Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Geography & Environmental Studies


Faculty of Arts

First Advisor

Paul Albright

Advisor Role

Thesis Supervisor


The objective of this research was to examine the North American residential preference surfaces of the six traditional regions of Canada. Each regional surface demonstrated a decided spatial regularity in preferences. This regularity was distorted somewhat by local biases and the location of the sample tested relative to the rest of the surface. There was a general tendency to rate the local area high and for preference to decline with increasing distance from the local area. In addition, each surface indicated a strong preference for the west coast here called an ‘Eden’ effect. A ridge of high desirability generally joined the home and ‘Eden’ areas and was generally associated with the Canada corridor. Preference declined rapidly to the north and south from the high east-west ridge of residential desirability. The regional views were also combined to provide a Canadian model of residential desirability. Based upon the general characteristics observed in these surfaces, and ‘Ideal’ model of residential desirability which could be applicable to any surface was hypothesized.

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