Perhaps it's the gorgeous view of Parliament Hill, or the appetite they work up on all those amazing hiking trails. And we're not even going to mention the possibility of expense accounts, because ... you know. But as it turns out, the best tippers in Canada hail from Ottawa.
According to a survey from mobile payment company Square, when it comes to adding service to the end of the bill, Ottawans are paying as much as two per cent more than their fellow Canadians.
The survey looked at Canada's five largest cities, comparing how often people tipped using the company's payment device, as well as the average amount doled out. Ottawans tipped 76.7 per cent of the time, with an average tip of 15.6 per cent, while Montreal came in second place, tipping 70. 4 per cent of the time at 14.4 per cent.
Torontonians, who in recent years have seen high-end restaurants offering sole options of 18, 20 and even 30 per cent tips, according to Toronto Life, tip 65.5 per cent of the time, at 14.5 per cent. Vancouverites are tipping 62 per cent of the time at 13.4 per cent, while Calgarians come in last, only tipping 59.4 per cent of time, with 13.3 per cent left behind.
This might sound low for those who automatically apply a 15 per cent tip to their bills, but at least our servers aren't working in the U.S. A comparable survey from Square found that of all the states, Illinois tipped most often at 61.1 per cent, while those living in Delaware only tipped 38 per cent of the time, reports The Atlantic.
Of course, there's no shortage of amazing restaurants in our Canadian cities in which to spend your hard-earned money, including our newly published list of the top spots to visit in Ottawa to leave your very high tips.