Who Lives in Canada’s Greenest Cities? Do You?
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Cars idling, honking, and highrises everywhere you look. Houses lined up next to each other, and people everywhere walking and waiting for the bus to get to work.
To most people, this is a typical city living in Canada, but some beautiful lush cities are full of Parkland, green areas, and gardens. Here are the top-rated greenest cities in Canada.
You can visit or live there one day to escape the hustle and bustle of a big city.
New research has revealed Canada’s greenest cities, with Prince Albert coming out on top.
The real estate site Calgary.com studied and analyzed parkland data for Canadian cities and scored them based on how many parklands, green areas, and gardens they have.
#1 Price Albert Saskatchewan
The city of Prince Albert, located in Saskatchewan, came in first place. The city has 28.1 hectares of park per 1,000 people, and 20% of the city is made up of Parkland, which gives it a ‘Green Score’ of 100 out of 100. It’s built on a transition zone between the aspen parkland and a boreal forest, so the city is clearly embedded in nature.
#2 Edmonton Alberta
Coming in second place is the Albertan city of Edmonton. It scored 80.26 out of 100 on the Green Score. While it may only have 6.2 hectares of park per 1,000 people and 8% of Parkland, the city boasts a whopping 104 community gardens, the most out of any city in the study.
#3 Quebec City of Gatineau
The Quebec city of Gatineau takes third place on the list, with a green score of 76.98 out of 100. The city has 17.2 hectares of park per 1,000 people, and 15% of the city’s land is made up of Parkland. Additionally, there are 20 community gardens in the city.
#4 Toronto Ontario
Toronto comes in fourth place, receiving a green score of 74.57 out of 100. 13% of the city land is made up of Parkland, as well as there are 79 community gardens. Due to the city’s larger population, however, there are only 2.7 hectares of park per 1,000 people.
#5 Calgary Alberta
Rounding out the top five is Calgary, coming in with a green score of 67.67 out of 100. This is due to there being 7 hectares of park per 1,000 people in the city, 11% of the city being Parkland, and 59 community gardens.
Rank City/ Towns Hectares of park per 1000 people % of city land as parkland Number of community gardens Green score /100
|Rank||City/ Towns||Hectares of park per 1000 people||% of city land as parkland||Number of community gardens||Green score /100|
A spokesperson from Calgary.com said: “It’s great to see that even some of Canada’s largest and most populated cities still maintain lots of parklands to keep the area greener, especially in the case of Toronto. Using percentages to represent green space also highlights the efforts smaller cities are doing to keep nature at no more than a stone’s throw away from residents.”
This study was conducted by Calgary.com, a real estate site that is key to the Calgary housing market, whether it’s your first or fifth home.
Sources: Park People, World Population Review
Methodology: The Green Score was calculated by combining all three factors, and the city with the best score was given 100 out of 100 to show this.