4 B.C. places among top 20 Canadian Cities that Love to Read

And Vancouver leads in some unique categories.


Hey, get your nose out of that book and check out this year’s rankings for Canadian Cities that Love to Read, because there are four B.C. communities in the top 20, including three in the top five.

The list comes from Amazon.ca, and it looks at print and Kindle e-book sales from the online retailer on a per capita basis in Canadian cities with more than 100,000 residents from May 2017 to May 2018.

Reading a book in Vancouver/Shutterstock

Though Vancouver isn’t number one (those honours go to the bookworms in Kingston, Ontario), we do come in at number three, and the city top the charts in a few categories. For the second year in a row, Vancouver joins Cambridge in being the top cities that purchased the most cookbooks.

Not surprisingly, we are also exactly what the rest of the country thinks we are: Vancouverites lead in categories pertaining to health and fitness, social sciences, self-help, travel and arts and photography, says Amazon.ca.

But we still like to hold real books when we’re cooking, working out, traveling, and doing all that self-care. Vancouver is still in the top spot as the city that purchases the most physical books.

Also hitting the books this year are Kelowna (4), Langley (5), and Delta (5).

Here is the full Top 20 list of Canadian Cities that Love to Read.

1. Kingston, Ontario
2. Waterloo, Ontario (new in 2018)
3. Vancouver, British Columbia
4. Kelowna, British Columbia
5. Langley, British Columbia
6. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
7. Calgary, Alberta
8. Oakville, Ontario
9. Regina, Saskatchewan
10. Edmonton, Alberta
11. Red Deer, Alberta (new in 2018)
12. Guelph, Ontario
13. Burlington, Ontario
14. London, Ontario
15. Delta, British Columbia (new in 2018)
16. Oshawa, Ontario
17. Kitchener, Ontario
18. Barrie, Ontario
19. Winnipeg, Manitoba
20. Thornhill, Ontario

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Lindsay is the Managing Editor of Vancouver Is Awesome, and the co-host and co-producer of the Vancouver Is Awesome Podcast. A fifth generation Vancouverite and life-long foodie, Lindsay also serves as a judge for the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. Previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive, Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz, and Editor-in-Chief of LAist.com, in her past life in L.A. she earned an MA in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: lindsay@vancouverisawesome.com // Twitter/Instagram: @squashblossom