There is no lack of things for couples to do in one of the most romantic cities in Canada. From pure pampering and relaxation to more active pursuits, there is something for everyone. Be sure to check out our 7 Romantic Ideas for Couples who Love Adventure and Romantic Vacation Ideas for Foodies. Mix and match any of these things for couples to do to ensure your Victoria getaway is unforgettable.
Carriage rides are to Victoria what Venetian boats are to Venice – the iconic must do activity for romance. Snuggle up under a blanket and be lulled into quiet bliss with the steady clip clop of the horses. Choose from a variety of tours depending on your interests.
For the ultimate in relaxation and romance, we suggest a couple’s spa day. Indulge in massages, facials, manicures, pedicures and body wraps at the Boathouse Spa located at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel. The Boathouse Spa is an oceanfront spa with three heated outdoor mineral baths on the shores of the Salish Sea for the ultimate in pampering. The Boathouse Spa is considered one of the top spas in Canada.
If your romantic day includes strolling through alleys and squares, browsing in unique shops and dining at one-of-a-kind venues, then you just may find your perfect day in Victoria’s Chinatown, Trounce Alley and Market Square. Be sure to include a wander down Fan Tan Alley while you’re there – Canada’s narrowest street.
Enjoy a scenic cruise around the Harbour or along the Gorge Waterway on board a small harbour ferry. Sit back and learn a little about the history of the region and the marine wildlife who call this area home. These same ferries put on a magical “water ballet” show that is visible from the Inner Harbour causeway at 10:45 am most Sunday mornings, May through September. Check the Harbour Ferry website for show schedule and tour bookings.
Sometimes the most romantic experiences are the simplest like walking hand in hand along a pier with the ocean crashing against the rocks below. The Ogden Point Breakwater on Dallas Road provides just that experience. You’ll also enjoy panoramic views of snow-capped mountains. A stroll to the lighthouse and return is approximately 1.6 km. As of fall 2019, the entire Ogden Point area will be re-named The Breakwater District.
Get the good vibes going with aromatherapy. Visit the Escents’ Blending Bar at Uptown or Hillside Mall for a unique hands-on experience of making your own custom product. Choose from over 100 blends and pure essential oils.
We already suggested you grab a picnic lunch and head to Beacon Hill Park but it is also an idyllic location for a romantic walk through the gardens. You can also get cuddly with the goats at the Children’s Petting Zoo.
The gardens have been wowing visitors for over 100 years. Over a million bedding plants in over 900 varieties await you in the 55 acres of beautifully manicured gardens. You literally must stop and smell the roses! Top off your garden stroll with a romantic dinner in The Dining Room in the original family residence. With views of gardens and Tod Inlet, you will enjoy award winning cuisine that centres around local ingredients. Book a tour to Butchart Gardens today.
I hope I've given you enough romantic ideas of things for couples to do here in Victoria. Enjoy your visit - Victoria does not disappoint!
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