Heat-up your love life this winter by planning a romantic date for your significant other. Winter is often seen as the most romantic time of year. Between snuggling next to a fire or exploring the winter wonderland outside, there is a reason winter is a favourite setting in romantic movies.
Here in Ottawa, there are tons of romantic date ideas you can enjoy with your girlfriend or boyfriend no matter your budget. Here are 12 romantic date ideas you can take your S/O on this winter.
Skating on the Rideau Canal is a classic winter date in Ottawa. This fantastic date idea is perfect after the holiday season when you might be feeling broke, as skating on the canal is free. From roughly January till late February you can skate on the Rideau Canal, which happens to be the world's largest naturally frozen skating rink. Together with your date, make sure to bundle up in warm clothes, and then the two of you can glide on the ice hand in hand.
All around the world couples attach a love lock to bridges of a sign of their eternal love. In Ottawa, we have a love lock bridge, just like the famous one in Paris on The Pont des Arts. Together with your partner you can decorate a lock with both of your names and attach it to Ottawa's love lock bridge which is The Corktown Footbridge next to Ottawa University.
Chocoholic couples this is the date for you! At Cacao 70 you can order delicious chocolate sharing platters that are perfect for a date night. The trays come with some delicious chocolate fondue along with fruit, waffles, and brownies for you to dip into the chocolate. This fun interactive dessert is loads of fun and makes for an affordable date.
Escape the cold this winter by heading to Nature Nocturne at The Museum of Nature. Once a month the museum opens up after hours to host an adult only party. Here you can enjoy wonderful themed activities, the exhibits, and dancing! On February 22nd the theme will be Tropical Escape which promises to warm up your night with rhythms of live ska and reggae.
For a romantic date idea, bring your date to skate through a stunning forest. Patinage en Foret is near Gatineau Park, and here you can skate on the 3km path of ice through the serene atmosphere. Along the ice path, the two of you will able to stop to warm up at the heated cabin and enjoy some delicious hot chocolate. Skating through the forest begins December 8th and will continue into March.
Take your boyfriend or girlfriend this winter for a relaxing spa day. Nordik Spa-Nature is the largest spa in North America and perfectly blends the natural environment with the outdoor hot tubs and saunas. Here both of you can enjoy a blissful day relaxing together.
Only a few hours outside of Ottawa, a visit to The Hotel De Glace is one neither of you will ever forget! The ice hotel is famous around the world because everything is made from ice including the walls, chandeliers, and even the beds. For a memorable date, consider booking an overnight stay, or you can book just a day tour of the hotel where you can explore all the rooms.
Winterlude is always a fun date idea! Here the two of you can view the beautiful ice sculptures, see the giant snow sculptures in the Snowflake Kingdom at Jacques Cartier Park, listen to the Sub-Zero Concerts and much more. This winter Winterlude be from February 1st to 18th.
If you both love beer, then you should take your significant other to one of Ottawa's winter beer festivals. Winter Brewfest will be held at the Aberdeen Pavilion at Lansdowne from February 15 to 16 and Gatineau Winter Beerfest will be at Canadian Museum of History from February 1 to 2. At either event, the two of you can spend the evening sampling craft beer from a variety of different breweries.
If you are unable to head on a tropical vacation together, this winter Charlotte will help give you some of the tropical vibes you are missing. Every Thursday night the lounge features a tiki-inspired cocktail menu and island beats that will help you feel that you are at a tropical resort, instead of cold Ottawa.
Spend a relaxing winter day together at The Retreat At Strathmere. Here they offer a variety of packages where the two of you can enjoy yoga classes, snowshoeing, soaking in the hot tubs, and enjoying a drink by the fire.
Spoil your date this winter at one of Ottawa's best restaurants - Atelier. Marc Lepine, the chef-owner of Atelier, is continuously in the news for being recognized for his culinary talent. Just this year he was honored with the title of “Most Innovative Chef” award by Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants magazine. At Atelier, the two of you can enjoy his specular 12-course tasting menu.