Whistler, British Columbia
Imagine following up an afternoon spent sashaying down snowy mountain slopes, soaking in a steamy hot tub with your Valentine. Or perhaps you’d rather curl up together beside a roaring fire? In Whistler, you’re not only in luck, but you’re spoiled for romantic choice. The town famous for its exhilarating outdoor pursuits is also the west coast’s headquarters for seduction. The mix of cold outdoor activity and cozy indoor relaxation provides all the ingredients for an affectionate escape. Choose from a wide array of sumptuous inns, resorts and hotels to tickle your fancy.
Popular for weddings, and romantic getaways, Niagara-on-the-Lake is famous for its quaint beauty, world famous wineries and the Shaw Festival. Populated with colourful gardens and heritage buildings – many converted into inns, charming boutiques and celebrated restaurants – this pretty town lives and breathes romance. 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.
When a province is home to communities named Heart’s Desire, Heart’s Content, and Cupids, Valentine’s Day is in the air 365 days a year. Couples longing for somewhere to let their hair down, and step back from the frantic pace of the day-to-day will be smitten by these delightful coastal towns. Experience local cuisine, peruse artist studios, and immerse yourself in the down-to-earth hospitality that makes Newfoundland such a heartwarming destination.
Hotel Le St-James, Montreal
L’amour is the top priority at the Hotel Le St-James in Old Montréal. Whether it’s Valentine’s Day, or another heartfelt occasion, the hotel’s hospitality experts will give you a first class experience. A restored former bank building, the Hotel Le St-James and its acclaimed XO Le Restaurant exude style, grandeur and romance, and will help you reconnect as a couple. Indulge in the hotel’s special packages designed for an passionate escape: welcome cocktails, a Swedish massage pour deux, and late check-out will soothe your soul, and let your senses take over.
Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Alberta
What could be more romantic than cuddling up to your sweetheart in a four-star retreat deep in the Rocky Mountains? Welcome to the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge where Alberta’s natural beauty will make your stay truly memorable. Open year-round, the Lodge plays host to a variety of outdoor adventures including skiing, skating, snowboarding, kayaking, and golf. When relaxation beckons, your cozy guest room, spacious suite (some feature fireplaces!), or luxury cabin awaits. And be sure to check out the special romance package complete with wine and chocolate truffles on your arrival, a $300 spa credit, breakfast in bed, and a decadent dinner.
Quebec City, Quebec
With its old world charm, breathtaking architecture, and French-Canadian je ne sais quoi, Québec City is the ideal setting for a storybook romance. Stroll arm in arm along the city’s 18th century walls, browse in its stylish shops, and indulge in a candle-lit dinner in one of its many exquisite restaurants. Cobblestone streets, hidden passageways and the imposing Chateau Frontenac hotel all add to Québec City’s European allure.
Less than 100 people live in the tiny prairie village of Love, Saskatchewan, but come Valentine’s Day, the community is one of the most popular places on the planet. Every February, letters from around the world arrive at Love’s post office in the hopes of receiving the village’s famous stamp cancellation – a teddy bear holding a heart. With the postmark in place, the Valentine’s cards and letters continue on their journey to their intended recipients around the globe. Requests have flown in from China, France, Germany, Hungary, Turkey, Australia, Russia and many other countries.
Fort Garry Hotel, Winnipeg
Elegance and romance go hand-in-hand at Winnipeg’s historic Fort Garry Hotel. Opulent yet welcoming, the Fort Garry – celebrating its centennial this year – continues to provide the best in hospitality, comfort and cuisine. Enjoy cocktails and live jazz in the Palm Lounge, tuck into the famous brunch buffet, and don’t forget to explore one of Canada’s most lavish spas on the hotel’s top floor. The Ten Spa will leave you feeling pampered, relaxed and ready for an evening of romance with that special someone.
Kingsbrae Arms, New Brunswick
Nestled in the picturesque resort town of St. Andrews by-the-Sea, the Kingsbrae Arms is the only Maritime hotel to be awarded the prestigious Relais & Chateaux shield for excellence. Guests seeking a calm, romantic hideaway will fall in love with this perfectly appointed country house. Built in 1897, Kingsbrae Arms prides itself on its luxurious comfort, scrumptious dining and fine wines. Relax, recharge and rekindle your relationship in this beautiful setting where seaside golf courses, whale watching excursions, and art galleries await on your doorstep.
Want to be swept into the mood for romance? Oysters are famous for their aphrodisiac qualities, and there’s no better place to indulge in their magic than Nova Scotia. Gathered locally from the chilled waters of Eel Lake, the award-winning Ruisseau oyster is a particularly succulent treat. Fresh, juicy and packed with romance-boosting nutrients, you’ll swoon over this Valentine’s dining experience. Most Nova Scotia restaurants serving seafood swear by the Ruisseau oyster – the 2012 winner for the Taste of Nova Scotia, and the best in the province!