Post # 1
Hello lovely ladies!
I’m dead set determined to have my honeymoon in Canada (late feb/early march next year), and will probably have 2 weeks to spend. I’ve never been north of the equator, so I need a lot of help!
FI is very keen to do some skiing/snowboarding (we have no skills with this – can anyone say “newlyweds killed in tragic skiing honeymoon” haha), and I’m very keen to be somewhere immensely beautiful – we don’t mind spending time in cities, but I figure the best time would be had out of the city?
What areas of the country would you guys suggest we look at? Any must-do experiences or sights to see? I want allllll the ideas!
Post # 2
Catcat1: I’m not Canadian, but I lived there for an extended amount of time.
I’d check out Vancouver, Vancouver Island & Whistler. There are direct flights (or at least, there used to be), you can spend a lot of time skiing/snowboarding in Whistler (good place for newbees) and the Sunshine Coast is BEAUTIFUL! Even that time of year. Plus, I don’t think you can ever go wrong with Vancouver! I may be a little biased though since I lived there
Also check out Banff National Park & Lake Louise in Alberta. It’s absolutely stunning in the winter time and has a lot of winter activities, although I’m not as familiar with it. You’d fly in and out of Calgary.
Post # 3
I’m from Nova Scotia, and while the East Coast is beautiful in the summer, it’s misery in the winter. you’ll probably want to avoid this side of the country.
I would recommend focusing on the West Coast of the country for a visit in March. British Columbia is beautiful and has lots of winter activities and is visually beautiful!
Post # 4
You could also go to Mont-Tremblant, in Quebec. http://www.tremblant.ca/en.aspx It is indeed beautiful, and you get to do some skiing/snowboarding. You would also be about 1h45 from Montréal, which attracts many tourists every year so i figure there’s something for everyone to see. I live near Montréal, so I’d rather go to Australia haha. http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Attractions-g155032-Activities-Montreal_Quebec.html My Montréal’s favorites are the Biôdome/Botanical Garden/insectarium/planetarium combo. https://espacepourlavie.ca/en/botanical-garden And also the Old Port, perfect for a romantic outdoor walk, many things to do as well and a lot of restaurants.
Edited to add that even though Quebec is a french-speaking province, the majority of people also speak english, so that won’t be a problem, unless you venture deep deep in Quebec, but in Montreal and it’s surroundings that’s not an issue.
Post # 5
Catcat1: I’m from Ontario but I’m going to have to agree with everything lorakath has mentioned. I’ve never been but have watched countless events on TV showing the slopes of Whistler! Its definitely the first place I think of when I think skiing/snowboarding in Canada!
Post # 6
Banff, Alberta is beautiful too. You could spend a week in bc then a week in Alberta.
Post # 7
Catcat1: head to the rockies 🙂
Post # 8
I have lived in Vancouver and Toronto and have skiied in Whistler, Blue Mountains and Mont Tremblanc. I am a wimp so Whistler was a bit much for me even though I have been skiing for a decade. Their greens were actually more like blues elsewhere. On the other hand, if you are not a wimp like me and actually enjoy sports, speed, thrill, etc. Whistler is excellent. The snow quality is top notch and the scenary is beautiful. Actually, it would be a shame not to visit Whistler after coming all the way from Australia. I think Feb is better than March if you plan to ski. You can also try ziplining and snowshoeing in Whistler.
I second previous posters about Banff and Lake Louise. It’s a short flight to Calgary and the Rockies are the best scenary Canada has to offer in the winter, in my opinion. If you want some city activities or shopping, you could cross the border from Vancouver to Seattle, which is not that long of a drive. Vancouver is also a very nice city (my favourite city) but shopping in Canada doesn’t offer much advantage price-wise.
Another cool activity might be to go whale watching from the coast. I think the peak season is some time in winter, but I am not sure. Anyway, I hope you have a great visit and a lovely honeymoon!
Post # 9
Vancouver would probably be the best option, and it’s technically closer to fly to Australia so you save some on flight
Post # 10
I live in Calgary so we go to Banff/Lake Louise fairly often. We aren’t skiers though, so we just hike or go for the day in the summer mostly. But the area is beautiful. I recommend the Rimrock hotel in Banff – the Fairmont is pretty like a castle but the rooms aren’t as nice. If you fly into a city like Calgary and can get to a Costco (you need a membership though) I think they sell different kinds of ski passes for cheaper than out at the hills.
Post # 11
Oh Wow! Who needs a travel agent! You guys are amazing!!
AlexisB: The FI really wants to go to Whistler, but like I said, we’ve never skiied before, and yeah… it looks a bit daunting!! Haha.
nousdeux: Thanks for the suggestion! Sounds quite like what I’m after! I do speak a wee bit of french, so I’m not too stressed there! And isn’t it always the way! Australia’s so dull to me, I have to keep reminding myself that I actually do have it pretty good and I shouldn’t be miserable about the fact I can’t move to (insert lovely country here). Haha
Post # 12
There are direct flights to Vancouver from Sydney, my FI is actually working just outside toowoomba right now! I live in Alberta and I go to the rocky mountains quite often, they are beautiful, lots to do in Banff and calgary is just an hour drive. I’m not sure if you want to be here in February though, the temperature can get to -30, middle of march might be a bit easier on you. Vancouver is definitely milder, you won’t find much snow there, never been to whistler myself so I have no opinions.
Post # 13
I would highly recommend Vancouver. You can do the winter activity in Whistler and enjoy the multi-culture in town,. If you are going in late Feb/March, I would highly recommend you visit Vancouver in March because that’s the beginning of cherryblossom season. You don’t have to fly to Japan to see cherryblossom, it’s everywhere in town.
Post # 14
Definitely the west coast, Vancouver, Banff, etc.
Post # 15
I lived just outside of Vancouver for a very long time – it would be a fantastic place to go. There is so much to do there! Not too far away from Down town Vancouver (a drivable distance, there are also busses that go there) is Whistler Villiage which is a skiing and snowboarding area very popular with visitors and locals.