Romantic Canadian hot spots
Where are the best winter spots to smooch in Canada? Bundle up and pucker up!
Bundle up 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!”
Bundle up 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.
Bundle up 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.
Bundle up 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).
Bundle up 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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Bundle up 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
Bundle up 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.
Bundle Up 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.”
Bundle up 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.)
Bundle up For retro romantics, a sentimental smooch in a horse-drawn sleigh at Deerhurst Resort (deerhurst resort.com) in Muskoka, Ont., is pure kitschy bliss.