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romantic vacation

Canada’s Top 20 Most Romantic Cities Revealed

City Hall in Kingston, Ontario (Photo: Andrew MacKinnon)

Kingston, Ontario, is the most romantic city in Canada—or, at least, it’s home to the most Harlequin romance novel fans—according to data compiled by Amazon.ca naming the 20 most romantic cities across the country. (more…)

Nature Gone Glam: 15 Deluxe Wilderness Retreats for All Seasons

Cathedral Mountain Lodge (Photo: Capilano Group)

By Carissa Bluestone

Getting out into nature doesn’t have to mean tent camping and pit toilets. For a truly unforgettable vacation without a hint of “roughing it”, opt for one of these gorgeous wilderness retreats where you can helicopter to a remote fishing stream, pull up to your chalet on dogsled or ease into a hot tub in view of a glacial lake. (more…)

7 Tips for Travelling as a Couple—Without Killing Each Other

Photo by Ed Cilley

By Kat Tancock

It seems an idyllic scenario: you and the one you love, frolicking on sandy beaches, eating romantic meals and enjoying each other’s company day in, day out on the perfect vacation.

The truth? Perfection doesn’t exist and the stress of travel can amplify the flaws—real or imagined—in your relationship. (more…)

14 Romantic Winter Escapes

Emerald Lake Lodge in Yoho National Park, AB (Photo courtesy of Canadian Rocky Mountain Resorts)

By Carissa Bluestone

You don’t have to run off to Aruba to celebrate Valentine’s Day or beat the winter blahs: there are plenty of options for romantic long weekends within our borders. Revel in unearthly icy beauty or hide from it in front of a roaring fireplace. (more…)

Trend in Travel: Custom Honeymoons

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery in Okanagan, BC (Photo by Alain Limoges)

You only get married once (knock on wood), so why not make your honeymoon a once-in-a-lifetime vacation? Bespoke honeymoons are one of WeddingBells.ca’s top 12 wedding trends for 2012. (more…)

Perks & Quirks: Hotel Le St-James, Montreal

Photo courtesy of Hotel Le St-James

By Kat Tancock

Hotel Le St-James, in the heart of Old Montreal, is no slouch when it comes to amenities: you can enjoy everything from complimentary shoe shines and valet service to loaner iPads and three meals a day in the on-site XO Le Restaurant. (more…)

Perks & Quirks: Hôtel Le Germain Montréal

By Kat Tancock

For a hotel visit that’s truly special, it’s the little things that count. And Hôtel Le Germain in downtown Montreal has made a business out of the little things, like spacious walk-in showers, a complimentary and deliciously carb-rich continental breakfast that puts others to shame—think warm pain doré au chocolat (chocolate French toast), quality breads and bagels and chocolate or plain croissants—and iPod docks on clock radios so you can listen to your own tunes as you work or play. (more…)

11 of Canada’s Best Wedding Destinations

Sometimes travel is for work, sometimes it’s for play and sometimes it’s for a once-in-a-lifetime (fingers crossed!) event, like getting married. If you’re planning a destination wedding somewhere in Canada, this slideshow by Canada’s top bridal magazine, Wedding Bells could help you find the perfect spot, whether on a bluff overlooking the sea, in a stately early 20th century mansion in Toronto, under the Yukon’s northern lights or seated on caribou skins in Quebec’s ice hotel.

See all 11 destinations and venues at WeddingBells.ca.

Image by Xavier Dachez.

7 Romantic Montreal Restaurants

By MARCELLA DEVINCENZO

Auberge Saint-Gabriel

When it comes to wooing that special someone or charming the love of your life, there are many marvelous places to choose from in Montreal. Here is a sample of the city’s romantic restaurants that will surely spice up your evening.

L’Express. Photo by Dan O’Leary.

Bistro Bienville
The owners of this quaint restaurant in the Plateau area must have had romance in mind when they created their menu. Every carefully envisioned dish is made specifically for two and is perfect for sharing. The juicy and tender Angus beef dish with Béarnaise sauce is a must.

Auberge Saint-Gabriel
This Vieux-Montreal restaurant is truly marvelous, beginning with the extravagant entrance with its large sculptures and impressive stone wall. Each dining room is different: bright red stools line the bar in one area and long communal type tables fill another room. Chef Eric Gonzalez creates masterpiece dishes and the impressive fireplace adds comfort and coziness to a wonderful evening. (more…)