With Valentine's Day falling on a Friday this year, it's a perfect excuse to plan a little romantic getaway (weather permitting). Maybe you have a special destination in mind - but if you're looking for a romantic Canadian road trip, here are a few ideas to kick-start your planning!
Visit the Vineyard - From the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island to the Malagash Peninsula in Nova Scotia, Canada offers a huge variety of delicious local wine (and lovely winery tours). Check out this article for some great recommendations on wineries to visit in the wine region nearest you! Remember that drinking and driving are NOT romantic, so be sure to enjoy your wine responsibly.
Hit the Slopes - There a few things more romantic than snuggling up in front of a roaring fire after a day of snowy fun. Canada has world-class ski resorts from coast to coast where you can enjoy both adorable sweaters and the exhilaration of the wind in your face. Don't ski? Most of these locations also offer snowshoeing trails, hiking, skating or tubing. Either way, finish up the day laughing over who wiped out the worst in your snow-covered chalet.
Winter Wonderland - Canada is the place to be for beautiful winter scenery. You could choose to visit somewhere a little remote, like an ice walking tour in Alberta or head to Quebec City, where the annual Carnaval continues through Feb 16. Wherever you end up, Canada's spectacular scenery is sure to make you melt.
Steam it Up - In the dead of winter, a warm getaway would be sweet. But if a trip to Mexico is out of your price range, you may be able to find somewhere warm closer to home. Check out this list of hot springs locations across Canada and settle in for a long, relaxing soak.
Plan a Sweet Tryst - For me, Valentines is yet another excuse to eat candy - preferably high-end chocolate. Boutique chocolatiers are popping up all over the country and what better way to celebrate your sweet sweet love than with a candy crawl? This article highlights where to get the best chocolate in Canada. Or, if you're here on the West Coast, you can visit the island that we joke is made of chocolate - B.C.'s Denman Island, where Denman Island organic chocolate is produced. My better half keeps promising to take me there…one day.
If you do head out on the road with your Valentine this holiday, be sure to take precautions. Make sure your roadside emergency kit is well-stocked. At least that way, if you get stranded, you'll still have candles and chocolate.
Do you plan to travel for Valentines Day? Where's your favourite romantic spot in Canada? Let us know in the comments!
- Rose R.