Hey everyone on Travellerspoint,
My sister and her fiance are getting married on October 11th, and they would really love to go on a honeymoon. At this point they have no way of getting Canadian passports in time (they left this to the last minute), even with rush orders (he needs to replace a lost SIN card before he can even apply for one), so they are looking to honeymoon in Canada. They would perfer somewhere warm and also not too expensive. Do you have any ideas of where a good place to go would be? They live in Calgary. They were thinking of the Sunshine Coast. Are there any other recommendations?
Also, any recommondations for things to do and see? They like beaches and things water-related, though I am not sure if beaches will still be possible in October. They aren't really museum or history buffs. He likes literature but she doesn't read! Gentle hikes are okay for both of them, but they aren't overtly active people. They both like to shop and have an afinity for cities, but also a love of natural scenery. Is there a place that combines these things?
Do you have any recommondations of affordable but romantic accomodations?
Yes, I know that this is a tough sell. But I am putting my trust in the experienced travellers on TP! Also, any locals who want to chime in about their hometowns/cities would be great, too! Any and every responce and advice is appreciated!
Victoria's about the only place I can think of that fits your pretty hefty bill, a beach in Canada in October???
Although with this recent heat wave you might find a beach near Saskatoon in October =)
Thanks for your reply.
Sorry if I wasn't clear (as often I'm not). A beach is not a MUST. I did say that it was unlikely, if I'm not mistaken.
Victoria would be a possibility, but the only problem is that it is where he proposed, so it isn't likely the place where they also want to spend their honeymoon- that and the fact that Victoria happens to be one of the most expensive places in Canada to travel to.
Well. thanks anyway, ChubbDub.
I HIGHLY recomend a honeymoon in Ontario as the leaves will be turning at the best point in October - very romantic scenery.
They could fly into YYZ Toronto and hire a car for the beautiful drive North on HWY 400 - very easy access from the airport via 409/427 South/401East to 400 North.
Plan to stay in the Muskoka area (cottage country) there are many towns to choose from and even could plan to stay in a few different parts allong the way...
For a realy nice log cabin casual stay I recommend Wolfs Den just outside of Dwight/Dorset area.... it is located about 6Km. from the West gate entrance to Algonquin Park (largest provincial park) which is STUNNING and has many light trails to hike for day trips.
There are ALOT of POSh places to stay in the park or just outside of Hunstville (Ex. Deerhurst Resort) which is the nearest major city and about 40 mins. drive from Algonquin Provincial Park.
I am an Ontario Girl, working as a flight attendant with Emirates Airline... I currently reside in Dubai. As you can imagine I have seen MANY beautiful places on Earth and STILL honestly (slightly biast perhaps) have never seen any place as georgeous as The Muskokas in Autumn in Ontario.
Hope it helps,
Keep me posted as to thier decisions and feel free to ask any more detailed questions as to what I have recommended
Isnt Niagara Falls Canadas honeymoon capital?
[ Edit: Edited on 27-Sep-2009, at 00:55 by jambo101 ]
I would have suggested Muskoka, but got beat to it, so I'll offer up a couple alternatives instead.
Quebec City is beautiful. The old part of the capital has a real sense of history. There is good shopping (the French are very fashionable). There are nice walks through the city, though it can be a little hilly in parts. Nature is nearby for day trips. Mount St. Anne, Jacques Cartier park, a St. Laurence River cruise or whale watching.
Niagara Falls has been mentioned, but I would suggest staying in Niagara on the Lake and using that as a base. Niagara Falls is close-by, as is wine country and the Niagara Escarpment.
I read the other posts & there seem to be budget considerations, warmer weather, shopping, beaches, not really athletic... I'm presuming that they're driving. Head to Vancouver.
Bring a camera, be a star!
On my first visit to Vancouver, I took a Greyhound bus tour to get my bearings.
How about Granville Island - nice hotel, restaurants, tourists & many locals are present, boat tours. Maybe try the ??Pacific?? Culinary School for lunch.
Side trip to Steveston Village (Richmond) & a short walk to Gary Point Park - or drive - where there should be people flying kites on the weekend & the greatest real fresh cut french fries (west of Prescott Ontario) on an outdoor picnic table. I seem to remember there's also whale watching trips.
Side trip to White Rock; walk on the boardwalk, dozens of restaurants, walk on the beach when the tide's out; find your way to Crescent Beach for a walk by or in the water if it's sunny & maybe a nice meal.
Shopping? Besides the obvious downtown, try Lonsdale Quay in North Van after a Seabus trip from Vancouver which is not too far from Stanley Park.
Day or overnight trip to Whistler?
As mentioned, the Sunshine Coast or other ferry destinations for an exploratory day trip.
All of the above locations are near water & other than meals & some parking most are free.
I've suggested a SkyTrain round trip (Expo Line) to friends to get a "bird's eye" view of the area; there's dirt cheap parking at Scott Road station in Surrey - bring a credit card for the fee.
Bring flexible clothing... for outdoors! Sheeesh!! Rain is probable but is seldom like Prairie downpours; sometimes a baseball cap & windbreaker is enough when there's light rain. Cooler temperatures by the water or on ferries - light windbreaker, long pants, coffee thermos. If you leave the beach to go shopping you may be dressed too warmly with a sweater & long pants; it can get annoying when going on a day trip to a few destinations.
Then there's the Queen Charlotte Islands - more expensive (much), but man-oh-man!!
If they want to go East I can make suggestions in Québec on another post.
The most different Canadian place near/by/on water for Calgarians is Prince-Edward-Island; probably the most stunning destination in Canada that I've been to & I've missed only Newfoundland & the Territories. A friend in Edmonton called PEI Hawaii without the Palm trees.
Enjoy visiting; Canada is absolutely stunning, even around Calgary!
Thanks to everyone who replied. Well, I have emailed your suggestions to them and I am awaiting their reply, so I don't know their decision as of yet.
But I think I can guess what they may decide.
Muskoka sounds lovely- to me. It would probably be budget conscious, flying with WestJet and renting a Budget-Rent-A-Car. They wouldn't stay in one of the resorts. But unless there is good shopping or excellent food, they aren't likely to enjoy quaint towns. Just not their style. They like excitement. The leaves sound beautiful, though. Of course, I haven't heard from them, so this is just a guess. Thank you for the recommendation, reliefeh, and the echo, GregW.
Niagara Falls. Yes, a little cheesy, but they're getting married in Banff, a pretty touristy town, so they can handle a little cheese. Actually, this one isn't a bad idea, if you believe me. My sister has always wanted to see Niagara Falls, so this would be an opportunity. Also, they love to drink wine and eat cheese, so being near wine country is a plus. I can easily see them going on a wine tour and quite enjoying themselves. Thanks for the recommendations, GregW and jambo101.
Quebec City isn't quite their style, I'm afriad. Though I'm not sure about him, she doesn't remember much from French class, and since Quebec City demands that you speak French, this might be a difficult one. Yes, it is beautiful, and they would probably enjoy the shopping, but the language barrier worries me. Maybe Montreal, a rumourably more English-friendly city, would be more their style. Thanks for the recommendation, GregW.
Vancouver. It was a lovely thought, and, in fact, they do enjoy Vancouver, but they just have been there way, way too many times. We have lots of family in Vancouver, so we visit every few years. You named some charming places in Vancouver to visit, but they have actually seen most of them. They are looking for something new. Thank you for your recommendation, once again, dbl-nkl.
The Queen Charlottes. That's a thought. Until you said "expensive". . . Errrr . . . Maybe not. Thanks though, dbl-nkl.
And Prince Edward Island. So, dnl-nkl, the most expensive plane tickets out of the bunch aside, what things are there to do there, besides seeing the Anne of Green Gables house? Where would you stay for a romantic honeymoon? Yes, I've heard from people who have travelled there that it is absolutely beautiful, and I have no doubt that it is "Hawaii without the palm trees" (albeit a little colder). Hmmmm . . .
As of right now, they have a suite booked at the Banff Spings Hotel for one night, but want to go somewhere else for the rest of the time. They are actually looking to get cheap airline tickets instead of drive, because they both have sort-of old cars and don't want to log a ton of miles onto them. They may rent a car once they arrive, depending on need. But usually last-minute bookings can get quite expensive, so time is of the essence.
Soooo, anyone else want to put in their two cents?
If they really want a warm beach honeymoon, I'd suggest putting off the honeymoon a few weeks in time to get passports (we actually waited 2 months between wedding and honeymoon--it was a nice break and great anticipation!). That way, they could head south and enjoy an affordable package deal... and get weather that's warmer and more guaranteed.
Just a thought!
French isnt mandatory in Quebec its just the predominant language and any services catering to tourists really brings out the bilingualism when it comes to taking your money..