Vancouver – fly away for a romantic break in Canada

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Vancouver – fly away for a romantic break in Canada

If you are looking for a romantic break, make Vancouver your next destination. This great city has plenty of surprises in store… just perfect for two to enjoy! 

Vancouver – fly away for a romantic break in Canada

Vancouver – Love at first sight

Is it because Vancouver has been the film set for many present-day romantic comedies? Or maybe because of its oceanic climate, conducive to a gentle pace of life? Whatever it is, the fact remains that this city is particularly well-suited for a romantic getaway.

Your love nest is called the Wedgewood Hotel. The foyer, all light wood panelling and stunning floral arrangements, sets the tone: here, charm and elegance reign supreme without sacrificing any comforts. Looking around, there is no doubt that you have come to one of the prestigious Relais & Châteaux hotels. Your room marries warm shades from beige to chocolate with quilted fabrics and curtains inspired by a bygone age. Book a suite on the top floor: you will be treated to a view over Robson Square, one of Vancouver's iconic landmarks.

The frozen body of water below gives you an idea of something romantic you can do together: ice skating under a pretty glass dome in the heart of the city. A few metres away stands the former courthouse, characterised by its neo-classical architecture. Since 1931, it has been home to Vancouver Art Gallery. Inside, you will discover 157 works by Emily Carr, one of the most famous Canadian artists in the world. Her paintings reconstruct local landscapes using original graphics which borrow from the calligraphy and traditional art of the indigenous people of North America. As you gaze at paintings of these vast natural spaces, you are overcome by a feeling of sweet melancholy.

When you get back to your hotel, you pay a visit to the spa, which also offers a couple's massage. Choose the Swedish massage using hot stones for deep tissue relaxation. Afterwards, you make your way to Bacchus, the hotel's restaurant, with its delightfully cosy ambience. The menu offers its own take on European cuisine: the beef tartare with ginger and soya or the chicken blanquette poached in butter and served with garlic potatoes and smoked Tyrolian bacon are a treat for your taste buds.

Wedgewood Hotel & Spa Vancouver
845 Hornby St
Vancouver BC V6Z 1V1
Canada
+1 800 663 0666
https://www.wedgewoodhotel.com

Robson Square Ice Rink
800 Robson St
Vancouver BC V6Z 3B7
Canada
+1 604 646 3554
www.robsonsquare.com/

Vancouver Art Gallery
750 Hornby St
Vancouver BC V6Z 2H7
Canada
+1 604 662 4700
www.vanartgallery.bc.ca/

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Vancouver – fly away for a romantic break in Canada

A romantic stroll or two

Next day, you decide to go and hang a small padlock on the Love Locks sculpture in Queen Elizabeth Park, located less than ten minutes from the Wedgewood Hotel by taxi. Unveiled in 2016, it represents a couple embracing. The metal wire structure was designed so that these small symbols of love can easily be attached to it.

You continue your romantic itinerary by taking a cookery class for two at the Dirty Apron Cooking School, famous throughout Vancouver. It is up to you whether you choose the vegetarian menu or the Asian-inspired menu, honouring the city's large Chinese community. Professional chefs will guide you step by step as you cook a starter, a main course and a dessert which you then sit down to eat with your friends for the day around a big light-wood table in a friendly setting.

After your culinary masterclass, head to Stanley Park, a vast green expanse that stretches out into the waters of Burrard Inlet. To discover some or all of its 400 hectares of nature, hire a bike from one of the many rental stations. Cycle out to the rose garden along the park's network of cycle tracks. With some 3,500 red, yellow and orange rose bushes, the place is simply enchanting. Take a stroll under the wooden arbour and breathe in the intoxicating perfume that the climbing flowers give off. Extend your walk a bit further by passing through the more hidden rhododendron garden. To get back to the city centre, you walk along the coast from where you can watch a blazing sunset over English Bay. The meeting of the sky's warm tones and the immense blue of the Pacific Ocean will remain engraved in your memory forever.

Queen Elizabeth Park
4600 Cambie St
Vancouver BC V5Z 2Z1
Canada
+1 604 873 7000
https://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/queen-elizabeth-park.aspx

The Dirty Apron Cooking School
540 Beatty St,
Vancouver BC V6B 2L3
Canada
+1 604 879 8588
https://www.dirtyapron.com/

Stanley Park
1950-1970 W Georgia Street
Vancouver BC V6G 1Z4
Canada
+1 604 681 6728
https://www.airfrance.com/FR/en/common/travel-guide/explore-stanley-park-by-bike.htm

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Vancouver – fly away for a romantic break in Canada

A day trip to Victoria

Victoria, the charming capital of British Columbia, is well worth a day trip. Sitting at the southern tip of Vancouver Island, you can get there by taking a 90-minute ferry ride across the Strait of Georgia with its string of little islands where it is not uncommon to see seals. Several flights by seaplane also make the connection. If you come by boat, get off at Fisherman's Wharf with pretty, colourful floating homes lining the quayside. As you take a stroll along the waterfront promenade, a queue of people outside an upcycled shipping container catches your eye. You have arrived at Red Fish Blue Fish. The wait is certainly worth it as the brand is renowned for its excellent, sustainable fish and seafood. The fish and chips are superb, but if you are tempted, try their tacos topped with fresh grilled oysters - truly scrumptious!

Behind the port, you will see other districts of the city with their Victorian architecture, a leftover from the city's colonial past. Lose yourself in the picturesque alleys of the historic centre. When you reach Market Square, you will appreciate the tranquillity that emanates from the red-brick buildings. These former saloons are now home to designer boutiques and art galleries. It takes 30 minutes to walk to the city's architectural landmark, Craigdarroch Castle. The castle looks like a Baroque Scottish manor house and just seeing it, perched on the hilltop, fills you with romantic daydreams. Climb its 87 steps and you will be rewarded with stunning views over the city and port.

It is soon time to head back to the port for your return ferry journey. Already feeling a bit nostalgic about the day, you stop off at the glorious tea room at the Fairmont Empress Hotel, all decked out in golds and velvet. You feel a bit like royalty as you sip your tea from a pretty, Chinese porcelain cup, a perfect reproduction of the tea service that Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, gave to city officials on a visit in 1939. If you want to enjoy this exceptional place, we strongly recommend that you book ahead. Elegance is the order of the day here, so make sure you dress appropriately. As you board the boat back to Vancouver, your heart is full of tender memories.

Red Fish Blue Fish
1006 Wharf St
Victoria BC V8W 1N8
Canada
https://www.redfish-bluefish.com/

Market Square
560 Johnson St
Victoria BC V8W 3C6
Canada
+1 250 386 2441
https://www.marketsquare.ca/

Craigdarroch Castle
1050 Joan Crescent
Victoria BC V8S 3L5
Canada
+1 250 592 5323
https://thecastle.ca/

Fairmont Empress Hotel
721 Government St
Victoria BC V8W 1W5
Canada
+1 250 389 2727
https://www.teaattheempress.com/