Kamloops makes 13th behind Fort Mac, Rupert on mystery list of top small cities

We're number 13, we're number 13!

We’re number 13, we’re number 13!

NEWS — It’s not Fort Mac but at least the Tournament Capital made the list of the Top 13 Small Cities in Canada, according to a ranking from Cities Journal.

It squeaked in as number 13 of 13, but still. The Cities Journal website describes us this way: “A great little city in southern British Columbia, Kamloops offers plenty of diversions for residents and visitors in any season. Outdoor activities take priority in the summer, with fishing, boating and other water-oriented activities high on the list, In the winter, hardy residents go ice fishing, but there are popular sleigh rides for those who prefer calmer pursuits.”

Nothing wrong with that. Mind you, Prince Rupert, at number 12, is ranked ahead of the Tournament Capital. So is Prince George, which receives praise for “sports, art, live theatre and outdoor activities…. Moreover, the economy is strong and life is good.”

Banff is in 10th spot, Moose Jaw in ninth (“There are ‘surprisingly unexpected’ things to do in Moose Jaw”), Fort McMurray (an “urban service area” surrounded by several species of trees, according to the list), Flin Flon, Medicine Hat, Thunder Bay, Sault St. Marie, St. George’s, Que., Saint John, New Brunswick and — in the top spot — Cornerbrook, Newfoundland.

“This little city located on a remote island in the North Atlantic is nothing but a world in itself,” says Cities Journal. “Getting there is an unforgettable experience. Being there is even more unforgettable an experience. It won’t let you forget it easily because it’s simply wonderful!”

Kelowna isn’t on the list.

Tourism Kamloops CEO Lee Morris hadn’t heard of the Top 13 Small Cities in Canada list but said the description of Kamloops sounded OK.

“I’m not unhappy with that. The positive is that we made the list and the descriptive is positive.”

She and her staff are looking into the list to try to find out more about it. No information is included on the list about criteria or methodology, nor is there contact information on the website.

Cities Journal also includes rankings for the 14 Cities and Towns to Move Away From In The UK, Top 13 Worst Sports Cities,  and other such categories.


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