By: Lisa Ng
Planning a honeymoon or romantic getaway with your love? Canada is full of beautiful and unique honeymoon destinations where you can explore to your heart’s content and soak in all the scenery that our country has to offer.
It’s also a great time to plan a romantic vacation within Canada, as you’ll get more bang for your buck by staying in Canada and spending your Canadian dollar at home. A lot of couples are also choosing to register for their dream honeymoon vacation as opposed to additional home items, they may already own. To get you inspired, here are My Top 5 Honeymoon Ideas in Canada:
1) Banff, Alberta
Looking for a little adventure? The stunning backdrop of the Rocky Mountains provides the perfect scene for the activity-seeking couple. Spend a day skiing on powder at Sunshine Mountain, see turquoise blue water while hiking Johnston Canyon Trail or ride the Banff Gondola for a scenic 360 view. Cuddle up in front of the fire at the Fairmont Banff Springs hotel and book a couples massage at their luxurious Willow Stream Spa. Finish the night under the stars while soaking in mineral-rich water at the Banff Hot Springs. It’s the perfect winter honeymoon idea in Canada.
2) Prince Edward Island
Is the ocean calling your name? A relaxing and peaceful getaway to Prince Edward Island eating lobster suppers, catching up on a good book and a few movies may be just the thing you need after your wedding. Rent a romantic ocean side cottage and plan day trips to Cavendish Beach, Green Gables or enjoy afternoon tea at Dalvay-by-the-Sea. Make sure you grab a scoop of COWS Ice Cream – a local favourite. The best time to visit is during the summer months when the weather is warm and the island is bustling.
3) Quebec City, Quebec
Looking for a honeymoon getaway to a new city? Old Quebec is a romantic getaway and a little piece of Europe right in our own Canadian backyard. Check yourself into a boutique hotel like Hotel 71 or the historic Chateau Frontenac and explore the cobblestone city on foot. Don’t forget to take a ride along the Funicular for a unique view of the city and stroll along the walls that surround Old Quebec. If you’re in need of a break, the French crepes at Casse-Crepe Breton are always a hit or enjoy a lovely lunch at Le Petit Cochon Dingue. Just 20 minutes outside of the city is the ultra-romantic Siberia Spa, where you can soak together in an outdoor Scandinavian water circuit. Finish the evening by indulging in a candlelit tasting menu at Panache Restaurant inside Auberge Saint-Antoine. Read more from my Travel Guide to Quebec City.
4) Muskoka, Ontario
Need a nature escape with lakes and trees? Set yourself up for a long weekend at the JW Marriott Rosseau in the heart of Muskoka, Ontario. You can enjoy the beauty of being at the cottage with all the amenities you can expect from a luxury resort. I love visiting during the summer months so I can swim in the lake and lie by the pool. However the autumn is also a lovely time to visit because of the gorgeous fall foliage. Go for a romantic hike in the woods, enjoy a wine tasting at Muskoka Lakes Winery or explore the cute little town of Port Carling. Unwind with a couples massage back at the hotel and indulge in a candlelit dinner at Teca Restaurant.
5) Whistler, British Columbia
Looking for an active honeymoon? Pack your skis or snowboard and explore some of the best terrain in Canada at Whistler Blackcomb Resort – just two hours north of Vancouver, British Columbia. Stay at the luxurious First Tracks Lodge and book a condo complete with a kitchen, heated floors and a fireplace. I also really enjoyed Nita Lake Lodge (above), with a romantic modern ski lodge vibe. Soak those sore muscles at Le Scandinave Spa, an outdoor water therapy spa with the trees and mountains all around you. Explore the village at the base of the mountain, go on a zip lining adventure, try ice-skating, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing and take a ride on the Peak 2 Peak Gondola. After a long day of activity, dig into a sushi dinner made with local BC salmon at Sushi Village.
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