Plan the perfect Valentine's Day in Ottawa
- Ottawa Travel Guide
- Thursday, 05 January 2012 16:42
Love is in the air on Valentine's Day in Ottawa. Many travellers will visit Canada's capital city for a change of atmosphere or a weekend getaway with their special someone during this exciting time. Fortunately, during the winter, the city is a wonderful place to visit, as it provides guests with a fantastic array of entertainment options, cosy dining experiences and plenty of other things to see and do as a pair.
One of the first things some think about on this day of love is gifts. A great way to surprise your special someone is with flowers, which could be delivered to your hotel. There are several local florists throughout Ottawa that will send bouquets on Valentine's Day, including the Canada Floral Delivery Company. Travellers can reserve an arrangement on the business' website and have the flowers all set upon arrival to Ottawa. Those who are tech-savvy can even make plans through a special iPhone and iPad app that assists customers in choosing and purchasing the perfect blooms.
After the gifts have been exchanged, couples may wish to venture out in town to explore the sights and sounds of this bustling metropolis. Arguably the most romantic and scenic day spot in Ottawa is the Rideau Canal. This charming waterway provides visitors and residents with a great place to take a stroll or try out some new activities at any time of year. When the temperatures drop, the canal becomes a massive outdoor skating rink that can be enjoyed by all ages and varying skill levels. Tourists may rent skates or bring their own and glide down the expansive, natural rink hand-in-hand, which can make for a lovely afternoon to enjoy together on holiday. As part of a UNESCO World Heritage site that stretches nearly 8 kilometres long, this rink is truly one of the most unique in the world.
When it's time to dine on Valentine's Day in Ottawa, there are many romantic and stylish establishments that couples can indulge in. For instance, Cafe Paradiso often has live jazz music and always boasts a delicious menu, with dishes such as rosemary lamb chops and a selection of homemade cheesecakes. The Blackthorn is another choice for Valentine's Day dining located in the ByWard Market area. Their signature selections include a seafood orzo and duck with a chili-maple sauce. All of these things found in Ottawa will surely make for a wonderful holiday trip.