Montreal makes Top 10 list of the world's happiest places
The Canadian Press
Published Thursday, July 29, 2010 9:09PM EDT
Montrealers can smile knowing their city is considered one of the world's top 10 happiest places.
Canada's second-biggest city has made the list compiled by the popular travel guide, Lonely Planet.
Montreal is the second place named on the list, just under the South Pacific island paradise of Vanuatu.
While considerably colder than that far-flung tropical locale, Montreal apparently has a few other things going for it.
Lonely Planet says the clean, welcoming and refreshingly multicultural city is happy year-round -- but especially so in the summer, when it hosts one of the world's biggest comedy festivals.
Montreal was the only Canadian place named on the list, which includes spots in China, Japan, Colombia, and Africa.
Montreal Mayor Gerald Tremblay smiles before his victory speech following his reelection for a third term in Sunday's municipal election in Montreal, early on Monday Nov. 2, 2009. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes)