Christmas is almost here and magic is in the air. Cuffing season is also upon us and if you're tired of re-watching Love Actually from the comfort of your couch, why not make the most of all the romantic spots BC has to offer this holiday season?
BC is full of magical light displays, surreal beauty, and small town romance and charm, making it the perfect place for a romantic getaway. Explore one of these spots on your next cozy escape with your significant other or friends.
The Wickaninnish Inn // Tofino
A rustic hideaway with an unrivaled BC setting, every guest room at The Wickaninnish Inn has panoramic ocean or beach views. Deluxe guest rooms and suites have a fireplace, soaker tub and individual balcony. Chesterman Beach is only steps away from the inn. There are a variety of activities, such as whale watching, storm watching, and nature tours. Storm watching is a prime winter activity on Vancouver Island and here you can cozy up in a warm blanket and experience the beauty of the Pacific Ocean at it's wildest state. This inn is also home to the Ancient Cedars Spa, a destination spa.
Emerald Lake Lodge // Yoho National Park
If you're looking for a remote retreat, head on over to this 114 year old rustic, historic lodge that is unlike any other accommodation in BC. Soak in the outdoor hot tub while you admire the Northern Lights set amongst the Rocky Mountains and the pristine waters of Emerald Lake. Yoho National Park has several hiking and cross-country ski trails for you to enjoy. The Lodge even has a complimentary shuttle bus to the Lake Louise Ski Area in the winter. All rooms are housed in alpine cabins and feature wood burning fireplaces and a private bath. Room rates start at around $150 per night, check their website for more details.
Grouse Mountain // 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver
Butchart Gardens // 800 Benvenuto Ave, Victoria
The twinkling fairy lights will have you feel like you’re skating on a dream at this 5,000 sq. ft. outdoor rink. Admission to The Butchart Gardens is required if you want to access the rink, so why not wander through their magical Christmas light displays while you’re there. If you want to go skating, it costs only $5 for adults and rentals are available for $3.
When: December 1 – January 6 // Open daily: 9 am – 9 pm, 1 pm – 9 pm on December 25
Capilano Suspension Bridge Park // 3735 Capilano Rd, North Vancouver
This is one of the best places in BC ever to experience the romance and magical lights of Christmas. Every year the entire Capilano Suspension Bridge park transforms into an enchanting winter wonderland of dazzling lights and holiday cheer for Canyon Lights. The suspension bridge, Treetops Adventure, Cliffwalk, the rainforest and canyon are all aglow with festive lights. You can even see the world’s tallest living Christmas tree here! ‘Fireflies’ is the new interactive lighting display this year.
When: November 24, 2016 – January 8, 2017 // Open daily 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., closed Christmas Day