Langley named eighth most romantic city in Canada

Amazon.ca puts Langley in with four other B.C. cities of 80,000 or more — Vancouver didn't make the cut.

When it comes to holding titles, Langley has been named car theft capital of Canada and we own the ranking of most vehicles per capita in Metro Vancouver. But now Langley has been given a much lovelier title, as one of the most romantic cities in Canada.

As we head into the month of love, Amazon.ca revealed the fifth annual ranking of the “Most Romantic Cities in Canada” with Langley taking eigth spot.

The list was compiled by comparing sales data from Jan. 1, 2013 – Jan. 3, 2014 of romance novels and relationship books (Kindle books and print books); romantic comedies; and a collection of romantic music CDs from artists such as Dean Martin, Barry White, Luther Vandross, Miguel and Michael Bublé on a per capita basis in cities with more than 80,000 residents.

Top spot for the second year in a row was Victoria, followed by Winnipeg, Man., Niagara Falls, Ont., and Lethbridge, Alta.

This is the first time Langley has cracked the top 10, reports Amazon.

Tourism Langley executive director Deborah Kulchiski said the ranking came as a welcome surprise, but one she said everyone in Langley knew would come eventually.

“In Langley, you can have a picnic in a vineyard enjoying local artisan foods made right here from cheeses to chocolate and then on the same day you can take in a beautiful hike in Campbell Valley Park or the Houston Trail,” said Kulchiski.

It isn’t just Langleyites enjoying romance in their own town, as visitors are coming from south of the border and regions all around us to take in the “endless choices,” she said.

“We are a destination for people who come and stay in our hotels, eat here and play here,” she said.

This year, the Top 20 Most Romantic Cities in Canada, according to Amazon.ca, are:

1.  Victoria, British Columbia

2.  Winnipeg, Manitoba

3.  Niagara Falls, Ontario

4.  Lethbridge, Alberta

5. North Vancouver, British Columbia

6.  Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

7. Kamloops, British Columbia

8.  Langley, British Columbia

9. Edmonton, Alberta

10. Regina, Saskatchewan

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