(Closed) October Brides! Honeymoon Destinations?? British Columbia/Alberta & Brazil?

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I live in Vancouver and have all my life so I can speak from experience. October can be dead gorgeous and warm here. Last october I barely even wore heavy sweaters. Granted it never gets super cold here. Rarely drops below 0-5 Celsius. But the downside is our weather is suuuuper unpredictable when it comes to rain. It could pour all of October or not a single day. There’s no way of knowing and no specific week in the month tends to be better than others. I hope that helps!

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

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laurenxo91:  Sadly Vancouver is always kind of unpredictable however the past 3 summers we’ve had have been incredible and very dry. July tends to be our iffy month with August being a touch drier but last year the whole summer was dry and this year it’s a bit reversed. I would almost say the hell with it and just pack up a nice rain jacket and some gum boots just in case and come anyway, we’d love to have you and puddle jumping is fun anyway πŸ˜‰

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2017 - Sea Cider

I live in Victoria, and I can happily say that the last few Octobers here have been lovely.

This isn’t REALLY what you asked, but allow me to suggest a short stay (2 days) in Victoria, a drive up the wine trail, and then maybe four days in Tofino, at the Wickaninnish. The concierge can set up activities (kayaking, horseback riding on the beach) for you, and the food is legendary on the Island (eat at Sobo, and then buy the cook book).

Check out the Wick’s website, and see what you think!

 

 

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Blushing bee

We had a difficult time picking our honeymoon destination because of October weather trends, and recently booked our trip to Mauritius (Island east of Madagascar) and then we are spending a week in France on our way home. Its a loooong trip there, but we know this is a once in a lifetime trip, and we would never go to a place like this after we have kids. CANT WAIT! πŸ™‚ 

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Go to the Rockies in August or early September , or middle of winter if you like snow

Post # 9
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Busy bee

We were in the same quandry, as we are in Canada in October too.  We decided to go to a warm destination.  I have been to western Canada, and it’s beautiful, but, I wanted relaxation, and pina coladas, not adventure, and moose.

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2017 - Sea Cider

oh, also – we booked the Banff Springs for ours. so excited!

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Buzzing Beekeeper

There was on article on cnn.com last night that listed the most dangerous places to be a tourist, Brazil was number 6 I believe. I would love to go there though! Just do some research on where you are staying first. 

FWIW- we have an October wedding and we decided on a resort in st.lucia. Yes it’s hurricane season. If it is awful outside I guess it is all the more reason to stay in…

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2015 - Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

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laurenxo91:  I live in Calgary, AB (and we are having our wedding in Banff!) and I have strong recommendations about this! I absolutely love adventuring in BC and the Rockies in Alberta but the weather can be unpredictable. If you are the adventurous type and can handle any situation then that might be a fun time. I’ve spent warm days in January hiking the mountains and snowy days in September holed up in our hotel room enjoying a fire. 

My suggestion would be to go to Brazil for your honeymoon- it is for sure the more exotic choice (in my biased opinion anyways) and then come to the Rockies for a mini moon in the summer. July/August are the most constant months in terms of weather and they are usually quite warm and dry. If you plan for July then you could even coincide with the Calgary Stampede which draws people from around the world and I always find a fun time!

Message me if I can help answer any other questions!

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014 - Catal Restaurant

I went to Brazil for an early honeymoon/the world cup last year. We stayed in copacabana at the princess promenade copacabana. We could see the ocean from our patio. We went during their winter, but we spent most of our time at the beach. It was humid and warm so i can only imagine what it would be like to go in October. We absolutely loved it and had the time of our lives. We plan on going back for carnival. We went on a tour that was set up by a travel agent down the street from our hotel and got a guided tour of Rio. We didnt go to the favelas (i had no interest in going and staring at the less fortunate). If you want to stay somewhere that is more like a resort i would check out Buzios. That’s where a lot of the national teams stayed when we were out there.

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

There is a TON still open throughout the rockies in October! An absolute ton! 

 

My my suggestion would be a little different than the “usual” highway one route, though… I would start in BC either in Victoria (super romantic there with places like the Empress Hotel, the world class Royal BC museum, and Butchardt Gardens) then over to Vancouver to hang out in places like Granville Island, gastown and stop in Fort Langley on your way out; then instead of sticking to highway 1 you should travel highway 3 (they split around Hope, I think) and head east through wine country. Once you get into the kootenai range, there are amazing hikes around Fernie and Elko/Elkford, fernie itself is an awesome pampering spot with a spot-on museum and a festival around a local Native curse as well as hundreds of kilometres of hiking and mountain biking trails. A little further into Alberta, Crowsnesr Pass is pretty much as gorgeous as any other point in the rockies. If the weather holds you can hike up several local mountains, there’s three good museums (only one closes in winter, and that isn’t until end of October) and some spas in town alongside great restaurants. The most photographed tree in the world is there. There’s legends of a long lost gold mine, a town buried when a mountain collapsed, and a rum runner with a femme fatale sidekick who murdered a cop when he thought the police had killed his son in a high speed shootout.

Then I would head back into BC and North towards Radium, Harrison Hot Springs and Invermere. There’s gorgeous little lakes, hot springs in several small towns, and although there is a tendency towards kitschy tourist stuff it’s cute and they cater to honeymooners. Lots of fun little mom and pop places to make things special, plus amazing hot springs spas. The highway from Radium meets up with the Bow Valley Parkway and Highway 1 halfway between Banff and Lake Louise. Those are both beautiful areas no matter the weather, and although the staffing is down a little from the summer months, the crowds are too. The historic train station in lake louise is a restaurant open until usually the end of October (I think), and the big hotels still stay open even though the campsites close. Trails stay open unless there are lots of bears, banff has more shopping and pampering than you can shake a stick at – and their museums stay open year round. The Banff Park museum is impressive – over 150 years of collecting taxidermies. They haven’t collected specimens for decades but the collection is very thorough. It’s kind of like if you could walk through a “wildlife of the Canadian Rockies” book. There are live performance venues in town, plus it’s a short drive to Calgary where you can spend a couple days before heading home – Vertigo Theatre or Theatre Calgary would be sure to have something high class on offer, the Calgary Zoo (if you like zoos) is a relatively good-not-evil example of a zoo, Gasoline Alley has an amazing classic car collection, Telus Spark is a science and art centre rolled into one, the Calgary Tower is amazing, there are dozens of good restaurants and places to hang out, and if you want nature, history and pampering rolled into one, there is a top notch fancy restaurant in Fish Creek Provincial Park inside a historic ranch house.

there are lots of side trips to take – stops in wine country, or out onto the prairies a little for Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump or the Royal Tyrell Museum, or even to the Remington Carriage museum in Cardston. You could do Alberta and BC easily in October!

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