02/09/2013 02:54 EST | Updated 02/12/2013 11:50 EST

Valentine's Day Getaways: Alberta Resorts Offer Romantic Retreats (PHOTOS)


What better way to celebrate Valentine's Day than with a romantic getaway in Alberta?

Calgary, Edmonton, Lethbridge and Red Deer were all ranked in the top 20 most romantic cities in Canada in a list released by earlier this week, and there are plenty of reasons for that.

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Alberta's urban escapes and fine dining, as well as countless opportunities to get lost in the Rockies, mean the province is in a unique position to provide a romantic weekend to suit the needs of lovebirds of any feather.

Romance in Alberta can be found near or far, in a swanky getaway or a wilderness retreat. Even those wanting to celebrate V-day with kids in tow don't have to fret -- there's something for them as well.

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The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

The Fairmont at Lake Louise is the perfect Valentine's Day getaway for a secluded escape. With a stunning lake view, cozy rooms and great dining options, there's good reason to stay there all weekend.

Mystic Springs, Canmore

This chalet style property has a heated outdoor pool and hot tub, rooms that can accommodate your whole family and a kitchen for those late-night meals. Kids will love the private rooms and high-tech chalet's and parents will love the chance to un-wind in this mystic escape.

Hotel Le Germain, Calgary

Across the street from Calgary tower and home to one of the city's most popular restaurant, Hotel Le Germain is a stylish urban escape. The rooms are decked out with chic furniture and designs and have spa-like bathrooms with rainfall showers. The property also has a refined lounge and bar adjacent to the lobby called Lounge Central 899.

Prairie Creek Inn, Rocky Mountain House

A bed and breakfast tucked away near Rocky Mountain House, this property is a retreat into the mountains. Touted as one of the best places to stay in Central Alberta, rooms have fireplaces, upscale decor and a warm country charm.

Mount Engadine Lodge, Canmore

This lodge is designed for a quiet gateway into the wilderness. There's a wood-fired sauna, spectacular views, and warm home-cooked meals. The property is also open for dinner reservations for those just visiting the Lodge.

Matrix Hotel, Edmonton

The Matrix is the answer to an urban escape in Edmonton. Events at the hotel include wine tasting evenings, deluxe breakfasts making it a a sophisticated escape. Most rooms have a fireplace, sleek decor and beautiful city views.

Fox Hotel & Suites, Banff

Fox Suites offers a classic mountain escape in Banff's quaint downtown. It's the ideal spot to getaway but steps away from a vibrant town. The property also has a cave and basin hotpool area with a sunroof, that is a refreshing change to ordinary pools.

With files from the Canadian Press