Last week Google named the most romantic destinations in Canada, featuring classic honeymoon spots like Niagara Falls and Old Quebec City, alongside less-expected choices like Churchill, Manitoba.
But according to CBC News, Churchill Mayor Michael Spence wasn’t surprised his hometown received the designation. And when you think about it, what could be more romantic than braving an arctic adventure with your sweetheart, only to spend the night snuggled up and taking in the Northern Lights together?
“When you put the pieces together, I mean, why not…We’ve got a touch of class here,” Spence told CBC News, adding that it’s not unheard of for couples to travel to Churchill for their honeymoons.
But the “Polar Bear Capital of the World” isn’t the only destination geared toward adventurous couples: the list also includes dogsledding in Iqaluit, Nunavut, and visiting Whistler Blackcomb’s 7th Heaven, a mountain peak named for its otherworldly views of the surrounding landscape, which is often shrouded in fluffy white clouds.
It’s an interesting list to say the least, but there are destinations suited to more traditional couples too. Old Quebec City, for example, was chosen for its “cobblestone streets lined with bistros and boutiques.” Dating back to 1608, the historic neighbourhood can make couples feel as though they’ve travelled to Europe together.
And that’s what we love about these choices: we’re often touting what a vast and diverse country we live in, and this list is an excellent example of that. No matter how you define “romantic,” there’s something for everyone, and Spence hopes that encourages Canadians to explore their own backyard.
Here’s a full list of the places the tech giant deemed romantic:
1. Niagara Falls, Ontario
2. Old Quebec City, Quebec
3. Love, Saskatchewan
4. The Skyline Trail, Cape Breton Highlands, Nova Scotia
5. 7th Heaven, Whistler, British Columbia
6. Jellybean Row, Newfoundland
7. Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia
8. Churchill, Manitoba
9. Banff National Park, Alberta
10. Iqaluit, Nunavut
To find out why they chose each location and activity, click on the hearts below.