Canada’s big cities are pretty fantastic if we do say so ourselves. But, it seems that some are cooler than others, according to this year’s edition of the best cities in the world by TimeOut Magazine.

The annual ranking gets its results through surveys from over 20,000 city dwellers in North America, Europe, Asia, and beyond. The past two years focused on each city’s ability to pull together in tough times, but this time around, it’s all about how they’ve bounced back to life.

According to TimeOut, each of these cities scored highly for “thriving nightlife, amazing food and drink, and art, culture and museums galore.”

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“We’ve highlighted places that aren’t boring or overly expensive or overrated, and we’ve ensured that our top picks also score well for practical stuff like walkability, good public transport and safety, as well as sustainability,” the outlet says.

Like last year, Montreal claimed a top spot in the ranking, landing in 9th place out of 53 cities. The city received outstanding scores for its food and drink scene, art and museums, and access to nature trails.

“There’s never been a more exciting time to visit Montreal,” it says, and we must admit that there are tons of exciting things happening there right now.

“Montreal’s awe-inspiring architecture, friendly vibes and legendary hospitality hasn’t changed – and that mix of European culture and Québécois joie de vivre is still alive and well – but you’ll discover fresh new stuff, whether it’s Michelin-calibre meals or mind-blowing budget food.”

The second and final Canadian city to appear in the ranking is none other than Toronto, landing in 27th place. It’s no surprise that it received the highest score of any city for its diversity, a whopping 95%.

“In this year’s Index, the city scored highly for progressiveness and community spirit, which can be felt in the activism, community events and the thriving underground nightlife scene that’s back in full force for the summer,” writes TimeOut.

We’re beaming with pride right now. Our worldwide recognition is well-deserved.