Best Places to Live: Winnipeg

Winnipeg is Manitoba’s capital and the province’s largest city, with a population of 705,244 reported in the Canada 2016 Census. Touted as the “gateway to the West,” Winnipeg boasts a diverse economy in sectors including trade, manufacturing, education and health care. The city is also culturally diverse, with over 100 languages and nationalities represented here. Winnipeg is known for its unique winter experiences, colourful arts and festivals scene, unique neighbourhoods and access to green space. Restaurants, museums, theatres, sports venues and night clubs are hot spots among residents and visitors alike.

We know that Canadian’s truly celebrate the liveabililty factors of their neighbourhood – the qualities that give homeowners the true satisfaction of their home within the context of a neighbourhood. In fact a Leger survey conducted by RE/MAX revealed that 89% of Canadians recommend their neighbourhoods to others. Unlike your home, neighbourhoods cannot be changed, so it is important to assess what qualities are important to you before you purchase. Luckily, when it comes to Winnipeg, there is a lot of celebrate in terms of liveability.

A survey of RE/MAX Brokers revealed that the best places to live in Winnipeg’s are the neighbourhoods of Bridgwater Lakes, River Heights and West Kildonan rank as the top three for access to green spaces and parks, walkability, retail and restaurants and the ease of getting around/public transit. 

In the same Leger survey, six-in-10 Canadians put easy access to shopping, dining and green spaces at the top of their liveability criteria. Proximity to public transit (36 per cent), work (30 per cent) and to preferred schools (18 per cent), as well as cultural and community centres (18 per cent) fall out of the top five neighbourhood wants and expectations. So how does Winnipeg stack up? 

If you are searching for the best place to live in Winnipeg, you should know that Transcona ranks as the top hidden gem neighbourhood, while River Park South, Sargent Park and Saint James rank as the top three neighbourhoods for affordability and good supply of housing inventory.

Interested in seeing how Winnipeg compares to other cities across Canada? Explore the RE/MAX Liveability Report to learn more about the features Canadians value when it comes to the places they live.