One of my favourite cities in the world, Victoria BC, was just named the Most Romantic City in Canada by Amazon.ca. This is the fourth year in a row that Victoria has snagged the top spot.
This seventh annual ranking by Amazon.ca was compiled by comparing sales data from January 1, 2021 to January 1, 2021 on a per capita basis in cities with more than 80,000 residents. The data is based on purchases that included romance novels and relationships books (Kindle books and print books), romantic comedies, romantic tunes and sexual wellness products.
I’m not really surprised with this result however - I think that Victoria is an incredibly romantic city. With beautiful views of the water surrounding the city, gorgeous flower-filled parks and charming historic architecture everywhere you look, walking around Victoria feels like a little taste of Europe right here in Canada. One of the most romantic spots I’ve stayed in Victoria is the Magnolia Hotel & Spa. Perched on Courtenay Street right in the heart of Victoria’s downtown, Magnolia boasts gorgeous views of the harbour and the historic parliament buildings. And it is literally in walking distance from just about everything so you can pop out for cocktails or dinner and be back in time for your luxury bath experience.
Let me tell you - there is nothing better than getting in your comfy white robe, turning on the fireplace and enjoying a glass of wine while looking out at the lights of the city. One of my favourite parts of staying at the Magnolia is the personal touch they add to your stay. You can customize just about everything - so if you are surprising someone for Valentine’s Day you can ask them to have a bottle of bubbly ready and waiting for your arrival!
Living in Calgary, Victoria is the perfect last minute getaway. The flight is only around an hour long so you can start your holiday immediately! And huge bonus: according to Instagram - the cherry blossoms are already starting to bloom in Victoria so it is also the perfect excuse to escape winter for the moment.
The Magnolia Hotel & Spa is inviting guests to fall in love with Victoria and rediscover romance on a retreat for two. Enjoy a bottle of prosecco in-room, a fragrant bubble bath with Magnolia’s new local amenity line Salt Spring Soapworks (including a mini whisk to make picture-perfect bubbles - hello Instagram!), chocolate truffles and the guidance of a Romance Concierge to plan an enchanting weekend in Victoria. Whether guests are looking for a horse-drawn carriage ride, flowers in the room on arrival, a pampered spa experience, or dinner for two at a top-rated restaurant in Victoria, the romance concierge is there to help customize your romantic getaway and to ensure it is extra special. The Romancing Victoria Package starts at $239 and includes breakfast for two! Doesn’t Romance Concierge sound like the best job ever?