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Canoodle at One of These 16 Best Places in Canada for a New Year's Eve Kiss

TORONTO, ON -- (Marketwired) -- Dec 15, 2015 -- To smooch... to pucker up... to canoodle... to make out... to neck... or simply to kiss. Whatever you prefer to call it, there is no arguing that one of the most anticipated and romantic kisses of all is the traditional midnight one on New Year's Eve. With less than three weeks until that big moment, the travel experts at, the champions of simple travel search, reveal the Top 16 places in Canada for a New Year's Eve kiss. Whether you plan to celebrate out west in B.C., out east in Newfoundland or somewhere in between, and to kiss a lover, a friend, a family member or complete stranger, this list has got you covered.

From parties, concerts and fireworks to romantic dinners, hotels or chalet getaways, below are eight of the best spots across Canada to seal the New Year with the traditional midnight kiss. And according to German and English folklore, the first person you kiss in the New Year sets the tone for the rest of the year... so, ahem, choose wisely.

  • Under the Northern Lights, multiple locations - Canada is one of the best places to see the Northern Lights, and with solar activity at a peak this year, it may be your best chance to see the aurora borealis, as the famous greenish glow is visible farther south than usual. Follow the tracker here to see where they'll be shining brightest come NYE, then pretend you just stumbled upon them come countdown time ("oh, these old things?!").

  • Grande Allée, Quebec City, Quebec - It can be minus 30 degrees out, and yet Quebec City, Que., manages to be the coziest place on Earth between Christmas and New Year's. Outdoor heated patios stretch into the streets, merlot and fireplaces warm hole-in-the-wall restaurants, lovers walk arm-in-arm in giant parkas down cobblestone alleys -- it's the most romantic place this side of Europe for that countdown kiss. Afterwards, dance the night away on the Grande Allée strip, which turns into a giant outdoor party complete with live music and fireworks.

  • The Vancouver waterfront festival, Vancouver, British Columbia - For the first time in a decade, Vancouver will play host to a free, outdoor New Year's Eve street party along the waterfront with fireworks, food trucks, live music -- the works. Download the viewing area map to get a prime spot for that 3-2-1 smooch.

  • The Biggest Bash in Niagara Falls, Ontario - They're not kidding with the title -- last year, this party played host to Keith Urban, Nick Jonas, Lights and Shawn Mendes. While this year's headliners have yet to be announced, kissing as the fireworks burst over the Falls to the dulcet tones of a Jonas would be a hard scene to beat.

  • Dwayne Gretzky at the Danforth Music Hall, Toronto, Ontario - Toronto's favourite nine-piece supergroup is the epitome of fun, playing covers ranging from Fleetwood Mac to your favourite '90s Big Shiny Tune. If ringing in the New Year covered in confetti, kissing the semi-stranger with whom you've danced the night away sounds ideal, this party is your jam (pun intended).

  • At that restaurant where you can never get a table, Winnipeg, Manitoba - You may recognize Segovia in Winnipeg from many a best-of list -- it never takes reservations, except on New Year's Eve. Spend the last couple of hours of 2015 living the foodie dream with your date, eating your fill of patatas bravas and pintxos for the price of a three-times-inflated event ticket. Regret nothing.

  • A chalet in Mont Tremblant, Quebec - With some of the best skiing (and parties) in the Canadian east, the colourful chalets of Mont Tremblant are far from sleepy come Dec. 31. Pack a bathing suit, it's almost guaranteed this night will end in a hot tub.

  • A Haligonian beer garden, Halifax, Nova Scotia - Playing Where's Waldo with the singles of Nova Scotia? We're willing to bet you'll find one or two at Stillwell, a bar and beer garden in downtown Halifax. They've yet to release any ticket information on their New Year's event, but Internet rumour has it that it will be one to remember.

Rounding out our extensive list of top spots across Canada for a New Year's smooch are: L'Auberge Saint-Gabriel, Montreal, Quebec; a winery in Niagara, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario; a cabin in Algonquin Park, Ontario; a Nordic spa in Chelsea, Quebec; a boutique hotel, multiple locations; Quidi Vidi Lake, Newfoundland; skating at the top of Grouse Mountain, Vancouver, British Columbia; and bar hopping in Whistler, British Columbia. To read about these and's complete Top 16 places in Canada for a New Year's Eve kiss, visit

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