Shawn King

          It does rain a lot in Vancouver during the winter months but at least you don’t have to shovel it off your car. :)

          But it certainly isn’t the mythical “6 months of rain OMG!” that so many people think it is.

          As for “Vancouver didn’t feel very friendly, though beautiful,” That sadly hasn’t changed much. :(

        • http://tewha.net/ Steven Fisher

          It still doesn’t feel especially friendly some days, though I usually find if I’m willing to reach out and be friendly the people around me will return it. Everyone seems to have an “avoid contact unless spoken to” attitude, though.

          • http://www.yourmaclifeshow.com/ Shawn King

            “Everyone seems to have an “avoid contact unless spoken to” attitude” TO be fair, that’s just a Canadian attitude. :)

          • TheHeistMonkey

            A friend of mine is trying to change that at http://thestrangerproject.ca. Approaching a Vancouver B.C. stranger everyday to get their history and story.

          • http://tewha.net/ Steven Fisher

            From what I understand, it’s like this on the coasts but different between them.

          • http://www.yourmaclifeshow.com/ Shawn King

            Born and brought up in Nova Scotia. People there are VERY friendly.

  • CJ

    I wonder if it has anything to do with the pot?

  • http://ComicsPundit.com/ Shawn L.

    Aside from the occasional hockey riot.

    • http://tewha.net/ Steven Fisher

      I think that demonstrates exactly how far ahead we are on every other day of the year. :)