How to Plan a Romantic Trip to the Canadian Rockies

How to Plan a Romantic Trip to the Canadian Rockies


For outdoor enthusiasts, a romantic getaway means much more than dinner and a movie. It’s getting outside and exploring nature with your better half at your side. It’s getting a little mud on your boots and dust on your spokes. But, being an avid adventurer doesn’t mean you have to skip the finer things in life. That’s where Golden, British Columbia becomes your romantic getaway destination.


Nestled between the Selkirk, Purcell and Rocky Mountains, and home to the confluence of the Columbia and Kicking Horse River, Golden is situated next to six national parks. From hiking and biking to rafting and horseback riding, Golden offers adventure seekers and nature lovers a romantic escape unlike any other.


Trailblazing Duos


There’s nothing more romantic than taking in breathtaking views of a plunging waterfall. Grab your honey and head out for a romantic stroll to Wapta Falls in Yoho National Park. The easy hike will lead you to majestic falls dropping from 98 feet, one of the largest along the Kicking Horse River. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife, including water birds and beavers. Complete your romantic excursion by heading to the base of the falls where you’re likely to catch a rainbow just over the bright blue turquoise pools.


Thrill-seeking Couples


With hundreds of mountain biking trails, novice and experienced bikers are embraced in this biker-friendly community. For ride-or-die couples, Golden is the ideal locale for mingling with like-minded individuals. In fact, according to Tourism Golden, the town is fast becoming one of the key places in the Canadian Rockies for mountain biking events. For instance, Singletrack 6, which attracts biking enthusiasts from across the country, is hosted annually in Golden. With local businesses supporting this event, it’s clear mountain bikers belong here.

Looking for more action? Take part in hiking that will thrill even the riskiest daredevils. Heli-hiking adventures take you into the depths of rugged peaks via helicopter where untouched trails meet some of the countries most beautiful terrain. Flora, fauna and the peaceful ambiance of Golden’s backcountry make for the ultimate romantic stroll in the woods.


Gastronomic Experience


After a long day of exploring, dig into decadence — with a view. Kicking Horse Lodging offers an array of both accommodation and dining options including, Eagle’s Eye Restaurant, where you can enjoy a breathtaking dining experience as you sit 7,700 feet above sea level. But, it’s not just the views that bring travelers here.


Eagle’s Eye prides itself in its staff, comprised of award-winning chefs who bring classic French technique and merge them with the natural surroundings for a true Golden, BC experience. Savory masterpieces like salmon, buffalo, elk and other native cuisine make this hot spot a must. For true outdoor enthusiasts, merging the great outdoors with equally great food is the ultimate romantic dining experience.


You’re not the “sit at home and watch a movie” type of couple. You’re the “get-up and go exploring” pair that loves to live life to the fullest. If you’re looking for a romantic escape that breaks the mold of traditional getaways, find flights on a budget and head to Golden.


Reconnect in the great outdoors and create memories that will last a lifetime. Whether you’re climbing peaks to catch a glorious sunset from a mountain summit or fighting the whitewater rapids of the Kicking Horse River, Golden is sure to have something for all love birds.


Girly tip, if you’re looking to lose a couple pounds before your adventure you should try this tea. I like to drink teas at night, I feel like my body absorbs it the best while I’m sleeping.


About Christa Thompson

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Christa Thompson is the Founder and Chief Editor of The Fairytale Traveler. She started traveling the world in 2003 when she attended a summer abroad study at the University of Cambridge in England. Since then, her wanderlust has been fierce. Her three passions in life are her son, traveling, and being creative. The Fairytale Traveler brand gives Christa the opportunity to do all of these things and to live intentionally every day. "It's never too late to believe in what you love and to pursue your dreams." -Christa Thompson

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