Couple dining at Granville Island (Patrice Halley photo)
British Columbia has a huge variety of alluring destinations and memorable activities for couples, ranging from luxurious and relaxing to heart-pounding fun.
Enjoy sunset beach strolls, visit a steamy hot springs cave, or picnic in a vineyard while sipping Okanagan wine. Try a winter storm-watching vacation on Vancouver Island, or head into the wilderness on a remote resort retreat. Prefer adventure holidays? Connect over a road trip along the Alaska Highway, kayak to isolated beaches in the Gulf Islands, or play in the powder at a ski resort.
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Romantic Vacation Ideas in BC's Regions:
Vancouver, Coast & Mountains
Victoria and Vancouver Island
Northern British Columbia
Cariboo Chilcotin Coast
Hot Springs and Spas
Enjoy each other's company in a steamy setting. Natural hot springs in BC run the gamut from deluxe hot spring resorts to rock-lined pools tucked into the wilderness. West coast-inspired spa treatments are another way to relax – try side-by-side massages overlooking the Pacific Ocean, vinotherapy or seaweed body wraps.
Vancouver Island is known for its winter storm watching. Grab two rain slickers and head to the beach to see huge, 6-m/20-ft high Pacific swells pound the shore and rocky points, or cozy up in a cafe or hotel room to witness the ocean at its wildest.
Spend hours or days together in peaceful surrounding on hiking trails in BC. Between admiring scenic views and snapping photos, enjoy the sense of achievement that comes with completing a hike together. Some ideas? Try the Stawamus Chief, the Berg Lake Trail or the iconic West Coast Trail.
BC’s 13 ski resorts are perfect for romantic winter vacations. Hit the slopes during the day (cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are other options), and enjoy twinkling village lights and après-ski drinks afterwards. Accommodations range from rustic to swank – book one with a hot tub for late-night relaxation.
Load up the car, RV or motorcycles and take off on a two-person British Columbia road trip. The Alaska Highway is a great option for open roads and wildlife watching, and some routes incorporate scenic ferry travel. For road trip planning, maps and routes, visit Driving Routes.
Looking for quiet time together? British Columbia’s beaches are ideal destinations for couples. Watch the sun set over the ocean, peek into tidepools, or stroll barefoot on deserted stretches of sand. Prefer more adventure? Go kayaking, diving or swimming.
Some special places in BC just seem made for romance. A few ideas? Wander streets lined with heritage buildings in Nelson, go surfing and take in a beach sunset in Tofino, or enjoy the seclusion and scenery of Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands).
For the ultimate in “getting away from it all,” head to a wilderness lodge – some of BC’s most spectacular scenery can only be reached by floatplane, helicopter or boat. Accommodations range from simple cabins to deluxe lodges or tents, and offer opportunities for fishing, heli-skiing, whale-watching, kayaking, or just star-gazing.
Wineries & Vineyards
Savour the good life (and each other) on a wine tasting tour. Pop into winery restaurants and toast to the future over lunch and dinner – vineyard picnics are also a nice idea, especially when combined with local delicacies. Many wineries also offer on-site accommodation options.
British Columbia is full of romantic restaurants. Take a gondola to Canada’s highest elevation restaurant (the view of mountain peaks is amazing), slurp fresh oysters, or reserve a table at one of Vancouver’s best restaurants.