Canada is a vast country with lots of different ways to enjoy special holidays like St. Valentine’s. Why not take advantage of the best that the country has to offer this February 14, in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday?
Here are some of the best ways to enjoy St. Valentine’s Day, Canadian style.
Under ice – Charlesborough, 5km north of Quebec City, is home to North America’s first and only ice hotel – Hotel de Glace – which is only open for three months of the year and St. Valentine’s luckily falls right in the middle. Take your loved one there to enjoy a few nights in rooms that seem like they’re made of diamonds, lounging on an ice sofa and sleeping on an ice bed. Plus, what better way to enjoy the most romantic day of the year than by hugging your loved one for warmth all day (and night)?
Cold winter? Hot spring! – Canada has dozens of hot springs dotted throughout the Rocky Mountains. If you live in Alberta or British Columbia, why not take the opportunity to warm up during the cold month of February by enjoying one or more of them with your loved one for St. Valentine’s? While some hot springs are found in popular hotels and resorts, others are in more secluded areas, surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery you’ll find in Canada.
Oyster ready? – Atlantic Canada is known for it’s scenic coastlines, historic towns and friendly culture. It’s also famous for seafood, especially oysters – a popular dish for St. Valentine’s because of its reputation as an aphrodisiac. Some of the country’s freshest oysters are on the menu in the Atlantic provinces, so heading to Halifax, St. John’s, Moncton or Charlottetown may just be the romantic getaway you want this February 14.
Culture club – If staying closer to home is on the agenda for February 14, try heading to your city or town’s local museum, art gallery, theatre or music hall. Many venues hold special events including lectures, hands-on workshops or concerts to help celebrate the day for romance, and encourage couples to get out and spend time together.
Staying in – February is one of the coldest months of the year in Canada and many Canadians choose to celebrate the love in their lives by just staying in. A candle-lit dinner by the fire, cosying up on the couch to watch a romantic movie or doing whatever it is that made you fall in love with your partner in the first place. St. Valentine’s is all about celebrating together, after all, and all you need for that … is the two of you!