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Vancouver voted best vacation city, despite shortcomings

But not that great on sports, shopping, dining, culture

Elaine O'Connor, The Province

Published: Thursday, August 02, 2007

Does every day in Vancouver feel like a vacation?

Many Canadians think so.

Vancouver was voted the best city to vacation in, according to a new Angus Reid Strategies survey.

But while we rank high as a holiday destination, we're not the place to go to do business or find a job. We don't rank high for arts and culture, sports, nightlife, dining or shopping. And we're certainly not the safest city in the country.

But despite our shortcomings, Vancouver was voted the best city in the country to live in and the overall best city in Canada.

Twenty-three per cent of Canadians polled voted Vancouver the best vacation city. Fourteen per cent voted it best city to live in and 11 per cent picked Vancouver as the best Canadian city overall.

The regional breakdown shows B.C. voters' overwhelming pride in their own metropolis is responsible for pushing Vancouver into the top spot. A full 76 per cent of B.C. residents voted Vancouver No. 1.

In contrast, only 31 per cent of Quebecers voted Montreal tops and 24 per cent of Ontarians thought Toronto was best.

Toronto took first place as best city to do business in (37 per cent), best city for arts and culture (23 per cent) and best city for sports and recreation (23 per cent).

Montreal won for its exciting nightlife (41 per cent), restaurant scene (31 per cent) and shopping (30 per cent).

Calgary scored well with job-seekers: 36 per cent of respondents voted it the best place to find work.

Charlottetown was declared Canada's safest city. Charlottetown and Quebec City tied for the honour of having the best sense of community.

The survey of just over 1,000 people was conducted online between July 17 and 18. The margin of error is plus or minus three per cent, 19 times out of 20.

eoconnor@png.canwest.com

© The Vancouver Province 2007

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