The Happiest Province In Canada

December 7 2011 by Bryson Forbes
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iStock_000002194344XSmall.jpgI was recently doing some research for a corporate client regarding a project in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island (PEI) and discovered an amazing statistic. According to the Canadian Centre for Standard of Living, the happiest province in Canada is, in fact, PEI.

As we often travel to pursue happiness, this statistic would lead me to believe that PEI would make an excellent destination for travellers. Happiness is difficult to quantify, which of course makes this more of a perception index than reality, but I started to do some thinking as to what PEI offers that could make its residents happier than anywhere else in Canada.

For starters, PEI is the smallest province in both land mass and population. Numerous happiness studies link family, friends and relationships as the key to a happy life and perhaps the province's diminutive size makes people feel like family. Ontario, the largest province by population, finished dead last in this study (the least happy) so perhaps smaller is better.

PEI is also known as Canada's greenest province, known for vivid colours of its gentle rolling landscape, surrounded by miles of sandy beaches and red sandstone cliffs. Green is also a tranquil and happy colour, so maybe the landscape literally helps people feel good.

Experts also link people's state of happiness to their work. PEI's top three industries are agriculture, tourism and fishing. Residents work the land and the sea and then showcase it for those who visit.

So if you are looking for a happy Canadian vacation, consider PEI. The happy folks at BEST WESTERN Charlottetown will be delighted to welcome you with a smile!

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    By Don Scott on December 17, 2011 4:57 PM

    Nah. It's SW Saskatchewan, especially around Eastend -- one of the best kept secrets of Canada.

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