When the nights grow long, and when the snow blanketed landscape beckons romance under its moonlit nights, visit these places in Alberta to celebrate the love that you share!
Kananaskis Nordic Spa
Skoki Ski Lodge
If getting away from it all is your idea of the perfect start to a romantic winter getaway, look no further than the Skoki Ski Lodge, which is about as backcountry as it gets. This historic site cannot be accessed by road! Of course, this means that you may want to cross country ski or snowshoe in order to enjoy getting to the lodge. Terrific meals, access to skiing, even a library on site, whether you stay put for the entire weekend or just stay the night, this is a romantic blast from the past that will be a memory for a lifetime.
Crooked Creek Ranch
Crooked Creek Ranch is more than just your typical bed and breakfast. Wake up to home cooked meals, get sent on whatever adventures you choose with a packed lunch in hand, and then come back to another delicious home cooked meal. Whatever activities you choose to do throughout the day, you can relax knowing that your choice of where to stay is absolutely perfect.
Castle Mountain Resort
Get in on a great deal for a unique experience at Castle Mountain Resort. Although you can always just ski or snowboard like usual while at Castle Mountain, why not try something new instead? Catskiing is the ability to go skiing in more remote locations, travelling by a snowcat. Getting fresh powder and having to deal with less people makes Catskiing a terrific choice if you are looking to add a little intimacy and romance to your skiing adventure.
If you are not a skier, you can try the snowcat sightseeing experience!
Castle Mountain Resort also has a place to stay and eat right on site.
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Smiles all around this weekend during "Never Ever Days". We connected with nearly 80 adults this weekend who swore they'd never, ever, be out on the slopes. Our instructors were amazing and had everyone laughing and improving by leaps and bounds all day! Our next (and last) Never Ever Day event of the season is February 24th & 25th – do you know someone who would want to give skiing or snowboarding a go? ⛷🏂🎉
Ski at Vista Ridge
Not everyone knows how to ski. If you and your date fall into that group of people, but you still want to enjoy a winter getaway, why not go to Vista Ridge and take one of their Adult Never Ever Group classes? These classes are designed to be fun and educational so that you can learn to ski without feeling like an idiot. Come back to Fort McMurray and spend the night in Fort Mac’s only “boutique” hotel, the Chez Dube.
The small north central Alberta town of Athabasca almost has a mountain town feeling to it. Built along the Athabasca River, and full of paths, trees, and wildlife, this small town has a romantic feel to it all year round. To make Athabasca your winter getaway, take a romantic cross country ski trip down the Muskeg Creek Trails, stop for a warm beverage and yummy homemade snack at Paddymelon Gifts, Espresso and Eatery, enjoy lunch at the delicious Soups a Rollin’, and dinner at the fabulous 49th Street Grill. You may want to stop in some local shops such as Elle’s Closet or Boven’s Jewellry and Giftware and then complete your day with an entertaining performance at the Nancy Appleby Theater. Stay at any number of local hotels for a fantastic winter getaway.
Drumheller is located in the badlands of Alberta. Known for the Royal Tyrrell Museum and being the town of dinosaurs, Drumheller is actually an amazing place to explore in the wintertime. Anyone who loves nature and good scenery should come here during the winter at least once in their lifetime. The hoodoos, the canyons, the Drumheller trail, it is all made even more beautiful during the wintertime, especially right after (or even during) it snows. Choose from a number of hotels to stay in, and enjoy dining at local restaurants like Sublime Food and Wine, Ivy’s Awesome Kitchen and Bernie and the Boys Bistro.
Ice Castles Edmonton
Explore the Narnia like landscape in the middle of Edmonton’s famous park and then join in for some of the most best winter festivals in Alberta like Ice on Whyte, or Silver Skate Festival- from ice carving competitions and lessons, to live blues music, to crafts and activities, and bonfires you will not be disappointed! To up the romance factor, why not stay at one of the most romantic hotels in the entire province, Hotel Macdonald?
Banff is one of the most famous mountain towns in Alberta, and for good reason. This picturesque town is perfect for a romantic getaway, no matter if you only have a day or more than a week. Go on a horse drawn sleigh ride, the Banff Gondola, and a end your day with a dip at the hot springs. There are so many hotels and lodges to stay at, as well as mountains to ski or snowboard on. Banff and area is a bit like a choose your adventure experience, as you can try dog sledding, skating, snowshoeing, skiing, snowboarding, cave exploring and more.
Ski-joring in Kananaskis Country
If you just can’t stand the thought of leaving your child at home for a romantic weekend getaway, maybe you can just bring them with you. Mad Dogs and Englishmen can teach you how to combine two famous winter pastimes: skiing and dog sledding. Skijoring is a Scandinavian tradition that is just beginning to grow in popularity in Alberta. Mad Dogs and Englishmen can even teach you and your dog how to work together to enjoy this winter sport. After that, continue to explore one of the most beautiful regions in Alberta however you see fit!
Stay in the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise for a romantic start to any mountain stay. This luxurious hotel will not disappoint, with spa packages, winter adventure packages and everything you need to create a romantic getaway that you and your loved one will never forget.
Visit Canmore for a weekend or an entire week to enjoy the romantic Rundle Cliffs Luxury Mountain Lodge and try your hand at any number of winter activities. Canmore has the advantage being less touristy and less busy than some of the more recognizable Mountain names on the list.
Not only is Slave Lake a fantastic getaway if you are into snowmobiling, but if you would like to explore the area on foot, the Boreal Centre provides free snowshoe rentals, which is a pretty awesome way to try out a new activity. Toniroz Grill and Restaurant is a fantastic choice for food while in Slave Lake, and as for a place to sleep, there are few options to choose from.
Lesser Slave Lake Provincial Park
If an outdoor wilderness adventure is your idea of a romantic getaway, check out Lesser Slave Lake Provincial Park. With outdoor camping available, you can stay here as long as you can last! Snowshoeing, cross country skiing, and a bird conservatory are all available at the park, making it a great place for the outdoor enthusiast to come, explore, and relax.
Elk Island National Park
Elk Island Provincial Park is a romantic winter weekend getaway for active couples just waiting to happen. Start with any number of drop in activities including building winter shelters, learning about winter survival, viewing wildlife displays, and ice skating. Continue into the evening with a romantic snowshoeing and stargazing adventure that ends with a fire under the stars. Head to Fort Saskatchewan for the night and dine at The Downtown Diner before relaxing at the Kanata Inn, and then head back to Elk Island for more snowy adventures in the morning.
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Get away from the bright city lights and head east of Edmonton. You’ll find that the sky shines brighter over here, so pack a blanket, some warm clothes, a camera, some hot chocolate and get ready for the show. You’ll be mesmerized. Seriously, it’s better than Netflix. Photo by @markjinksphoto | #explorealberta
Hidden Valley Ski Resort
Work up an appetite at Hidden Valley Ski Resort, forty five minutes from Medicine Hat and then satisfy your hunger at any number of fantastic local restaurants. Finish off your day at the Friendz of Ours Bed and Breakfast, and then, if you’d like, do it all again the next day!
Lethbridge, Alberta is home to the Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden, which is a stunning location year round. What can make a beautiful place even more romantic? Why, 100,000 LED lights of course! Running from December 1 through February 3, there is plenty of time to make a trip to Lethbridge and enjoy this marvelous light display. While in Lethbridge, why not check out the award winning spa Brio Salon and treat you and your loved one to a relaxing massage?
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