The Economist ranked Vancouver as the most expensive city to live in North America, with the average price of a house a whooping $748,651! Fortunately for visitors, experiencing Vancouver is worth the cost, and you might even stumble across a Hollywood celebrity in your hotel (the city now ranks at the third largest film industry centre in North America). With more than 450 km (279 miles) of bike routes, Vancouver has the smallest carbon footprint of any major city in North America – and is striving to be “the world’s greenest city” by 2020!
Toronto is the second-most expensive city to buy a home in Canada (average price January 2013 $482,648). What you’re going to love about the country’s largest city is many residents live in the downtown core, which has encouraged a vibrant dining, theatre and entertainment scene that you can easily explore on foot. Toronto is a city of neighbourhoods – we like to say you to eat in any language. Want a real thrill? You don’t have to leave the city for a unique outdoor adventure: you can take an ‘Edgewalk’ around the 5 ft (1.5 m) wide ledge of the CN Tower at a height of 116 storeys!
Victoria is the third most expensive city to buy a house in Canada, with an average price of $421,939. But, just think about what they save in heating! While much of Canada is still shoveling the white stuff at the beginning of March, Victoria smugly holds an annual flower count. In early March 2012 they claimed they already had over 2 billion blooms!