From the Rockies to the Pacific Ocean, Western Canada is known for its amazing wildlife, rugged hiking and one of a kind views. While it might be what one thinks of first, nature isn’t the only thing Western Canada has going for it. There’s also plenty of amazing cities all with their own rich, deep cultures allowing for their residents to have experiences only found in their particular cities.
With that in mind, there’s no one best city in the region. What’s best for you is purely going to depend on one thing – who you are. There’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to what’s right for a person’s life so there’s no one best city anywhere in the world. If Western Canada is where you have your sights, here’s a few of the best options for anyone so you can see which might be the perfect fit for you.
What makes a city great can be measured a million different ways. For those looking to value a city by how amazing its downtown is, Vancouver is sure to check all your boxes. From gorgeous cityscape views to the vastness that is Stanley Park once most residents are settled, they don’t see many reasons to leave.
For those considering a visit, do make time for the oldest part of the city which is known as Gastown. This is where you’ll find plenty of the city’s culture from restaurants and coffee shops to art galleries and more.
St. Albert, AB
As mentioned, what makes a city perfect is going to vary drastically depending on who you are having a conversation with. For some, what makes a perfect place to be is how well the local area lends itself to raising a family. If that’s at the top of your list, it’s going to be hard to beat St. Albert. Thanks to it’s small city size, around 68,000 people, it’s great for those looking for a small-town feel while still having some of the amenities that come with a larger city.
For many, with a family comes the hopes of home ownership. If that’s a major player in deciding where you want to live, you’ll be happy to see what’s found when looking at St Albert real estate. Not only are there plenty of options, but the average home cost is far lower than the Canadian average meaning the odds are in your favor to get much more home than you would elsewhere.
The wilderness isn’t all Western Canada has, of course, but it’s also not something to completely look past either. For those who think less is more, it’s going to be hard to not think of the little city of Whitehorse as the best Western Canada has to offer. This city is filled to the brim with charm for residents and tourists alike and a perfect spot for those looking to better know the often overlooked northern area of Canada.
As long as you can handle the cold well enough, this is where you’ll want to be if seeing the Northern Lights is on your bucket list, and a major reason as to why people are so drawn to Whitehorse itself.