We may not be seen on the same level as Europe or that sunny destination you are dreaming of, but Canada has some incredibly romantic places to visit with your significant other that are just as romantic as any other place in the world. As you are planning for that perfect Valentine’s getaway or you just need to reconnect during the dreary winter months, consider these incredible destinations in Canada – from one coast to the other.
The east coast is by no means an escape from winter; however, its warm and welcoming charm add to its overall appeal as a romantic destination. Pick any location in Newfoundland and find yourself falling in love with the coastline views that are steeped in history. St. John’s, Newfoundland offers ice-skating in Bannerman Park – the oldest park in the province – and incredible trails for you to surround yourself with the peaceful scenery as you snowshoe together. Enjoy unique date nights away from the pull of the everyday hustle and bustle as you enjoy the East coast live music scene and local culinary experiences.
It’s known as a ski town in the winter, but there are so many more things to do in Mont Tremblant if you aren’t looking to hit the slopes for a romantic getaway. It doesn’t hurt to have those beautiful, snow-covered mountains as the setting for your getaway. Mont Tremblant is well-equipped with a variety of activities in the winter. Spend a little one-on-one time with someone special skating hand-in-hand on any of the multiple outdoor ice-skating rinks or nestle under a cozy blanket on a sleigh ride for two through the picturesque mountains. If you’re looking for something a little more luxurious, the Scandinave Spa Mont-Tremblant is the perfect option. Surrounded by nature, relax with someone special. Spend some time walking through the quaint mountain village at the foot of the mountain, visit a sugar shack, grab a hot chocolate, and then cozy up in front of the fireplace in your suite at the Homewood Suites by Hilton Mont-Tremblant Resort to cap a perfect day.
Old Quebec is as close to European charm as being in Europe itself. With its cobblestone streets and unique architecture let yourself be transported away from the hustle and bustle so you can focus on that one, special person. Even in the winter, Old Quebec was built to be walkable so you can wander from district to district and take a break from the cold at any of the local restaurants, cafes, or storefronts that feature so many French-Canadian favourites. The Christmas lights and holiday decorations add an extra magical touch to an already perfect atmosphere. If you happen to be walking hand in hand when there is a light snow dusting, it feels like you two are the only ones in a beautiful snow globe.
The nation’s capital may be home to Canada’s federal politicians, but it is also one of the ultimate romantic destinations in the winter for couples looking to spend a little time cozying up and enjoying some of the best Canada has to offer. Skate down the world’s largest skateway on the Rideau Canal and, as you skate down the 7.8 km long pathway, enjoy BeaverTails, hot chocolate, and maple taffy to enhance this quintessential Canadian experience.
When people think of Niagara-on-the-Lake, they often think beautiful summer weather and wine. You are right to think about wine, but you’re missing out if you think Niagara-on-the-Lake is only fun in the spring and summer. Not only does the snow create a pristine backdrop in the historical village for winter nights cozied up at your favourite restaurant, there is a quieter atmosphere in the winter that is built for romance. Close enough to Toronto for a day trip, it’s best to make a weekend of it and visit some of the beautiful wineries (yes, they are open throughout winter!), take in a show at the Shaw Festival, and just spend the time reconnecting at a place that is as beautiful as a picture on a postcard. If you happen to be there in February, you can also take in Days of Wine & Chocolate, which pairs two the most romantic indulgences in tastings at select wineries across the region.
Not to be outdone where romance is concerned, Niagara Falls is known as one of the most-visited places by couples on their honeymoon. (I even took my honeymoon there!) Why not take a second honeymoon to this charming city where you can get married at a small chapel on a whim, take a stroll through Clifton Hill with all of the lights and attractions, and take in the beauty of one of the most marvelous wonders of the world – The Falls itself. The Niagara Skywheel is the perfect way to really see the beauty of Niagara Falls, and you can do it from a temperature-controlled gondola while you snuggle up together. For a less adventurous (and more indoors) option, check out the AVEDA Spa. With a couple’s massage room available, let yourself be pampered before you sit and chat in the relaxation room with a cup of hot tea, the winter weather far from your thoughts.
For a romantic experience that is maybe a little more low key, Cambridge, Ontario has a lot to offer. Surrounded by a booming pocket of Canada’s tech sector, Cambridge manages to maintain its small-town historic charm. Whether you are enjoying tea at Langdon Hall, walking nature trails at Shade’s Mills Conservation Area, spending the day at nearby St. Jacob’s Village & Market (Canada’s largest year-round farmers’ market), or taking in the Flight of White experience at the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory with thousands of white butterflies, twinkling lights, and soft music setting a truly romantic scene, there is no shortage of things to explore with your someone special.
Just off the Canadian west coast, Vancouver Island has a quieter vibe than the hustle and bustle of nearby Vancouver. The perfect place for couples who don’t mind bundling up and spending some time outside, spend your days whale watching off the coast and taking in the incredible Pacific Ocean views on one side and the spectacular mountains on the other. The west coast is also known for its wineries and the flourishing craft beer market. Take a tour and cap off your day with a cozy dinner for two at one of the local restaurants.
Canada is beautiful all year round and if you are looking for a spectacular romantic getaway this winter, look closer to home.