According to's annual reading study, there is one Canadian spot that enjoys reading more than any other city in Canada. For the second year in a row, Vancouver takes home the coveted top spot. This dense, West Coast city earned its title thanks to the high number of book purchases in the cooking, business, travel, self-help and health categories.

Ontario also has something to be proud of — for the third year in a row, the province dominated the list with nine cities placing in the top 20. Check out the full list here...


Top 20 Canadian Cities That Love to Read the Most

  1. Vancouver, British Columbia
  2. Calgary, Alberta
  3. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  4. Edmonton, Alberta
  5. Regina, Saskatchewan
  6. London, Ontario
  7. Toronto, Ontario
  8. Kitchener, Ontario
  9. Ottawa, Ontario
  10. Winnipeg, Manitoba
  11. Burnaby, British Columbia
  12. Richmond, British Columbia
  13. Mississauga, Ontario
  14. Windsor, Ontario
  15. Surrey, British Columbia
  16. Gatineau, Quebec
  17. Markham, Ontario
  18. Brampton, Ontario
  19. Halifax, Nova Scotia
  20. Hamilton, Ontario

This above list was determined by gathering sales data from all book sales in print and Kindle format from May 2015 to May 2016, on a per capita basis in cities with more than 100,000 residents.

In addition, also revealed:

  • Not only did Vancouver, Calgary and Saskatoon maintain their spots in the top three, but each city in the top 11 kept a strong hold on their position, cementing their love of reading. Cities that upped their reading game and advanced their position on the list include Richmond (moving to No. 12 from No. 13 last year) and Surrey (up to No. 15 from No. 16 last year).
  • Canada’s western cities of Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton purchased the most Kindle titles over the past year. The best-selling Kindle title overall was the psychological thriller, The Girl on the Train.
  • While Vancouver ranked highest in the business, cooking, travel, self-help, and health categories, Saskatoon purchased the most nonfiction and sci-fi books, as well as books by Canadian authors. Regina showed its romantic side, purchasing the most romance novels.
  • Not only do Canadians love to read, but they also love to colour, with many adult colouring books among this year’s best-sellers. The most popular were Lost Ocean: An Inky Adventure and Colouring Book for Adults, Harry Potter: Colouring Book and Enchanted Forest: An Inky Quest & Colouring Book.

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houseofvans-frameJennifer Phillips is a huge fan of all things food and travel. She's also pretty obsessed with dogs, particularly her mutt Gracie. Before joining as managing editor, she worked at FASHION magazine, AOL and Yahoo! Canada. For more, follow her on Instagram.