After enjoying our first winter in Ottawa, we are now certain that a honeymoon in Canada is the greatest way to start your married life. Whether you love adventure, nature, quaint cities or road trips, the Great White North has something incredible just for you. Imagine road tripping through endless forests, seeing polar bears and the Northern Lights or admiring the most intense foliage you'll ever see. Canada stole our hearts and we are eager to tell you the story of how Canada is the land of nature and warmth #ForGlowingHearts.
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Why a honeymoon in Canada?
Canada is the ideal honeymoon destination if you have a passion for the great outdoors. You'll find gorgeous landscape everywhere you go, from the great Canadian Rocky Mountains in the west through lesser-known National Parks like Riding Mountain NP or Grasslands NP both on the Canadian Prairies, to the lovely beaches of the east coast. Canadians love their outdoor activities so even if you decide to enjoy a romantic honeymoon in the city, you will find that you'll never be too far from a park or a relaxing hike.
Canada is a big country with 10 provinces and 3 territories, each offering something unique. For road trippers, you can combine a couple of provinces and see more attractions over a span of 2-4 weeks (e.g. British Columbia and Alberta). If you love cities, then going more east is a sensible choice, with Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto being just a train ride away from one another. Want a Canadian honeymoon but with more of a maritime feel? Head over to Nova Scotia and discover stunning beaches, cute fishing villages and some unimaginable seasonal forests.
Prepare for your Canada honeymoon
Planning for a Canadian honeymoon is just as fun as the trip itself. Unleash your imagination and create custom itineraries which are perfect for your interests. With its vast and gorgeous natural landscapes, Canada is a beloved destination which attracts countless foreign visitors every single year. That's why it's important to plan your honeymoon outside peak season. Not only this will save you money but it will enable you to enjoy otherwise crowded top spots just for yourself.
For example, summertime is the busiest time to visit national parks like Jasper or Banff. But seeing them in a snowy landscape will make your visit more special and your honeymoon pictures unique.
Spring and Fall are good times for long road trips. Fall in Nova Scotia will be a dream, while Spring in any of the national parks will make for fresh hikes and snowy caps.
Most romantic places for your Canadian honeymoon
There are so many options for a romantic honeymoon in Canada. What is your true calling? Are you an adventurer who wants to explore under the Arctic ski? Or do you wish to enjoy the utmost silence with your loved one? Do you love trendy cafes or want to immerse in the wintery festivals? Here are our top places for an incredible Canadian honeymoon to remember!
Fall on Cape Breton Island
Cape Breton Island is located in Nova Scotia and it's famed for its Cabot Trail which passes forests and coastlines. Visit it during fall and you'll be impressed by the gorgeous foliage colours. Visit the Cape Breton Highlands National Park, and hike the Skyline Trail footpath which overlooks the Gulf of St. Lawrence known for whale watching.
Visit Ottawa in the winter
We celebrated Valentine's Day in Ottawa and we were so pleasantly surprised by the sheer number of things to do in Ottawa during winter. Great food, fantastic trails, snowshoeing, the biggest Scandinavian style spa in North America (a honeymoon must!), it was the best time. We didn't quite know what to expect, especially although Ottawa is the capital city, it's not as well known as other destinations. But it's in the lesser-visited destinations that you'll discover the best gems.
Enjoy Montreal's lively vibe
Are you foodies who want to enjoy city life? Then try Montreal with its trendy vibe. Meander around neighbourhoods ranging from cobblestoned, French colonial Vieux-Montréal to bohemian Plateau. Perfect for honeymooners who want a little bit of Paris in a Canadian context. Fun, sophisticated and with good food.
Yukon and Northwest Territories for the Northern Lights
Are you explorers at heart who want to venture in remote areas and kiss under the Arctic ski? Then visit Yukon and Northwest Territories during the Northern Light season. Stay in authentic wooden cabins, admire wildlife like reindeers, experience Indigenous culture or venture into some of Canada's largest national parks for some whitewater rafting or canoeing.
Stay in castles-like grand hotels around British Columbia
We stayed in the Fairmont Chateau in Ottawa and we are officially obsessed! Who doesn't love the idea of romantic castles during their honeymoon? Fairmont Hotels are known for their gorgeous architecture with lovely rooms and incredible service. Hop around British Columbia and stay in Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Hotel Fairmont Empress and the delightful Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Road trip around BC and stay in the heart of the mountains, in serene, prestigious castles. Honeymoon perfection!
Road trip in Alberta
If you love a good road trip, just like us, Alberta is the province for you. Start in Calgary and make your way to Banff National Park in winter. Continue to Jasper National Park before ending the trip in Edmonton. This type of honeymoon in Canada is for the young and spirited who love nature, wildlife and adventure on the road.
Newfoundland and Labrador for peace and quiet
A unique place in Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador is for the quiet seekers. Where nature sings its own songs and life there is at a slower pace. People are known to be friendly and warm and always ready to share a good story with you. But if it's just the sound of gentle wind and sea you wish to hear, there are plenty of options there as well. For impressive landscapes, head over to the Gros Morne National Park Of Canada.
Are you excited about your upcoming honeymoon in Canada? Where will you go? Tell us all about it in the comments section below.
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Thank you Destination Canada for sponsoring this post. We love Canada so much, and we think it's one of the best destinations for couples. All opinions are our own and maintained all editorial control over this post.