Vancouver, BC, is perfectly positioned for day trips and weekend getaways; we're surrounded by incredible outdoor spaces, mountains, islands, and fascinating cities.
Romantic getaways from Vancouver can accommodate any style and budget, and don't take long to reach: in just a few hours travel time, you can find yourself skiing in Whistler, soaking in the Harrison Hot Springs or snuggling under the covers at a bed-and-breakfast in Victoria.
Of course, if the main objective of your romantic getaway is to literally just get away from your house (or kids/family/roommate), you can indulge in a night or two at one of Vancouver's most romantic hotels.
Use this Guide to Romantic Getaways from Vancouver to find the perfect mini vacation for you and your partner.
1. Enjoy Unique, Pacific Northwest Luxury in Tofino, Vancouver Island
Tofino on Vancouver Island is a little west-coast town that has long been a favourite destination for romantic getaways from Vancouver; I know couples who spend the weekend there every year, and one couple who eloped there for a private wedding on the beach!
For true, Pacific Northwest-style luxury--romantic views, gorgeous setting, incredible spa, and, of course, yoga--the Wikininish Inn and Spa in Tofino is a top choice. Or enjoy luxury tents (yes, tents!) at the Clayoquot Wilderness Resort.
2. Soak in the Harrison Hot Springs
Nestled between mountains and the beautiful Harrison Lake, there are multiple reasons to head to Harrison Hot Springs for a romantic getaway from Vancouver: along with the hot springs themselves, you can fish and boat on Harrison Lake, explore the resort-style village, or enjoy the sandy, lake-front beach.
Of course, the big draws are the natural hot springs: There's a public mineral pool ($9 per adult) in the town centre, or stay at the famous Harrison Hot Springs Resort and Spa, where there are five pools to choose from. Be sure to check the Harrison Hot Springs Resort website for special "romance package" deals.
Learn more: Things to Do in Harrison Hot Springs
3. Cuddle in a Bed-and-Breakfast in Victoria, BC
Victoria is the oldest city in western Canada, and it's old-world charm extends to its romantic bed-and-breakfasts. One top pick is the oceanfront, high-end Amoré by the Sea Bed and Breakfast, which is located 20 minutes from downtown Victoria on a secluded beach. For more options, the online Best Inns of Victoria is a great place to start a search, or browse by cost at Trip Advisor.
4. Romance in the Snow: Skiing, Snowboarding & Snow Sport Getaways
If you and your partner love snow sports, there are lots of options for snow-sport-themed romantic getaways from Vancouver. The Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort in Whistler, BC, is a top-pick: it's just a three hour drive from downtown Vancouver and has options for luxury suites or romantic cabins, plus plenty of high-end dining.
A more budget-friendly option is to stay at an inexpensive hotel in West Vancouver or North Vancouver near Cypress Mountain or Mount Seymour (both less than an hour away from downtown Vancouver), or to stay at a Vancouver hotel (see below) and just head to Grouse Mountain for the day. (Grouse Mountain has the added benefit of boasting some of the best, most romantic views of Vancouver.)
5. Stay in Vancouver: Vancouver's Most Romantic Hotels
If your romantic getaway is more a get-away-from-the-kids/family/roommate than a get-away-from-Vancouver, than why not indulge with a stay at one of Vancouver's most romantic hotels? Splurge at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia--one of Vancouver's most historic hotels and home to one of the hottest summer cocktail spots (the Reflections Lounge)--or at the fun OPUS Hotel in Yaletown, where the hotel bar attracts celebrities galore and you're in the heart of Yaletown's nightlife and dining district.