Now that it’s April, many brides and grooms-to-be are in full wedding planning mode. From venue to colour scheme, newly engaged couples have a lot on their plates. However, one thing to look forward to, after all the wedding madness, is the honeymoon. While many Canadians disappear to tropical destinations such as Hawaii or Mexico, the high cost of a wedding can leave some newlyweds opting for a more local escape. From the rich history of Old Montreal to the hot springs at Blue Mountain, there are a number of honeymoon-worthy destinations our country has to offer. Read on for some romantic but local getaways, which allow you to save money and also explore the True North.
Banff Rocky Mountain Resort, AB: The Rocky Mountains are the backdrop to this picturesque resort in Banff, Alberta. Featuring tennis courts, an outdoor hot tub and bikes that can be rented, the resort is ideal for outdoorsy-type couples who like adventure. Newlyweds can enjoy an intimate suite or a condo-style room, complete with kitchen and wood-burning fireplace. The resort also offers a free shuttle into downtown Banff for couples looking to treat themselves to some shopping and local dining. If you’re looking for a more casual setting for your honeymoon, the Banff Rocky Mountain Resort is the perfect down-to-earth getaway.
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Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain, ON: Blue Mountain may be known for its slopes, but nestled in a natural forest on the property is the award-winning Scandinave Spa. Inspired by the benefits of hydrotherapy – where healing properties of water are used to revitalize health – the Scandinave Spa claims to offer an atmosphere of silence and tranquility. Guests can relax after hectic wedding celebrations with the Scandinavian Baths. This renowned bath activity features a Finnish Sauna, Eucalyptus Steam Room, Thermal Nordic Waterfalls, Hot Baths, Cold Plunges relaxation areas. While the spa does not offer overnight lodging, the baths and massages may be ideal for a day trip or in addition to a Blue Mountain getaway.
Quebec City, QC: If France is not in your budget, Quebec City is a pretty good trade-off, and there’s no need to bring your passport along for the trip. Rich with French roots and history, Quebec City is perfect for honeymooners looking to discover its Francophone culture and heritage. If you and your partner are history buffs, you can also enjoy the many historic houses and museums Quebec City has to offer. After a day of absorbing history, take a stroll in the Battlefields Park or admire the architecture of Basilique-Cathédrale Notre-Dame.
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Kluane National Park and Reserve, YK: Getting married is an adventure in itself, but a trip to Kluane will take newlywed couples to a whole new level of exploration. Spanning over 20,000 kilometres of Canadian mountain wilderness, Kluane is a top destination for hiking, rafting, camping and exploring. The exhibits and cultural artifacts at the Kluane National Park and Reserve Visitor Centre will give newlyweds insight into what to expect in the park. The park is also home to the largest peak in Canada, Mount Logan, as well as North America’s most genetically diverse grizzly population. For couples looking to start their life off with a unique Canadian getaway, Kluane offers a one-of-a-kind adventure.
Cape Breton Island, NS: Escape to the East Coast and discover what Cape Breton Island has to offer newlyweds, with include a renowned waterfront view. Rich in Irish and Scottish roots, Cape Breton Island gives honeymooners a glimpse into some of its early settlers. The Celtic culture of the island is seen through the local music, pubs and distilleries. Couples can hike a number of provincial parks or cruise down the Cabot Trail. In addition, being so close to the ocean, Cape Breton Island is abundant in seafood, which make it the perfect place for a romantic dinner-for-two.