07/02/2013 04:13 EDT | Updated 07/07/2013 06:00 EDT

Most Beautiful Scenery Goes To British Columbia In Abacus Data's 2013 Survey (PHOTOS)


Travellers passing up on a trip to Canada's West Coast this summer may just also miss out on the country's most beautiful province.

British Columbia has once again taken the top spot as the province with the most beautiful scenery, according to an Abacus Data survey. The province won the same title back in the company's 2012 poll and this year's results don't surprise Abacus Data's CEO, David Coletto.

"I think that the slogan 'Beautiful British Columbia' is something Canadians recognize. It's been very effective in linking the natural beauty of the province with the rest of Canada," Coletto told The Huffington Post Canada.

The survey asked 999 Canadians on their thoughts about the provinces with the most and least beautiful scenery, as well as the provinces with the friendliest people and the regions Canadian wanted to visit the most. According to Coletto, the survey only gauges Canadians' perceptions of the regions and doesn't ask if they've ever visited the provinces.

Still, that didn't stop Canadians from voting Saskatchewan as the province with the least beautiful scenery for the second time in a row. Manitoba held onto its position as the second-least beautiful province in Canada.

"Someone's [province] has to be last," said Coletto, "We know every province is beautiful but the Prairies don't have any distinguishing features to change their perceptions."

For Coletto, he personally finds the grasslands a beautiful area but admits it's tough to sell a province like Manitoba when it's mostly known for its mosquitoes.

When it came to the province with the friendliest perception, Newfoundland and Labrador took the lead with 22 per cent of the vote, while B.C. was voted as the province Canadians wanted to visit the most for the second time in a row.

To see how each region fared in this year's survey, check out the survey below. What are your thoughts on Canada's most and least beautiful provinces? Let us know in the comment section below or on Twitter @HPCaTravel

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