St. John's safest Canadian city in zombie apocalypse

A man dressed as a zombie takes part in a

A man dressed as a zombie takes part in a "Zombie Walk", part of the Venetian Carnival, in Venice February 15, 2014. (REUTERS/Max Rossi)

Dale Carruthers, The London Free Press

, Last Updated: 12:09 PM ET

LONDON, Ont. — If Canada is ever overrun by brain-eating zombies, better hoof it to Regina, St. John’s or Edmonton.

That’s according to University of Alberta engineering graduate student Michael Ross, who developed a scoring system that rates Canada’s 20 biggest cities on their ability to fend off an invasion by the undead.

Ross said his best advice is to avoid southern Ontario like the plague. He calls it a “zombie playground.”

Toronto, the nation’s largest city, finishes second-last in Ross’s zombie-survival index, which ranks cities on six factors that both appeal to and repel zombies.

The greater a city’s population, for example, the more brains for zombies to eat — which makes mega-city Toronto, along with Montreal and Vancouver, attractive.

But cities close to military bases, or where there’s a high ratio of gun ownership, are better equipped to resist the walking dead.

St. John’s, the Newfoundland and Labrador port city, tops Canada’s list


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