Is there anywhere in the world more romantic than the Rocky Mountains? We don’t think so!
From snow-topped peaks and tumbling waterfalls to shimmering lakes and bubbling hot springs, this region provides plenty of beautiful scenery, creating the perfect backdrop for a romantic getaway or even a proposal!
This is probably why every year, thousands of couples flood to Rocky Mountain villages for a romantic vacation. Whether it be for an anniversary or a relaxing “us time” day or two, every couple should travel together whenever they can. Exploring new places will help you bond with the one you love, strengthening your relationship and forming memories you’ll never forget.
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When you’re spending everyday with someone, there’s always those moments where you forget the love for each other that brought you together in the first place. But find yourselves on the shores of a serene lake, or in front of still mountain peaks, and you’ll want nothing more than to pucker up and share the moment with the one you love – or get down on one knee and pop the question.
ROMANCE IN THE ROCKIES
Both Banff and Jasper National Parks have a reputation for bringing couples closer together. Hold hands as you gaze upon the tranquil Pyramid Lake or roam the serene shores of Lake Louise. Cuddle while enjoying a sleigh ride or skate together beneath the beauty of a glacier. Or if you’re the type of couple that loves a good thrill, the Glacier Skywalk might be your ideal destination.
To help you figure out which stunning Rocky Mountain attraction you should visit first, we’ve compiled this list of the top 10 romantic spots in Banff and Jasper:
1. JASPER’S PYRAMID LAKE
Discover why this serene spot is Jasper’s most popular wedding destination. Cross the little bridge onto Pyramid Island and admire the glass-like water and rugged mountain scenery as you share a kiss. When the weather turns cold, you can skate together while holding hands and soaking in the scenery.
2. HORSE-DRAWN CARRIAGE RIDE THROUGH BANFF
This romantic endeavour will leave you feeling like you’re living a scene straight from a fairytale. Getting close to the one you adore on a horse-drawn carriage ride ranks among the most romantic activities in the town of Banff. There are 15 and 30 minute rides available or you can book a one-hour excursion for an even more intimate experience.
3. LAKE LOUISE
Renowned for its turquoise waters, Lake Louise has all the romantic ambience any couple could want. You can relax on the shores or escape the crowds with a canoe trip together and share a kiss beneath the majesty of the Victoria Glacier. Hike the beautiful trail around the lake for some quality alone time; perfect for an intimate proposal. Or wait until the winter and skate hand-in-hand with the elegant Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise as the backdrop.
4. EMERALD LAKE LODGE
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Another all-season romantic spot. Encircled by some of the BC Rockies most impressive peaks, this beautiful wooden lodge is located on the quiet shores of Emerald Lake. The beauty of this destination is you can book one of the Lodge’s cozy rentals and snuggle up by the fireplace after a romantic day of exploring the surrounding area.
5. BANFF GONDOLA
Take a ride on the beautiful gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain. Then take a quick jaunt up the Banff SummitWalk where the mesmerizing mountain vistas provide an inspiring backdrop for romance.
6. SUNWAPTA FALLS IN JASPER
While the Athabasca Falls lures the biggest crowds, you can sneak away to this somewhat less popular – but equally as beautiful – natural attraction to share a kiss, and makes an ideal spot to propose if you want to avoid many onlookers. The roar of the water creates a soothing and romantic ambiance.
7. SLEIGH RIDE ALONG THE BOW RIVER
A winter classic – cuddle up to that special someone as you glide over the pristine snow during a sleigh ride along the Bow River and around the town of Banff. You can also book a private ride, complete with chocolates and a cozy buffalo robe.
8. BANFF’S LAKE MINNEWANKA
Share a smooch as you cruise this sparkling lake during a one-hour interpretive tour or, if you’re not the type to kiss in public, rent a pedal boat and enjoy some quality alone time. There are also ample hiking trails around the area, if you’d like to pack a picnic and share an intimate, private lunch in the forest.
9. CHAIRLIFT AT SUNSHINE VILLAGE
When you’re out on a skiing escape, there’s no need to be bashful on the chairlift – kiss your partner high above the slopes. The Great Divide Express Quad Chairlift at Sunshine Village is arguably the most scenic lift in Canada, with mountain views that are especially exquisite.
10. GLACIER SKYWALK AT JASPER
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Are you and your beloved more of the daredevil type? Then maybe you’ll get a kick out of Jasper’s newest attraction: the Glacier Skywalk. Walk onto this glass observation deck and stand 280 metres above the Sunwapta Valley. It perfectly sets up a romantic moment neither of you will forget anytime soon!