Are you thinking about a romantic getaway with your partner or planning on heading somewhere exotic for your honeymoon? Look no further than the vast, beautiful country we call home. Whether you’re interested in walking along the shore of the Atlantic or dipping your toes in the Pacific, it seems Canada is home to it all. From coast to coast, the country is packed with magnificent scenery, azure lakes, snow-capped mountains, rolling hills, and thick, lush nature. There is so much to explore that you truly don’t need to trek to foreign lands to take in a beautiful view and relish in an unforgettable moment with your significant other. Below we’ve rounded up a few domestic destinations that are perfect for doing just that.
There’s something magical about Canada’s far north, especially when it’s known as the “land of the midnight sun.” Whitehorse, Yukon provides incredible views of the Aurora Borealis, the breathtaking natural phenomenon also referred to as the Northern Lights. The larger-than-life views here are complimented by a number of guided tours that offer hiking and canoeing trips through relatively unexplored forests—perfect for those looking for a more adventurous vacation. Ice fishing, skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing are the go-to winter activities, and exploring the area on a mountain bike or by canoe are the best bets in the summer months. For a romantic, tranquil place to land with your sweetheart in the evening, check out the Sundog Retreat just outside of Whitehorse.
Quebec City, Quebec
With its quaint cafes and cobblestone streets, Quebec City offers all the old-town European charm much closer to home. Full of centuries-old architecture and historic sites, the city’s historic Old Town has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take a tour of the Château Frontenac, one of the world’s most photographed hotels, take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage through town, or just spend an evening walking along the St. Lawrence River, marvelling at the beauty of your surroundings, including the singers and artists lining the streets. For a beautiful place to stay, check out the Hôtel des Coutellier, a charming, quiet retreat that’s perfect for couples in the heart of Old Quebec.
Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick
The Bay of Fundy is the perfect escape from the rest of the world, making it the ultimate romantic getaway. When the tide is low, take a walk on the ocean floor, alongside the picturesque Hopewell Rocks, then retrace your steps with a kayak ride when the tide gets high. Get on a boat tour and spend an afternoon whale watching or cycle the long trails along the coast. After an evening of delicious seafood, a winery tour, or browsing through the local markets, turn in for the night at one of the many unique and historic bed and breakfasts in the area, such as St. Matins Country Inn.
Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia
Surrounded by nature, and nestled near glacial rock formations, the small fishing village of Peggy’s Cove is home to its famous lighthouse, built in 1868, scenic ocean views, and picturesque landscapes. Take a romantic walk down the beach and bring a blanket to snuggle up with your mate to watch an unforgettable sunset on the shores of St. Margaret’s Bay. Sample some of the delicious food in the many seafood restaurants, check out the cute souvenir shops, or go on a long hike before turning in for the night at one of the many quaint inns or cottages along the coast. For a room with a deck that offers a gorgeous morning view of the cove, try Peggy’s Cove Bed & Breakfast.
Cape Breton, Nova Scotia
Cape Breton was the setting for most of late writer Alistair MacLeod’s beautiful stories. He had a connection to the land and the wildlife, but mostly the people. Perhaps its in the Maritime air, but something about Cape Breton brings out the poetry and beauty in its landscape. See for yourself by exploring some of the natural splendor along the coast. Cycle the Cabot or Celtic Coastal Trails, spend an afternoon salmon fishing in the Margaree River, hike one of the 26 trails in Highland National Park, or spend the day on the golf course. Cap it off with a romantic evening indulging in some of the delicious seafood fresh from the Atlantic Ocean. If you stay in one of the many inns or hotels located along the Cabot Trail, you’ll wake up to sounds of waves crashing into the cliffs below.
For theater buffs and nature lovers alike, Stratford is the place to be. Located in Southwestern Ontario, the town is home to the world-famous Stratford Festival—North America’s largest classical theatre showcase presenting the works of Shakespeare and other great writers. But Stratford is more than just theatre, the city also has a vibrant music and art scene, and is well known for its wedding accommodations, due to the surrounding natural beauty, museums, galleries, fine dining and spas. In the nearby town of St. Mary’s, just a short drive away, is the Westover Inn, a favourite of actor Christopher Plummer, who made his theatre debut at the Stratford Festival in 1956, playing the role of Henry V.
From the crystal clear lakes to the jaw dropping mountains, Banff is a definite must for those looking to make everlasting memories with their significant other. Located in Alberta’s Rocky Mountains, Banff is home to breathtaking hiking trails, numerous photo opportunities around nearby Lake Louise, and romantic hot springs to relax and rejuvenate with your partner. The Fairmont Banff Springs is one of the luxury mountain hotels located in the heart of Banff National Park. While staying there, you can enjoy ski days in the winter, afternoons of golf in the summer, and a distinct, delicious local cuisine.
Tofino, British Columbia
Located on the west coast of British Columbia’s Vancouver Island, Tofino is home to just more than 1,800 residents. If the summer’s warm breeze off the Pacific Ocean isn’t enough to make you fall in love with the coastal town, the friendly locals certainly will. Including whale watching, hiking, surfing, hot springs, kayaking or beach combing, Tofino is full of fun adventures and activities. And if you’re looking for a daytrip to explore the surrounding areas, the nearby Maquinna Marine Provincial Park is home to natural hot springs that are accessible by boat or float plan. Weather you’re looking for a rustic wood cabin, or a beachfront cottage, Tofino has a variety of accommodations for the honeymoon of your dreams.