Victoria falls to 10th most romantic city in Canada, according to Amazon Canada. This comes after seven years of the B.C. capital holding first place. (Black Press Media file photo)

Good-bye to romance: Victoria loses stranglehold on most romantic city in Canada title

Fort MacMurray in Alberta takes top spot, according to Amazon, Campbell River creeps into top 20

It’s heartbreaking, but Victoria is no longer the most romantic city in Canada.

The capital city dropped to the 10th spot after holding the winning title named by Amazon Canada for seven years straight. Fort McMurray, the largest unincorporated city in Alberta, shot to first place from third the year before.

Meanwhile, Campbell River was the only other Island community to crack the top 20, finishing in 17th.

Amazon’s annual ranking is determined by sales of romance novels, romantic comedies, relationship books, jewelry and sexual wellness products from Jan. 1, 2019 to Jan. 1, 2020.

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“Across the west, residents are proud to demonstrate their flair for romance, as they take 12 of the top 20 cities, proving west is best,” Amazon Canada said in a news release.

Meanwhile, “with two cities on this year’s list hailing from territories, the residents of Yellowknife and Whitehorse sure know how to cuddle up and stay warm in the northern Canadian cold.”

The 1995 film A Goofy Movie took the top spot for lovable, classic and silly films this year. Top contenders included classics such as Pretty Woman, Titanic, and Sleepless in Seattle.

While relationship books such as The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman clung on to Amazon’s best-selling list, romance novels such as The Mister by E.L. James and The Rise of Magicks: Chronicles of The One, Book 3 by Nora Roberts were among the top romantic reads this year.

Here’s a look at the full list of romantic cities:

Fort McMurray, Alberta

Toronto, Ontario

Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

Bonnyville, Alberta

North York, Ontario

Ottawa, Ontario

Grande Prairie, Alberta

Burlington, Ontario

Kelowna, British Columbia

Victoria, British Columbia

Whitehorse, Yukon

Calgary, Alberta

Quesnel, British Columbia

Cranbrook, British Columbia

Edmonton, Alberta

Pembroke, Ontario

Campbell River, British Columbia

Prince George, British Columbia

Kingston, Ontario

Revelstoke, British Columbia

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