Post # 1
Would you recommend Canada for a honeymoon?
We were thinking about either seeing the cities of Eastern Canada (Toronto, Montreal, Quebec City, Ottawa, Midland, and Niagara Falls) or going to Western Canada and seeing Lake Louise, Banff, Jasper, Whistler, Victoria and Vancouver.
We’re not sure whether we will go straight after our wedding in November 2014 or wait until 2015.
Post # 3
I live close to Toronto and would honestly choose Western Canada over Eastern (unless you were going to go to the Maritimes as well). Honestly, the cities listed for your Eastern trip are just that big cities with the exception of Midland. Quebec City is absolutely beautiful and very historic, and so is Montreal. If you’re into history, old charm and dining I would say do your Eastern trip. If you love nature, scenery, and some sight seeing do the Western trip. It depends on the time of year as well. If you’re going in winter and really love skiing or snow boarding than definitely do Banff and Whistler.
Post # 4
If you fly into Vancouver, you could see Whistler and Victoria, then take the Rocky Mountaineeer train through the Rockies and see all the rest. The train goes to Calgary, so you could fly home from there.
If you have a choice of when to come, I wouldn’t pick November. Winter can be a bit wet and gloomy anywhere.. If you come in the spring or fall, you would get beautiful weather and avoid the high summer prices.
Post # 5
@lunalyra: of those two options, go west! your ‘east’ itinerary, isn’t actually eastern canada – that would be the maritimes, which are insanely awesome and gorgeous, but of your two proposed itineraries, the ‘west’ one is much better for a honeymoon.
the rockies are outrageously beautiful, the scenery is unreal! there’s so much to do – horseback riding, white water rafting, amazing hikes etc. so much natural wildlife too 🙂 i lived in jasper for a summer and in vancouver for 2.5 years and it’s an amazing part of the world!
Post # 6
I live in Western Canada, Alberta to be exact, and Banff/ Jasper is beautiful, Winter or Summer, Vancouver is always a fun time, Specially if you travel to Victoria Island.
Banff in winter is breath taking. And because Whistler, Jasper and banff are located in the mountains they have tons of cool activities, Everything from Dog sled rides (Some over night dog sled trips too!) Skating, Ice field tours Of course skiiing and snowboarding, tubing, and such. Beautiful hotels, good Restaurants and tons of friendly locals and tourists alike. You can’t spend winter in the mountains and not be happy about it. Vancouver in the winter is nice as well, Expect more rain over snow there – But with all the climate changes I wouldn’t be surprised if it was snow too.
Of course they’re beautiful in summer too, Tons of outdoor activities all around, I spend tons of my summer weekends up in banff, The gardens the lakes/rivers, the hikes. The scenery is worth the trip alone some days.
But whatever you choose it will be great, its your honeymoon!
Post # 7
Thank you all. I think we might opt for western Canada. I’m a city girl at heart but my fiancé loves skiing and we both would love to see some bears. It sounds like the west would give us more of a once in a lifetime experience than the east. Obviously I don’t know Canada very well but where would you suggest visiting for a memorable, romantic trip? I’ve never been skiing but I’m willing to give it a try – don’t want to spend the whole honeymoon doing it though. We are looking at spending 10 to 14 days there.
If November isn’t a good month, when would you recommend? We don’t mind waiting a little bit, as it’ll allow us to save some more for the trip!
Post # 8
@lunalyra: Stay at the Fairmont in Lake Louise, Even just for one night. Go When there’s snow in the mountains. Its like staying in a castle with the most amazing views, Mountains on all sides of you. Its romantic. Its also a GREAT place to ski, even for a first timer. There’s an equally beautiful Fairmont Hotel in Banff, “The Banff Springs Hotel” It was originally built in the 19th century, Its been ugraded and renovated, its beautiful as well – They even offer tours of the place. Whenever famous people come here they stay in the Banff Springs Hotel. As it says in its name, its right on the hot springs so that might be a nice thing for you two to try as well – You don’t need to be a guest to go to the springs.
I wouldn’t say november is a bad time to go, But if you don’t go then I would advise against trying to go in December – Way too expensive, way too crowded. January into Feb are the usually the coldest months – March is nice. You would be in the middle of the Sort of spring sort of Winter weather so you would still have to be prepared for cooler days, Ski season usually doesn’t end until April unless we have an unusually warm winter. But if your end game is to make it to Vancouver, the closer to spring the nicer the weather in Vancouver will be.
Sorry, I don’t mean to type a wall of text at you. I just personally love spending my time in the mountains.
Post # 9
If you want winter suggest end Feb. or beginning of March (the biggest snows are in March) come any time but winter break. It falls on a couple weeks for the majority of schools so any time but then. For summer, July and August are great. june can be wet….we are completely flooded, all of Calgary and the east side of BC. If/ when you do Banff and area, its expensive all the time, so dont consider costs to fluxuate too much (again, except winter break.) i recommend victoria, so beautiful, great city, lots of fun. The whole island actually is awesome. Hot springs, surfing, fishing, bunch of neat things to do. Toffino is an awesome little surf town! Close to banff/ lake louise you have skiing/snowboarding, hiking, camping, hot springs, glaciers, small shops, dog sledding, beautiful provincial parks and beautiful drives. All of BC is beautiful, lots to do, just have to pick…
Post # 10
@lunalyra: Any ski resort in the rockies would be nice. If you could come during the spring or summer, Lake Louise is beautiful (literally).
Post # 11
@Theonetime: If we didn’t go in November we would wait until the new year. My birthday is in March and my fiancé’s is in April so we could aim for around then. It’s a long way off but I’ve hit a temporary impasse with the wedding planning so it is a nice distraction!
Post # 12
For a honeymoon in Canada I would go with the Rockies, BC (Victoria or around the lakes if it’s the summer) or the actual East (Nova Scotia, etc.)
Toronto and Montreal are great but they’re just big cities, they’re not really honeymoon type destinations.
Post # 14
TO @lunalyra: Canada is would be a wonderful choice !! Lots to see and do, and the scenery is well quite stunning no matter what part of the country you choose to focus on.
The one thing you should be aware of tho, is Canada is HUGE… it is equivalent in size to about ALL of Europe. So you’ll be quite surprised by how spread out things are here, and the vast amounts of open land we have, it always tends to shock folks coming here from the UK.
Niagara Falls thru to Quebec City (by way of Ottawa) is over 1000 Kms and over 10 Hours of driving one way.
Similarly, Edmonton thru to Victoria is close to 1300 Kms and over 15 Hours of driving time one way.
In both these situations, I’ve given the most direct examples… so not necessarily the most scenic. Nor have I accounted for any time that you’d want to spend sightseeing or visiting in each of the most interesting spots that you’ve mentioned be they a village, town, or city.
As a general rule of thumb, I advise Travellers to Canada to plan on having 2 or 3 Weeks timeframe to take in these sorts of areas you have in mind… both to take account for the travel time and allow enough time to explore as well (the big cities you’ll probably want 2 Days in as a Minimum, 3 would be better)
If you can’t spare 3 weeks, then you may want to trim back your expectations / route.
As far as timing goes… November is probably one of the worst months weather wise. Not Fall, not Winter. Cold bleak and grey, rainy. Summer is definitely the best time to visit / explore, and also when you’ll find most things open for Tourists… late May (Victoria Day Weekend) thru to Early September (Labour Day Weekend)
Hope this helps,
Post # 15
I had my honeymoon in Banff. It is gorgeous – consistently rated one of the most beautiful views in the world.
Highly recommend the Fairmont Lake Louise. We had a Belvedere suite – a loft style suite with a balcony view of the lake and mountains. It was a really wonderful experience – this is one of the Fairmont castles with impeccable service and great upkeep.
The Icefields Parkway is also one of the most beautiful drives you’ll ever do! It takes only a couple of hours to drive, but most visitors make it a day trip because you’ll be getting out of your car every 5-10 minutes to see the scenic stop! There are also bears that appear at the side of the road.
Post # 16
@lunalyra: Go to Banff and stay at the Banff Springs Hotel! You don’t need any more than about 3 days in Banff so you could include it as part of a longer tour around the mountains. My FI and I are both from Calgary (a little over an hour away) and do a weekend trip to Banff at least once a year for our own romantic getaway. Splurge and stay at the Banff Springs, and if you can do the “gold floor” (I think that’s what they call it) do it. We’ve been to many of the hotels in Banff including the Rimrock as well as the fairmont in Lake Louise and the Banff Springs is IMO the best. The rooms are small, but oh so comfy! And you can spend the entire day in the Willow Stream Spa… it’s so relaxing! If you choose the winter I would suggest Late Feb or March. Novemeber can be snow-less and brown but cold. If you choose the summer July/Aug/Sept are all wonderful. If you go make sure to take your photo at “surprise corner” with the Banff Springs in the background like this (we take this photo every time we go)!!