Love is in the air! With Valentine’s day around the corner, we’ve put together a list of romantic getaways and breathtaking road trips for two. Whether you’re in the mood for a quick day trip or looking for a longer multi-day journey, there’s something for every kind of couple this February. So, pack up the car, stay warm, and check out our top five romantic destinations to celebrate and make memories with your Valentine.
Grouse Mountain: Snowshoe Fondue For Two
Average Time: 1 hour
Grouse Mountain, known as The Peak of Vancouver, is a local favourite for winter fun. It only takes about an hour to reach this magical winter destination where you can go skiing, snowboarding, skating, and more with your partner. Work up an appetite then check out one of the many dining spots like the acclaimed Altitudes Bistro or something more casual like The Potato Shack. If you’re in the mood for something sweet, book a snowshoe fondue tour where you can tour the snowy grounds then cozy up for cheese, broth and chocolate fondue.
Whistler: The Best of Both Worlds
Average Time: 1.5 hours
Can’t decide between adventure and relaxation? Head out to Whistler and do a little bit of both for the day, or stay for the weekend at a hotel or resort. Enjoy beautiful views on mountain tops with your loved one, participate in winter sports, try your hand at dog sledding, and more. Or, take it easy and visit the Scandinave Spa for a variety of peaceful experiences, or celebrate your love over food and drinks and go on a tasting tour of Whistler’s best restaurants.
Bowen Island: Just a Hop, Skip and a Ferry Ride Away
Average Time: 1.5 hours
Everything about Bowen Island is cute, quaint and cozy. With pubs, shops, galleries, cafés and more, a romantic date on Bowen Island is only an hour drive and a quick ferry ride away. From arts and culture, to fitness and food, to relaxation, wellness, and beauty, there’s tons of things to do in pairs. You may also enjoy walking along the shore hand-in-hand where rows upon rows of logs cushion the beaches from crashing waves. Bowen Island is perfect if you’re looking for a quiet, intimate day trip to celebrate your love.
Salt Spring Island: A Great Place To Visit All Year Round
Average Time: 2.5 hours
If you’d like to take your Valentine on a mid-winter getaway, Salt Spring Island is only two and a half hours away, including a quick ferry ride, and offers accommodations and romantic retreats with wood burning stoves, hot tubs, and more. Just like Bowen Island, this tranquil island has more to it than meets the eyes. Bundle up and go for a stroll together along the winding trails, embrace the island’s arts and culture scene, or visit the beach and search for shells and sand dollars. If you’d like to warm up, there’s dozens of local businesses to explore. And if you’re looking to do something truly unique, go for a drive around the island’s farms with your eyes peeled. It’s that time of year where the first lambs come out to say hello.
Sloquet Springs: A Naturally Beautiful Hidden Treasure
Average Time: 4.5 hours
If regular ol’ paved road trips make you yawn, up the ante with a winter visit to the Sloquet Hot Springs. This “naturally beautiful hidden treasure” is nestled in the valley with Sloquet Creek running alongside it and is a favourite among locals and tourists. Download your favourite playlists, pack some snacks, and hop into your 4X4 for a memorable off road adventure. With gravel roads, exposed roots, and the possible snowfall, a vehicle with 4-wheel drive is essential for a successful visit. Take in the scenery and make stops along your journey to take some photos with your significant other.