The Most Romantic Places in Canada

Canada's romance, from natural landscapes to urban luxuries.

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Romantic places in Canada range from cosmopolitan cities to tiny, out-of-the-way towns. So much romance derives from the country and its geography itself, which is abundant in lakes, forests, mountains and ocean. See our picks for the most romantic places in Canada.

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    Colorful Fireworks at Niagara Falls Night Scene
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    Niagara Falls, Canada, is probably best known as a honeymoon destination, attracting millions of honeymooning or just plain romantic couples every year. Historically, this town has been a bit of a shabby tourist town, but its reputation has improved. A new casino and performance venue in 2004 and some decent restaurants that followed brought a sophistication to the Falls.

    Nevertheless, Niagara Falls is more a hokey kind of romantic, with many hotels catering to couples by way of in-room whirlpool tubs, "theme" rooms and other naughty offerings. The party in this town goes all night in large part due to two 24 hr casinos.

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    For as much as Niagara Falls is touristy and tacky, Niagara-on-the-Lake is charming and quaint. This historic town is a 15 min drive from Niagara Falls and is famous for the annual Shaw Festival - one of the world's premiere theatre festivals. Much of the town's architecture has been restored and Niagara-on-the-Lake has a plethora of charming bed and breakfasts and boutique hotels.

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    Quebec City is about as romantic a place as you'll find anywhere in the world. This provincial capital is steeped in history and European in flavour, with cobblestone streets, intimate cafes, and architecture dating back to the 17th century. Of course, the fact that people speak French only adds to the romance of the town.

    Try Le Saint Amour restaurant for dinner and a waterside stroll in the Old City after.

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    ••• The Grand Hotel and Suites offers excellent value in Toronto's downtown. Located three blocks away from the Eaton Center, the Grand is less expensive than comparable hotels in the downtown city core. Photo courtesy The Grand Hotel and Suites.

    In the same way that New York City or Chicago offers romance to vacationing couples, so too does Toronto. A large, bustling, metropolitan city, Toronto boasts romantic restaurants like Josos or Sotto Sotto , luxury hotels, a waterside location, and is right up there with London and NYC in terms of top-notch theatre and live shows.

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    Escaping the busy life of the city inspires romance, and Cape Breton's laid back way of life and dramatic landscape will have you and your partner forgetting to check your phone. Although Cape Breton is part of Nova Scotia, it has a distinct identity and is famous for its Celtic heritage, which visitors may enjoy through the music, food and charm of the people. Cape Breton is also home to one of the world's most beautiful drives: the Cabot Trail - particularly stunning in autumn. Lobster may be eaten in abundance and at reasonable prices year-round.

    Stay at Keltic Lodge, an historic and elegant resort in Ingonish Beach just off the Cabot Trail.

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    Montreal is a thriving, metropolitan city with culture, fine dining, romantic hotels and restaurants. Add to that the charm of waterside Old Montreal, where the architecture dates as far back as the 17th century and the streets are cobblestone, and you have a city ripe for romance.

    Ideas to spark romance include checking into the famous John & Yoko suite where the couple staged their bed-in for peace, or choose a boutique hotel in Old Montreal, dining at one of Montreal's most romantic restaurants, or a walk up Mount Royal at dusk to enjoy a view of the city.

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    Whether you're cosied up in the Banff hot springs overlooking alpine scenery, hitting the slopes, or snuggled under a blanket being towed in a dogsled, Banff serves up romance year-round. This Alberta destination is a charming town nestled in the Canadian Rockies, less than an hour from Calgary. Visitors can choose from a range of accommodation, including the world-famous Banff Springs Hotel and neighbouring Chateau Lake Louise

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    Sitting off the coast of British Columbia, Vancouver Island is home to the province's capital city of Victoria, and features dozens of romantic inlets, coves, harbours and bays with incredible vistas of the Pacific Ocean and romantic lodges, resorts and rentals. The island is home to one of Canada's most famously romantic inns, The Wickaninnish, where every room has an ocean view and a fireplace. In addition, the Sooke Harbour House has been hailed as one of the country's finest restaurants.

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    Eastern Townships

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    The Eastern Townships is a swish southeastern Quebec region that many U.S. travellers have come to appreciate along with weekending Montrealers. Apart from stunning fall colour, this region of Quebec offers visitors a glimpse back into the 18th and 19th centuries with well-preserved, picturesque towns boasting traditional architecture, such as churches, homes, round barns, covered bridges and more.

    Try Manoir Hovey for a sumptuous 5-star stay in a stately manor.

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    Whistler is consistently hailed as one of the world's best ski destinations, and fine choice couples, adventure seeking or not. This resort town is about a two hour drive away from Vancouver along one of the most scenic drives you'll ever take - the Sea to Sky Highway. Year-round, Whistler offers visitors fine food, spas, and plenty of opportunity for activity, all in a breathtaking, majestic locale.