Think of romantic Canadian cities and Niagara Falls likely tops many people’s lists.
Not according to Amazon.ca.
The online retailer this week declared Saskatoon as Canada’s most romantic community. Even more odd is the fact Niagara Falls didn’t even make the top 20. Amazon.ca based the list on an analysis of sales data since Jan. 1, 2010 of romance novels, sex and relationship books, romantic comedy DVDs -and Michael Buble CDs.
To be fair, the list is based on a per capita basis in cities with more than 100,000 residents, meaning Niagara Falls wasn’t even eligible.
Still, the fact Saskatchewan’s largest city beat out Niagara Falls does not sit well with locals.
“I was shocked when I heard,” said Niagara Falls MPP Kim Craitor. “I’m not trying to be dis-re spectful, but I don’t think there’s any relationship between romanticism and Saskatoon. Wheat maybe?”
Councillor Jim Diodati, who has visited Saskatoon, agreed.
“The people are super friendly. And although I found it to be a charming city, romantic would not be the way I would describe it.”
Niagara Falls Mayor Ted Salci paid a one-day visit to Saskatoon last year during a business trip.
“It didn’t strike me as romantic,” he said. “I didn’t feel anything in the air.”
“Well, we can’t be the first in everything. But we will always be the Honeymoon Capital of the World.”
In a television interview last week, John Nemeth, director of Amazon.ca,speculated as to why residents of Saskatoon purchase such large quantities of romance-related items.
“I do know it’s very cold there. Maybe that has something to do with it,” he said.
And on the topic of love, neither Craitor, Diodati nor Salci proposed to their spouses with the aid of any romance-related paraphernalia.
Craitor said his proposal to wife Helen was sort of a simultaneous assertion.
“We had been going together for a while, and one evening were just sitting and talking and we both said to each other we make a good couple and that we loved each other and we should get married,” he said.
The Craitors have been married for 38 years.
Diodati orchestrated a proposal surprise for his then-girlfriend Yvonne when they attended an awards dinner in Toronto.
“I made it look like I was getting recognized for a promotion and they brought me out on the dance floor,” he said. “I grabbed the microphone, called Yvonne up and went down on one knee in front of her.”
Salci’s proposal to wife Sharon was an exercise in persistence and patience.
The couple had dated for about seven years and Sharon had turned down his first two wedding proposals -“because I had made her angry right before I asked her” -but she agreed on the third.
To celebrate, a bottle of champagne Salci had purchased the first time he proposed was opened. However, due to the passage of time between proposals the bubbly was flat.
The Salcis celebrate their 34th wedding anniversary on Valentine’s Day.
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This article was originally posted on Niagara Falls Review