"Romance is that magical state of being where the true heart opens and all things wondrous are possible," says Virginia Blatchford from her home in Chemainus, British Columbia. Along with husband, "Sir Larryalot", Blatchford runs two elegantly romantic bed & breakfast operations, Castlebury Cottage and Birdsong Cottage.
Romance is easy along Canada's west coast, where the spectacular scenery runs from the tip of Tofino down through the Cowichan Valley to Victoria, rippling out to the mainland of British Columbia.
Bed and breakfast getaways
Home to some of Canada's most romantic bed & breakfasts, British Columbia has something for everyone, regardless of one's definition of romance.
In Victoria, the 110-year-old mansion, Fairholme Manor, nestles into one square acre of the core of Victoria, a fifteen minute walk from the ocean or downtown Victoria. TIP: Ask ahead for the Lemon Ricotta Pancakes.
And what could be more romantic than bed and breakfasting on a private yacht? Docked on Victoria's harbour, the Brass Bell includes harbour ferry transportation and breakfast at a waterfront café.
Steam up your romance with a visit to Vancouver's Pacific Palisades Hotel, where adventurous romantics can take advantage of glow-in-the-dark body paint and bedside black lights.
Could anything be more sensuous than chocolate? Seduce your sweetie at Vancouver's Diva at the Met. Tip: Sample Thomas Haas's handmade truffles at Diva.
Romance in the wild west
Roping its way along 700 kilometres of Highway 22, Alberta's Cowboy Trail offers the romance of the west in the form of farm/ranch destinations, western themed bed & breakfasts, helicopter tours of Alberta's spectacular mountains and glaciers, trail rides, and canoe rides.
Praire romance in Saskatoon
Landlubbers can escape to the Saskatoon Princess a 49-passenger ship cruise along the South Saskatchewan River. Or spend a quiet evening enjoying local theatre at the Barn Playhouse.
Whatever corner of Canada you find yourself in, chances are you'll find a stay at a day spa both relaxing and romantic. To find a day spa near you, check out Leading Spas of Canada.
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