Looking For Love -- in all the right places
I've lost my number -- can I have yours?
No? That didn't work? How about: you must be tired, you've been running through my mind all day.
"I'm still waiting for a good pick-up line," said Rachel, a single young woman in Vancouver. Her tip -- don't bother using a cheesy line. But that's the least of the worries.
Vancouver singles do exist -- but they're just hard to find, says Markus Frind, the owner of the hugely successful dating site Plentyoffish.com.
"There's a ton of singles in Vancouver," Frind told CTV News. "They're sort of spread out, especially in the more urban areas."
We knew we weren't going to find singles in such a tough market by luck alone -- so CTV News turned to the science.
We used Statistics Canada data to find the highest concentrations of single women in Metro Vancouver. We mapped the results -- to show concentrations for both women and men.
- Related: Statistics Canada census map of single men
- Related: Statistics Canada census map of single women
- Related: Tune in Tuesday for part two of Looking For Love
In the few blocks along Granville south of Broadway, seven out of ten women are single -- more than double the regional average.
That's also true for much of Kits, especially the area between Maple and Vine Streets, and between Venables and First on Commercial Drive.
But out in rural Langley, and east of White Rock in Surrey, the odds of finding a single woman are much lower. There, less than two out of ten women there are single.
We asked Scott, a 29-year-old single, to test the waters for us. We hooked him up with dating coach Ronald Lee.
Lee doesn't like pick-up lines either.
"Talk to a girl, be relaxed yourself, and get her into the dialogue, and then you're sailing," he said to Scott.
Scott set out to meet a girl at one of Vancouver's single hotspots, Kits Beach. He was successful at starting up a conversation -- but that's all.
Sometimes a guy needs a little help, so we brought out Cass the wing-man, a 12-week old puppy. The mutt turned out to be magic. Within minutes, girls were eating out of Scott's hand.
Scott didn't find his perfect match today -- but he feels closer to winning the dating game than ever before.
With a report from CTV British Columbia's St. John Alexander and Jon Woodward