Vancouver, B.C. is familiar with landing on lists lauding its various attractions. It’s been named the best city for students in the world, one of the best bike cities in the world and has held the title of one of the overall best cities to live in the world. This week it acquired another impressive label, after it was named number one on a list of the friendliest cities in the world, according to travel site Big 7 Travel.
According the the website, Canada’s largest west coast city took the top spot out of a list of 50 for its “extraordinarily friendly residents” and “multicultural community who band together to make visitors feel welcome and safe at all times.” It also credits locals who are quick to help tourists, along with a community vibe that makes it easy to have fun in Vancouver.
The ranking was determined through a survey of the site’s social media audience, asking them where you would find the friendliest city in the world.
The reaction on social media to Vancouver’s ranking were largely skeptical.
Having grown up in Saskatchewan and visited the Maritimes several times, I can assure you that Vancouver is not even the friendliest city in Canada. (Beautiful and awesome, yes. Friendly, no.) https://t.co/HejOhkoEoG— Peanut Gallery (@senseless_rage_) August 15, 2019
Vancouver is friendly in comparison to many cities, absolutely.— El Canaco (@ElCanaco) August 15, 2019
However, it's not even the friendliest city in Canada. That would be Calgary or Lethbridge or Moncton or Halifax. Strangers talk to you in those places.
Friendliest of the cities in the poll, maybe. https://t.co/daUK592Utz
haha I would believe this if I haven't lived there for a year and wanted to move somewhere else, because I felt so lonely. It would be the most beautiful but not the friendliest at all. Any city in Europe is friendlier than Vancouver. 🙊— Umut Incesu (@umutincesu) August 16, 2019
"Vancouver is the friendliest city in the world" hahaha wtf is big 7 travel on crack— dani ︽✵︽ (@chromroxachu) August 15, 2019
maybe this is just my experience, but as someone who has lived here for 21 years i can confirm Vancouver is full of rude, self-centered, inconsiderate, entitled people
Out of a list of 50, the top 10 friendliest cities, according to Big 7 Travel were:
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Christchurch, New Zealand
Nashville, Tenn., USA
São Paulo, Brazil