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MoneySense Magazine is out with another list of ‘Canada’s best places to live’ and Ottawa-Gatineau remains at the top.

However, all three of the major centres in the Peace River Region have lost ground.

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Fort St. John has dropped to 111th place from 77th and is now ranked below Dawson Creek, even though it has also dropped from 90th to 103rd place.

As for Grande Prairie, the city is down to 129th from 111th place last year.

The Fort St. John fall is particularly significant since the city has now recorded a two year drop of 77 places, after being ranked 34th in 2009.

Victoria is the showcase centre in B.C. and has moved up from 8th place to second, replacing Kingston, Ont.

Both major cities in Alberta have also moved up from their positions on the 2010 list.

Edmonton is now 8th in the country, up from 15th and Calgary is 16th, up from 25th.

Both are also well ahead of Vancouver which remains in the 29th spot.

The annual survey ranks close to 200 Canadian cities based on the analysis of two dozen different indicators, including weather, crime rates, housing prices and tax rates.

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The full ranking list can be viewed below.

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