Are you seeking inspiration for a romantic getaway, an anniversary escape or the perfect location to pop the question or say ‘I do’?
With backdrops ranging from snow-capped mountains to tumbling waterfalls, shimmering turquoise lakes to awe-striking glaciers, it is no wonder that the Rocky Mountains are considered one of the most romantic places in Canada.
Here are our top picks of the most romantic locations you can visit in the Canadian Rockies.
Banff National Park
Home to Canada’s oldest national park, Banff is the perfect location for those seeking a little romance. Cuddle up on the Banff Gondola and take an 8-minute ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain. When you disembark, you will be faced with some of the most breathtaking views the Canadian Rockies have to offer. Make this the ultimate romantic experience by taking your ride at sunset.
Alternatively, seek an adrenaline rush with a romantic twist by organising a Heli-hiking trip. This will allow you to reach the wildest and highest locations in the Canadian Rockies from the skies. You will then be dropped off in the midst of the alpine – away from other hikers – to trek through the wilderness. Choose the length of flight and the difficulty of your hike so this excursion can be tailor-made to suit your requirements. You can even have a champagne picnic waiting for you as your land! Our top tip? Embark on this adventure in July so you can see the alpine wildflowers in full bloom.
Miette Hot Springs
One of the most unique features of the Canadian Rockies are the phenomenal hot springs they are home to. Miette Hot Springs in Jasper National Park are the hottest in the Canadian Rockies. The waters actually need to be cooled to 40-degrees Celsius in before visitors can take the plunge! These hot springs are the best place to unwind after a long day of exploring the beauty of the Rockies with that special someone. With a café on-site you can relax and enjoy a slower pace of life.
Heart Creek, Alberta
Take your partner on the most romantic hike in Alberta! Drive along the Trans-Canada highway and visit Heart Mountain. Take the Heart Creek exit and wander along the creek, crossing 7 log bridges along the way. The reward at the end of the trail makes the journey worth it: a beautiful panoramic view of Heart Mountain, nicknamed as such due to the shaping of the limestone at the top. Who knows, maybe this secluded walk is the perfect place to pop the question?
Famous across the world for its turquoise waters, Lake Louise is full of ambience no matter when you visit. If you’re planning a trip in the warmer summer months, relax on the shores or enjoy a canoe trip together for some quality time in the heart of nature. There is a stunning hike around the lake, so pack a picnic and enjoy the romantic scenery. Alternatively, visit towards the end of the year and be greeted by a winter wonderland. Skate hand-in-hand across the frozen lake with the luxurious Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise as your backdrop. You can even take a sleigh ride around the lake, which is the perfect opportunity to snuggle up with that special someone and gaze in wonder at frozen waterfalls.
For those keen to embark on a self-drive across the Rockies, there are countless romantic spots dotted along the Icefields Parkway. Stop along the way with a picnic and hike to the viewing platform for the stunning glacier-fed Peyto Lake. There are views of some of the highest mountains in the Rockies along this road, with over 100 visible glaciers, numerous tumbling waterfalls and wildlife-watching opportunities like no other.
Why not visit Jasper’s most popular wedding destination during your trip to the beautiful Rockies? Pyramid Lake is known for its crystal clear waters and rugged mountain scenery, so cross the little bridge onto the lake and share a kiss with that special someone.
BONUS LOCATION: Fernie, Alberta
If you are looking for the dream destination to say your vows, Island Lake near Fernie, Alberta is known for its beauty and serenity. Seen as an almost spiritual experience, there is actually a location called ‘I Do Point’ where people frequently hold their wedding ceremonies with the jaw-dropping Lizard Range of the Rockies as a backdrop.
Would you like to jet off on a romantic trip to the Canadian Rockies? Browse our incredible itineraries below.