Jan. 14, 2019

11 ideas for an unforgettably romantic Valentine's in the mountains

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Planning the perfect Valentine's Day can be tricky. Jasper National Park makes it easier.


Roses are red, 
Ice can be blue, 
Spend Valentine's in Jasper,
For romance with a view.

In lieu of poetry, garner your sweetheart's affection with the following date ideas which work as well on Valentine's Day as they do any other day (love is year round, people).

Skating

Move over Tessa and Scott — there's a new pair of sweethearts in town! Here's the part where you and your better half enter from stage left, gliding hand in mittened hand. Jasper has oodles of glacier-fed lakes, and when they freeze come winter, they're arguably even more magical. If you lace up at Lake Mildred, not only will you have a groomed oval with mountains in the background, you'll also enjoy the convenience of renting skates from the nearby Winter Rental Shop on the grounds of the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. We're sure your rendition of "El Tango De Roxanne" will be just as enchanting as the one that earned Moir and Virtue some serious bragging rights. 

Food Tour

Chocolate. Oysters. Watermelon. Get in the mood on Valentine's Day with these sensuous aphrodisiacs, gathered together along with other titillating treats (each is paired with a beverage) into one limited edition "Gastrodisiac" food tour. Led by longtime Jasper local Estelle Blanchette, the Jasper Food Tours is a great way to taste a variety of Rocky Mountain cuisine, while also getting a sense of the town's history and culture. 

Credit: Travel Alberta

Skiing

Nothing can make your heart pound quite like a new love, but Marmot Basin ski resort will sure give 'em a run for their money. Located just 20 minutes outside the Jasper townsite, the beloved local "hill" (as its affectionately and understatedly known) is part of the reason Jasper was recently voted Best Ski Town in North America. With the fluffiest powder around and minimal lift lines, you and your sweetie are likely to have plenty of space both on the chair lift and on the runs down. 

Sleigh ride

Achieve classic Hollywood feels by cuddling under a blanket on a horse-drawn sleigh. Yes there will be bells. Yes there will be picture-perfect views. Yes there will be memory-making magic. Jasper Riding Stables runs the rides on weekends throughout January, February and March, conditions permitting.

Dog sledding

Want more furry friends? It's hard not to at peak happy when surrounded by a pack of exuberant huskies jumping at the chance to go on an adventure with you. Cold Fire Creek Dogsledding has a few different options for your romantic escape into Canada's past, with trails following old trap lines, along ancient rivers and beneath sparkling peaks. 

Credit: Mike Seehagel/ Travel Alberta

Maligne Canyon Icewalk

This geological wonder is iconic in the summer, no doubt, but the majority of people will never know the true wonder of seeing Maligne Canyon in winter. When the river that usually courses at the bottom of the canyon freezes, crampon-equipped and licensed guide-led adventurers can traverse previously off-limit depths and witness the magnificent natural ice sculptures that form along the towering limestone walls. 

Couple's massage

Relax, replenish and restore the body and soul with a couple's massage at Mountain Wellness Day Spa, or at the Fairmont Spa at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. From a Rocky Mountain pedicure to a mountain mineral wellness kur to a rockies ritual, allow yourself to participate in the best of nature's gifts. The treatments are locally inspired and will leave you feeling connected to the surroundings, not to mention your partner.

Planetarium Experience

If you thought stargazing was romantic when you did it on a picnic blanket in your hometown backyard, you HAVE to spend some time in the world’s largest accessible dark sky preserve. Choose to explore the universe with Jasper’s nightly Planetarium Experience in a new 50-seat dome theatre, or venture outside to see the Milky Way wash over a sky ringed by mountains. You might even catch sight of the aurora borealis. Catch the Planetarium/Telescope Combo Experience at 9 pm on Valentine's Day. 

Helicopter Tour

Fly high above the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies and be rendered speechless by the glaciers, valleys and waterfalls below. Launch from Rockies Heli Canada’s Icefields heliport at an elevation of 1400 m (4386 ft.) and feel your heart soar as you share these once-in-a-lifetime views with your once-in-a-lifetime love. Cue Aladdin’s “I can show you the wooooorld”.

Romantic dinner

Savour your relationship while savouring the robust Rocky Mountain cuisine at one of Jasper’s great restaurants. From cute and casual patio brunch to comfortable elegance with exquisite game meats, there’s so much to taste and enjoy in the Jasper food scene.

Stay in a cozy cabin

Soak up Jasper's historical culture of cabin living, and stay the night in a cozy log home for two. Choose from various winterized options: Bear Hill Lodge, Fairmont Jasper Park LodgeOverlander Mountain Lodge and Pocahontas Cabins

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