While the less hardy among us are running away to the tropics for winter, you’re smart to consider traveling within Canada for your winter honeymoon. Frost sparkling on tree branches, and the glitter of falling snow make a perfect setting for a romantic trip as newlyweds. Here are some of the best places in Canada that you ought to consider.
1. Hold Hands and Skate Down Ottawa’s Rideau Canal
Ok, so you can’t spend your entire honeymoon skating, true. But a holding hands as newlyweds for a skate down Ottawa’s Rideau canal is a a really fun activity, for beginner and expert skaters alike. And when you’ve had your fill of skating, you can check out all of the other things Ottawa has to offer: explore Parliament Hill, and check out the magnificent Peace Tower. Then head over to the Notre Dame Basilica, the National (Art) Gallery of Canada, the Ottawa Locks, and Rideau Hall.
2. Head for Whistler: a Premium Resort Skiing Destination
Whistler, B.C. is famous for a lot of things, not the least of which is fantastic skiing. But even if you tire of skiing, you’ll still find lots to occupy yourselves with. Be sure to visit and see the beauty of Lost Lake, only a 15 minute scenic drive from Whistler itself. Also check out the Olympic Park, the Visitor Center, and the Alexander Falls. To make your journey here particularly memorable, consider flying to Vancouver first, then taking the Whistler Explorer, a train, to Whistler from there. The route is gorgeous, and well worth the cost of your ticket.
3. Outdoorsy? Head to Newfoundland for Snow West
This fun festival takes place every year in late January/early February on the western side of Newfoundland. At only 4 days long, it’s best suited for honeymoons that are short and sweet. By day, have a great time trying out some of Canada’s best winter activities: skiing, snowmobiling, snow boarding, dog sledding, and ziplining. By night, enjoy the warm hospitality as you dine on great food, and enjoy live entertainment.
4. Romance and the Great Outdoors at Banff and Lake Louise
First on your list of things to do in Banff and Lake Louise should be a romantic horse-drawn sleigh ride over snow-coated trails, as you sip on hot cocoa. Another must-do is a gondola ride to “the top of the world” – at 2281 meters up, you’ll certainly feel like you’re there! Once you reach the top, check out their licensed restaurants, do a bit of light hiking, then relax and drink in the views from their observation decks. If you’re after some action, then head for the ski slopes. And don’t forget to book a romantic hotel!
5. Celebrate the Season at the Quebec Winter Carnival
For about 6 decades, the Quebec Winter Carnival has a been a must-see event. It’s basically a non-stop party for the first half of February. The fun starts with a World Snowshoe competition and DJ night. After that, take your pick of their parade, the Queen’s Ball, a snow bath!, a sleigh race, assorted winter activities (skating, snow tubing, snow rafting, ice sliding etc.) and much, much, more! The main site for activities is Place Desjardine on the Plains of Abraham. Also check out the goings on at Zone Loto-Quebec (in front of the Parliament Buildings), and Place D’Youville.
Ready to Choose Your Winter Honeymoon Destination Yet?
This is just a small taste of honeymoon destinations Canada has to offer. So get your fingers ready and get going to do more research online. With just a little bit of time, you’ll settle on the perfect winter honeymoon itinerary.
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