From romantic outings like gourmet meals and spa treatments, to unique options like cuddling with cats and cracking up, couples (and singles) can easily find their perfect match this Valentine’s Day. Here are just a few things taking place throughout the Ottawa area on and around Feb. 14, 2019:
For a truly unforgettable experience, plan an overnight visit to Park Omega and stay in one of their new, cozy cabins surrounded by beautiful wolves! The rustic yet luxurious Wolf Cabins are outfitted with panoramic windows overlooking the wolf pack’s territory. Sit back and enjoy the sights and sounds of the creatures from the fully equipped space complete with bed, living area, kitchenette and bathroom. While at Park Omega, make sure you to go on a Canadian-style safari to see other majestic animals, and take a stroll or snowshoe on the First Nations trail. You’ll feel like you’re a world away from the city, even though you’ll be just a 45-minute drive from downtown Ottawa in Montebello, Que.
The Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum asks “How deep is your love”? It can be 80 feet deep when you’re on the Underground Wine and Cheese Tour on Feb. 16! During this special guided tour of this National Historic Site, you’ll stop at several locations to sample delicious cheeses and wine pairings, and take memorable selfies at the photo booth in the Tunnel of Love (aka Blast Tunnel)!
Set the stage for love
What’s more romantic than a night out at the beautifully renovated National Arts Centre (NAC)? With the variety of programming offered around Valentine’s Day, you’ll surely find what your sweetie loves – like music, dance and theatre performances in English and French. (And may we suggest you start your evening at one of Ottawa’s great restaurants?)
If you’re having trouble choosing from all the great Ottawa restaurants, book a dining tour! During these progressive tours, you visit multiple restaurants in one night, enjoying one course at each venue (some with wine and local craft beer pairings). Each tour focuses on a foodie neighbourhood like the ByWard Market, the Glebe or Hintonburg. Options include private tours (for two people), group experiences, self-led evenings, or the assistance of a knowledgeable guide. All the arrangements are made for you by dining tour companies like Ottawa Tasting Tours and Experience Food, so you can enjoy quality time with your main squeeze!
Dining, gaming and partying
The Casino du Lac Leamy has everything you need to woo that special someone – without even stepping outside! Dine at one of its multiple restaurants, including the high end Le Baccara; try your luck at the casino games; and dance the night away at the VIP club Aléa. For the full experience, stay at the on-site Hilton Lac Leamy and book a spa treatment with your partner. If you’re staying over until Sunday morning, don’t miss the brunch at Banco Bistro!
If a relaxing, romantic day or evening are what you’re after, consider spending Valentine’s Day together at Nordik Spa-Nature. Located at just a short drive north of downtown Ottawa in Chelsea, Que., Nordik is the largest spa of its kind in North America! Here, you’ll find some of the best Scandinavian-inspired facilities like cold and warm pools, hot tubs, saunas, as well as massages and treatments. Try the Källa treatment (the only salt-water floating pool in America) or the tranquil, heated infinity pool that overlooks Ottawa’s twinkling downtown cityscape. Once your stress has floated away, grab your robe and enjoy complimentary green tea by one of the spa’s many wooden fireplaces. With multiple dining spaces on site, you’ll never want to leave…
When you need an excuse to cuddle up, go outdoors and explore official Winterlude sites and events. This year, you’ll see professionally carved ice sculptures of all shapes and sizes (that are beautifully lit up at night) in the ByWard Market area. And skate hand in hand on the moonlit Rideau Canal Skateway (the world’s largest skating rink) while sharing an iconic Beavertail pastry. It may be cliché, but proposals do happen on this famous ice. And the best part? Access to Winterlude sites is FREE!
Cat-lover? The Feline Café in trendy Hintonburg has you covered (potentially in cat hair) over Valentine’s week. On the evenings of Feb. 12 through 15, they’re offering a Date Night package which includes beverages, desserts and a one-hour reservation in the cat lounge. Best of all, a portion of each ticket supports a local cat charity, and all the kitties are available for adoption!
Laugh away Valentine’s Day
Whether you and your date love to laugh, or you’re single and looking to giggle, hilarity is always on the menu at Yuk Yuk’s on Elgin Street. The comedy club presents a special Valentine’s Day “The Relationship Show” featuring popular comedian Rob Pue and other guests. Can’t make it that night? Catch Rob and other comedians on alternative dates and take your pick of a dinner package or just the laughs.
Just for singles
Still looking for that special someone? Sign up for one of the Happily Ever After! Valentine’s Day Speed Dating events on Feb. 13 and 14. They include a cocktail, an icebreaker game and professionally hosted speed-dating with pre-screened eligible singles in your age range.
Curious about what else is happening over the winter season in Canada’s capital? Take a look at our Winter Activities page.