With Glowing Hearts: Amazon.ca Reveals List of Top 20 Most Romantic Cities in Canada

  • Victoria, British Columbia is back on top
  • Prairie Provinces are holding strong, tied at seven spots in the top 20, alongside Ontario
  • Smaller Canadian cities prove to be more romantic than larger Canadian cities, with the exception of Vancouver

SEATTLE, WA, Feb. 6, 2013 /CNW/ - With Valentine's Day around the corner, Amazon.ca (www.amazon.ca) announces its fourth annual ranking of the Top 20 Most Romantic Cities in Canada.

                               
The cities include:                            
1. Victoria, British Columbia                         11. Oakville, Ontario
2. North Vancouver, British Columbia                         12. Kelowna, British Columbia
3. Waterloo, Ontario                         13. Edmonton, Alberta
4. Kingston, Ontario                         14. Regina, Saskatchewan
5. Guelph, Ontario                         15. London, Ontario
6. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan                         16. Red Deer, Alberta
7. Vancouver, British Columbia                         17. Kamloops, British Columbia
8. Calgary, Alberta                         18. Thunder Bay, Ontario
9. Nanaimo, British Columbia                         19. Winnipeg, Manitoba
10. Lethbridge, Alberta                         20. Burlington, Ontario
                               

This list was compiled by comparing Amazon.ca sales data of romance novels and relationship books (Kindle books and print books), romantic comedy DVDs and a collection of romantic music CDs from Jan. 1, 2012 - Jan. 23, 2013 on a per capita basis in cities with more than 80,000 residents*.

New for 2012, in addition to including CDs by B.C. crooner Michael Bublé, Amazon.ca expanded its musical search to include some additional voices of love.  They include the legendary Dean Martin, the baritone of Barry White, the sexy Luther Vandross, the neo-soul sounds of Maxwell and the newest R&B sensation Miguel.

A closer look at Amazon.ca's "most romantic" data reveals that:.

  • Victory, Victoria: Crowned victorious two years ago, Victoria, who fell to the No. 5 spot last year, has romanced its way back on top.  For the first time in Amazon.ca's Most Romantic City history, the winning city has made a clean sweep, taking the No. 1 spot in every individual category as well.

  • North(ern) Exposure: For its first time on the top 20 list, the municipality of North Vancouver came close to winning title of Most Romantic City, ranking No. 2 in all categories. Victoria, watch out!

  • Big City Love: Vancouverites need not fret.  Their very respectable showing at No. 7 is the first time the city has ever placed on the list.

  • A King(ston) Dethroned: After winning the title of Most Romantic City in 2012, Kingston, Ontario drops to the No. 4 spot.  Interestingly, Waterloo, the silicon valley of the north, rounds out the top three and squeaks in as the top city for passion in Ontario.

  • A Roll in the Hay: There must be something in the Prairie water. Residents of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba are heating things up holding seven spots in our top 20. Whether it's a late night DVD session or a dance for two by candlelight, Canadians in the Prairies know how to keep the romance strong all year long.
     
  • Stone Cold Love: As a province, Ontario has always held the most cities on the list and this year is no exception.  What's new is that Ontario can proudly say they have expanded their passionate ways.  Coming in at No. 18, Thunder Bay is heating things up in Ontario's North.

To browse Amazon.ca's selection of last-minute gift ideas for Valentine's Day - and help contribute to your city's future romantic ratings - visit http://www.amazon.ca/valentinesday.

*Data for cities was based on Statistics Canada's 2011 "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada and census subdivisions (municipalities)." (Link)

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