Gizmo Guy was just reading an article to me about 'Canada's Least Sexy City'. I snorted and suggested the city where we live. No, he tells me. According to FastLife.ca who ran a survey, it's Ottawa! According to them, Ottawa is filled with lots of 'plain Janes and dime store Romeos.'
Okay, I can imagine it's tough to look sexy when you're shovelling 400 inches of snow from your driveway while muffled up in scarfs, mitts, toques and winter coats (not to mention the long johns tucked into your boots). But the summers can get pretty warm - and it's right at the end of the Rideau Canal, a lovely vacation spot. It's the home to the National Art Gallery and a ton of museums that I love to visit. It's got the Byward Market - a wonderful old market that now houses boutiques and wonderful restaurants. It buzzes with activities - I've seen jugglers and magicians and all sorts of amusements. Not to mention it's the home of Michaelle Jean, our Governor General, a very sexy and smart lady. (Plus I grew up around there, AND Gizmo Guy and I spent some of our honeymoon there - so it's not the WORST place.)
So what is the sexiest city, I asked? Surely it must be Montreal with its sidewalk cafes on Crescent Street, or riding down the cobblestoned streets of the Old Town in a horsedrawn carriage. Maybe, I suggested, it's Quebec City with its old-world European flavour and cobblestoned streets, with the Laurentian Mountains in the background and the St. Lawrence river opening up to meet the Atlantic Ocean. C'est magnifique, non?
Montreal apparently rated just slightly ahead of Ottawa, according to FastLife.ca. It's not Halifax with its Citadel overlooking the harbour either - another place Gizmo Guy quite enjoys visiting.
"Is it Vancouver, the home of the 2010 Winter Olympics?" I asked next. "With Grouse Mountain towering at its back and the Strait of Georgia at its feet? Or how about Victoria out on Vancouver Island? With its English-like climate and majestic vista of the snow crested Olympic Mountains to the south? That city was really beautiful and the people so vibrant."
No, not there either. So what is the sexiest city according to this -- IMHO dubious -- poll?
Winnipeg. Or as most Canadians that I know call it - Winterpig.
Okay, I'll play nice and won't disparage it. I'll leave it to you to Wiki it to discover about the high crime rate and the extreme climate. Suffice it to say, it's one of the few places Gizmo Guy hasn't returned from and said "I wouldn't mind living there." But Winterpig as the 'sexiest city'? Uh, I don't think so.
It'll be interesting to hear what the Romance Writers of Ottawa say to being told they live in the 'unsexiest' city ... especially since Gizmo Guy will be there in September for their Conference. Because, you see, I think the pollsters missed the boat. The sexiest place in Canada is wherever GG is. And that's my not-so-humble opinion.