The 8 Best Cities For Families in Canada for 2019 | Great Canadian Van Lines

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There’s no denying Canadians are some of the most friendly people in the world. Canada is filled with awe-inspiring national parks, pristine coastlines, a diversity of cuisine, and many outdoor-focused adventures. When moving with your family, you want to live somewhere with affordable childcare, a good educational system, the right amenities, access to top-notch healthcare, and of course to be somewhere you can build a beautiful home and community.

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We put together a list of the best eight cities for families in Canada for 2019 to help you decide where you may want to settle with your family.

8. Ottawa, Ontario

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There are many great places to live in Ontario, including Canada’s capital city, Ottawa. When you’re in the nation’s capital you can take in views of the Ottawa River throughout the city. At the heart of everything is Parliament Hill, featuring Victorian architecture, political centres, and museums like the National Gallery of Canada. The Rideau Canal is filled with boats in the warmer months, and once the cold weather comes around you can expect it to be filled with ice-skaters and warm pastries.

Ottawa is known as one of the most educated cities in the country, as it is home to high-profile universities such as the University of Ottawa and Carleton University. Home prices are on the rise in Ottawa, as multiple offers and quick closes are becoming the new norm for real estate in the city, it’s a seller’s market. Even so, the average home prices are still more reasonable compared to other major metropolises in Canada. Due to stable employment numbers and an influx of people from less affordable cities, Ottawa is continuing to grow and develop.

Median Monthly Daycare Cost: $1,003Percent of Families With Kids: 28%

Population: 999,183

Estimated Unemployment Rate: 5.1%

Average household income: $114,275

Average Price Of A Home: $510,363

7. St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador

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St. John’s, located in Newfoundland off the Atlantic coast, is the oldest city in North America. The history and culture the area is known for plays a big part in the city’s economy, as it attracts tourists throughout the year. Last year, the St. John’s International Airport passenger traffic reached 1.53 million. The downtown area, the cultural hub of the city, is filled with colourful houses which you won’t be able to take your eyes off of, even if you live in the city. Aside from being the homes of many people in the city, they’re also an identifying factor of St. John’s and a popular tourist spot. Be sure to check out Walter Street for its boutiques and restaurants, and stop by George Street for its happening nightlife scene. The architecture in St. John’s has a unique style from the rest of the country, as its buildings are remnants of its storied history. Home prices in the city have seen a moderate decline this year, due to a reduction in the labour force and the region’s real estate, which makes it a great opportunity for those looking to buy in St. John’s.

There’s so much to see and do in St. John’s, a drive to Signal Hill will allow you to check out military landmarks, trails, and tours. Cabot Tower is only the beginning of the things to do, but it is the best place to watch the sunset. Go hiking at Cape Spear and take in the views from the lighthouse and once you’re done that, visit Bowring Park which features a playground and an outdoor swimming pool to entertain your little ones. If you enjoy a beautiful family picnic, Bannerman Park is the place for you. Biking around the city is a popular and fun mode of transportation in St. John’s, you get to exercise and see the city at the same time!

Median Monthly Daycare Cost: $933.92

Percent of Families With Kids: 29%

Population: 106,172

Estimated Unemployment Rate: 13.4%

Average household income: $99,394

Average Price Of A Home: $433,359


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