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While you and your special someone might not be traveling for Valentine’s Day this year, that doesn’t mean you can’t start planning a romantic getaway for the future. Some people believe they need to travel to Paris, the Bahamas, or another international destination to find a romantic getaway, but that’s not the case. One of the greatest things about living in the second-largest country in the world, you don’t have to cross oceans to discover a unique and romantic spot to explore.
Here are five of the most romantic cities across Canada for you to visit (when it’s safe to do so!).
Tofino, British Columbia
It’s no secret British Columbia is stunning, but Tofino in particular is a great spot for you and your loved one to take a romantic getaway. The small village on the west coast of Vancouver Island offers milder temperatures in the winter, so if you’re usually stuck in snow-laden towns, Tofino might be the place for you.
While you’re there, you can take a sunset stroll to Pettinger Point, a popular spot for proposals and romantic gestures (just sayin’). If you want something a bit more structured, you can book a two-hour helicopter tour of Mount Ursus Glacier, one of the most beautiful places on the planet.
Tofino is a perfect romantic getaway for the nature-loving couple who still wants a bit of adventure while on vacation. Oh, and the mountain views don’t hurt either.
Maybe you’ll take a stroll through Martello Alley, Ontario’s only alley art gallery, where you can see original artwork from local artists and enjoy the eclectic experience. Or perhaps you’re up for a haunted walk, where you’ll tour through Old Sydenham Ward or Fort Henry. Either way, you can do it hand-in-hand with your sweetheart.
Kingston is full of historic sites, local eateries, farmers’ markets, and small shops, making it easy to spend a day perusing the town.. The small-town charm makes everything feel cozier, truly proving love is in the air in Kingston.
Fogo Island, Newfoundland
You know how sometimes you just want to get as far away from your responsibilities as possible? Fogo Island is one place you can do that. It’s literally one of the four “corners” of the earth! Though the island’s population is small, with only about 2,500 people, the beauty is larger than life.
Couples will love to stay at the Fogo Island Inn which overlooks “Iceberg Alley,” named after the icebergs travelling to the area from Greenland. Each room has floor-to-ceiling windows so you can stay inside while gazing out at the stunning views. If you’re tired of looking out at the scenery (although, how could you be?), the Fogo Island Inn features a 37-person cinema, a library, saunas and hot tubs, and a dining area where you can enjoy a romantic dinner.
Fogo Island is the perfect getaway for couples who love spending quiet time together and staying in one spot.
Quebec City, Quebec
Quebec City’s Old Town is full of history, charm, and romantic spots for you and your special someone. Old Quebec was founded in 1608, and is considered a heritage site. The cobblestone streets lead you through the character-filled town, stopping at shops and cafés along the way.
There are the obvious romantic stops for you in Quebec City, like taking a hot air balloon ride over places like the Citadel and Saint Charles River. You could also go skating at Place D’Youville, a free outdoor rink with old Quebec on one side and more modern buildings on the other. Foodies can explore the cuisine with a private food tour by Tours Voir Quebec, taking you to 15 local spots within the city.
There are also a few more hidden romantic options, like attending a bell-ringing ceremony at one of Quebec’s churches, or heading to Île d’Orléans where you’ll find stunning farms and vineyards.
Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
Yellowknife isn’t often a place people think of travelling, but it’s definitely worth the trip. The only official city located in the Northwest Territories, Yellowknife is sometimes referred to as the “Diamond Capital of North America” thanks to its three diamond mines. And really, is there anything more romantic than diamonds?
Yellowknife is located about 3,000 km south of the North Pole, offering visitors a perfect chance to experience the aurora borealis from November until April. You can book an official viewing spot, or just enjoy the phenomenon from wherever you happen to be. There’s something absolutely magical about experiencing one of the world’s most beautiful sights with the person you love, and you can do that in Yellowknife.
If you’re up for it, you can also do something a little more adventurous, like go dog sledding through the snow (with the help of a guide of course). You could also make your way to Dettah Ice Road, which is a 6.5 km ice road connecting Yellowknife to Dettah. Tourists love taking pictures laying on the frozen river which is turned into a road during the winter. It’s also another great spot to enjoy the aurora borealis from the comforts of inside your own vehicle.
So there you have it. Five romantic spots in Canada you can visit with your special someone once the country opens up again. Until then, we recommend celebrating Valentine’s Day at home and dream about all the vacations you’ll be taking in the future!