Canadian city makes list of the world's friendliest
Published Friday, August 8, 2014 10:10PM EDT
Looking for a friendly face? You just may have to hop on a flight to British Columbia’s capital.
In an annual reader’s choice survey by leading travel magazine Conde Nast, Victoria, B.C. ranked as the third-friendliest city in the world, out of a list of 12.
Approximately 46, 000 readers responded to the survey, which was published online earlier this week. Auckland and Melbourne tied for first place.
Victoria, which attracts three million visitors annually, made a substantial jump in the annual survey, surging from 14th last year.
A representative from Tourism Victoria said this year’s result is a big boost.
“The number three ranking gives us a huge advantage as a destination because now everybody knows that we’re welcoming, and it’s part of what builds great memories for people,” said Trina Mousseau.
Visitors to Victoria, located on Vancouver Island’s southern end, said they’re not surprised the city posted a good showing.
“We’ve been before to the west coast of the U.S.A., and they’re also very polite, but here, they are more friendly,” one traveller told CTV News.
In the Conde Nast write-up, a respondent said must-sees in Victoria include Beacon Hill Park and the Fairmont Empress Hotel, “which is well worth a walk through, even if you don’t go for high tea.”
No other Canadian city made the list, which also ranked unfriendly cities.
With a report from CTV Vancouver Island’s Yvonne Raymond