More top American cities in Travel + Leisure survey; what about Canada?
More today from the recent issue of Travel + Leisure, which each year ranks American cities in various categories. As I mentioned on Friday, New Orleans took the overall top city trophy this year, and it's hard to argue with that.
Here are some other categories from the survey:
Top City for Friendly People: Nashville
Top City for Tech-Savvy Folks (what a dull category that is): Seattle
Top City for Stylish People: New York
Top City for Barbecue: Kansas City
Top City for Pizza: Chicago
Top City for Fine Dining: Charleston
Top City for Ethnic Food: San Francisco
Top City for Microbrew Beer: Portland, Oregon
Top City for Cocktail Lounges: Las Vegas
Top City for Sports Bars: Chicago
Top City for Museums/Galleries: Washington D.C.
Top City for Free Attractions: Washington D.C.
Top City for a Cultural Getaway: Santa Fe, New Mexico
It's a nice, fun list. But what about Canada? How do our cities stack up? Well, sadly we don't have as many of them, do we. But we can maybe make a go of it. I'm not claiming this as definitive as I haven't been to all our major cities. And we don't have so many to begin with. But you could at least argue that I'm in the ballpark on these, so here goes....
Top City for Friendly People: St. John's. (I will hear no argument on this because I'm right.)
Top City for Attractive People: Toronto (Only because we have so many from around the world.)
Top City for Tech Savvy People: Calgary (You have to be tech savvy to entertain yourself in winter.)
Top City for Stylish People: Montreal (Hands down, right?)
Top City for Barbecue: Not saying much but I'll go with Toronto. (Maybe we should say best city for poutine and give it to Montreal).
Top City for Pizza: Toronto (We have the most Italians.)
Top City for Fine Dining: Toronto.
Top City for Ethnic Food: Toronto. (Sorry, sheer variety and size wins again for Hogtown.)
Top City for Microbrew Beer: Victoria
Top City for Cocktail Lounges: Montreal
Top City for Sports Bars: Edmonton (it IS the ciity of champions, notwithstanding yesterday's rout by the Argos)
Top City for Free Attractions: Vancouver (the beach, Stanley Park)
Top City for a Romantic Escape: Quebec
Top City for a Cultural Getaway: Toronto
That's TOTALLY off the top of my head and I'm more than willing to entertain thoughts from folks with broader experience than I. I'm sure Saskatoon would be up on my list for friendly people if I went there.
Just for a bit more balance, let's toss in a few categories that pertain to us:
Top City for Outdoors Types: Calgary
Top City for Adventure Seekers: Whitehorse
Top City for Lovers of the Sea: Halifax
Top City for Hockey Lovers: Winnipeg (sheer exuberance wins it)
Top City for folks who'd rather have their mayor coach football than attend council meetings: Toronto
Top City for Municipal Corruption: Montreal
Top City for Sushi: Vancouver
Top City for Job Seekers: Saskatoon
Top City for Wine Drinkers: St. Catharines
Top City for finding an Australian in Winter: Whistler
Top City for bloggers who put too much emphasis on the great things to do in Toronto: The capital of the universe.