With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, quarantining couples will be looking for something and somewhere new (and safe) to celebrate the year’s most loved-up holiday. Now, this time around the holiday might look a little bit different, but that doesn’t mean it can’t still be special. Here are 10 of the most romantic winter date spots in Alberta that you should check out this February 14th.
Is there anything more romantic than spending time together under a blanket of stars? At the Jasper Planetarium, cozy up next to each other and join one of their astronomy guides for an in-depth exploration of constellations, meteors, and matter. Wander the beautiful grounds of the world’s largest accessible astronomy park, hear stories, and take a guided binocular tour of the milky way.
Where: 1 Old Lodge Rd, Jasper, Alberta
A symbol of friendship between Japan and Canada, the Nikka Yuko Japanese Gardens are one of the most beautiful places in not just Alberta, but all of North America. In the summertime walk through fields of hand-planted flowers and in the winter experience the magic of their lantern and light festival.
Where: Corner of 9th Ave S &, Mayor Magrath Dr. S, Lethbridge
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Alberta’s Nordic Spa is a romantic alpine sanctuary with views, incredible food, and amazing service. Now, unfortunately, you’ll have to wait until restrictions are lifted to enjoy a steam sesh in their Eucalyptus cabin or a dip in their pool – but you can still get massages and sit fireside! Other romantic activities in the area include Heli-tours and incredible hikes.
Where: 1 Centennial Dr, Kananaskis,
Boundary Ranch is a hidden gem, deep in the Rocky Mountains. Here, couples can take an incredibly scenic sleigh or dog sled ride, relax by a campfire, roast marshmallows, drink hot cocoa, and take in some fresh air before heading home. It really is THE perfect day trip excursion.
Where: 2 Guinn’s Road, Kananaskis, Alberta, Canada
Now, what kind of Albertan’s would be if we didn’t include Lake Louise on this list?! This magical spot is world-renowned for its unparalleled beauty in the winter. Whether you stay the night in the Chateau, or you just pass-through for a day-skate and wander – there is no doubt that you’ll win big points for visiting.
Where: See directions here
A Trip to the Yamuska Wolfdog sanctuary is not an experience easily forgotten – so we definitely wouldn’t recommend this as a first date destination. During this incredible day trip not only will learn, listen, and tour their one-of-a-kind sanctuary, you’ll also get nose to nose with a pack of fully grown wolves.
Where: PO Box 1377, Cochrane, Alberta
Attractions like Maligne Canyon remind us why there really is no place quite like the Rockies. With the help of a professional guide, couples will actually get to tour the 30-metre high icy cave-like passages, underneath frozen waterfalls and across the gorge floor. Wow.
Where: Directions here – Jasper National Park, AB
Grab the hand of that someone special and do laps above the big blue between the snow-covered mountains surrounding Lake Minnewanka, a natural Alberta haven unlike any other. This icy spot is incredibly photogenic, totally serene, and as romantic as it gets.
Where: See directions here
Banff is one of the most magical places on earth in the wintertime and the best way to see it in all of its snow-covered glory is from above. This unreal gondola ride will take you and your someone special to new heights, will totally change your point of view… and make for some super cute couples photos.
Where: 1 Mountain Avenue, Banff
Looking for a weekend away? Check out Baker Creek Mountain Resort, an authentically Canadian place to really take in the beauty of the Rockies. Enjoy lantern-lit meals, go for walks or snowmobile rides, and cozy up next to each other fireside under the stars.
Where: Baker Creek Mountain Resort, P.O. Box 66, Lake Louise
There you have it, friends. Those are 1o of the most romantic winter date spots in Alberta. Enjoy yourselves out there and be safe!