We’re really a friendly lot

Victoria in top three friendliest cities in the world, say Condé Nast Traveler readers

  • Aug. 8, 2014 6:00 p.m.

From people-watching to biking on the Galloping Goose Trail, Condé Nast Traveler readers gush about all the things to see and do in Greater Victoria, and ranked the city as the third friendliest in the world.

In its annual online survey, Condé Nast Traveler unveils results from its 2014 Readers’ Choice Awards about friendliest and unfriendliest cities. Among the results, Victoria is ranked number 3 in the Friendliest Cities in the World. Coming in behind Auckland, New Zealand, and Melbourne, Australia,

Victoria is the only Canadian city to make the cut. The ranking is up 11 spots from 2013, jumping from number 14 to 3.

More than 46,000 readers gave their opinions in this annual survey and described Victoria as a destination you “need at least a week to see” that has a great setting.

Readers also raved about the variety of activities from walking to biking to exploring the Inner Harbour.

“It’s an honour to be recognized by Condé Nast Traveler,” says Paul Nursey, president and CEO of Tourism Victoria.

“It sparks conversation about our destination and shows Greater Victoria is truly a region that is full of life and a destination of choice amongst travellers worldwide. We look forward to building on this momentum to inspire the world to experience our destination.”

Earlier this year Victoria was ranked the fifth Best Destination in Canada by TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards and in the top 20 Most Romantic Cities in Canada by Travel + Leisure’s readers.

For the full list of the Condé Nast results, please go here.

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