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This Town Ranked Best To Live In The West

The one place in Alberta that made Moving Waldo’s list of “Canada’s Most Livable Towns”

Looking to boost your quality of life?

A recent study by Moving Waldo has pinpointed 10 prime spots across Canada that promise just that.

These places were singled out based on various factors crucial for a great lifestyle, like low crime rates and affordable housing—both essential when setting down roots.

They also considered access to parks, recreational facilities, healthcare, pollution levels, climate, education, and job opportunities.

Interestingly, the study found that smaller towns and cities in Canada are absolute gems for quality of life, and almost all of the top 10 spots were located in Eastern Canada.

However, one standout shines bright in the West: High River.

And it’s the second year in a row that the small town was honoured on the Moving Waldo list!

An aerial view over the town of High River
An aerial view over the town of High River | Town of High River

The Place to Be

Nestled in the Calgary Metropolitan Region, less than 70 km from Calgary, High River is celebrated for its picturesque landscapes and warm Western hospitality.

While Alberta boasts many incredible places, it’s no surprise High River clinched its spot on the list if you’ve ever visited it.

Despite its small population of under 14,000, High River exudes a welcoming charm that’s hard to resist. 

High River claimed the 8th spot on Moving Waldo’s list, the same spot as last year, hailed specifically for tranquillity and connection to the outdoors.

The study highlighted its vibrant community spirit through numerous annual events, such as the Little Britches Parade & Rodeo, the Heritage Inn International Balloon Festival, music in the park, and many old-fashioned holiday celebrations like the annual Threshing Day Celebration.

Art enthusiasts will also find plenty to love here, with a bustling scene of craft fairs, galleries, art studios, and talented local musicians.

The film industry also loves High River’s visual charm, as popular shows like Heartland are filmed here, and stars like Kevin Costner and Jackie Chan have stopped for a meal at the town’s numerous restaurants.

High River’s claim to fame is it’s the home of the hit CBC series Heartland | Robert Korotyszyn | Western Wheel
High River’s claim to fame is it’s the home of the hit CBC series Heartland | Robert Korotyszyn | Western Wheel

Jobs and Affordability

Besides the possibility of seeing famous actors, High River offers promising job prospects in food and beverage supervision.

If you have a remote job, there is no reason not to live in High River, especially because affordability tops the list of reasons to move there.

The study revealed that purchasing a home averages around $371,000 while renting a two-bedroom apartment costs approximately $1,030—a steal compared to many other places.

In addition, High River boasts a crime rate nearly 40% lower than the provincial average in Alberta, making it not only appealing but also safe.

Whether seeking a peaceful retreat or a vibrant community with affordable living, High River stands out as a top contender in Western Canada for an exceptional quality of life.

With its blend of affordability, safety, community spirit, and natural beauty, High River proves that sometimes, the best places to live are the ones that feel like home from the moment you arrive.

Being ranked in the top ten should make any community proud, but we already knew Alberta was a great place to live… list or no list!

Small-town charm and Western heritage make an appealing package for people looking to move away from the hustle and bustle of the big city
Small-town charm and Western heritage make an appealing package for people looking to move away from the hustle and bustle of the big city | Town of High River

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