Small cities are scattered throughout the Canadian landscape, but there are some that stand apart from others. The cities on this list represent the best quality of life that Canada has to offer. Each of these cities will make a great vacation spot or a perfect place to start a family.
These cities have rich historical roots, thriving economies and many leisure activities. Best of all, you can get a taste of the small-town atmosphere while having access to the same amenities that attract people to large cities. With distinct local traditions, each of the following cities has something unique to offer you.
1. Dawson Creek, British Columbia
Dawson Creek was named after Dr. George Mercer Dawson, who was a geologist and naturalist. It’s located approximately 200 miles north of Prince George BC, and its main industries are renewable and nonrenewable energy products, mining, agriculture, forestry and tourism. According tothe HelloBC website, this little town started as a pioneer settlement, and quickly built into an agricultural hub.
By 1930, five grain towers were built in Dawson Creek. This small town was instrumental during World War II. After the Pearl Harbor Bombing in 1941, the population skyrocketed from 600 residents to 10,000 as people moved in to help build the Alaska Highway.
Over the last few decades, little has changed in Dawson Creek. The Community Profile page lists this town as having a population of 11,583. Home values average $259,000, while 2-bedroom apartments can be rented for $1,085. Like many small towns in Canada, real estate prices are rising.
Dawson Creek saw a 6.6% increase on home prices between 2013 and 2014, and similar growth in previous years. With this trend, real estate in Dawson Creek is a sound investment.
The Tourism Dawson Creek website details some of the many attractions for visitors and residents of Dawson Creek. One such attraction is the Northern Alberta Railway Park, where you can stand at “Mile 0” of the great Alaskan Highway.
Visitors interested in the history of the Alaska Highway might enjoy walking over Kiskatinaw Bridge, one of the last original structures of the famed wilderness highway. At this park, you can also visit the Dawson Creek Station Museum, Art Gallery and the Visitor Center. It is the place to start if you want to follow in the footsteps of thousands of World War II Veterans.
Dawson Creek also has a thriving arts community. According to the DawsonCreek website, the Dawson Creek Community Arts Council is made up of more than 15 artist groups representing historians, performing arts, visual arts, and literary organizations.