NJ bride wants to honeymoon in Canada(tips)

posted 3 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
1367 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Montreal would be a great option for you.  Since it’s in Quebec you’ll actually feel like you’re really getting away and having a different experience (with the French culture.)  The food is lovely – lots of fantastic local restaurants and the best bagels in the world (yes, I’m a New Yorker but Montreal bagels are the bomb. 😉 

From Montreal you guys could also do a trip to Ottawa if you like museums, since it has the National Art Gallery and the Museum of Civilization, to name a few.  Quebec City would also be a nice side trip.

Post # 4
560 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

my husband and I just visited Canada this past summer and we are also from NJ! We did banff national park and jasper national park .  Will you have a car once in Canada ? There is an amazing drive that you can take that runs between both of the Parks.  There are about 20 sites that you can visit along the road. , literally just off the road that are just breathtaking ! You will see tons of wildlife though we didn’t since we went during a ‘bad’ time for wildlife .  What do you guys like to do? Are you info hiking , photography ? I can give you some recommendations on hotels if you decide to visit either of these areas. We tried to stay at reasonably priced places to free up money to do more adventures.  We stayed at like 5 different places but it was great bc each one offered something different! We used hotels.com which is great bc it saves you a few bucks per night plus you get a free night after 7 bookings.   also, if you are interested in these areas I can send you our itinerary to give you ideas of what to do! What time of year would you be going? 

Post # 5
2416 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

It’s a big country – how long of a train trip are you willing to take?  

Quebec is lovely, Old Quebec City is my favourite place on earth.  I’ve been too many times to count. What time of year are you going?  Quebec can be quite cold in the winter (but so pretty.)  

Montreal is a great get-a-way city.  It’s full of life, arts, food, etc.  There’s a comedy festival every summer, it’s massive.  

Toronto has a little bit of everything, lots of shows/stage productions, symphonies, orchestras, tons of night life, museums, art galleries, sporting events, food from every corner of the world, great shopping, etc.  (I live here.)  I love this city, but Quebec feels more like a throwback to Europe.  Toronto feels like a large (multi-cultural) North American city.  

Personally, I can take or leave Ottawa.  It’s not my favourite place.  

All of these would be easily accessible by train (VIA in Canada, it links up with Amtrack.)  

If you’re willing to go further, I highly suggest looking at Nova Scotia.  I love the maritimes.  The people are so friendly and warm, there’s tons of history and its well celebrated, there’s great food, stories, lots to do.  I’ve found that even Halifax is a slower pace than Toronto/Quebec City/Montreal.  Nova Scotia feels like coming home, everytime I visit.  And I wasn’t born there.  I’ve heard the rest of the Maritimes are similar, I just don’t have any first hand experience.  You might want to check out Porter Airlines.  Flights may be only slightly more than the train and much faster (to most of these locations.)  They fly into/out of NJ.  I’ve flown them a bunch of times (and I’m flying them in Dec to NYC.) They’ve always been fabulous.  

If you’re willing to go to the other side of the country – I’d go to the Rockies.  But I’m a skier.  You’d have to beg to get me off the slopes.  😛  It’s quite a flight and not in the same price range.  It’s gorgeous though. 

I’d also love to get to the north – The Yukon/North West Territories.  I’ve never had the chance.  

Post # 6
30 posts
  • Wedding: October 2013

When are you planning on taking your honeymoon?

Post # 7
2063 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I second Quebec City! It feels soooo European, it is so beautiful & quaint & lovely.

Post # 8
7997 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

I would caution against coming here in the winter (basically anytime between now and April).. brrr!!!

The Rockies are beautiful… we usually stay at the Banff Springs, but it’s pricey. I am sure there are plenty of less expensive hotels you can stay at, though. Fly into Calgary and then rent a car.

ETA: Just re-read your post and I see you’ll be traveling via train… you may want to stay in Eastern Canada, then… it is expensive to come out west.

Post # 9
402 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@brokeninnj:  I would absolutely recommend Quebec City.  It’s GORGEOUS, and has the feel of an old European city.  You’d get something different culturally as the people are French-speaking and there’s a lot to offer in terms of French food, etc.  If you can afford it, you can stay in the center of town at the Chateau Frontenac, which looks like a castle 🙂  It’s very romantic, and perfect for a honeymoon in my opinion. 

Post # 10
9859 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

@brokeninnj:  If you like Museums, Ottawa and Toronto are great.  Ottawa has some amazing museums (Natural History, Civilization being 2 of our favourites) and the National art Gallery is also there.  In Toronto there’s the ROM (Royal Ontario Museum) and the AGO (Art Gallery of Ontario).  There’s also a wonderful gallery in the West end – the McMichael Canadian Art Collection which is the Group of Seven Art Collection – it’s stunning.

Neither city is inexpensive, but you can travel by train, both are relatively walkable to get to the key places you’d want to see.  If you look for travelzoos you can usually get decent deals as well.

Post # 11
16 posts

I was born and raised in Europe and I now live in Canada.

I LOVE Quebec City and Montreal. There is an old-city charm about the place, amazing patios and lots of nightlife and live music to be found. If you are after european charm, this is the place to be. Not horribly far from Ottawa if you want to check out the Natural History Museum, but otherwise Ottawa bores the pants off me.

Toronto is my home, I love this city. It is truly a melting pot of different cultures, so if you love to try new food or want entertainment at your fingertips it’s a wonderful place. There is really everything here, depending on what you want to do. But I do highly reccomend the ROM. Every time I go there it blows my mind. Shopping is also wonderful in Toronto as there’s a lovely mix of high-end malls juxtaposed against ecelectic boutiques.


And to mirror what everyone else has posted: If you fancy a bit of a trek and some jaw-dropping scenery, Banff and the Rockies are the place to be.

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