Where is the Love? Amazon.ca Reveals List of Top 20 Most Romantic Cities in Canada

  • Victoria, British Columbia tops the annual survey
  • Ontario dominates with more than half the winning cities
  • Smaller cities rule as most romantic in Canada, while most large cities trail behind

SEATTLE, Feb. 8 /CNW/ - With Valentine's Day around the corner, Amazon.ca (www.amazon.ca) announces its second annual ranking of the Top 20 Most Romantic Cities in Canada.  They are:

1.   Victoria, British Columbia         11. Winnipeg, Manitoba
2.   Guelph, Ontario         12. Richmond Hill, Ontario (new)
3.   Calgary, Alberta         13. Edmonton, Alberta
4.   Saskatoon, Saskatchewan         14. London, Ontario
5.   Oakville, Ontario (new)         15. Kitchener, Ontario (new)
6.   Regina, Saskatchewan         16. St. Catharines, Ontario (new)
7.   Kingston, Ontario         17. Burnaby, British Columbia (new)
8.   Kelowna, British Columbia         18. Thunder Bay, Ontario
9.   Nepean, Ontario (new)         19. Richmond, British Columbia (new)
10. Burlington, Ontario (new)         20. Ottawa, Ontario

This list was compiled by comparing Amazon.ca sales data of romance novels, sex and relationship books, romantic comedy DVDs and Michael Bublé CDs since Jan. 1, 2011, on a per capita basis in cities with more than 100,000 residents.

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

  • Victoria proves brains are sexy too, not only earning the honour of all-around Most Romantic City 2011, but also as the biggest consumer of romantic books.

  • British Columbia is home to the top spot but more than half of the most romantic cities (11 in all) are in Ontario. 

  • Canada's metropolises (Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver) fail to make the cut this year, bested by smaller challengers like Nepean, Oakville and Richmond Hill. 

  • Last year's winner, Saskatoon, falls to No. 4, though still remains a healthy lover of romance novels. 

  • Crazy Love: Though not quite placing in the Top 20, Brantford, Ontario, holds the distinction of being the single-biggest per capita purchaser of Michael Bublé CDs.

  • Kingston is the place where residents are most likely to curl up in front of a romantic DVD, with Calgary and Nepean as the close runners-up.

  • Always the bridesmaid: Calgary is the most consistent consumer of romantic products, landing in the top three of every category surveyed - though never No.1.

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/ 

About Amazon.ca

Amazon.ca (www.amazon.ca ) is part of the global family of Amazon Web sites that have become known for great prices, selection, and convenience. Amazon.ca customers can find and discover millions of English and French books, CDs, videos, sports and outdoors products, DVDs and electronics, watches, home and garden products, as well as a vast array of software, video games, and consoles--all at everyday low prices. Amazon.ca also offers FREE Super Saver Shipping, available on orders of $25 CAD or more delivered to a single Canadian address. Amazon.ca sources products directly from Canadian publishers and distributors, ensuring a rich offering of Canadian titles and content. Features such as original editorial reviews in English and French and product recommendations help Amazon.ca customers find the right products for them among the site's broad selection. Through Amazon Marketplace, Amazon.ca customers can conveniently buy and sell used, new, and collectible merchandise on the same pages where Amazon.ca sells those items new. To ensure all orders are delivered to customers quickly and efficiently, Amazon.ca works with Canada Post, one of the world's most progressive postal companies. Orders placed at Amazon.ca are fulfilled and shipped from within Canada by Assured Logistics, a part of the Canada Post Group of Companies.

Forward-Looking Statements

This announcement contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Actual results may differ significantly from management's expectations. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that include, among others, risks related to competition, management of growth, new products, services and technologies, potential fluctuations in operating results, international expansion, outcomes of legal proceedings and claims, fulfillment center optimization, seasonality, commercial agreements, acquisitions and strategic transactions, foreign exchange rates, system interruption, inventory, government regulation and taxation, payments and fraud. More information about factors that potentially could affect Amazon.com's financial results is included in Amazon.com's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent filings.

SOURCE Amazon.ca

For further information:

Jeffrey Spivock / Alexandra Julian
NATIONAL Public Relations
jspivock@national.ca / ajulian@national.ca

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