Love Shacks in Canada for the Perfect Romantic Getaway

Beautiful reflections at Emerald Lake Lodge in Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada
Beautiful reflections at Emerald Lake Lodge in Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada | © ronnybas / Alamy Stock Photo

Adventurous couples should look no further than Canada for a romantic retreat. Whether in the Canadian Rockies, on the British Columbian coast or lakeside in Ontario, book one of these romantic getaway cabins and chalets in Canada with Culture Trip. Craving some long-overdue “we” time? Canada has idyllic romantic retreats stretching from coast to coast. Whether you’re into hiking, kayaking, fishing or skiing, these love shacks are the perfect place to escape the daily grind and disappear into the wilderness with your other half. Read on to discover our selection of Canada’s romantic getaways.

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Storeytown Cottages

For an adventurous escape in New Brunswick, check out Storeytown Cottages. There are four kitchenette suites and four cottages on the property, and cottage number two is aptly named the “Love Shack”. Nestled within some trees, it’s perfect for a quiet escape. All cottages have kitchens, living areas, and wifi. As it sits on the banks of the Miramichi River, couples can rent kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, and tubes from the owners. The river is popular with fly fishers, and it’s also home to Atlantic salmon.

The Cottages on Salt Spring Island

Find a love nest in a charming village on one of British Columbia’s most beautiful islands. These spacious and romantic chalets in Canada have full kitchens and fireplaces, and most have balconies. Wake up to birdsong, grab some coffee and a seat in the Adirondack chairs and watch the mist rise off the little freshwater lake. Later on, you might explore the nearby town of Ganges, hike up Mount Maxwell or simply relax and enjoy the views.

Couples Resort

This resort may be the most perfectly named, romantic getaway destination in Ontario, Canada. The five-star Couples Resort, run by the Sorensen family for many decades, sits on Galeairy Lake in Ontario’s Muskoka region and is exclusively for couples. There are several accommodation options, but the chalets are the love shacks. Think outdoor hot tubs, indoor jacuzzis, lakefront patios with chaise lounges, and marble bathrooms. Enjoy the on-site spa and food prepared by international chefs.

The Lodge at Pine Cove

The Lodge at Pine Cove, one of the most romantic getaways in Ontario, is home to 17 cozy cottages on-site, which offer French River views and seclusion. The Lodge has docking facilities, a restaurant and bar (and a breakfast hamper is delivered to your cottage daily). Take an early morning dip from the lodge’s private sandy beach. Enjoy kayaking down the river, hiking woodland trails, voyageur canoeing, and fly fishing.

Ridgeback Lodge

Escape your constantly pinging devices at Ridgeback Lodge. There’s no TV, phone or wifi here, so it’s a place to visit in New Brunswick when you truly want to unplug. Set amid the natural beauty of the Kingston Peninsula, Ridgeback Lodge is an adults-only destination, where you can choose between two glamping domes and a deluxe or standard log Canadian chalet. Spend time soaking in the hot tub or walking the trails.

Cathedral Mountain Lodge

Located in British Columbia’s Yoho National Park, in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, this romantic Canadian getaway might have the most beautiful surroundings. There are 23 luxury log cabins here, plus the Riverside Dining Room, which serves food guests describe as “out of this world”. Although the cabins are exquisite, so are the Rockies. Spend your romantic weekend horseback riding, rafting, walking on glaciers, and visiting Lake Louise over the border in Alberta.

Black River Retreat

Award-winning Black River Retreat – one of Ontario’s most romantic getaways – is a special place where you are the only guests. This love shack has a sitting room, “great room”, hot tub, dining room, and three bedrooms. Be prepared for fine dining, forest walks, complete privacy, and s’mores by the bonfire at night. The retreat lies halfway between Toronto and Ottawa, so it is a great weekend option for residents in both major Ontario cities.

Northern Lights Resort and Spa

The name is no misnomer – three glass-fronted chalets have views from their beds. Fire up the woodstove and snuggle in for the show, whether of the late-setting summer sun or the dancing aurora borealis lights that are best-seen between late autumn and spring. Other amenities at this Canadian getaway for couples include fine dining and a small wellness spa. This resort feels remote, but it’s only 20 minutes from the Yukon capital of Whitehorse.

Storm Mountain Lodge

Storm Mountain Lodge is a perfect escape, if you want a disconnect from the real world and hide out in Alberta. The historic cabins do not have kitchens, wifi, or television. What they do have, though, is wood-burning fireplaces, decks, claw-foot bathtubs, and leather love seats. All meals are in the lodge’s dining room and lounge. Its location in Banff National Park means that some of the best scenery and activities in Canada surround it.

Bartlett Lodge

For a unique accommodation experience, check out the platform tents at Bartlett Lodge in Algonquin National Park. The owners describe it as a cabin with a casual roof. The tents come with a bed, seating area, and deck; washrooms sit adjacent to the tents. At night, you’ll be able to hear the wolves softly howling in the distance. During the day, keep your eyes peeled for moose and beavers. As for the food, expect pan-seared duck breast with roasted broccoli, and ricotta dumplings in king oyster mushroom cream sauce.

Fisherman’s Daughter

Recently voted by Canadian TV channel HGTV as a Top Ten Canadian Weekend Getaway, Fisherman’s Daughter is a bed and breakfast in the picturesque town of Mahone Bay. There are four beautifully decorated rooms at this love shack, which feature either garden or bay views (or both). For a romantic getaway, the owners have additional indulgences you can choose from, including a bottle of champagne on arrival, a cheese plate, chocolate-covered strawberries, or flower bouquets in take-home vases.

Emerald Lake Lodge

You only live once, and this classic hotel in British Columbia’s Yoho National Park has amenities aplenty to help the two of you make memories. Each room at this romantic Canadian getaway has a wood-burning fireplace and private balcony, but no wifi so you can truly unplug. Enjoy a drink in the Kicking Horse Lounge, where the bartender takes requests behind a 19th-century oak bar from the Yukon, then savor Rocky Mountain cuisine in either of two restaurants.

Mount Engadine Lodge

This is the only guest lodge in Spray Valley Provincial Park, a remote Alberta destination that was created as part of Calgary’s bid for the 1988 Winter Olympics. Couples who crave both comfort and adventure will feel at home at this Canadian retreat for those in love, with a range of accommodation possibilities and activity options, all within view of alpine lakes and mountain peaks. Play hard, then take a break for afternoon tea or some other delights.

Chalets Royal Laurentien

Known for one of Quebec’s most beautiful and challenging golf courses, this resort in the Laurentian region north of Montreal has mountain chalets, all with fireplaces and some with private outdoor hot tubs. Special packages include in-room massage or a fondue dinner delivered to your door. Enjoy year-round activities ranging from snowmobiling in the winter to bicycling and kayaking in summer.

Snow Valley Lodging

Rent a tiny home, complete with a kitchen and outdoor fireplace, plus a loft bedroom with a queen bed and TV. Standard rooms and suites are available, too. Fernie is an outdoorsy small town in British Columbia’s Kootenay region, so you’ll be an easy drive from every kind of outdoor activity and just steps from places to eat and drink, such as The Curry Bowl or Sushi Wood Fernie.

Castle Mountain Chalets

Enjoy rustic luxury in Banff National Park. The Mountain View Suite seems ready-made for romance, with its balcony, fireplace, comfy bed, and a bathroom with a jetted tub and shower. Add a romance package with flowers, champagne and truffles for extra wow. The chalets all have mountain views, and hiking trails leave from the edge of the property – or take a short drive to the hot springs of Johnston Canyon or the banks of Lake Louise.

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Julie Fanselow contributed additional reporting to this article.

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