planning your canadian honeymoon: a detailed guide

If you’re considering a honeymooning in Canada, you’re certainly not alone. The gorgeous country attracts many travelers to its spectacular scenery, friendly culture and otherworldly hiking. Bordered by three oceans, the country’s motto is from “sea to sea to sea” and most travelers don’t know where to start planning, due to the sheer size of the country. If you have a limited amount of time, it makes more sense to focus on a specific area of the country. Below are detailed travel plans of where to go, what to do, and where to stay throughout north, east, west and central Canada to help you plan an exciting and romantic Canadian honeymoon.

 While western Canada houses some of the most beautiful mountains, glaciers and coastlines in the world, central Canada’s metropolitan feel is perfect for honeymooners who are looking to explore the cities. Eastern Canada’s provinces are known for their small-town villages and coastal atmosphere. Since three quarters of the popular live within the Southern region, closer to the United States, The Great White North of Canada provides difficulty when traveling, but is absolutely worth it once you see the awe-inspiring landscape and unique oddities.  

When to Honeymoon in Canada

Spring: In Canada’s southern half, the weather tends to mirror the US’s northern climate. However, the further north you head, the harsher the weather. As a rule, the spring months (March-June) average temperatures above 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Snow usually stays on the ground until April or May, especially in higher altitude spots.

Summer: Summer months (June- August) are usually warm, while west coast summers are a bit more moderate and can have daylight between 17 and 20 hours. You’ll need a light jacket during the late afternoon and night but Canadian summers are typically very pleasant.

Fall: Canadian autumn is a wonderful time of the year. During September, weather begins to cool down and trees start to change colors creating a beautiful and romantic atmosphere. If you’re looking to experience Canada’s foliage change and temperate climates, fall is the season to do so.  Prices aren’t as high as summer and the weather is perfect for hiking, camping and whale watching (with a jacket of course)

canadian lake for honeymooners

8 night cruise of canada and new england

Spend 8 days on a cruise of Canada and New England from New York. Honeymooners can expect to wake up to beautiful Canadian oceanic views, be pampered with luxury on the Norwegian Cruise Line and explore rare and exciting places. If you’re looking for a honeymoon with unforgettable sights, this is it.  

canadian mountains for honeymooners

8 day stay at the sonora resort, canada Honeymoon Package

Spend 8 days at the Sonora Resort. This jewel is one of Canada’s most alluring, pristine environments. Honeymooners can expect uncompromising outdoor adventures, luxurious accommodations and unparalleled service.

snowy canada for honeymooners

10 Night best of canada tour honeymoon

Spend a 10 day trip exploring some of the best of Canada. Honeymooners can expect the Four Seasons Resort Whistler, MV Pacific Yellowfin, and Sonora Resort. Each accommodation offers honeymooners access to some of the most extraordinary landscapes in Canada.

The Great White North

Manitoba

Manitoba is bordered by Ontario to the east and Saskatchewan to the west. Like many Canadian towns, you’ll find lakes, rivers mountains and forests. One of Manitoba’s well-known features are its prairie stretches. And people love their craft beer here.  

What to do on your manitoba honeymoon

  • Road trip to Churchill: Churchill is a small town located on Hudson Bay and is best known for its polar bears. The area is well populated with bears in the fall while in the summer, beluga whales are easy to spot on the Churchill River. Churchill is also a wonderful place to see some northern lights during the wintertime. What’s more romantic for a honeymoon than that?
  • Little Limestone Lake: Haven’t you ever wanted to see a lake that can change colors? Little Limestone Lake is located in the northern Manitoba Lowlands, where temperatures can drop as low as -40 degrees Fahrenheit. However, this beautiful lake often looks like it should be located in a tropical paradise because of the high concentration of Marl. Marl is a calcium carbonate-rich deposit and when temperatures are warm, it causes the water to turn a turquoise color. When temperatures drop, marl decreases and water becomes perfectly clear. The lake’s color can range from dull blue-grey to brilliant aquamarine to sky blue throughout the course of a day.
  • Cement Cemetery: Located right outside of Winnipeg, the mysterious concrete spikes sticking out of the ground have long been local legend. They don’t mark graves, but industrial progress. Whether the site is an alien graveyard or leftovers from industrial experiments, the cement cemetery continues to provoke the thoughts of of locals looking to solve the mystery.

romantic accommodations in manitoba

Tallpine Lodges

This tranquil, couples-only resort is a close walk from the Hunt Lake Hiking Trail and Falcon Lake Golf Course. Their modern, airy cabins feature kitchens, hot tubs and electric fireplaces, as well as free Wi-Fi. All have BBQ grills and porches while some have private saunas. The property offers free rental of canoes, bikes and tennis equipment plus an outdoor pool, water sports and snowmobile rentals.

Whitehorse

Referred to as the wilderness city, Whitehorse is the capital of the Yukon Territory. It is the largest city in northern Canada and originally started off as a transportation hub during the Klondike Gold Rush in 1898. Now, travelers cross the globe to see some of its sights.

What to do on your honeymoon in whitehorse

  • Miles canyon: Miles Canyon is a great option for honeymooners looking to explore Whitehorse’s outdoor expanses. Their guided tours offer info about the Nation’s first people, gold rush, flora and fauna and the geology of the canyon. Each hike is around two hours long and the sights will take your breath away.
  • The Yukon Wildlife Preserve: This preserve allows wild animals to roam freely. The 13 species in the sanctuary are all native to the area. If you’re lucky, you can get close. But since the property is so big, you may need binoculars to see them if they’re far away. Plus, the preserve is close to Takhini Hot Springs which is a great idea for honeymooners who are looking to relax.    

Romantic Accommodations in Whitehorse

Northern Lights Resorts and Spa

Set on 160 acres, the secluded year-round lodge and spa offers beautiful views of the Northern Lights. Custom-built with Douglas Firs, the bright accommodations consist of 3 cabins all with high-end linens, fireplaces and in suite bathrooms. The Resort offers complimentary European breakfast is served daily in the lodge’s dining room. There’s also a spa with a Finnish sauna, a gym and a massage room, along with an outdoor hot tub.

Yellowknife

Situated on the Northern shore of Great Slave Lake, Yellowknife is the capital of the Northwest Territories, Canada. The city was founded in 1934 and has its origins in gold mining.

  • See the Northern Lights: Yellowknife sits directly under a celestial ring called the aurora belt, making the Northern Lights the city’s biggest attraction. The clear weather, lack of light and tall mountains makes it one of the best places to see the lights. Millions of tourists travel to Yellowknife to see the phenomenon and have nothing but praise to report after. There are plenty of aurora watching tour operators that make sure you watch the lights in style.
  • Yellowknife Outdoor Adventures: This company takes their guests out to cabins on the lake. Here, they offer boat rides when the lake is thawed and snowmobile expeditions after it isn’t. Aside from that you can ice fish and drive ice roads. takes guests out to their comfortable cabin on the shores of the lake, by boat before the lake freezes and by snowmobile after.
  • Beck’s Kennel: Is home to over 150 dogs and is one of Canada’s largest pro sled dog kennels. They do snow tours in the winter, and land tours in the summer. This is the perfect honeymoon activity for couples who are looking for some thrilling adventure with friends.

Romantic Yellowknife Accommodations

Aurora Village

This property is well known for its world-class-northern-light-viewing and outdoor recreation. They’re also dedicated to top-notch customer service and their custom -made, heated outdoor viewing seats that swivel 360 degrees, so you can catch every angle of the aurora borealis.  

With five viewing hills located throughout the expansive wilderness property, you can quietly absorb the unobstructed wondrous night sky in seclusion or share the experience with a group. The 21 white teepees complete with a warm wood stove and your choice of hot drinks dotting the perimeter of a pristine lake are pretty uniquely spectacular places to honeymoon, don’t you think?

Western Canada

Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island is located in the southwestern part of British Columbia and the island’s nature is beautiful because of the diverse geography. It’s only a short ferry ride from Vancouver out to the island and the mountains, glaciers, fiords and rivers create the perfect atmosphere for honeymooners who are looking to explore nature in all its romantic beauty.

What to do

  • Explore the Fisherman’s Wharf in Victoria: The quaint floating village is full of cute houses and colorful shops. You can even see seals floating in the bay.  
  • Hike Englishman River Falls: All the rainy weather makes these beautiful falls loud and breathtaking. It’s only a short walk to the falls and the rugged coastline is a great spot for honeymooners looking for a little adventure.
  • Check out Tofino: This famous Canadian city brings in travelers from all over the world. The quaint town has bakeries, cafés, shops and a cute hipster vibe for couples who are looking to explore on foot.

Where to stay

By the Sea B and B

By the Sea B and B in Sidney, BC has a view of Bazan Bay, a beautiful garden for honeymooners to stroll through. The romantic atmosphere is perfect for couples and their proximity to hot spots like John Dean Provincial Park, Victoria and the Inner Harbor make it a great spot for honeymooners looking for some time in nature.

Kingfisher Oceanside Resort and Spa

This ocean front resort is modern and airy with free wifi and adult only suites that come along with fireplaces, kitchenettes and whirlpool tubs. While there is no AC, you won’t miss it with windows open to blow in the cooling ocean breeze. Their upscale restaurant and spa center will make sure that honeymooners looking for relaxation will find it. Plus, they’re pet friendly. Sounds like the perfect spot to me.

Banff National Park

If you’ve been paying attention on Instagram, this park has recently gained a lot of notoriety from travel bloggers and influencers who have been exploring Banff. While these people are probably doing it for the perfect pictures, locals and those who know Canada best have managed to keep Canada’s oldest national park, established in 1885, a well-kept secret.

What to do on your honeymoon in banff

  • Cave and Basin Historical Site: This is the location of where and why Parks Canada began. The hot spring was open to the public, but now they don’t even want you touching the water due to invasive bacteria in the water. But there is a small area by the entrance where you can feel the water. Although honeymooners can’t get in the water, there is a museum to learn about the Cave and Basin and its history. You can also go into the cave and basin with the amazing colors!
  • Glacier Skywalk: Yep- it’s exactly what it sounds like. And it’s just as terrifying and incredible as it sounds. A Skywalk which is a glass walkway that hangs out over the edge of the mountain. This MUST be on your Banff National Park list.
  • Moraine Lake: This glacially fed lake in Banff National Park is situated in the Valley of the Ten Peaks and one of the park’s top attractions. The turquoise blue water and beautiful mountain scenery is perfect for honeymooners who want to see something romantic.

Romantic accommodations for Banff National Park

Fairmont Banff Springs

Set in a castle-like building in Banff National Park, this grand hotel boasts upscale rooms with Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and tea and coffee making facilities, plus desks and woodland views. Upgraded rooms for honeymooners add mountain or valley views, separate living rooms and some have whirlpool baths and terraces. Their 7 restaurants and 2 bars make sure you don’t go far to grab a bite and their spa, indoor and outdoor pools, and a golf course will keep honeymooners entertained and relaxed.

Buffalo Mountain Lodge

Set on Tunnel Mountain, this scenic hotel has fireplaces, free Wi-Fi, and flat-screen TVs. Their upgraded rooms offer claw-foot tubs. Suites add living rooms and kitchenettes while their amenities include a lounge with a fireplace and an antler chandelier, a restaurant offering modern dishes, and a seasonal eatery with a mountain-view patio. They also offer mountain bikes to rent for free to explore the beautiful mountain roads.

Central Canada

Toronto

Because of Canada’s large mass and small population, they rely on immigrants for their economy. Because of this, Toronto is one of the most diverse cities in the world with over 230 nationalities represented. Half of the city was born outside of the country. Which means you’ll hear more languages here than you can imagine. Looking to immerse yourself in a melting pot of nationalities and adventure for your honeymoon? Toronto is the place.

What to do on your toronto honeymoon

  • Visit The St. Lawrence Market:  The St. Lawrence Market is often regarded as one of the best food markets in the world. Great food at reasonable prices can’t be beat and according to some visitors, the food is only half the fun. Many strongly recommended holding out on a visit for Saturday, when the market lights up with vendors who hawk their fare to everyone who will listen. You can avoid the crowds if you get there early, or come in late and hangout in the midst of all the hustle and bustle.
  • Casa Loma: Looking to tour a beautiful castle? Casa Loma was built by Sir Henry Pellatt, a former soldier whose lifelong dream was to build a castle overlooking Toronto. The 98-room Casa Loma – built in the early 1900s – took nearly three years to construct and cost more than $3.5 million to complete. The gorgeous home hastowers, horse stables, secret passageways and a massive wine cellar that can hold more than 1,800 bottles. There’s also a scenic 5-acre garden with fountains and sculptures, as well as wildflowers when the weather’s right. According to recent visitors, this quirky attraction will certainly appeal to everyone, especially the honeymooning couple looking to learn some history and explore a secret passageway.  
  • Discover West Queen West: This is easily the coolest neighborhood in Toronto and named by Vogue as one of the coolest in the world. West Queen West is the arts and cultural hub of the city and has the highest concentration of art galleries in the city, plus tons of boutique and vintage shops, live music venues, bars, and restaurants. West Queen West is located between Chinatown to the east and Little Portugal to the west.
  • The Lockhart: The Lockhart is a tiny, Harry Potter-themed bar in Little Portugal, just west of Trinity Bellwoods Park. It’s not officially affiliated with the franchise, but does have clever nods placed throughout the property. Drinks like the “Gin-ney Weasley” and Butterbeer are found on the menu. There are only 36 seats, however, they have a huge online following and over 60 articles written about them since their 2015 opening.

romantic accommodations in toronto

Kimpton St. George

The relaxing vibe of this hotel has a lot to do with the warm and inviting service. But the intimate and informal style of the décor is catered to honeymooners. The wooden archways and pastoral murals in the lobby make the kind of lobby you might actually want to hang out in and read the paper. Colors inspired by nature permeate throughout the 188 spacious rooms while sculptural furnishings, luxury linens, and cheeky art in the closet of all places amplify the mood.

The Ivy at Verity

In a converted 1850s chocolate factory in the Queen Street East District, this elegant boutique hotel inspired by classic European style has 4 luxe rooms mixing vintage-style and contemporary decor with high-end furnishing. They feature balconies overlooking a 19th-century courtyard, flat-screen TVs, Blu-ray players and Wi-Fi. A contemporary restaurant serves international cuisine in a chic dining room and the on-site garden is perfect for a romantic nighttime stroll. Plus their afternoon in-room spa services are perfect for honeymooners.

Montreal

With its combination of Old World charm and hip energy, Montreal is a popular city for all travelers, honeymooners included. The town regularly puts on fun festivals and the city is bilingual with almost 60% of residents speaking French and English.

What to do on Your Montreal Honeymoon

  • House of Jazz: The famous house of jazz is a fun bar with classy wood paneled walls, nice couches and brass instruments hung as decoration. Eat a steak dinner while the band plays or grab a drink once you get off the plane with your honey. This is the perfect spot to spend the first night of your honeymoon.  
  • Bota Bota Spa: The Bota Bota Spa is a ferry that was renovated into a spa. The Olde Montreal backdrop and the peaceful water beneath you with make you feel relaxed and rejuvenated. The spa’s five decks have two saunas, a eucalyptus steam bath, gardens, outdoor whirlpool baths, a relaxation area, and even a restaurant. All are accompanied by great views with its unique location on the water. Whatever honeymooners are looking for in a spa, they can find it here.
  • Explore the underground city: The reason Montreal has the underground city is because of their type of soil they have over there. To build skyscrapers, contractors have to dig very deep, so instead they built under it. The underground city is used by the locals and it is especially convenient to use during winter or on a rainy day. Most of the Downtown area is interconnected by underground paths so that you don’t have to brave bad weather. There are also cafes and shops too. Although it is kind of tough to navigate, couples will have fun exploring.

Romantic accommodations in montreal

William Grey Hotel

This new hotel in Old Montreal is the perfect place to enjoy a honeymoon filled with the finer things. Their five star amenities and hospitality are unparalleled while the beautiful view from the rooftop terrace where they serve dinner is absolutely beautiful. The upscale restaurant Maggie Oaks has become a popular hot spot for locals and travelers. Their beautiful rooms will help honeymooners unwind. They even have a luxury spa and outdoor pool in the works.

Hotel Nelligan

This large historic boutique sports with attractive details like fireplaces, wrought-iron railings, and exposed brick walls. It offers multiple eateries, including the popular summertime Nelligan Terrace, situated on the hotel’s roof, and a charming bar/art exhibit in the hotel’s atrium. The fitness center is 24-hour, but the hotel doesn’t have a pool or full-service spa (just a “massage room” attached to the gym). It’s obvious strengths are its historic European elegance that honeymooners will enjoy.

Ottawa

The uniquely beautiful Ottawa is an urban city right on the edges of nature where you can see plenty of the outdoors and enjoy the metropolitan vibe. Ottawa is both welcoming and walkable and the distinctive local neighborhood are worth exploring.

What to do on your honeymoon in Ottawa

  • Fly in a biplane: You can get into a genuine World War II biplane at the Canada Air and Space Museum. They fly regularly during summer hours. How cool of adventure would that be? This is the perfect activity for honeymooners looking to get up above the city and see sights from an aerial view.
  • Hike to Carbide Wilson Ruins: It’s only a 30 minute hike and the scenic walk through the forest and along lakes spits you out at the lab where Thomas Wilson, a scientist, conducted experiments. The hyper paranoid scientists was afraid that people would steal his ideas, so he built an estate and damn in the middle of the forest where he could work in private. Creepy. And cool. It’s also called one of the best Instagram spots in the Ottawa Region.
  • John Ceprano Rocks: This park on the river overlooks the water to view the unique and picturesque John Ceprano Rocks. Artist, John Ceprano works on his display throughout the summer and is a very friendly guy. If you’re a fan, you may get to meet him. He’s happy to talk and share his vision.

Romantic Ottawa Accommodations

Andaz Ottawa Byward Market

This hotel is located in the historic Byward Market. The airy, stylish rooms feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screens and mini fridges, as well as floor-to-ceiling windows, desks and rainfall showers. Suites for honeymooners add living areas and walk-in closets, private entrances and patios. Some rooms have views of the Gatineau Hills and the hip restaurant and cocktail bar is a great spot to eat if you don’t feel like venturing far. Plus, some pets are welcome by request and fee.

Fairmont Chatea Laurier

Located right next door to Parliament Hill, the Fairmont Château Laurier has long been a defining feature of the city’s skyline. Though all who visit this luxury hotel receive the royal treatment, guests craving a little something extra can sign up for the Fairmont Gold experience, which includes complimentary canapés, continental breakfast, and special access to the Fairmont Gold Lounge. Looking to plan the perfect proposal? The staff can help with that, too. The Engaging Moments package comes complete with a professional planning consultation, chocolate-dipped strawberries, turndown service with rose petals and a bottle of Moët & Chandon champagne.

Eastern Canada

Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia is one of three provinces located on the North Atlantic Coast. Nova Scotia is famous for their high tides, lobster, delicious fish, fresh blueberries and apples. If you’re looking for beautiful views and next level seafood, you’ve hit the jackpot.

What to do on your Nova Scotia Honeymoon

  • Nova Scotia Cabot Trail: Travel + Leisure magazine has called Cape Breton Island one of the world’s must-see islands. The highland’s natural beauty is perfect for outdoor activities like biking, hiking, kayaking and whale watching. Strangely enough, many people cross the globe to ride their motorcycles here. Hiking and camping at Cape Breton Highlands National Park is always a great idea. Even just driving the highway will offer honeymooners romantic coastal views.
  • Explore the highlands: There are 26 trails within Cape Breton Highlands National Park that are perfect for the honeymooners looking for some outdoor activity. Ranging from easy walks to challenging climbs, the park has something from everyone. They also have a hiking festival with guided hikes if you’re in the province in September. Plus the sunsets in the park are legendary and breathtaking.
  • Check out the water: A trip around the Cabot Trail is not complete without seeing the highlands from the water. Activities range from sailing and fishing to kayak or you can grab a boat to get to Bird Islands to see Atlantic puffins. Whale watching is very popular on the Cabot Trail as well. With looming cliff, waterfalls, underwater caves and huge arches, you won’t run out of things to be in amazement in.

Halifax

Beautiful and historic Halifax is a great option for honeymooners to consider. Halifax is famous for The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, the gateway into Canada for millions of immigrants. Plus the town has plenty of unique shops and galleries.

What to do on your Halifax Honeymoon

  • Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market: This is perfect for honeymooners who want to see some city history because the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market, is the oldest continuously operating farmers’ market in North America.
  • The Lower Deck Pub: is another famous spot that locals love to spend time at. Their nightly live music with a beer set against a beautiful Canadian sunset is the perfect way to wrap up a day of the honeymoon.
  • Halifax Harbor boat tours: There are plenty and range from evening cruises to dinner cruises to paddling. Honeymooners should book a romantic evening dinner cruise to take into Harbor and all this beautiful and romantic providence of Canada has to offer.

Bay of Fundy

The Bay of Fundy is nestled between Nova Scotia and New Brunswick and actually touches the state of Maine. It’s well known for high tides and the infamous Hopewell Rocks. It’s also home to more than ten species of whales.

What to do on your Bay of Fundy Honeymoon

  • Burntcoat Head Park: Are you looking to experience low tides that let you walk the ocean floor and then some of the world’s highest tides right after? This park is the place to do it. Plus you can find fossils, cool rocks and shells and sea life left behind in tide pools. Watch the tide time to plan your visit!
  • Whale watching: The Bay of Fundy probably has as many residents as it does whales. The rare Right Whale, which is hardly ever seen, calls the Bay its home during summer and fall. Grab a boat or Kayak and head out to watch the adventure.
  • Hall’s Harbor: This is the perfect place to grab a bite of something that Nova Scotia’s well known for; lobster. The small fishing village, Hall’s Harbor offers a special where you pick your lobster, explore the harbor while your meal cooks then dine waterfront on the wharf. When the tide is low, you’ll see fishing boats waiting to come in. This is the perfect activity for honeymooners who are looking to try an authentic Nova Scotia seafood dish.

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