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Everybody in Canada would live in this province if they could

We’ll give you a hint: Ontario came in second place. But which province, often identified by its initials, came first?


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Everybody in Canada would live in this province if they could

  1. Not a chance.

  2. I’d like to see the question that was really asked-it had to be VERY leading. I’ve lived in B.C., Nova Scotia, Alberta and Ontario. B.C. is at the bottom of my list-I thought I’d get moldy while I lived there and it was the only one of those 4 where extreme socialism was the main ideology.

    • LOL well I agree with you about the ‘moldy’. I thought it would never stop raining!

      The Liberals there are the old SoCred though.

      • I live in Northern BC. We have not had any rain for over a month.

    • You are mixing up the Lower Mainland with the larger area of BC. BC has Canada’s only desert like climate in the south Okanagan, most of the interior is quite dry, the Gulf Islands are considerably drier than Vancouver and the north east is more like Alberta, also the interior, the Rockies, etc. aren’t a rainforest climate. Many people prefer those areas to the Sunshine coast and Lower Mainland (which are temperate rainforest). The Okanagan and Eastern Vancouver Island attract a lot of retirees.

    • ‘We polled 1,500 people as part of The Canada Project. Among the questions was ‘If you could live in any province or territory permanently, which would you choose? ‘

      It’s right in the article, not sure how you don’t know what question was asked. Not very leading. It’s funny that you think the only way people would answer BC is if they were tricked into it.

  3. I lived in Ont. Que, and now PEI. I would not choose BC for a host of reasons.
    PEI is great and has so much to offer.

    • I would have thought PEI might be number one as well.

    • Looks like you haven’t been further west than Ont.? I wonder what your host of reasons could possibly be? PEI is a great place but it’s a little small. Been there a few times and really enjoyed the red sand and the lobster dinners. People are really nice as all Maritimer’s are. Your winters can be brutal and I don’t want the cold anymore.

  4. It doesn’t rain there nearly as much as people seem to think. Ottawa has had a lot more rain than the Fraser Valley this year. That’s not the norm of course, but the myth that “it always rains in Vancouver” is just that. They do get a lot of rain, but it keeps things nice and green; mid-temperate rain forest is beautiful for that reason.

    However, BC, like the GTA, has become absurdly, and needlessly, expensive, and for all the wrong reasons. (Not just because everyone wants to live there.) The Fraser Valley and the GTA have been ground zero for Canada’s failed monetary policy, with housing prices inflated to the stratosphere. That property inflation has created many thousands of self-entitled nouveau riche who think they got that way via inherent cleverness. Some will keep that wealth. Quite a few others are in for a surprise. Which is a good thing. Maybe he GTA and Vancoucer area will become tolerable places to live again. It will require the cleansing purge of a violent housing correction to set things right again, so who knows when that will be, if ever.

    • “However, BC, like the GTA, has become absurdly, and needlessly, expensive, and for all the wrong reasons. ”

      Wrong. Certain parts of BC would be more accurate. I live in a very affordable home on an acre of pristine waterfront. It’s just not on the sort of waterfront that comes to mind i.e. Okanagan or Gulf Islands.

  5. Been to twp places in B.C. Vancouver and Yoho National Park.

    Exploring more of B.C. is definitely on the bucket list.

  6. BC is a very big province and has pretty all the different climates from rain forest to deserts to plains and high mountains. So it’s hard to say as some suggest that it’s moldy. Go over the coastal mountains to the interior and it is very dry. The Canadian stat’s also show that during the summer months that Vancouver is the driest of the larger cities and that Victoria is the driest capital in Canada. Both theses cities have years that virtually no or only a trace of snow stays on the ground. ( CHAOS WHEN IT DOES ) My wife’s from NB and we lived in Edmonton for many years. We now live on Van Island and the climate hear is great. Most winters we golf all winter or have very few non playable days . I have been and spent many days from St Johns’ to Victoria, Inuvik NWT and almost every major City in between. The country is a beautiful place and beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. If you love the place you live then it is the greatest. Can’t knock your place of residents but BC has a lot to offer.

  7. I’ve never understood why so many people think that BC consists of Vancouver, and Vancouver alone. There is SO much more to this beautiful province than Vancouver.

  8. A misleading poll. Most Canadians might want to live in BC but what they really mean is Vancouver, the Okanagan, the Gulf Islands, or the lower part of Vancouver Island.
    Most Canadians do not know anything about the rest of the province. For instance, Emily seems to think it is always raining. It was sunny and 30+ where I live yesterday. I live 300k north of Prince George.

  9. I still vacation in BC a lot, but I moved from the Fraser Valley almost 30 years ago, and have no intention of ever moving out of the Yukon. I hate rain and I don’t like crowds, so BC isn’t on the table, even for vacations once the kids are out of school (it doesn’t take many people for me to call it “crowded”). And I love mountains, so no other place in Canada was ever seriously on the table as a possible home.

  10. I would move to NY, better weather and few Canadians!