Although Ontario doesn’t have the brilliant Eiffel Tower or enchanting Venice canals, Ontario does offer a plethora of quaint towns, majestic parks and breathtaking natural wonders to make it a great destination for romantic getaway.
1. Blue Mountain
Whether for summer or winter, Blue Mountain in Collingwood has a number of activities to offer and special ways to celebrate a romantic getaway. Stay in luxurious accommodations, dine on award-winning gourmet food and savor nights together under a clear, starlit sky. For a real treat, book a day together at the renowned Scandinavian Spa set in a serene natural forest with outdoor hot baths, cold plunges, thermal & Nordic waterfalls and a eucalyptus steam room.
We're counting down to the first long weekend of green season. Reason number 4 to get excited: Open Air Gondola. Take a trip up the Escarpment or hike up on foot and ride the Gondola down. Either way, this view is instagram-worthy! . . . . . . . . . . #LiveItOutside #Countdowntosummer #MayLongWeekend #OpenAirGondola #Instagramworthy
2. Heather Lodge
Escape to the Haliburton Highlands and experience nature, adventure, tastes and cultures. A member of Ontario’s Finest, this adults-only retreat is designed for couples wishing to unwind, unplug and reconnect with each other. Find solitude on the Twelve Mile Lake waterfront or participate in activities like kayaking, canoeing and paddle boating. Relax in the evenings with a romantic dinner and spectacular views.
3. Bayfield, Bluewater
Not as well-known as Niagara-on-the-Lake but definitely as charming! This small, heritage community on the eastern shore of Lake Huron with its cute boutiques, bobbing boats, and picturesque scenery makes you feel like you’re walking through a fairytale. Dip your towns in the award winning blue flag beach, stroll down Main St. and visit artist’s studios or sip a glass of wine on a sunny patio. Rejuvenate in Bayfield.
4. Agawa Canyon
A shallow valley created 1.2 billion years ago due to faulting by the Canadian Shield makes for an adventure that will take your breath away. An elevated hiking trail leading to a lookout that will make you feel on top of the world. A ride on the Agawa Canyon train in Sault Ste. Marie is an experience that will take your never to be forgotten. Transporting you over towering trestles, along pristine lakes and passing through marvelous granite rock formations.
view from the aptly named 'Lookout' after a short but steep walk up the trail. it was pouring down when i got there but that didn't stop me from marveling at the view. (you can also see parts of the #AgawaCanyonTourTrain we took.) #agawacanyon #autumnleaves #visitontario #visitcanada アガワ キャニオンでは、帰りの電車まで1時間少々あるので、のんびり散歩したりして過ごしました。わたしは高台にのぼるコースへ。上に着いた頃には雨脚が強くなっていましたが、ここからの眺めには感激。
5. Couples Spa
Go on relaxing, pampering, romantic spa getaways! From Couples Resort & Spa retreat near Algonquin Park, to eclectic country, and rustic Spa Cottage experience of Ste. Anne’s Spa, to the Elmwood Spa in the middle of bustling Toronto, you will find plenty of options across Ontario.
6. Wellness Retreat
Shanti Retreat, located on the beautiful Wolfe Island, lets you relax, reflect and unfold waterside on their tranquil 11-acre property with sweeping views of the St. Lawrence. Stay for the weekend and enjoy the amazing natural beauty, fresh country air, secluded beaches and natural running and cycling trails or sign up for one of the yoga and healing retreats offered.
7. Northern Lights
Caused by an explosion of sunspots on the sun, the Northern Lights are a spectacle not to be missed ! As we in the trough of the 11-year solar cycle (you need to wait until ~ 2025) , there is no better time to make the trip north. Cree Village Ecolodge, a reserve in Moose Factory, offering a tranquil spot to reconnect with history and nature receives stunning displays on cloudless nights. Enjoy these elusive lights while relaxing on a chair by the dock or out on a sunset boat tour.
8. Twenty Valley
Regionally consisting of the Niagara Escarpment and Niagara Peninsula and thanks to the magical lake effect breezes the Twenty Valley is an extraordinary place to grow fruit and craft wines and is often referred to as Niagara’s Sonoma Valley. Take your pick of over 50, mostly family run estates, and 3 distilleries to visit in addition to fresh gourmet dining, one-of-a-kind shopping and boutique accommodations.
Escape to the greens of the Calabogie Highlands Golf Resort, nestled in the hills of the Ottawa Valley and practice your swing together. Home to one of the finest semi-private courses with spectacular views and charm overlooking the clear waters of Calabogie Lake. After a full day of golf pamper yourselves with a deep massage and end the day with a romantic dinner on the patio or floral garden and leave all your worries behind.
10. River Cruise
Take a journey on the historic waterways of The Rideau Canal. This UNESCO World Heritage Site extending 202km from Kingston to Ottawa is a beautiful chain of lakes, rivers, locks and canals completed in 1832 by the British. Each cruise on one of Ontario Waterway Cruises riverboats is a unique experience to unwind together as you watch the ever-changing scenery pass by.
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