Don’t let the cold keep you cooped up inside! There’s so much beauty in BC to explore, and who better to enjoy it with than your significant other? With Valentine’s day around the corner, now’s the perfect time to plan a romantic weekend getaway for two. Whether you’re foodies, a spa loving couple, or an outdoor duo, there’s something for every kind of couple at Richmond Auto Mall this February. So pack up the car, stay warm, and check out our top six 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 make tracks through 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 or relaxation? Why choose, when you can head up to Whistler and do a little bit of both for the day, or stay for the weekend at a hotel or resort. There’s a mountain of activities at your disposal, from taking in breathtaking views from the mountain tops with your loved one, to participating in winter sports, to trying your hand at dog sledding and more. Or, take it easy and visit the Scandinave Spa to luxuriate in a variety of peaceful experiences, or celebrate your love over food and drinks 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. Pubs, shops, galleries, cafés and more offer all the ingredients for a romantic date, and Bowen 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 plenty to do for pairs. You may also enjoy walking along the shore hand-in-hand where rows upon rows of logs cushion the beaches from crashing waves. if you’re looking for a quiet, intimate day trip to celebrate your love, set sail for Bowen Island.
Salt Spring Island: A Great Place To Visit All Year Round
Average Time: 2.5 hours
If you’d like to whisk your Valentine away 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 featuring wood burning stoves, hot tubs, and more. Just like Bowen Island, this tranquil island delivers more than meets the eye. Bundle up and stroll the winding trails, embrace the island’s arts and culture scene, or walk the beach and search for shells and sand dollars. When it’s time to warm up, duck into one of the dozens of cozy local shops. And if you’re looking for something truly unique, tour the island’s farms with your eyes peeled - it’s that time of year where the first lambs come out to say hello.
Butchart Gardens: A Must-See Oasis 100 Years In The Making
Average Time: 2.5 hours
Similar to Salt Spring Island, this is another destination that couples love to visit all year round. Started by a family in the early 20th century, The Butchart Gardens is an impressive 55 acre park filled with lush gardens and walking trails boasting 900 plant varieties and over 25 greenhouses to explore. It’s the perfect spot for capturing photos or popping a big question down on one knee. Complete with cafes, restaurants, and a gift shop, you’ll be busy for a full day, surrounded by beauty, all just outside of Victoria. Bundle up and take the day to wander the gardens, open from 9:00am to 3:30pm in the winter, or take it in stride over a weekend and stay in a comfortable hotel or cozy Airbnb nearby.
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 dramatic scenery and don’t forget to make stops along your journey to capture some photos with your significant other.