Moneysense has released their rankings of Canada’s best places to live, and the towns in the Lakeland wound up around the middle.
According to the list, Cold Lake is the 188th best place to live in the country out of 417 listed, while the MD of Bonnyville came in at 228. The website cited low taxes, affordable housing and high incomes as the greatest strengths of both areas.
Cold Lake came 70th overall in Canada for housing affordability while the MD was close behind in the 77th spot. For low taxes Cold Lake was 90th and the MD was 121st. For incomes Cold Lake was 103rd while the MD outpaced their city counterparts all the way up at 47th.
Neither community did so hot in a few other areas. Cold Lake was 322nd for local economy while the MD of Bonnyville was 230th. Cold Lake was close to the bottom on healthcare accessibility at 373rd and the MD came in even lower at 403rd, beating out only fourteen other communities across the entire country. Crime was also a huge blow to both town’s scores, Cold Lake came 392nd while the MD was 404th. Despite plans to bring community theatre to Cold Lake, it still scored badly on arts and culture (359.)
After several weeks of rain to start the summer and winters where minus 30 isn’t uncommon, it won’t surprise anyone that both communities were near the bottom for nice weather too (336 for Cold Lake 333 for the MD)