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Whistler and Quebec City rank among the best winter vacation destinations in the world

U.S News & World Report has revealed its 2022/23 list of 21 winter destinations in the world.

  1. Honolulu, Hawaii
  2. Sydney, Australia
  3. Lucerne, Switzerland
  4. Galapagos Islands
  5. St. Lucia
  6. Hanoi, Vietnam
  7. Costa Rica
  8. Turks & Caicos
  9. Rio de Janeiro
  10. Phuket, Thailand
  11. Quebec City 🍁
  12. Rome, Italy
  13. Curacao
  14. U.S. Virgin Islands
  15. Jackson Hole, Wyoming
  16. Dubai
  17. Lake Tahoe, California/Nevada
  18. Whistler 🍁
  19. Auckland, New Zealand
  20. Park City, Utah
  21. Tulum, Mexico

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Canada’s urban centres ranked by population growth from 2016 to 2021

All of Canada’s urban centres showed positive population growth from 2016 to 2021. For the first time in six censuses, no urban centres in Canada saw a population decline. (Additional notes below)

Canada (overall national average) » 5.2%
All metropolitan areas » 6.1%

  1. Kelowna » 14.0%
  2. Chilliwack » 12.1%
  3. Kamloops » 10.0%
  4. London » 10.0%
  5. Nanaimo » 10.0%
  6. Kitchener–Cambridge–Waterloo » 9.9%
  7. Oshawa » 9.3%
  8. Halifax » 9.1%
  9. Guelph » 9.0%
  10. Moncton » 8.9%
  11. Ottawa–Gatineau » 8.5%
  12. Abbotsford–Mission » 8.4%
  13. Barrie » 8.0%
  14. Victoria » 8.0%
  15. Saskatoon » 7.6%
  16. Belleville–Quinte West » 7.5%
  17. Brantford » 7.4%
  18. Edmonton » 7.3%
  19. Vancouver » 7.3%
  20. Sherbrooke » 7.2%
  21. Kingston » 7.1%
  22. St. Catharines–Niagara » 6.8%
  23. Winnipeg » 6.6%
  24. Calgary » 6.4%
  25. Windsor » 6.0%
  26. Fredericton » 5.8%
  27. Peterborough » 5.7%
  28. Lethbridge » 5.5%
  29. Regina » 5.3%
  30. Hamilton » 5.0%
  31. Drummondville » 4.6%
  32. Montréal » 4.6%
  33. Toronto » 4.6%
  34. Québec » 4.1%
  35. Saint John » 3.5%
  36. Trois-Rivières » 3.5%
  37. Greater Sudbury » 2.8%
  38. St. John’s » 2.0%
  39. Thunder Bay » 1.3%
  40. Red Deer » 0.4%
  41. Saguenay » 0.01%

Note » Each of the 41 urban centres listed above has a population of at least 100,000 people.

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5 most populated downtowns in Canada

Canada‘s most populated downtowns, ranked »

  1. Toronto » 275,931 people
  2. Vancouver » 121,932
  3. Montréal » 109,509
  4. Ottawa » 67,169
  5. Edmonton » 55,387

Vancouver was shown to have the most densely populated downtown, with 18,837 inhabitants per square kilometre, followed by Toronto at 16,608 inhabitants per square kilometre.

By comparison, there were 28,668 people per square kilometre in Manhattan in 2020, the densest borough in New York.

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10 most populated cities in Canada

The 2021 Canadian census recorded the population of the country to be 36,991,981. That’s an increase of 5.2 percent above the 2016 census, which recorded 35,151,728.

Canada continues to urbanize. Close to 27.3 million people, or nearly three in four Canadians, lived in one of the countries 41 urban centres.

These are the 10 most populated in Canada »

  1. Toronto » 2,794,356 people
  2. Montréal » 1,762,949
  3. Calgary » 1,306,784
  4. Ottawa » 1,017,449
  5. Edmonton » 1,010,899
  6. Winnipeg » 749,607
  7. Mississauga » 717,961
  8. Vancouver » 662,248
  9. Brampton » 656,480
  10. Hamilton » 569,353

Source » Statistics Canada

Fun Fact » Most already know that Toronto is the most populated municipality in Canada.  Did you know that Toronto (2.8M) is also the 4th largest city in North America, after Mexico City (9.8M), New York City (8.8M), and Los Angeles (3.9M).

Parks Canada are planting the future and saving whitebark and limber pine

The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit. » Nelson Henderson

Parks Canada via YouTube »

Whitebark and limber pine are at risk of extinction. Seven national parks have joined forces to recover, monitor and protect these special trees. Journey into the mountains to learn more about the threats to whitebark and limber pine, and what Parks Canada is doing to help.

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Gatwick Airport expanding number of flights between London and Canadian destinations

Passengers travelling from London’s Gatwick International Airport can now choose from 50 flights per week to six destinations across Canada. The existing routes to Toronto and Calgary are joined by new and returning routes to Montreal, Quebec City, Vancouver, and Halifax.

Passengers can now book on 50 flights per week to six destinations across Canada this summer.

Air Transat will be offering daily flights to Montreal, starting in June and will offer a once-a-week service to Quebec City, the first time the UK has benefitted from a direct scheduled service to province’s capital city.

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Canada’s population grew at almost twice the pace of other G7 countries from 2016 to 2021

Our world has dramatically changed in recent years. Yet, one thing that has not changed from the the past five years is that Canada remains the fastest growing country in the G7.

Canada is now home to almost 37 million people, 5.2 percent more than in 2016. Most of that growth is attributable to more people arriving in Canada from around the world to start a new life. Approximately 1.8 million more were calling Canada their home in 2021 compared with five years earlier.

Most of that increase occurred prior to the pandemic, with Canada’s population rising by a record high of 583,000 people (+1.6%) in 2019 alone. While the pandemic slowed the movement of people around the world, immigration still contributed to Canada’s population growing by 0.4% in 2020, the fastest among G7 countries.

The latest census confirmed that, for the first time since the 1940s, the population of the Maritime provinces grew at a faster rate than the Prairie provinces. This change was largely due to an influx of Canadians migrating to New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island from other parts of the country.

Yukon‘s population grew 12.1 percent, the fastest pace nationally. The population in PEI grew 8.0 percent, and British Columbia grew by 7.6 percent.

Newfoundland was the only province to see its population decline (-1.8%) from 2016 to 2021.

The latest census showed that immigration continued to be the biggest driver of Canada’s population growth from 2016 to 2021.

Source » Statistics Canada

Fun Fact » The average age of residents in all of Canada is 41.9 years.

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