There is something to be said of romance grown under the midnight sun. If it’s the endless summer days that make your heart dance along the horizon, or the long winter nights that make your soul curl under the blankets, I cannot say. But have no doubt, the north is Canada’s best kept secret for romantic getaways. For the new love blossoming or the old love still holding strong, the territories are where romance can breed.
1. Haines Junction
Nestled within the St. Elias Mountain Range, on the edge of the Kluane National Park and Reserve, Haines Junction, Yukon is one of the most spectacularly kept secrets of the North. For a unique weekend getaway of romance and grandeur, head north to Haines Junction. Rent a private cabin from one of the many local companies, sit by the fire and admire the northern lights in winter, or walk along the mountain’s foothills holding your love’s hand under the midnight sun.
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2. Takhini Hot Pools
What’s more romantic than relaxing in warm, naturally fed hot springs under the stars in winter, or the midnight sun in summer. Takhini Hot Pools offers not only luxurious outdoor hot springs, but also a high end dining experience at the Balsam Café, private and secluded campsite, and endless trails through the wilderness. Relax and romance your one true love on this weekend getaway at the Takhini Hot Pools, just outside Whitehorse, Yukon.
3. Winter Aurora
Many cultures believe the Aurora Borealis brings good luck to babies conceived under its light; whether you’re looking to expand your family, or just relax with your loved one, the Aurora Borealis sets an ambience like none you will anywhere else. Take your viewing excursion one step further at Trout Rock Lodge. This 2-night VIP package includes Hagglung or snowmobile transport to the lodge, romantic accommodation, hot meals, snowmobiling, ice fishing, snowshoeing, and of course unlimited 360 degree Aurora Borealis viewing. Fall in love all over again under the northern lights.
4. All by Yurt-Self on Fish Lake
In today’s world of non-stop connection, we often forget to connect with those we love the most. Leave your devices at home this weekend, ‘cause they won’t work anyway! Book one of two self-contained Yurts along Yukon’s Fish Lake for the ultimate romantic getaway. With acres of wilderness, endless skies, and no one but your loved one by your side, you’ll reconnect like never before.
5. Drive the Dempster
Barring the stress of freeways and high-traffic congestion, road trips can make for the most romantic getaways. So avoid both and discover the 740km Dempster Highway. Winding through mountains and across boreal forest, you’ll see parts of Canada you never knew existed. Sleeping in a tent along the way, waking up to the sound of birds and wilderness, the north will be your 5-start resort. The Dempster highway begins in Dawson and ends in Inuvik, all connecting through Whitehorse. Not only will you conquer the gravel highway, you’ll get a self-guided tour of the territories while you’re at it.
6. Summer Solstice in Inuvik
As one of the northernmost towns in Canada, Inuvik has the longest winter nights in the North. As recompense though, Inuvik also has the longest summer days when the sun never sets. Celebrate summer solstice with your lover and bask in 24 hours of sun in one of Canada’s most remote townships. With summer solstice celebrations around town, excellent local food options, and plenty of space to get along with your loved one, it will be a romantic vacation to remember.
7. Camping in Tuktut Nogait
This 18, 890 square kilometer national park hosts rolling hills, three majors rivers, steep canyons, and some of the continent’s fiercest wildlife. Waking up to the sounds of untouched wilderness with only your loved one to share it with will make any couple feel romance unlike any grown in the bustle of a southern city.
8. Boat from Whitehorse to Dawson
Though ‘romantic getaway’ may bring notions of you and your loved one sitting in a gondola meandering down the river Seine by a red-beret capped gondolier, it doesn’t have to be quite so cliché. Imagine instead, you and your loved one packing a canoe with everything you will need for the next 10+ days, dropping into the world renowned Yukon River in Minto, Yukon, camping in ultimate wilderness along the river, and finally landing in Dawson City over a week later. With exquisite scenery and plenty of time to reconnect, romance will be as plentiful as the water beneath you.
9. Relax in Cape Dorset
For a romantic getaway off the beaten trail, relax in a resort-like setting at Dorset Suites in Cape Dorset. Not only will you get to enjoy local art, get out onto the land, and take your choice of adventures, you will return to your luxury suite or private house to unwind and relax with your loved one.
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10. Explore Yellowknife
There are few things that bring people together as well as discovering a new city. Hand in hand with your loved one, peruse the streets and shops of Yellowknife. With countless gift shops, local restaurants and cafes, and multitude of easily-accessible walking trails, you’ll have no shortage of entertainment in this culturally rich community. The city hosts a number of festivals and events throughout the season so check their events calendar before you book!