Think your partner might enjoy receiving yet ANOTHER teddy bear with red heart-shaped paws for Valentine’s Day? Not so fast…
Why not think outside of the box this February and step up the WOW factor for your loved ones. There are plenty of great things going on in Ottawa for Valentine’s Day that are sure to impress that “special someone” in your life (or, at least help you on your way). See the great ideas we’ve put together to help make this Valentine’s Day memorable!
- 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 Ottawa’s downtown core in Chelsea, Que., Nordik is the largest spa of its kind in North America! Here, you’ll find a Scandinavian-inspired hot tub, cold pool, sauna and steam room experience, as well as massages and a tranquil, heated infinity pool that overlooks Ottawa’s twinkling downtown area.
Tired of getting in and out of the water? Grab your robe and enjoy complimentary green tea by one of the spa’s many wooden fireplaces. And with two restaurants on site, it’s easy to spend the entire day here. Nordik is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. and until midnight on Friday and Saturday. The spa’s Thermal Experience begins at $51 CDN per person.
- Head to the Retreat & Spa at Strathmere! Located just south of Ottawa’s downtown core in North Gower, Ont., this newer spa offers the “I Wanna Hold your Hand… His and Her Package.” In this romantic day getaway package, you and your sweetheart can enjoy a manicure (a manly manicure for him of course), as well as a glass of wine or a pint of craft beer. Relax, sip and then savour lunch at the Retreat Café! Artisan salads and a flatbread for two are included for $98 CDN per couple.
- It’s a couple of days after Valentine’s Day, but if you’re sports fans, head out for an exciting night at Canadian Tire Centre on 16 to see Ottawa’s NHL hockey team, the Ottawa Senators, take on the Buffalo Sabres. And why not make a night of it? Grab a romantic dinner before the game and spend the rest of the night cheering for the home team. Go Sens go!
- If classical music is your thing, consider heading to the National Arts Centre (NAC) on 14 to spend the evening with 2 CELLOS! But this is no ordinary classical performance, this dynamic duo is known for their modern, high energy covers of Rock and Pop songs such as Michael Jackson’s ‘Smooth Criminal.’ 2 CELLOS have appeared on the hit television series Glee as well as The Ellen Degeneres Show, The Tonight Show and The Bachelor Live Wedding Special, to name a few.
And why not make a night of it? Get dressed up and head to the NAC early to enjoy a delectable, romantic dinner at Le Café before the show! 2 CELLOS will take the Southam Hall stage at 8:00 p.m. Visit the NAC’s website for tickets.
- Enjoy a Valentine’s Day dinner at Signatures Restaurant at Le Cordon Bleu! Located in an elegant lumber baron mansion at 453 Laurier Avenue East, which is also home to Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa Culinary Arts Institute, Signatures is offering a special seven-course meal from 12–14. Beginning with the restaurant’s signature Champs Élysées cocktail, this gourmet, romantic meal is being offered at $89 CDN per person.
- Tours Expédition Ottawa. If you want to get outside this Valentine’s Day, why not book a snowy Gatineau Park excursion for two with this local company? Decide if you want to go for a winter hike or on a cross-country skiing adventure and let Tours Expédition take care of the rest; from the necessary equipment to a gourmet picnic lunch, complete with delicious hot tea.
Launched in 2014, this two-person company offers custom, VIP-style tours of the luscious Gatineau Park that take visitors off the beaten track and to beloved local gems such as the “Shilly-Shally.” Thinking of proposing this February? Let Tours Expédition help you make the experience memorable from beginning to end!
- If you’ve seen James Cameron’s Titanic – one of the most romantic movies of all time – you’re probably familiar with Jack Dawson’s love of the famous artist Claude Monet. Well, why not see Monet for yourself? Valentine’s Day weekend is your last chance to see Monet: A Bridge to Modernity; a special exhibit at the National Gallery of Canada that closes on 15.
Here, 13 of Monet’s masterpieces from around the world are brought together. Among them is the famous “Le pont de bois” from 1872. Consider seeing this exhibit, perusing the Gallery’s permanent, world-class collection and then enjoying lunch or dinner in Ottawa’s bustling ByWard Market neighbourhood.
- Not into all of that lovey-dovey, typical Valentine’s Day stuff? We’ve got you covered! If you don’t want romance and you’d rather be adventurous, take your valentine to Escape Manor. This is one of Ottawa’s newer attractions, inviting guests to try to escape from five darkly-themed rooms.
Opt to escape from a crazy winemaker in the Wine Cellar, flee death row in Prison Break, run from a mad scientist in The Asylum, save your soul by escaping The Darkness or try to avoid becoming a zombie in The Apocalypse. No matter which one you choose, you’ll have to work TOGETHER to escape in about 45 minutes or… Meet a tragic end!
- Enjoy a Valentine’s Day dinner at Perspectives Restaurant! Located just west of Ottawa’s downtown core at the award-winning Brookstreet Hotel, Perspectives is offering a special seven-course meal for $109.95 CDN per person, with an optional wine pairing.
And why not make a night of it? In honour of Valentine’s Day, the Brookstreet Hotel is offering a special room rate to Perspectives diners. Sip wine, savour a delicious meal and retire to your very own room. There’s nothing like taking the elevator home! This special Valentine’s meal is being offered on Feb. 13 and 14.
- And if you’re trying to be frugal this Valentine’s Day, Ottawa’s got you covered there too! As Winterlude wraps up on 15, consider bringing some hot chocolate with you and taking in the beautifully-lit ice sculptures in Confederation Park, which is also known as Winterlude’s Crystal Garden.
From here, why not lace up a pair of skates and glide down the moonlit Rideau Canal Skateway? Be romantic and hold hands as you make your way down the world’s largest skating rink. It may be cliché, but proposals have been known to happen on this famous ice. And the best part? Both of these lovely activities are FREE!
These are only 10 Valentine’s Day ideas that we’ve put together. You can be sure that Ottawa has many more activities going on all winter long! To learn more about what there is to see and do in Canada’s Capital, browse Ottawa Tourism’s website.
But no matter what you decide to do this Valentine’s Day, enjoy every moment and let romance bloom. Happy Valentine’s Day!