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Romantic Canadian hot spots

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Romantic Canadian hot spots

Literary romance
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CanLit It couple Anne and Gilbert are experiencing a pop-culture revival. (Pick up a cloth-bound copy of Anne of Green Gables at Anthropologie.) Stage your own “Annebert” moment on Prince Edward Island’s Dalvay Beach (dalvaybythesea.com), with the fictional Road to Avonlea White Sands Hotel as your backdrop. Your line? “I don’t want the sunbursts and marble halls; I just want you!”

Royal flush
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Arrange a secret meet at Julie’s Pond, a heart-shaped lagoon in Halifax’s Hemlock Ravine Park. Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, designed the pond for his French mistress, Julie St. Laurent.

Cold comfort
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Cool chills and icy thrills are on offer at Quebec City’s Hôtel de Glace (icehotelcanada. com). The furlined four-poster ice bed puts a new spin on giving someone an icy reception.

Freeze-frame
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As Robert Frost once said: “Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.” Get ready for your close-up! Time stops—and only your heart melts—inside the ice castle at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (fairmont.com/ lakelouise).

Primal Instinct
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After a paleoinspired feast of wood-grilled wild boar, get cozy with your hunky caveman fireside at The River Café (river-cafe.com) at Calgary’s Prince’s Island Park. The most romantic red? Sommelier Rob Smith recommends a 1999 La Pousse d’Or Volnay 1er Cru en Caillerets. “You’ll melt from the inside just by sticking your nose in the glass,” he says.

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Elevation time
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Adventure addicts should head to Whistler (whistlerheliskiing. com), where the mountains kiss the sky. Start your endorphin rush on the slopes and keep your pulse racing with a passionate kiss…or two!

Kiss ’n’ glide
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Knock him off his double axel when you plant a kiss on his lips under the Pretoria Bridge on Ottawa’s Rideau Canal skateway (rideau-info.com), the world’s largest outdoor rink.

Northern delights
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With the northern lights dancing above you, exchange a traditional “kunik,” or Eskimo kiss, on the deck at the Inn on the Lake (exceptionalplaces.com) in Whitehorse. Playlist suggestion: Dave Matthews Band’s “Crash Into Me”: “Touch your lips just so I know / In your eyes, love, it glows so.”

Bridge partner
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Can’t get to Paris? Watch Les Amants du Pont-Neuf (The Lovers on the Bridge) and rendezvous at midnight at Saskatoon’s Broadway Bridge. (Factoid: Saskatoon—which has seven bridges—was named Canada’s most romantic city in 2010 by amazon.ca based on sales of romance, sex and relationship books, as well as Michael Bublé CDs.)

Sleigh him
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For retro romantics, a sentimental smooch in a horse-drawn sleigh at Deerhurst Resort (deerhurst resort.com) in Muskoka, Ont., is pure kitschy bliss.

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