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Google has finally done something non-sinister with all our search data. The smart people over at the official Google Canada blog looked at what Canadians were searching on Google Maps this summer, and then compiled that information into a handy list and graphic (seen above). The search results, they argue, are a good indication of how people in Canada spent their summer.
The first and most popular choice, Niagara Falls, shouldn’t come as a surprise, but there’s also a lot stuff here that’s interesting from a Toronto perspective. For instance, four of the ten most popular searched destinations were Toronto landmarks, including Downsview Park, The CNE, Centennial Park, and Cherry Beach. It’s somewhat surprising to see Cherry Beach rank so high on a nationwide list, but I suppose that speaks to the demand for beaches you can actually swim at within reach of the TTC. Moreover, according to these results, it appears that Vancouver’s version of the CNE, the Pacific National Exhibition, is more popular. So while Toronto may the center of the universe, it’s apparently not where most Canadians go to eat deep-fried bacon covered in chocolate. I suppose you can’t win them all.
Here’s the full list [Google Canada]:
- Niagara Falls, Ontario.
- Wasaga Beach, Ontario.
- Downsview Park, Toronto.
- Pacific National Exhibition, Vancouver.
- Calgary, Alberta.
- Canadian National Exhibition, Toronto.
- Johnsons Landing, Vancouver.
- Centennial Park, Toronto.
- Cherry Beach, Toronto.
- Jasper, Alberta.
Igor Bonifacic is a simple intern working for the Toronto Standard. You can follow him on twitter at @igorbonifacic.