Top Ten Ontario Cities

Which cities in Ontario, Canada deserve to be in the top ten?

The Top Ten

1 Toronto Toronto Toronto is the capital of the Canadian province of Ontario. It is located within the Golden Horseshoe in Southern Ontario on the northern shore of Lake Ontario.

Toronto is a friendly community, where I live all the neighbors say hi when I'm outside cutting the grass, or when I'm trimming the shrubs, and my neighbor always gets out before me to take his garbage can up, so he does it for me and the neighbor on the other side too, there is a ton of stuff to do, its always fun to drive around and eat in downtown, I saw mimes the other day which is surprising because its something you see a lot in my area, there are a lot of people wanting to entertain downtown. it's a fun, loving community that also likes to play at night, the night-time vibe is amazing, if your a night person this is the perfect place, but also Downtown Detroit is too, as I go there to gamble at Motor City Casino! Toronto is the perfect place, for night-life, suburban life, and city life, there's a ton for everyone!

What I live from Toronto is its diversity. You feel part of the whole world without having to travel abroad!

How does Toronto not have at least 75% of the vote


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2 Ottawa Ottawa Ottawa is the capital city of Canada. It stands on the south bank of the Ottawa River in the eastern portion of Southern Ontario.

It may not be as big or as multicultural as Toronto, but Ottawa is the perfect representation of Canada - beautiful, friendly, clean, and safe. These qualities, I feel, make Canada stand out as a country. What do people think of when they think 'Canada'? The friendly people, the low crime rates, the clean air, the lovely scenery, and an atmosphere more relaxed and free than, say, our southern neighbour of America. Ottawa has it all.

Toronto is great, don't get me wrong - I live there! - but if I had to pick one city to represent my province and my country, I would pick Ottawa, our nation's gorgeous capital. Toronto would be my second choice. And Niagara Falls is lovely, too.

I never made friends as fast as when I moved to Ottawa. People that you meet in your workplace are friendly and accepting. The many water points (beaches, canals, rivers) are awesome and free. The bike trails are amazing and the nature is everywhere (Greenbelt). The restaurants are nice (Indian food is awesome) and everything you could ever want is here. Check Ottawa Citizen "What to do this weekend and beyond" is full on fun original stuff to do.

I think ottowa it's the best city to live in because ins calm and quiet!

Ottawa is best as toronto and another cities

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3 Sudbury Sudbury Sudbury is a provincial electoral district in Ontario, Canada, that has been represented in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario since 1908. It is one of the two districts serving the city of Greater Sudbury.

It's a nice, quiet city. Perfect for raising a family! I lived there for 15 years, now I live in Ottawa. But Ottawa is just too crowded and the drivers are awful here. Also, Sudbury is more spacious. If you're a senior, Ottawa is good. If you're a city person, Toronto is for you! But Sudbury is the best of all worlds!

Downtown Sudbury is not a good place to go. There are many panhandlers, and people drinking and doing drugs, there are ambulances and police bringing people to the drunk tank and hospital. New Sudbury is a great area and has the best shopping and is very safe. Downtown is not safe and a good place to avoid.

Downtown Sudbury has the best people you'll ever meet. Every small business is ready to support the next. Love love love! You are beautiful!

I live here and its ghetto,its for the ghetto peeps but its great

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4 Niagara Falls Niagara Falls Niagara Falls is a city in Ontario, Canada. It is located on the western bank of the Niagara River in the Golden Horseshoe region of Southern Ontario, with a population of 82,997 at the 2011 census.

Just there! = epic! The hotels are legendary and the views are exotic

Wax museums laugh out loud

Proximity to Buffalo and tons to do.

One year ago we moved to Grimsby, ON. I just must say it is the best PLACE to LIVE! Take a look for your self.

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5 Hamilton Hamilton

I call it home and best of all greenery, open space, less traffic and less population.

The city has such a unique culture. So much to do here! Hiking, shopping, eating, touring, it has everything! Close to Toronto too.

Beautiful, lots of park land, thriving arts community, Big City feel with small town heart, you can take a canoe out and explore Coots Paradise, stroll along the harbour front trail, or bike on one of many green rail trails.
Hamilton may look a little scary when you drive past it on the QEW highway, but once you visit, you will find a friendly diverse and charming community.

Great city, great people & great opportunities for growth...if you dare!

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6 Guelph Guelph Guelph is a city in southwestern Ontario, Canada. Known as "The Royal City", Guelph is roughly 28 kilometres east of Waterloo and 100 kilometres west of Downtown Toronto at the intersection of Highway 6 and Highway 7. It is the seat of Wellington County, but is politically independent of it.

Best city in Canada. Guelph has probably the friendliest people you can ever meet in Canada. I lived there for 5 years and I wish to go back again.

Unique, vibrant downtown. University town.

I live in Guelph there are library everywhere so many nice schools a I love that it is multicultural

I live there 10/10

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7 Burlington Burlington

Consistently voted as one of or the best mid sized city to live in for good reasons. Location, safety, economically stable, proximity to major centers, lakefront and escarpment.

Burlington is vary vary...

Unauthentic & without Spirit.

thank you

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8 St. Jacobs St. Jacobs The community of St. Jacobs is located in southwest Ontario, just north of Waterloo in Woolwich Township, Waterloo Region.

Number One tourist destination for good reason! Lots to do and see in a friendly atmosphere..

Hold a door for 5 people get 8 thank you, s!

9 Barrie Barrie Barrie is a city in Central Ontario, Canada, on the western shore of Lake Simcoe. Although located in Simcoe County, the city is politically independent.

Because of how quickly it's growing Barrie prices are skyrocketing, which is actually what brings me here. The minds aren't growing as fast as the population unfortunately, (exhibit a - the other comment on here complaining about immigrants). If you can afford it though, it's within a reasonable distance of Toronto, has enough tourists that there's plenty of things to do, but not so many that it's impossible to actually live there. If you are a pedestrian avoid the South End, which while newer and still abundant with available homes is in no way designed for walking.

I chose to make Barrie my home when I moved out of my parents' years ago, and it's my favourite place in the world. Both far and close enough to Toronto, had a lovely waterfront, lots of effort being put into the downtown... just my ideal city in many ways.

Beautiful lake for summer sports and incredible winter skiing close by. Wonderful all year round.

Barrie is a wonderful place.
And there is lots of fun things to do.
Also the restaurants in Barrie have really good food.
They also have a really popular place called blue mountain.

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10 Oakville Oakville Oakville is a suburban town in Southern Ontario, Canada. Located in Halton Region, on Lake Ontario, it is part of the Greater Toronto Area.

It is a safe and beautiful place. If you're retiring or starting a family, Oakville is one of the best places to do so. There are tons of things to do with being close to Toronto. It has a great waterfront and festivals during certain seasons. I've never been to a city full of nice people. I love Oakville and would recommend it to anyone.

Very quiet, low-key and safe. Perfect for retirement or starting a family. Great waterfront with Lakeshore and you have a park/forest/green space every couple of blocks.

Best of the best for year round living

Beautiful town. Great restaurants.

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The Contenders

11 Kingston Kingston Kingston is a city in Eastern Ontario, Canada. It is located on the eastern end of Lake Ontario, at the beginning of the St.

I've lived all over Ontario and Kingston is by far the best city in its class... Beautiful, historic, 1000 islands, 10 min to NY state. Great economy... Not to mention it was voted officially as number 2 as best place to live in all of Canada list.

Beautiful historical. Plus the 1000 island's

Beautiful downtown core on the water with lots of parks and conservation areas.

Very beautiful, quiet, safe and convenient city.

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12 London London

London has lots of old buildings, history, nice leafy streets and affordable old homes. The biggest knock against London is the lack of infrastructure investment from the city; there are sprawling suburban developments on all the corners of the city and the arterial roads serving them are the same rural roads that have been in place for decades. If the two bit developers where made to pay their share of the infrastructure costs, and city hall had a long term urban densification strategy at play the core of the city would be renewed and many of the road congestion and junkie problems people complain about would be alleviated. I personally enjoy living in London and have a lot of friends and family here, but, I can see why so many young people who don't own cars or want to own houses and mow lawns move away to larger centers.

London is a great city if you move into the west. It's very green and multicultural. That may not appeal to everyone, but I love being able to see so many different children all go to one school together, and having countless amounts of parks and forests near me. Unfortunately, this photo only shows the downtown which isn't exactly famed for its greenery, as you can see... - AsianBlood

I love this town. Its affordable and life is easy and fun there. And the housing market is cool

Easily the most unfriendly people in Canada live here. Avoid like the plague. There's a reason all the students leave when done school.. there's nothing here.. Clicky town. HATE IT.

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13 Timmins Timmins Timmins is a city in northeastern Ontario, Canada on the Mattagami River. At the time of the Canada 2011 Census, its population was 43,165. The city's economy is based on natural resource extraction and is supported by industries related to lumbering and to the mining of gold, zinc, copper, nickel, more.

Contrary to what we keep hearing, Timmins is NOT booming. Our industries are dying and small businesses can't survive. All we see are closures because of it unfortunately. I've lived here my whole life, and the spirit of community is next to nil. Residents do not support and are very closed-minded to change. Real estate prices are atrocious! And yes, we do have the worst roads in Ontario!

Worst roads in Ontario, also known as the Pot Hole town. Buildings are very outdated, but the industries are booming. It's not bad

Awesome city! Great, welcoming people. Very good high schools

Worst place to live.

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14 Mississauga Mississauga Mississauga is the sixth largest city in Canada. Situated in Southern Ontario, it lies on the shores of Lake Ontario, located in the Regional Municipality of Peel, in the central part of the Greater Toronto Area, to the west of Toronto.

Mississauga, like Toronto is very social and lively, but has quiet parts as well! Overall, there are many facilities and its just beautiful. I love Mississauga and would recommend anyone to move there.

I used to live here for 4 years. I love Mississauga, it's just the perfect pace for me.
It's not too far from Toronto and it had everything you can possibly need. Airport is just 15-20 min away from where I lived. Now, I'm looking into a city to live in America (moved for job) and I am always looking for something very similar to Mississauga. I'm hoping to go back and retire in Mississauga some day.

This is were used to live! This is my favourite place live.

I live in Mississauga, awesome city, wonderful beaches, wonderful people! DOn't forget Hazel McCallion former mayor 36 years in office, 800,00 people, wo don't forget the the city has their own airport, pearson, its not toronto's, 17 km from mississaugas city hall, 47 km from toronto city hall, YEAH!

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15 Sault Ste. Marie Sault Ste. Marie

This is a terribly boring and ugly city with an astounding amount of drugs and declining population. DO NOT MORE HERE

Good city with incredible lakes and scenery around it. You can live lakefront at a reasonable price.

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16 Peterborough Peterborough Peterborough PEE-tər-bur-oh is a city on the Otonabee River in Central Ontario, Canada, 125 kilometres northeast of Toronto.

Peterborough is a natural beauty! It boasts both a world renowned university and college. The people are friendly and there is lots to do for growing families. I moved here almost 30 years ago and it has come a long way. Lots of young families moving up from southern Ontario as well as retirees. It definitely is a better quality of life in Peterborough.

One of the worst cities in Ontario for alcoholism and crime. High unemployment and officers and officials constantly being investigated. Don't live here.

A friendly city surrounded by natural beauty, with a vibrant downtown that has lots of good restaurants and bars!

If you've been your hooked

17 Windsor Windsor Windsor, Ontario is the southernmost city in Canada. It is located on the southern shore of the Detroit River, directly across the river from Detroit, Michigan.

Windsor may have problems with the economy but its location is unlike any place in the world. Its waterfront is beautiful Detroit skyline and access to all of Detroit's venues, sports and entertainment. Windsor has so much potential its crazy... Same could be said about Detroit which was once the greatest manufacturing city in the world.

Yay! I was born in Windsor! Very beautiful and good health care! I love the water between Detroit and Windsor! When I was 4 I used to go near the water with my aunt and friends and we wound fly kites!

Great waterfront, booming economy with very low unemployment rate, low cost of living with healthy real estate market, and tons of trails and parks. Caesars puts on great shows as well!

In 10 years time Windsor will be one of the fastest growing cities in Ontario, Just watch.

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18 Owen Sound Owen Sound

Clean, clear waters, fresh air and friendly locals! What more can you ask for? Beautiful quiet downtown and picturesque surroundings.

My hometown and an absolutely lovely place to live (in the Summer - not so much in the Winter). - BKAllmighty

19 Stratford Stratford Stratford is a city on the Avon River in Perth County in southwestern Ontario, Canada, with a population of 30,886 as of 2011. V 1 Comment
20 Brampton Brampton Brampton is a city in Southern Ontario, Canada. It is a suburban city in the Greater Toronto Area and the seat of Peel Region.

Brampton has been a dangerous city since the mid 90's and saying otherwise is ignorant. It's not a racial issue it's a social issue. When the development boom started in the 90's the urban sprawl created 2 of many cascading issues still being felt today. 1) not enough police to patrol the many new sub divisions. 2) infrastructure that cannot handle the added population. The added population comes from immigration and families coming from east Toronto.

Brampton is a Ghetto.

I was born and raised here and I think the city is quite nice. Very multicultural, race has never been an issue anywhere.

I grew up in Brampton, it was great and safe. Sense about early 90s immigration has skyrocketed there and everything Brampton was about was taken away and became very dangerous to live. It looks like a different country and has lost the Canadian feel, bad drivers. I felt pushed out.

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