Romantic City
Copyright Victoria Buzz

It’s a sad day for romantics in the Garden City. 

It seemed as though no matter what happened on Vancouver Island, Victorians could always rely on being named the most romantic city in Canada. But as of February 5th, 2020, we have been dethroned.

In their most recent rankings, Amazon Canada has named Fort McMurray, AB, as Canada’s Most Romantic City. In second and third place are Toronto, ON, and Yellowknife, NWT, respectively.

Victoria? All the way down in tenth place. Now that is heartbreaking.

It’s not even the most romantic city from the province — Kelowna, in ninth, beats us there.

We are, however, the highest-ranked Vancouver Island city, coming above 17th-placed Campbell River.

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Amazon Canada looks at per capita sales data to formulate their list, analyzing the purchases of romance novels, romantic comedies, relationship books, jewellery, and sexual wellness products. 

Unfortunately, it seems as though Victorians just weren’t in the mood this year, and we didn’t stack up so well.

The list is majorly transformed from last year, with 14 new participants included. Toronto, in second place, is the highest-ranked new addition.

BC and Alberta are still the most romantic provinces, with 12 out of the 20 cities on the list belonging to the west of Canada. 

We’re not sure how Victorians will respond to the slight of being bumped down to tenth place, but it may mean buying thousands more romantic novels, pieces of jewellery, and sexual wellness products. 

Oh well. 

Full Rankings

Here is the full list, for your viewing pleasure (or outrage). 

  1. Fort McMurray, Alberta
  2. Toronto, Ontario (new)
  3. Yellowknife, Northwest Territories (new)
  4. Bonnyville, Alberta (new)
  5. North York, Ontario (new)
  6. Ottawa, Ontario (new)
  7. Grande Prairie, Alberta
  8. Burlington, Ontario
  9. Kelowna, British Columbia
  10. Victoria, British Columbia
  11. Whitehorse, Yukon
  12. Calgary, Alberta (new)
  13. Quesnel, British Columbia (new)
  14. Cranbrook, British Columbia (new)
  15. Edmonton, Alberta (new)
  16. Pembroke, Ontario (new)
  17. Campbell River, British Columbia (new)
  18. Prince George, British Columbia (new)
  19. Kingston, Ontario (new)
  20. Revelstoke, British Columbia (new)