10 Most Romantic Places in Canada
Looking to rekindle a romance in the Great White North? From the old-world charm of Vieux Quebec to the swish chalets of Whistler, these dreamy destinations are the most romantic places in Canada.
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. Planning a trip in the off-season? Here are 20 things to do in Whistler without snow.
Popular for weddings and weekend getaways, Niagara-on-the-Lake is easily one of the most romantic places in Canada. Famous for its quaint beauty, the historic village is populated with colourful gardens and heritage buildings, many of which have been converted into inns, charming boutiques and celebrated restaurants. Take a horse drawn carriage ride through the town, enjoy a tasting tour at one of its world-famous wineries, or enjoy a show at the Shaw Festival after a spa break. Whatever your heart’s desire, Niagara-on-the-Lake is ready to play Cupid. In the mood for something a bit spooky? Niagara-on-the-Lake is also home of one of Canada’s best ghost walks.
Newfoundland is one of the most romantic places in Canada
Home to communities named Heart’s Desire, Heart’s Content, and Cupids, romance is in the air 365 days a year in Newfoundland. Couples longing for somewhere to let their hair down and enjoy a relaxing respite from the rat race will be smitten with these warm and welcoming coastal towns. Experience local cuisine, peruse artist studios, and immerse yourself in the down-to-earth hospitality that makes Newfoundland such a heartwarming destination. (Here’s proof Newfoundland is the kindest province.)
Photo: Hotel Le St. James
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. While you’re there, be sure to check out more of Montreal’s top attractions.
Photo: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
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. Not convinced? These 10 shots will make you want to pack your bags for Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge.
Quebec City, Quebec
With its old world charm, breathtaking architecture, and French-Canadian je ne sais quoi, Québec City is one of the most romantic places in Canada. 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 fairy-tale allure. Psst—it’s also one of the best places to spend Christmas in Canada.
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Photo: Tourism Saskatchewan
Fewer 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.
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Fort Garry Hotel, Winnipeg
Elegance and romance go hand-in-hand at Winnipeg’s historic Fort Garry Hotel. Opulent yet welcoming, the Fort Garry—named one of Canada’s greatest hotels by Reader’s Digest—provides 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 the nation’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. Here are 50 more reasons you’ve got Winnipeg all wrong.
Photo: Kingsbrae Arms
St. Andrews-by-the-Sea, New Brunswick
Nestled in the picturesque resort town of St. Andrews by-the-Sea, New Brunswick, 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.
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Looking for the most romantic places in Canada? Take your pick in Nova Scotia. The province is one of the best places on earth to indulge in freshly-harvested oysters, renowned for their aphrodisiac qualities. Gathered locally from the chilled waters of Eel Lake, the award-winning Ruisseau oyster is a particularly succulent treat. Fresh, juicy and packed with passion-boosting nutrients, you’ll swoon over this romantic dining experience. Next, explore the Canadian hotels that have hosted royal guests.