Canada's Most Walkable Cities
Check out the top ten most foot-friendly cities in Canada
Travel is best experienced on the ground while eye-level with your surroundings and its inhabitants—the start of a new adventure is a mere unencumbered pivot away.
Travel, then, is best done on foot, when precious exploration time is not wasted on looking for parking, or waiting for rush hour to clear. Whether by geography, climate or government policy, these 10 cities inspire residents and tourists alike to stroll in comfort and numbers.
And for the second year in a row, our judging panel named Vancouver Canada's most walkable city. See how other Canadian cities stack up below.
Canada's Most Walkable Cities 2010
- Quebec City
- St. John's
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Meet the judges
Jane Farrow is the Executive Director of Jane’s Walk, a series of free neighbourhood walks held around the world each May that honour the ideas and legacy of urbanist Jane Jacobs around walkable and vibrant cities. Jane is also a writer and broadcaster and has hosted such CBC radio programs as And Sometimes Y, Wanted Words, Workology and The Omnivore. She has edited two volumes of Wanted Words, and co-written the Canadian Book of Lists, published by Knopf (2005).
Chris Turner is the author of the bestselling book The Geography of Hope: A Tour of the World We Need (Random House, 2007) and one of Canada's leading writers and speakers on sustainability. His reporting on energy, climate and sustainability issues appears regularly in The Walrus, The Globe & Mail, Canadian Geographic and many other publications. He lives in one of Calgary's best walking neighbourhoods, where he is at work on a new book about the global sustainability movement.
Gil (Guillermo) Penalosa is Executive Director of the Canada based non-profit 8 – 80 Cities (formerly Walk & Bike for Life) as well as a successful international speaker and consultant. He was appointed by the Mayor of Bogotá, Colombia Commissioner of Parks, Sport and Recreation for the City. His team designed and built more than 200 parks, of which the best-known is the 360-hectare Parque Simón Bolívar. Gil also opened 91 km of car-free city roads on Sundays, enjoyed today by more than 1.3 million people. He lives in Ontario, Canada and enjoys outdoor activities with his wife and their three children.
Jacky Kennedy is the director of Canada Walks, Green Communities Canada. She developed and implemented community-based walkability initiatives, including Ontario’s ASRTS program, the Canadian Walkability Roadshow and Walking Master Class, and the 2007 World Record Walk. She also co-hosted Toronto Walk21 in 2007. Jacky’s background is in project management but her children motivated her to join the environmental movement.
Amanda Mitchell works with communities to embed sustainability principles into their long-term planning decisions. Specializing in the creation of meaningful consultation processes, she has worked on the innovative Smart Growth on the Ground program at both Smart Growth BC and the Design Centre for Sustainability. She’s a founding Director of the Vancouver Public Space Network, co-founder of re:place magazine, and blogs about the urban experience at iheartcities.ca.
Canada's Most Walkable Cities 2009