British Columbia is home to some of the most rugged terrain in Canada, and yet also perfect romantic destinations for Valentine's Day.
Just last week, Amazon.ca named Victoria as Canada's most romantic city. Also on the list were Vancouver, Kelowna and Kamloops. All of them came ahead of more traditionally romantic cities like Montreal and Quebec CIty (neither made the Top 20).
So while the methodology behind the rankings seems a little suspect, clearly love is in the air around the province.
We've already shown you Vancouver's best restaurants for Valentine's Day, as well as best places to be spend Valentine's Day alone in Vancouver. But we've yet to share our list of most romantic spots around B.C.
Here's our unscientific roundup, but we're sure you've got more ideas. Submit your photos and suggestions below!
Wickaninnish Inn, Tofino
Stay at one of Tofino's best hotels and and watch storms roll in off the Pacific. When it's sunny, work off a hearty seafood dinner with a stroll along Chesterman Beach.
Joffre Lakes Provincial Park
It takes effort to get to Joffre Lakes, but if you're willing to make the trip, it's more than worth it to catch a glimpse of the natural wonders in B.C.'s backcountry. The hike to Upper Joffre Lake is about five kilometres, with elevation of 400 metres. But once you make it, you get the serene experience of seeing an isolated lake with mountains surrounding you on all sides. Great for outdoorsy couples.
Seasons In The Park, Vancouver
Location, location, location. And what a location! This restaurant in Vancouver's Queen Elizabeth Park gives you a gorgeous view of the city in an atrium-like setting.
Grouse Mountain Tram
The best place to see Vancouver is from any of the North Shore mountains. But none of them have the kind of ride that you get at Grouse Mountain. If you time it correctly, you can watch the sun set over the city, blanketing it in golden light. How lovely.
Fairmont Empress, Victoria
When you want old-fashioned romantic, all you really need is a bay and some beautiful lights. Add an Occidental tea room to the mix and you have Victoria's Fairmont Empress hotel. Enjoy high tea amid a colonial setting or have dinner at the Empress Room.
Cathedral Grove, Vancouver Island
For the environmentalists among you, Cathedral Grove boasts some of the biggest, thickest trees among B.C.'s old growth forests. You can walk hand in hand with your partner as you marvel at natural structures that have been here for centuries.
Bearfoot Bistro Champagne Lounge, Whistler
After a long day of skiing or snowboarding, the first thing you'll want to do is relax. Where better than the champagne lounge at Whistler's Bearfoot Bistro, where they have an enormous selection of wines and even sabering demonstrations?
Hot Spring Island, Haida Gwaii
Though vulnerable to earthquakes, Haida Gwaii's Hot Spring Island offers visitors a chance to bathe comfortably in one of the province's most remote locations. Want to be alone with your special someone? This is where to do it.
Hastings House, Salt Spring Island
Salt Spring Island is about as B.C. as you can get, and amid the isolated greenery you'll find Hastings House. It's a beautiful country hotel built in the style of an 11th-century Sussex home. If romantic to you means getting away, this is what you're looking for.
Naramata Heritage Inn And Spa, Okanagan
Deep in the heart of B.C.'s wine country you'll find this lovely inn and spa originally built in 1908. Nestled in one of B.C.'s most fertile valleys, it has a wine bar and lots of pampering.