How did Burlington rank on a parkland study?

By Staff

November 24th, 2022



New research has revealed Canada’s greenest cities, with Prince Albert coming out on top.

The study by real estate site analyzed parkland data for Canadian cities and scored them based on how much parkland, green area and gardens they have.

The city of Prince Albert, located in Saskatchewan, came in first place. The city has 28.1 hectares of park per 1,000 people, and 20% of the city is made up of Parkland, which gives it a ‘Green Score’ of 100 out of 100. It’s built on a transition zone between the aspen parkland and a boreal forest, so the city is clearly embedded in nature.

Coming in second place is the Albertan city of Edmonton. It scored 80.26 out of 100 on the Green Score. While it may only have 6.2 hectares of park per 1,000 people and 8% of parkland, the city boasts a whopping 104 community gardens, the most out of any city in the study.

The Quebec city of Gatineau takes third place on the list, with a green score of 76.98 out of 100. The city has 17.2 hectares of park per 1,000 people, and 15% of the city’s land is made up of parkland. Additionally, there are 20 community gardens in the city.

Spencer Smith Park is very expansive but the city didn’t rank all that well with the amount of space and the size of the population

Toronto comes in fourth place, receiving a green score of 74.57 out of 100. 13% of the city land is made up of parkland, as well as there are 79 community gardens. Due to the city’s larger population, however, there are only 2.7 hectares of park per 1,000 people.

Rounding out the top five is Calgary, coming in with a green score of 67.67 out of 100. This is due to there being 7 hectares of park per 1,000 people in the city, 11% of the city being parkland, and 59 community gardens.

Burlington didn’t make the list but Guelph did.

Commenting on the findings, a spokesperson from said: “It’s great to see that even some of Canada’s largest and most populated cities still maintain lots of parklands to keep the area greener, especially in the case of Toronto. Using percentages as a representation of green space also highlights the efforts smaller cities are doing to keep nature at no more than a stone’s throw away from residents.”

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2 comments to How did Burlington rank on a parkland study?

  • mparkinson2017

    I’m curious…why did you pose the headline question “How did Burlington rank on a parkland study?”…if you couldn’t answer it?

  • Grahame

    Seems to me that our rural area north of the 407 did not count.Thousands of acres in farms ,Niagara escarpment all the way up to the 401!!!!!