Harbour City lands on list of top romantic places

NANAIMO – Amazon pegs Nanaimo at No. 16 on annual ranking.

The Harbour City loves a little romance.

Nanaimo is one of Amazon.ca’s top 20 most romantic Canadian cities this year, thanks to our appetite for everything from romance novels, to jewelry, romantic comedies and crooners like Michael Bublé and Barry White.

The ranking, which compares per-capita sales over one year in cities with more than 80,000 residents, put Victoria on top, followed by North Vancouver and Waterloo, Ont. Nanaimo landed in 16th place.

Local retailers are counting on Nanaimo’s love for romance to carry over into Valentine’s Day with purchases of chocolate, jewelry and flowers.

But our buys aren’t the only thing that makes this place romantic, according to Chelsea Barr, Tourism Nanaimo destination marketing officer, who says it’s also outdoor locations close to nature, the waterfront, and even our own love for where we live.

And don’t forget a university that’s likely blooming with new romance, or city visitors, who add to the overall mood of love and romance in the city, she said.

“I’d move us up on the list myself,” Barr said of Amazon’s top 20.

Local jewelery store owner Jean Carter hopes the love for romantic products translates into sales this Valentine’s Day. She said the store, Bastion Jewellers on Commercial Street, does a lot of hearts and engagement rings.

It’s a day of proposals, she said, adding they are usually busy.

“We do have some romantic men out there,” she said.

Cherub Chocolates owner Veronika Kononova, who is also located on Commercial Street, says people are looking for things that are unique and fun to entertain themselves and their loved ones.

She offers a traditional assortment of chocolate, but for shoppers wanting something different, there’s the truffles Capezzoli Di’Venere or Nipples of Venus.

Based on their sales volumes, Jim Turley, owner of Turley’s Florist, believes Nanaimo is a romantic city and says Valentine’s is the busiest day of the year.

This year he forecasted an 18 per cent reduction, based on the fact that the flower industry does better on weekdays than weekends, when Valentine’s Day lands.

“But the way the orders are coming in, I’m beginning to think maybe I’ve miscalculated,” he said.

Just Posted

This year’s Maple Sugar Festival will be sweet

L’Association des francophones de Nanaimo hosts 17th Maple Sugar Festival this weekend

Adopted pet pig gets killed and eaten

Animal was adopted out by SPCA staff in the Cowichan Valley

Snowfall in Nanaimo creating slippery roads, causing flight disruptions

No snowfall warning in effect, but snow forecasted to intensify

UPDATE: 13-year-old Nanaimo boy located

Chaas Mearns, 13, had been reported missing Jan. 30

UPDATE: Suspect and Mountie bitten by police dog during arrest south of Nanaimo

Two suspects were arrested in connection with a stolen pickup truck in Cassidy on Thursday evening

VIDEO: What you need to know today at the B.C. Games

All 19 events are underway across Kamloops, where five to 10 cm of snow is expected to fall

Beefs & Bouquets, Feb. 22

To submit a beef or a bouquet to the Nanaimo News Bulletin, e-mail bulletinboard@nanaimobulletin.com

This year’s Maple Sugar Festival will be sweet

L’Association des francophones de Nanaimo hosts 17th Maple Sugar Festival this weekend

Hundreds march for justice in death of Winnipeg teen

Tina Fontaine was pulled from a river in 2014, her body wrapped in a blanket and weighed down by rocks

Maritimes want their own CFL team

Their biggest hurdle is getting a stadium commitment in place

Wounded Warrior Run BC makes it to the Comox Valley

Day four of the annual fundraiser saw the team stop in Courtenay and Comox

Sask. school shooter to be sentenced as adult

The man was just shy of his 18th birthday when he killed four people and injured seven others

Internet questions PM’s fashion choices in India

The Trudeaus’ eight-day visit has been dogged by various controversies since it began Feb. 17

Most Read