With its quaint towns, charming cities and stunning natural beauty, it’s no wonder that the Great White North is often dubbed one of the most romantic countries in the world. That’s why Canada is the perfect escape for newlyweds and couples looking for a romantic trip away.
With so many dreamy destinations in Canada, it can be difficult to decide where you want to go on your trip, but in this guide, we take a look at seven locations that you can visit on romantic holidays in Canada.
Romantic locations in Canada
•The Canadian Rockies
•Bowen Island, British Columbia
•Cruise the Inside Passage
•Witness the Northern Lights in Churchill
The Canadian Rockies
If you want to experience natural beauty on a romantic getaway, then the Canadian Rockies is the perfect place to visit. Lying between the interior plains of Alberta and northern British Columbia, the Canadian Rockies is home to dramatic snow-capped peaks, picturesque lakes and stunning wildlife.
There are so many romantic locations within the Canadian Rockies and a great way to experience them all is to book car hire in Canada. By doing this you can explore all the romantic attractions that the Rockies is home to.
Meghan, the outdoor, travel and adventure writer behind the Meghan Joy Ward blog, said she finds Yoho National Park on the western slopes of the Canadian Rocky Mountains a romantic place to escape to.
“If you’re looking for an exceptional mountain getaway, the secluded location of Emerald Lake Lodge in Yoho National Park feels both romantic and adventurous. It’s a wonderful experience year-round, but best in summer or fall when you can stroll around the lake then settle into the lodge’s dining room for the best meal of your life. Guests take a special shuttle to the property so that, even during high season, the crowds dissipate by dinnertime and the quiet lake is reserved for lodge guests only.”
The Canadian Rockies is the perfect place to kick back and relax on a romantic escape and this is something that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have even done as they went on their honeymoon to the Canadian Rockies.
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Other romantic attractions in the Canadian Rockies:
•Banff National Park
•Heart Creek, Alberta
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Bowen Island, British Columbia
Bowen Island is a beautiful, forested island that is just off the coast of West Vancouver. A popular way to get to the island is to book a fly drive Canada holiday to Vancouver and to then book a scenic 20-minute floatplane from the city to Bowen Island.
Whilst you are on the island you can enjoy authentic local coastal cuisine such as dark ale-battered fish and chips, seafood chowder and delicious homemade apple crumble. There are also lots of activities you can enjoy and one of the most popular and romantic experiences to try is to take the ferry across the ocean to Horseshoe Bay for a different view of the coastline.
Hannah, the travel writer behind That Adventurer Blog, told us that she found Bowen Island to be a really romantic destination when she visited.
“Bowen Island in BC is under an hour away from the city of Vancouver and is the perfect romantic getaway destination! The island is a short 20-minute ferry ride away from Horseshoe Bay and it’s covered in forest, cute cabins, great restaurants, and boutiques.
“If you’re planning a weekend getaway then be sure to book a few nights at WildWood Cabins. These cute log cabins have wood-burning fireplaces and a wood-burning sauna that’s free for guests! One of my favourite activities is to grab a coffee from The Snug cafe and walk along the harbour or head over to the far side of the island and enjoy the peace and quiet and views at The Cape on Bowen. There’s a lighthouse here you can walk out too and from time to time you can spot whales too! For a more challenging hike, head up Mt Gardener for stunning views of The Howe Sound.
“Get pre-dinner drinks at the Copper Spirit Distillery and then head to Barcelona for delicious tapas. Their patatas bravas is always popular!”
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Paris is known as the city of love, but Québec City is likened to it and is considered the most romantic city in Canada by anyone that visits it. Here at Canadian Affair, we know that the charming city is one of the most romantic places to visit in Canada with its European-inspired atmosphere and picture-perfect setting. It has even previously picked up awards for being one of the world’s most romantic places to visit.
You can find world-class bakeries and gourmet dining, iconic cobblestone streets, beautiful churches and famed hospitality when you visit Québec City. The surrounding areas around the city are full of stunning parks, gardens and local vineyards that you can explore. Couples can also spend a romantic evening at the opera and then dine at a French restaurant.
If you are looking for a romantic break in the city, then the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac is a luxury five-star hotel that you can stay at. The grand castle hotel is located in the heart of Québec, and it oozes luxury and elegance as you can stay in stunning rooms and enjoy facilities such as a swimming pool, jacuzzi and a fitness suite with steam rooms and a spa.
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If you are looking for romantic getaways in Toronto, then you have to make the hour-long drive to Niagara Falls as it is one of the most romantic destinations in Canada. Niagara Falls is one of the most popular locations for proposals in the whole of North America and with the sweeping views of crashing water from the Canadian side of the Falls it shouldn’t come as a surprise.
The waterfalls are the main attraction and you can enjoy a cruise on the Maid of the Mist to the foot of them, but there are also other romantic activities you can enjoy in the area. You can take a horse-drawn carriage ride through the town, enjoy a wine tasting tour, or canoodle after a spa break – whatever your heart’s desire, Niagara-on-the-Lake is ready to play Cupid.
Another popular activity you can try is to take a helicopter ride above Niagara Falls. From the helicopter, you’ll be able to take in the massive scale of the waterfalls and the stunning scenery as you look down at the Whirlpool Rapids and Skylon Tower.
Cruise the Inside Passage
A great option for newlyweds or those of you looking for a romantic trip away, you can cruise one of the most spectacular journeys in the world on the Inside Passage from Vancouver to Alaska.
Just being onboard one of the cruises is entertaining enough as you can enjoy shows, world-class cuisine and a whole host of incredible facilities, including spas, salons, casinos and lots more. On top of this, however, you can get a close-up view of jaw-dropping icebergs and see wildlife such as whales and bears.
There are also lots of onshore experiences that you can enjoy too, and these range from visiting Mendenhall Glacier, hiking the Tongass Rainforest, enjoying a Dogsled excursion and a rafting trip.
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Witness the Northern Lights in Churchill
One of the most incredible natural phenomena’s that you can experience is seeing the Northern Lights, also known as aurora borealis. These dancing natural lights which brighten up the sky are certainly one way to celebrate an anniversary or a romantic holiday.
Canada is one of the best countries in the world to view the Northern Lights and one of the best places you can see them is in Churchill, Manitoba. Although Churchill is known for being the ‘polar bear capital of the world’ due to it being the best place in the world to see the majestic animals, it is also one of the top places to see the Northern Lights.
The town sits under the auroral zone, and the Northern Lights can be seen dancing in the sky over 300 nights a year, giving you an unrivalled Arctic experience.
A gem on Canada’s eastern coast and one of the four ‘Maritime Provinces’, Nova Scotia is a stunning province that is surrounded almost entirely by water.
Its beaches, water-based activities such as paddle boarding and kayaking, and more than 150 lighthouses make it a great place to explore. With all this and its continental climate during the summer months, you can spend plenty of time outdoors and can enjoy lots of romantic sunset strolls.
If you and a loved one are history buffs, then you can discover three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, more than 20 national historic sites and over 20 museums dotted across Nova Scotia. A jewel in the crown of the province is Peggy’s Cove, as the lighthouse located here, which was built in 1868, is picturesque and is in fact one of the most photographed lighthouses in the whole of Canada.
The cuisine in Nova Scotia is world-class, as you can try fresh seafood including its world-famous oysters and lobsters, and taste wine from around 16 wineries and vineyards.
We know that Canada is home to a variety of romantic locations, but this article looks at some of the incredible locations that you can visit. If you want to book a romantic trip, we can help tailor it no matter whether you are just looking for flights to Canada or for a specific experience. For more articles like this, check out the blog section of our website.