Fall in Love in Canada – Romantic Holiday Destinations in Canada
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Canada is a dream destination for wanderlusts and for some it is where they would like to start a new chapter in their life. The breathtaking natural sceneries of majestic snow covered Canadian Rockies, clear lakes, glacier fields, lush forests, splendid beaches and islands combined with a myriad of adventure and activities, culture and epicurean treats makes Canada one of the most sought after romantic destination for couples. For those who have zeroed in on Canada as their preferred destination for a romantic holiday but are confused with its vastness and having trouble shortlisting ideal spots, here are some top places in Canada that are just perfect for beautiful romantic moments at extraordinary sceneries.
Romantic interludes amid historic settings
Quebec City, Quebec
Fancy a romantic vacation with a hint of European flair in Canada? Quebec City – the capital of Quebec Province in Canada is steeped in history and French culture. Just a stroll through this compact city takes you away into a charismatic world of French élan that flawlessly blends timeworn French charm with modern Canadian living. Filled with picturesque 17th-century houses, churches, cobbled streets lined with bistros and cafes that exude classic vibes of French lifestyle, you can slow down, enjoy life at an easy pace and take in the charm of this gorgeous city. Rekindle your romance at quaint settings of the historic Old Town perched above St. Lawrence River. Spend your evenings watching classic plays and opera, riding a horse-drawn carriage through the town and dining at classic French restaurants. Visit Quartier Petit-Champlain in Lower Town for that perfect souvenir as a memory of your trip to Quebec City. Head out of town to explore the countryside dotted with rustic farmhouses, vineyards, stunning waterfalls and the beautiful Canyon Ste-Anne.
Where to stay: Hotel du Vieux-Quebec, Hôtel des Coutellier , and Auberge Saint-Antoine maintains the feel of romance along with the essence of this historic city and serve as a perfect couples getaway in the heart of Old Quebec. The ultimate stay experience here is at Le Château Frontenac, where you literally can stay in a massive castle overlooking the St. Lawrence River.
Handy tips: Any time of the year is a great time for a trip to Quebec City. The city is buzzing with a delightful array of carnivals and activities throughout winter and summer, and fall season brings in stunning fall foliage which is worth the visit.
The city is a delightful walking adventure but in case you want transportation, cycling is the best option as Québec City area has close to 400 km of bicycle paths and bikeways.
There is no doubt that the roaring waters and thundering cascades of Niagara Falls are one of the most popular sights of Canada, but that is just the beginning of an enchanting world ready to unfurl as you explore more into the Niagara region of Ontario. Just a few minutes away from the mighty Niagara Falls is Niagara-on-the-Lakes, renowned as the prettiest town in Ontario. Set in the heart of Ontario’s wine region, this 19th-century countryside will allure you with its historic settings, lush farms, expansive vineyards and delectable wine and dine options. Couples who adore strolling in charming settlements and enjoy fine dining experiences would fall in love with this quaint village. Get a glimpse of the village’s rich history by taking a trip to Fort George, Fort Mississauga, McFarland House, Brock Monument and other magnificent historical sites and churches. There are over 20 vineyards to explore and lots of wine and lip-smacking selection of gastronomic treats waiting to satiate your taste buds at outstanding restaurants and wineries. A cycling trip through the sprawling vineyards is a great way to explore before you sip and savour at a luncheon with classic wine tastings. Complete your trip with a relaxing leisure shopping experience at shops of picturesque Heritage District, Queen Street and The Outlet Collection at Niagara.
Where to stay: There are some lovely assortments of country inns, vintage hotels and private vacation homes located in beautiful settings that provide you warm and comfortable services. For a luxurious experience, Sheraton on the Falls, The Charles Hotel and Oban Inn Spa are some of the finest selections of leisure stay.
Handy tips: If you are planning to explore the destination on a self-drive tour, please take note that there are extremely limited parking facilities available in this small town.
The ultimate Canadian getaway for couples
Tofino, British Columbia
For those who want to take a break from reality, bask in nature, enjoy long walks on beaches and have an exciting adventure, Tofino is the perfect romantic holiday destination for them. Laze around at its gorgeous stretches of beach shores, splash, swim or challenge the waves with a surfing adventure, canoe and kayak through serene waters surrounded by stunning panoramas, enjoy whale watching, hike through nature trails and verdant forests, relax in hot spring coves, catch a beautiful sunset and unwind with a toast and a scrumptious dinner, there are so many ways in which Tofino can pamper you and your loved one. Perfect for passionate getaways with a twist of adventure, Tofino combines extreme laid back leisure with extreme adventures.
Where to stay: A range of cozy cottages, inns, and vacation homes, apartments and hotels provide you lots of options to choose as per your wish. Pacific Sands at Cox Bay, Wickaninnish Inn, Long Beach Lodge Resort are some of the finest accommodations that give you some of the most impressive vistas with comfortable services and cozy living.
Handy tips: Tofino is one of the best spots in Canada for surfing as the waves are great all year around. It is also a popular spot for whale watching and wildlife viewing, so make sure you include these once in a life time adventures in your Canada holiday.
Being a nature adventure hub, you can try your skills at surfing, hiking, and canoeing but be sure to practice safety at all times. It is better not to venture on a forest hike on your own and be aware of the change in currents and rip tides while in the water.
Experience the simple pleasures of nature at Banff – a must visit destination if you are in Canada. Snuggled in Alberta’s majestic Canadian Rockies, the breath taking views of nature in Banff National Park are simply outstanding and unparalleled to any other destination. A premier choice of destination for honeymoon in Canada, couples can spend hours in the lap of pristine nature and enjoy being at charming resort towns. Surrounded by jaw dropping mountain terrains covered in snow, verdant forests, icy glaciers and crystal clear lakes, Banff is brimming with exotic wildlife, nature hiking trails and numerous nature related activities. Connect with nature with a walking or hiking trip through the pristine forests. A romantic drive through Banff is the ideal way to enjoy the scenic vistas as well as to capture your moments in photographs. Find yourself secluded with your loved one at the icy blue landscape of glaciers and jagged snow covered the Rocky Mountains at Icefields Parkway. Take the Banff Gondola ride all the way to the scenic alpine peaks, explore the serene lakes and its picturesque backdrops of mountains and valleys and catch magical sunsets on a canoeing or kayaking tours. Finally, after a long day, melt your tiredness and relax at mineral-rich thermal springs of Banff Upper Hot Springs. If you are visiting during winter, Banff turns itself into a wondrous winter wonderland and a fantastic site for winter activities where you can gear up for some adventure sports like skiing, snowboarding, dog sledding, tobogganing, and heli-skiing.
Where to stay: From backwoods lodges, family owned chalets to luxurious resorts and spa, Banff offers you stays as per your wish and budget. Fairmont Banff Springs provides an opulent stay experience in exquisite surroundings. Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa, Hidden Ridge Resort provide memorable stays with spectacular services amid beautiful scenic vistas.
Handy Tips: The best way to explore Banff for couples is by a self-drive tour. It gives you the freedom to chalk out your own itinerary with your choice of places of interest as well as lets you drive around and visit scenic spots on your own pace.
Banff is a sprawling landscape of scenic marvels teeming with an abundance of attractions and activities. Hence it is recommended to shortlist most of the natural spectacles and avoid disappointments. May to June and September in Banff is off season hence there will be less crowd and fall in accommodation, transportation, and attraction prices.
Romantic Island escapes
Magdalen Islands, Quebec – Fall in love in Canada
Getting away from daily chaos and subduing into the hushed surrounds of Magdalen islands is an excellent way to spend your romantic vacation and rejuvenating your soul. Located just off the coast of the Prince Edward Islands in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, these cluster of isles are brimming with serene coastline lined with gray and red cliffs and gorgeous beaches that provide the ultimate seclusion for a romantic break. Explore the different islands with an island hopping tour, laze around, watch amazing sunsets and stroll around the quaint francophone settlements to tuck into some fresh sea food and Canadian delicacies such as poutine. Kayak around the rippling waters, and gear up for some caving expeditions and scuba diving if you and your significant other feel like having some extreme adventure.
Where to stay: Magdalen islands have some stunning collection of seaside hotels and cottages. A stay at La Bulle at La Salicorne will be one of the most unusual stays you have ever experienced in your lifetime as the room is actually an inflated balloon which gives you the most memorable glamping experience.
Handy tips: Among all the water activities, fishing for lobsters is prohibited under law in this region. It is also advised that while exploring the beaches, do not walk close to the cliffs as they are unstable and can break away and fall. Take precautions while venturing into open sea as there are limited spots where life guards are present. It is best not to venture into the waters.
Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia
For an outdoorsy Canadian romantic venture, Cape Breton Islands in Nova Scotia gets you the best of nature adventures, eclectic wilderness trail, pleasant beaches and amazing culinary delights. A drive along the Cabot Trail is one of the romantic ways to explore the region. Soak up the sun at wonderful Inverness beach, Kidston Island beach where the warm water is perfect for a relaxing dip. Witness giant whales swimming right next to you on an exciting Whale watching cruise at Pleasant Bay, you can even spot dolphins, seals, and turtles on your trip. Nature lovers will have a great time with over 26 hiking trails to choose from at Cape Breton Highlands National Park, some of which such as Skyline Trail and Skyline sunset trail offers picturesque views of the cliffs and shoreline of the island. Tuck into a delicious sea food palette of cuisine at some of the finest restaurants overlooking stunning panoramas.
Where to stay: From luxury accommodations to simple beach side vacation homes, you get an extensive choice of cozy stays to pick for your romantic holiday. Most recommended are the Cabot Links Resort and Keltic Lodge.
Handy Tip: The best time to visit is from May through October.
A Surreal Romantic adventure
Looking for an experience that’s off beat and extraordinary? Canada gives you a magical romantic experience you wouldn’t find anywhere else. The far north of Canada is an enchanting place where you can find yourself staring at gleaming neon skies during the Aurora Borealis or the Northern Lights. A trip to Whitehorse, Yukon will leave you speechless with its incredible views of this breathtaking natural phenomenon. The magical ambiance sets the mood just right for intimate moments. And that’s not all; Yukon is a treasure-trove of natural landscapes and wilderness. Take a hike through the unspoilt forests; enjoy canoeing in still waters and dog sledding, snowshoeing and skiing on powdery mountain slopes. After a thrilling day of outdoor activities, spend the day relaxing under the brilliant streaks of kaleidoscopic skies.
Where to stay: Whitehorse has several tranquil and romantic places to stay that are equipped with special services, romantic dinners, and invigorating spas. Northern Lights Resort & Spa is the best choice when it comes to a cozy accommodation with an uninterrupted view of Aurora Borealis.
Handy tips: Northern Lights are visible spectacularly when there is less light pollution and darker skies. The auroral activity is unpredictable hence it is not possible to be sure of Northern Lights viewing in advance but the best possible time to spot the Northern Lights in Yukon is from late August to mid-April.
Canada has an eclectic selection of unforgettable journeys for all types of romantic experiences. With a Canada visa and a planned Canada holiday, you can embark on a fantastic journey through an amazing assortment of century’s old culture, postcard-perfect views of snow-covered mountains and glaciers, rivers and wilderness, and a delightful combination of tastes, aroma and flavours and leave with unbelievable memories you’ll seldom find anywhere else.
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