November 26, 2012 | By Annette McLeod, MSN Travel
Happiest provinces in Canada

If you're looking for life satisfaction, these places will put a smile on your face.



Cape Bear Lighthouse, Prince Edward Island; Lake Manitoba, near Winnipeg, Manitoba; and Moraine Lake in Banff National Park, Canadian Rockies, Alberta. (© Getty Images; Getty Images; iStock)
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  • Cape Bear Lighthouse, Prince Edward Island; Lake Manitoba, near Winnipeg, Manitoba; and Moraine Lake in Banff National Park, Canadian Rockies, Alberta. (© Getty Images; Getty Images; iStock)
  • The Ogilvie Mountains, Dempster Highway, Yukon Territory, Canada. (© Getty Images)
  • Lake Manitoba, near Winnipeg, Manitoba (© Getty Images)
  • Moraine Lake in Banff National Park, Canadian Rockies, Alberta. (© iStock)
  • Cape Bear Lighthouse, Prince Edward Island. (© Getty Images)
  • Cold trek across the frozen Back Bay portion of the Great Slave Lake, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.
  • Moncton, New Brunswick (© iStock)
  • Saskatoon River Valley, Saskatchewan (© iStock)
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Ottawa’s Centre for the Study of Living Standards (and no, we didn’t know it existed either) has released a research paper wordily entitled, “Canadians are Happy and Getting Happier: An overview of Life Satisfaction in Canada, 2003 -2011.”

We’re offering provincial results for your perusal, and you may find a couple of interesting omissions in the top 10 — no British Columbia, no Ontario, which finished 11th and 12th respectively, with only Nunavut trailing. I guess superiority complexes don’t make a person happy. (I kid, I kid! I’m a Torontonian myself, folks.) We think each of our happy provinces has something special to offer, so here they are in descending order.

* We used statistics provided for an average happiness rating between 2003 and 2011, but it bears mentioning that in 2011 alone, the Yukon topped the happiness list. Must be all those blackflies.

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