Four couples-approved B.C. adventures to try in 2019

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      Escaping the ordinary is essential to keeping the flame alive, but you don’t have to travel far to get away from it all. You and your sweetheart need only journey into British Columbia’s backyard to find ample opportunities to strengthen your bond.

      Whether you want to embark on a whale watching adventure in Northern B.C., snowshoe through the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast, sip wine in the Thompson Okanagan, or taste local dishes and brews in the Kootenay Rockies, there are endless ways to reignite your romantic flame. Here are four nearby itineraries to get you started.

      A coastal adventure in Haida Gwaii

      Whale-watching in Northern B.C.
      GRANT HARDER/DESTINATION BC

      Northern B.C. is a stunning region, replete with wilderness and wildlife as well as a gorgeous stretch of coastline. One can’t-miss area is a storm-battered archipelago made up of 150 rocky islands. The region isn’t easy to access, adding to its appeal—especially for a romantic getaway. Stay at in Massett, a cozy heritage B&B run by writer Susan Musgrave and her husband, where you can enjoy home-cooked breakfasts of fresh baked bread, yogurt, granola, and local fruit preserves alongside beautiful harbour views.

      Once you’re done filling your bellies with delicious local eats, take the day to explore . The park is home to 100 kilometres of beaches, bountiful hiking trails, and fishing opportunities, and many historical sites. Take in the local Haida culture—and maybe even spot a whale or two.

      A rustic retreat in the Cariboo

      Snowshoeing in the Cariboo.
      KRISTI DENBY/DESTINATION BC

      As the old adage goes, if you can walk, you can snowshoe—so why not set off for an outdoor adventure in the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast region? There are few better places to start than . Explore the trails around the nearby Henley Lake and take in the natural beauty of the area, which includes forests, fjords, peaks, and plains. Make your snowshoeing adventure extra romantic by packing a thermos of hot chocolate and a little picnic of your favourite foods. Remember to be prepared; and are great resources to help you get informed. A good rule of thumb is to follow the three Ts—trip planning, training, and taking the essentials.

      To make the most of your time in the Cariboo, consider booking a stay at . This all-season ranch offers an escape from the bustle of urban life with its charming cabins, and an escape from the ordinary with its impressive range of activities: horseback riding, hiking, archery, and billiards, to name a few. Cozy up with your sweetheart in front of a crackling fireplace and let the stress of everyday life melt away.

      A romantic wine tour in the Thompson Okanagan

      Sprawling vineyards in Kelowna.
      ANDREW STRAIN/DESTINATION BC

      What better way to experience the best that the Thompson Okanagan has to offer than by embarking on a sommelier-guided wine tour? Start your education in Kelowna, home to numerous world-renowned wineries as well as incredible local dining options and accommodations to suit your romantic getaway needs.

      Book a tour with for the ultimate Kelowna vineyard escape. Naturally, wine can’t be the only item on your itinerary, so schedule a romantic dinner for two at , where you’ll be treated to classic French cuisine in an elegant yet laid-back environment. Then, check in for a restful stay at Hotel Eldorado, where you can enjoy a postcard-worthy view of Okanagan Lake.

      A small-town sojourn in the Kootenay Rockies

      A sunny day in Nelson.
      KARI MEDIG/DESTINATION BC

      The Kootenay Rockies is a region known for its small-town hospitality, and the famously friendly community of Nelson is no different. Whisk your partner away to the , where you can enjoy all the comforts of home while taking in the culture of this eccentric town.

      Wet your whistle at , where they brew all their beer on site. From the unique Ambree Biere de Garde (which is aged in Pinot Noir barrels) to the more familiar Pale Ale and Saison, brew master Mike Kelly produces all sorts of award-winning tipples. Don’t forget to take in some of the local history, either. Nelson is home to over 350 heritage buildings, which can be viewed on an oh-so-romantic (no guide required).

      If it’s true that the couple that plays together, stays together, then a trip through our adventure-packed province may be just what the love doctor ordered. From rustic outdoor retreats to modern luxury tours, B.C. offers so many options for a romantic getaway. Now is the perfect time to start planning your trip for two.