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10 romantic ideas for an Ottawa Valentine’s Day


10 romantic ideas for an Ottawa Valentine’s Day

10 romantic ideas for an Ottawa Valentine’s Day
Image Credit: Nordik-Spa Nature

Think your partner might enjoy receiving yet ANOTHER teddy bear with red heart-shaped paws for Valentine’s Day? Not so fast…..

Think outside 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….).

1. Kick-start your Valentine’s Day into gear with an urban adventure. is offering a Valentine’s package where you and your partner follow clues and solve puzzles in and around an Ottawa neighbourhood that lead you to your mystery dining reservation!

2. If sports are your thing, you can catch a daytime hockey game at Canadian Tire Centre on Feb. 14 at 2:00 p.m. See hometown hockey team the Ottawa Senators take on the Edmonton Oilers, then head out for a romantic dinner date. And if you want to do some skating of your own, bundle up and head out onto the Rideau Canal Skateway. Take in Ottawa’s sparkling city lights as you glide along!

3. Got a sweet tooth? The amazing C’est Bon Chocolate Lover’s Tour runs on Feb. 14, and includes samples of some of Ottawa’s best chocolate.

4. When you think of the Diefenbunker, Canada’s Cold War Museum, generally, romance doesn’t spring to mind! But find “love, not war” this Valentine’s Day….75 feet underground! On February 14, the Diefenbunker is teaming up with Savvy Company to offer 3 Steps to Survival: Chocolate, Cheese & Wine. Sample local cheeses, chocolates as well as Ontario wines. There will also be some fun, romantic photo ops brought to you by Flashpoint Photo Booth.

5. An action-packed snow day is a great way to spark a new romance, or add some fun to an existing one! The Ottawa area is jam-packed with great cross-country ski trails, tobogganing hills and snowshoe trails. Love is in the (frosty!) air.

6. Stressed from trying to come up with the perfect surprise for your honey? Why not enjoy a couple’s massage and a soak in Nordic baths to help melt away the pain? Nordik Spa-Nature is a great place for a romantic Valentine’s Day getaway!

7. Is wining and dining more your thing? Satisfy your tastebuds by booking an indulgent five-course fine dining experience at Brookstreet hotel’s Perspectives dining room. Extend the romance by staying overnight in one of their ultra-modern guest rooms; you won’t need to worry about driving back home, and you can enjoy their pool and spa the following day!

8. Catch Argentinian and Sadler Wells dance production Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui at the National Arts Centre on Feb. 13 and 14 at 8:00 p.m. This production features 12 dancers, five musicians and a unique interpretation of tango.

9. Do you believe that the way to your partner’s heart is through their stomach? Why not sign up for one of Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa’s Gourmet Short Courses? Or taste test their exceptional cuisine during a romantic dinner at Signatures Restaurant (special menu available Feb. 12 to 14).

10. Picture this: A moonlit evening skate, hand in hand with your mittened Snuggly Poops and sharing a toasty sweet BeaverTails pastry on the famous Rideau Canal Skateway. Snuggle up in front of one of the open-air fire pits to really turn on the romance!

Everyone enjoys something a little bit different for Valentine’s Day, and with all the amazing options in Ottawa, it may be hard to narrow down your decision. No matter what you decide to do, enjoy every moment and let the romance bloom!