Canada’s Top 10 Hidden Romantic Spots
Spend time with someone you love on a scenic hike, exploring hidden caves, canoeing or biking and create your own romance! Enhance your relationship with a uniquely Canadian adventure and celebrate Canada 150.
1. Skerwink Trail - Newfoundland
This sublime 5 km coastal hike with breathtaking sea views, ragged cliffs all around and rock formations called sea-stacks is superbly designed. There are picturesque boardwalks with viewing benches and vistas of sandy coves where you can catch a glimpse of a Humpback whale or a black-legged kittiwake.
Romance Pairing: Surprise your partner with some ‘Dark Trinity Truffle’ for the trail from Aunt Sarah’s Chocolate located on Dock Lane in Trinity.
2. Grand Manan Island – New Brunswick
A 90-minute scenic ferry ride takes you to this unspoiled island’s seven quaint fishing villages, sandy coves, beaches and stunning rocky shores. Birds and whales and puffins, sea glass, farmers markets, lighthouses and lobster pounds, great local eateries and a friendly island community are part of the throwback to a simpler place and time. You may never want to leave.
Romantic pairing: Cycle spectacular trails on a bicycle for two rented from Adventure High in North Head near the ferry.
3. Digby – Nova Scotia
Experience the world’s highest tides, a Canadian Natural Wonder and the most succulent scallops you will ever taste. Stroll along the colorful wharf of this charming fishing village on the Bay of Fundy and maybe you’ll spot one of 8 species of whales that swim in its harbour.
Romantic Pairing: Pick up a bottle of Pinot Noir from the Bear River Vineyard and see the village houses built above the tides on stilts.
4. Greenwich Parabolic Dunes – Prince Edward Island
A striking floating boardwalk leads to the spectacular sight of North America’s rarest migrating parabolic sand dunes at the end of the Greenwich Dunes Trail in the P.E.I. National Park. Bring your binoculars to catch a glimpse of the endangered Piping Plover and other rare species of fauna and flora.
Romantic Pairing: Don’t miss ‘Afternoon Tea’ at the nearby historic landmark Dalvay-By-The-Sea hotel, a National treasure featured in the Anne of Green Gables movie and television series.
5. Chelsea, Quebec
Just 15 minutes from Parliament Hill in Ottawa, this cozy town in the Gatineau Hills is teeming with activities. Ski the slopes or zipline at Camp Fortune, snowshoe in Gatineau Park or stroll the gardens of the McKenzie King Estate, play a round of golf, go bungee jumping, visit the Old Chelsea Market or treat yourself to a massage at North America’s largest Le Nordik Spa.
Romantic Pairing: Discover a specialty craft brew at the historic le Pub Chelsea located since 1875 in the heart of the old town.
6. Elora, Ontario
This scenic village is famous for its spectacular gorge with 80 foot limestone cliffs that descend into the Grand and Irvine Rivers. Explore the area on walking trails, zip line across the gorge or take a tube ride down the rivers. You can also celebrate summer at one of Canada's best music festivals held here every July.
Romantic pairing: Create a tailor- made romantic cruise just for two on the Grand River at Elora Raft Rides.
7. Caddy Lake Rock Tunnels – Manitoba
A paddlers’ paradise was created when construction of the railroad blasted man-made tunnels through the granite rock of the Canadian Shield at Caddy Lake. Head out for an afternoon along the beautiful canoe route and keep your eyes open for signs of deer, fox, moose and eagle.
Romantic Pairing: Rent a lakefront chalet at Pinewood Lodge on Dorothy Lake. Their “romantic rendezvous” includes roses laid out on the bed and a bottle of bubbly.
8. Massold Clay Canyons – Saskatchewan
Meandering the Whitemud Formation of the Claybank hills is like walking during the glacial Cretaceous age when these clay deposits formed. A truly incredible landscape that is dotted with prickly-pear cactus and prairie crocuses in the summer.
Romantic Pairing: Share a piece of home-baked Saskatoon berry pie at the Bunkhouse Café and tour the Claybank Brick Plant, a National Historic Site of Canada.
9. Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump – Alberta
Discover the fascinating and sophisticated hunting techniques used by the Plains Native Tribes over 5,700 years ago when bison were cunningly herded over cliffs to their death. This Unesco World Heritage site has an award-winning visitor centre and 2 kilometers of outdoor interpretive trails.
Romantic Pairing: Sit with a Blackfoot elder and enjoy an authentic drumming and dance performance on the plaza.
10. Horn Lake Caves – British Columbia
Strap on your helmet and headlamp and explore well preserved calcite, an underground river and waterfall, marble passages and beautiful crystal caverns. Squeeze, climb, slide, scramble and crawl on a thrilling wet and wild cave tour.
Romatic Pairing: After your adventure, indulge in a “Touch of Romance” side by side massages at the world class Grotto Spa at Tigh-Na-Mara.