The curious case of Canada’s online shopping preferences

Ryan Nickum

Apr 11

Lists + Maps

Believe it or not, Canadian citizens continue to search online for homes for sale in the United States, particularly in states with warmer climates. To get a better idea of the online shopping searches of the Canadian consumer Estately used Google Trends to measure Canadian internet searches using the Google Shopping option. With this tool we were able to determine which items each province/territory searched for online with more frequency than all others during the past five years.

Depending on your perspective, the results are either quite fascinating or mildly disturbing. You can view all the searches that each province/territory was tops for in our list below, and you can view the American version of this map HERE.

Alberta:  dog costume / leather jacket / aloha shirt / paintball gun / fanny pack / Spam / microwave oven / Flex Seal / gun safe / beer pong table / spy camera / nunchucks / throwing knives / dog life jacket / samurai sword / horse meat / emergency kit / duct tape / moonshine still / butter churn / Stihl chainsaw / Turducken / bolo tie / Florida real estate

British Columbia:  incontinence pad / money belt / costume jewelry / Members Only jacket / Ivanka Trump jewelry / pet rock / Flowbee / Wayne Gretzky Hockey (video game) / Solo cup / shark costume / female condom / electric skateboard / leg warmers / composting toilet / Birkenstock / scented candles / denim jacket / wine fridge / Starter jacket / prayer flag / food dehydrator / vape juice / Total Gym / head massager / boot-cut jeans / Choose Your Own Adventure (book series) / earthquake kit / WD40 / pogo stick / first aid kit / Clamato

Manitoba:  roller skates / M-16 rifle / milk frother / tracksuit / pomade / insect trap / Shamwow / lava lamp / futon / ferret / fur clothing / UGG boots / jackalope / Jet Ski / shuriken (throwing star) / ammunition / Proactiv / snow shovel

New Brunswick:  tutu / diesel generator / casket / slingshot / taxidermy / bodysuit / Cards Against Humanity / tube top / toupee / Quran / Vibram FiveFingers / Magic 8-Ball / synthesizer / Kindle Fire / Rubik’s Cube / P90X / long underwear / AK-47

Newfoundland and Labrador:  ugly Christmas sweater / beret / Juice Couture / bowling ball / inline skates / American flag / sex toys / male condom / cargo pants / bell-bottoms / Edible Arrangements / PlayStation VR / instant camera / cowboy hat / personal watercraft / handgun / Colt AR-15 / bulletproof vest / body armor

Northwest Territories:  maple syrup / drone / Apple Watch / perfume / dreamcatcher / bikini / bong

Nunavut:  sunglasses / snowmobile / tablet computer / Xbox 360

Nova Scotia:  mankini / DNA test / genealogical DNA test / surfboard / sex doll / syringe / comics / chicken coop / coffin / fireworks / Chia Pet / brass knuckles / activity tracker / gas mask / rat trap / kegerator / catapult / unicycle / waterless urinal / Etch A Sketch / grenade

Ontario:  cannabis seeds / tattoo sleeves / baby on board sticker / wallet chain / Armani jeans / boyfriend arm pillow / cargo shorts / plaid pants / Louis Vuitton bag / glass pipe / temporary tattoo / plus-size lingerie / rat poison / velour tracksuit / car emergency kit / mustache wax / mink coat / UGG boots for men / garden gnome / mudflaps / bear trap / denim shorts / bulk candy / Ivanka Trump shoes / dog coat / Stetson / snow cone machine / coyote urine / platform sneakers / capri pants / padded underwear / dog halloween costume / cat halloween costume / nose hair trimmer / military camouflage / zombie survival kit / alligator meat / leather chaps / hip flask / American costume / Slip ‘N Slide / healing crystals

Prince Edward Island:  webcam / glitter / umbrella / Crocs / confederate flag / Magic: The Gathering (card game) / skateboard / Bible / thong / fishing pole / lingerie /Beanie Babies / creatine / Bowflex / bagpipes / snow blower

Quebec: CPAP mask / Connect Four / speargun / crack pipe / Shake Weight / Farrah Fawcett poster / Beano / denim vest / leisure suit / ascot tie / swim brief / Exploding Kittens (card game) / catheter / Ivanka Trump clothes / Snuggie

Saskatchewan:  night vision device / dentures / metal detector / hair extensions / cat food / hoverboard / overalls / outhouse / portable toilet / rowing machine / Amazon Echo / George Foreman Grill / cat costume / Spanx / mermaid tails / selfie stick / anabolic steroid / pistol / Roomba

Yukon: sewing machine / slow cooker / shotgun / electronic cigarette / FitBit

Hello Canadians, we know you’ve got a good thing going on up there, but if you ever find yourself in the ol’ United States of America and need to buy a home check out Estately.com or the Estately iPhone App. They’re both great tools for home buyers, particularly Canadians looking for winter homes in Florida.

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