I'm currently trying to organize a surprise honeymoon in Canada!
The reason being that's it's a country that my fiancée and I really want to see, having heard good reports and my having worked with some really nice Canadians.
My problem is that the country's so big that I'm undecided on where to go!
We're from Ireland and would like a 2-week honeymoon preferably staying in the one location (but we're a bit flexible on that). We'd like a honeymoon that would mix chilling-out with a bit of sightseeing and leisure. A bit of luxury would be nice also, but as the wedding is proving expensive we'll have to budget a bit.
Apologies for the detailed nature of this post, but I REALLY don't want to mess this up for obvious reasons.
Any help would be much appreciated!
Johnny, you're right about it being a big place, so if you want to chill and are on a budget, it makes sense to pick one place as a base.
There are obviously lots of choices and I haven't seen a lot of Canada yet, but I can recommend Toronto.
Once described as 'New York, run by the Swiss' it is fast becoming a very trendy place to be, so there is lots of life to enjoy and it felt pretty safe to walk around to me.
Niagara Falls is just an hour or so drive away and Niagara-on-the-Lake (Canada's first capital) is unheard of, but really pretty and well worth a sunny afternoon stroll.
The CN tower is a must, and you can watch baseball next door at the sky dome.
We were only there for a week, but I dare say there's plenty more to do, or you could spend a second week elsewhere.
I very highly recommend that you vacation in Newfoundland. I have been everywhere in Canada and I have been to Ireland and I think that you would really have a wonderful time there. The scenery is unmatched in this country, the people are very hospitable and friendly, and there is both luxury and leisure. You would probably have to fly from Ireland to Halifax and then on to St. John's. I'm telling you, it is worth it. You could take a whale watching tour, eat at fantastic bistros, and get pampered at a spa and you could also visit a pub on George Street where you drink too much beer and listen to music in an authentic Irish tradition.
I think you would also really find the similarities between Ireland and Newfoundland very intriguing. There is a very strong Irish tradition in that part of the country. Best of all, it won't be overcrowded with tourists like other parts of the country.
Wherever you choose, enjoy your trip!
What a lucky girl to get such a thoughtful husband! Much joy to you! YAY!
My recommendation would be Montreal. Although Toronto is a world-class city, Montreal is a more romantic city, with cosy restaurants and cafes, scenic neighbourhoods and stroll-able parks. Mtl is more affordable - you can do a lot more, for A LOT less cash. In the spring, you can even go to a sugar shack and sample maple syrup fresh from the tree! Also, if you decide to sightsee a bit, Ottawa, Toronto and Quebec City are only a couple hours away by train trip.
Some links that might be of use to you:
VIA Rail Canada / Travel by train! Vacations, tours and tourism info
Official Quebec tourism website
Good luck! GL
It is a big country - and if 10 people respond you're going to get 10 equally valid and interesting suggestions.
I think what will work best will depend on what you're looking for: someplace quiet (the forest, the ocean, a beach), someplace scenic (Niagara Falls, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Vancouver), someplace cultural (Quebec City, Ottawa [for the museums and heritage sites]), someplace exciting (Montreal, Toronto), and so on.
Personally (because I live here!), I'd go for Montreal. It can be busy or quiet, depending on where you go. Plus you'll hear a mixture of French and English, so it adds to the feeling of being somewhere different. There are a ton of shops, restaurants of every kind you can imagine, museums, great places to walk, a great public transportation system, and a ton of festivals - especially in the summer. You're also a short ride to Quebec City (which is an absolute must-see - I've been 15 times and I still go back), Ottawa and some really great resort towns in the Laurentians. You can even take a few days to head to Toronto, which is about 5 hours away.
Here are a few sites you can check out, as well:
Official Montreal Tourism site
Bonjour Quebec! (official Quebec tourist site)
Quebec City - official tourist site
Mont Tremblant (this is the biggest resort town in the Laurentians - about 2 hours north of Montreal. It is absolutely stunning)
I would be great if you could give us a little more detail as to what you are looking for.
My personal recommendation is Victoria, British Columbia.
There is so much to see and do, such as the Wax museum, the Royal British Columbia museum, and the Butterfly and Buchart gardens. But also there is beauty to just leisurely absorb, such as a stroll down the wharf where there is always something going on and whale watching. Spend a couple days in Tofino, which is just up the coast.
There is always water sports such as swimming, surfing, and kayaking.
Here are a few websites you might find helpful:
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g154945-Victoria_Vancouver_Island_British_Columbia-Vacations.html (This one is very good, will tell you about the hotels you're looking at and give you ideas of what to do)
http://www.victoriaattractions.com/ For a scope of Victoria.
http://www.springtidecharters.com/ and http://www.princeofwhales.com/ For whale watching.
Whatever you do have a wonderful trip.
Many thanks for the replies guys, you've given me much food for thought!
I was leaning towards Vancouver after reading an article in The Times, but am now unsure again.
What's the weather normally like in April by the way? I might go straight after the wedding (next year) or may leave it till May, if there's much of a difference. Nothing wrong with a bit of sun!
Id have to say that Vancouver and the West Coast is a great place to see. I live here myself and of course Im biased to the beautiful scenery, inexpensive activites (tons of hiking, beaches, camping, islands etc etc etc) and ridiculously friendly people Theres a lot to see and do, and Vancouver Island is only a ferry ride away. The weather in April is usually good and May is even better. (Nice and warm and sunny!)Also, I know that you can get cheap flights into Vancouver from the UK (on Zoom and MyTravel airways)... I hope this helps a little?
Ive also been to Old Quebec City which is one of the most beautiful places Ive ever been. It's romantic and historical and Ive heard that its the closest thing to Europe without crossing the ocean.
Hope this helped?
I'd go for Montreal and Quebec City. Definately the best places for a romantic honeymoon.
Tomber amoureaux du Quebec!
I think the over all feeling is that you can't really make a bad call on this one. In April or May, your taking a chance anywhere in this country, april can get a bit rainy (sometimes), but May can be an amazing month of weather. The west coast will offer you the best natural site seeing and has a good mix of city, mountain, forest and ocean. The east coast is probally the best value, warmest people, but probally most like home (ireland), and the chances of rain in the spring is very good. Although the food is probally the best. Toronto is the largest and most ethnically diverse city, tonnes of resturants and night life but for a honeymoon, not so sure (this is where I live). Montreal and Quebec city would be the richest in culture, music, and art. French Canada feels like another country in it's self.
Luxery can be found anywhere in Canada. And the food and drink is great everywhere (lot's of sea food on the coasts, lots of fushion in the citys). Either way you go I'm sure you'll love it. One word of advice where ever you do go rent a car. Although I'm sure this a pretty obvious point.