Daring Dates: 10 Unforgettable Romantic Canadian Adventures

By Sacha Van der Sluis,

Are you tired of run-of-the-mill dinner-and-a-movie dates? Looking for a vacation with your significant other which will put the “spark” back into your relationship? Try one of these ten romantic Canadian adventures with your partner and you’ll be sure to come home feeling exhilarated!

1. Get cozy with a Polar Bear, or two

Canada Polar Bear Tours

Photo courtesy of Great White Bear Tours Facebook

Churchill, MB |  The small town of Churchill in northern Manitoba is located on the west shore of Hudson Bay. It’s famous for the many polar bears that move toward the shore from inland in the autumn, leading to it being affectionately known as the “Polar Bear Capital of the World.” Many different outfitters, such as Great White Bear Tours offer trips in specially-designed vehicles which allow guests to get up close and personal with our furry friends.

Our Hotel Pick: The Tundra Inn

2. Heli Hiking in the Rockies

Banff Heli Hiking

Heli hiking in Alberta. Photo by John Y. Can CC BY

Banff, AB | Heli hiking is a relatively new sport in which one gets dropped at a remote mountain location by helicopter, thus allowing one to witness breathtaking landscapes and vista views which would only be available to the hardest of mountaineers. Although such trips are quite pricey, they almost always include accommodation at a luxurious mountain lodge, such as those run by Canadian Mountain Holidays. Just the thing you need after a long day in the mountains!

Our Hotel Pick: Rimrock Resort in Banff

3. Jump out of a plane together

Sky diving trois rivieres

Skydiving in Trois Rivieres. Photo by Joe Baz CC BY

Trois-Rivieres, QC | Trois-Rivières, conveniently located between Montreal and Quebec City, is home to Parachutisme Adrenaline, one of the top skydiving centers in the country, offering jumps for everyone from nervous first-timers to experienced jumpers. The jump offers panoramic views of the mighty St. Lawrence River and the surrounding Mauricie region. Afterwards, a stroll through the city’s historic Old Town is the perfect way to come down from the day’s excitement. For more information on Trois-Rivières, visit tourismetroisrivieres.com.

Our Hotel Pick: Delta Trois-Rivieres 

4. Canoe trip on an Arctic river

Nahann River Canoeing

Photo courtesy of Black Feather

NWT, Nunavut, Yukon | A canoe trip with an established outfitter such as Black Feather, in business since 1976, is the only way to experience the pristine natural beauty of Canada’s arctic region, for example on the Nahanni River in the Nahanni National Park Reserve in the Northwest Territories, the country’s first World Heritage site. Paddling through mile after mile of untouched wilderness, canyons carved by glaciers millennials ago and challenging rapids, an arctic river expedition brings true meaning to the saying, “it’s the journey that counts.”

Our Hotel Pick: The Explorer Hotel, Yellowknife, NWT

5. A (not so) casual bike ride

Whistler mountain biking

Photo courtesy of Whistler Blackcomb

Whistler, BC | Whistler is best known as one of North America’s best ski areas, with a vertical elevation of over 2,000 meters. Once the snow melts, Whistler and Blackcomb mountains turn into a world class mountain bike park, offering over 76 km of lift-serviced trails for beginners as well as seasoned riders. The large selection of high-end accommodation in Whistler Village means you can sit back, relax and let yourself be pampered after a long day of riding.

Our Hotel Pick: Fairmont Chateau Whistler

6. Sea kayaking in the realm of the whales

Johnstone Strait, BC | You haven’t been whale watching until you’ve seen one of the gargantuan creatures from up close, sitting only a few hundred feet away from them in a kayak. Outfitters such as Spirit of the West Adventures offer multi-day guided sea kayaking tours in the Johnstone Strait on British Columbia’s Pacific coast. Set in a pristine rainforest environment and with overnight accommodation consisting of wooden lean-tos, you can bet the orcas won’t be the only wildlife you’ll meet on this trip!

Our Hotel Pick: Coast Disvocery Inn , Campbell River, BC

7. Cuddle up in an Ice Hotel

Romantic Date Ice Hotel Canada

Photo courtesy of Hôtel de Glace

Quebec City, QC | Feeling adventurous? How about spending the night in a hotel made of ice on the outskirts of historic Quebec City? The hotel, first opened in 2001, is built each December for an opening date in early January and has a three-month lifespan each year, before being brought down in April. It boasts 51 double beds, all made of ice and followed by a solid wood base and comfortable mattress. When the time comes, a cozy sleeping bag, an isolating bed sheet and a pillow are delivered to the rooms. The hotel also features a grand hall, a chapel, a huge ice slide and a bar serving drinks and cocktails in ice glasses.

Our Hotel Pick: Ice Hotel in Quebec City 

8. A date for the animal lovers

Canada dog sledding

Photo courtesy of Winterdance Dogsled Tours

Northern Ontario | What’s more typically Canadian than traveling through the winter forest with a dogsled? The traditional means of winter travel of the native peoples, dog sledding has grown to become a family-favorite and a great attraction for visitors to Canada. The Haliburton Highlands region of Ontario, near Algonquin Provincial Park, offers an excellent network of trails, with experienced guides from outfitters such as Winterdance Dogsled Tours in Haliburton taking guests on trips of varying distance through the frozen landscape. Bonus point: the dogs are absolutely beautiful!

Our Hotel Pick: Lakeview Hotel, Haliburton, ON

9. Take the plunge together

Fresh water diving canada

Exploring the sea. Photo by Euan Kennedy CC BY

Thousand Islands, Ontario | The Thousand Islands region, located along the Ontario-New York border, is home to not only a large number of summer cottages, but also to some of the best fresh-water shipwreck scuba diving in the world. The islands, which sit in the St. Lawrence River close to Lake Ontario, are home to over 30 accessible shipwrecks, which one can discover in the company of a professional instructor and guide, for example from Thousand Island Pleasure Diving in Landsdowne. The crystal-clear water makes for an unobstructed view and amazing underwater photos.

Our Hotel Pick: Absolute 1000 Islands Suites, Gananoque, ON 

10. Surfing at Lawrencetown Beach

Lawrencetown Surf School

Photo courtesy of East Coast Surf School

Nova Scotia | Located on the Nova Scotia coast, less than an hour from the hustle and bustle of Halifax, Lawrencetown Beach serves up some of the most consistent surf in the country in a wild and natural setting. No beach clubs and bikinis here, only clean, point- and reef breaks and a handful of locals to keep you company. If you can get over the initial shock of the cold water (60 degrees in summer), you’ll be guaranteed good waves and a great time surfing! Hit up the nearby East Coast Surf School for private and group lessons as well as rentals. A shuttle service can also be booked from anywhere in the Halifax Regional Municipality through Eastshuttle.

Our Hotel Pick: Prince George, Halifax, NS 

*Cover image by Esther Lee CC BY 

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