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Most romantic picnic sites across the country

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Romance is alive and well outdoors

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If you're planning to celebrate Canada Day with your significant other, why not have a romantic picnic? We've rounded up some of the many gorgeous, scenic places across Canada that will make a great backdrop for your picnic à deux.

Stanley Park, Vancouver

British Columbia

Stanley Park, Vancouver

What better place is there for romance than a 400-hectare, natural rainforest? Gorgeous Stanley Park has many spots where you can roll out your blanket and get your snack and romance on. What makes it extra romantic is the scenery. Wherever you set up your picnic, you will be surrounded by views of water, mountains and majestic trees that have stood for hundreds of years. And Stanley Park offers other recreational activities, so you can continue your romantic date after your picnic and hike one of its amazing trails, spotting and taking pictures of wildlife. Or take a ride with your love on the park's miniature train.

Other romantic picnic sites in British Columbia:

  • Shannon Falls Provincial Park, Squamish — beautiful scenery, hiking trails and picnic spots.
  • Garry Point Park, Richmond — a large waterfront park with romantic beachside picnic areas.

Forget-me-not Pond, Calgary

Alberta

Forget-me-not Pond, Calgary

Forget-me-not Pond is just a short drive from Calgary, so if you're looking for a low-key yet romantic picnic spot outside the city, this place is ideal. Roll out your blanket near the lake, and dine on your favourite picnic treats while taking in the view of the amazing trees and mountains. A part of the Little Elbow Recreation Area, Forget-me-not Pond offers many other activities for more fun after your picnic.

Other romantic picnic sites in Alberta:

  • Elbow Falls, Kananaskis — with large waterfalls and spectacular mountains, this place couldn't be more romantic if it tried.
  • Two Jack Lake, Banff — a beautiful campsite with picnic tables lining the amazing views near the water.

Fort Carlton Provincial Park, Carlton

Saskatchewan

Fort Carlton Provincial Park, Carlton

Fort Carlton Provincial Park was originally a Hudson's Bay Company fur-trading post from 1810 until 1885. Now it's a spectacular place to visit, with its fur and provisions store, trade store, clerk's quarters and tepee encampment that look just like they would have in the late 1800s. Just outside the park you will find the original Carlton trails, and you can set up your romantic picnic at the maple grove.

Other romantic picnic sites in Saskatchewan:

  • Ebon Stables, Saskatoon — if you and your man love horses, this place offers an air of romance.

Beach by the lake in Canada

Manitoba

St. Malo Provincial Park, St. Malo

This recreational park just beside St. Malo is one of Manitoba's gems. A gorgeous natural setting for a romantic picnic, the amazing aspen, bur oak and balsam poplar trees line the area, providing stunning views. After your picnic, take a refreshing swim in the park's reservoir, or just sit back and watch the canoes glide across the water.

Other romantic picnic sites in Manitoba:

  • Birds Hill Provincial Park, Oakbank — wildflowers and old trees make this place an ideal location for a romantic picnic.

Toronto Islands, Toronto

Ontario

Toronto Islands, Toronto

What better way is there to start a romantic picnic than by taking a scenic ferry ride? This waterfront picnic site makes for a romantic setting, offering views of gorgeous Lake Ontario. Once you've finished picnicking, continue your date by renting bikes for a ride, strolling through Centreville Amusement Park or playing at Ward's Island Beach.

Other romantic picnic sites in Ontario:

  • Elora Gorge Conservation Park, Elora — with a natural gorge and amazing forests, this place has many beautiful picnic sites to choose from.
  • Queen Victoria Park, Niagara — being located next to the great Falls and featuring unique native and international flowers make it a romantic spot.

Plains of Abraham, Quebec City

Quebec

Plains of Abraham, Quebec City

In the heart of Quebec, the Plains of Abraham is a looking glass into the history of this beautiful city. Its 255 acres of grassy knolls, trees, flower-filled gardens, fountains and historical monuments make for a romantic picnic spot. You might even get lucky and visit when one of many outdoor concerts is taking place, providing the perfect background ambiance for your date.

Other romantic picnic sites in Quebec:

  • Parc Linéaire de la Rivière, Saint-Charles — a beautiful trail with many places to stop for a picnic.

Signal Hill, St. John’s

Newfoundland

Signal Hill, St. John's

This historic site in St. John's, Newfoundland, offers the most spectacular view of the sea. You can take in the scenery while learning about the battle of the British and French soldiers. This hill overlooks the capital city and offers prime picnic spots, with views that set the tone for a romantic picnic.

Other romantic picnic sites in Newfoundland:

  • Lighthouse Picnics, Ferryland — views and sounds of the sea, with breathtaking scenery that can't be ignored.

Sunlight shining through Canadian forest canopy

Prince Edward Island

Bonshaw Provincial Park, Bonshaw

Open from mid-June to early September, this provincial park sets the perfect background for a romantic picnic. The park is situated along the Trans-Canada Highway, and you'll be surrounded by beautiful trees and serenaded by the many birds in the area. With so many picnic spots to choose from, you and your date will be in a prime location to enjoy great food, great conversation and a great date.

Other romantic picnic sites in P.E.I.:

  • Rail Historical Park, Borden-Carleton — surround yourself in beauty and have a romantic picnic next to the historic Port Borden rail station.

St. Lawrence seaway

New Brunswick

Sainte-Marie-Saint-Raphaël Beach, Sainte-Marie-Saint-Raphaël

The sandy, saltwater beach in this quaint Canadian village will provide the perfect backdrop for your romantic picnic, offering a magnificent view of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. To make your date even more romantic, set up your picnic as the sun is setting, and watch the amazing colours of the sky change.

Other romantic picnic sites in New Brunswick:

  • Centennial Park, Moncton — right in the centre of the city, it's 230 acres of scenic parkland and many activities to enjoy after your romantic picnic.

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