And just like that, we are onto the second month of 2018! February is known for many things, but one thing always stands out... Valentines Day. Whether you're in a relationship or a single pringle, Valentines Day doesn't have to be something to dread. Seriously, you don't need to be in a relationship to plan something fun to do this month. You either love the "special" day, hate it, or you're just somewhere in between. If you and your squad are the type to have an anti-Valentines Day party there are a lot of things you can all do during your day.
With the month of "love" now upon us, we can all start planning on what we will do to share the love between each other. There are so many types of couples out there; some love eating food, some are super boujee, and some are broke AF, no matter the type there is 100% something for everyone.
There is no rule out there that says Valentines Day is just for couples. Being single is totally normal, most people are single, so there is seriously no reason to feel left out. Valentines Day is about love in general, whether you have a bae or not you can always do something with your best friends to have a good time. Even if you don't plan to hang out with friends, you can always give yourself some self-love. Take yourself out for a coffee, have an at-home spa day, get a manicure, treat yourself to everything and anything, you deserve it!
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Have a boujee dinner at Salt Dining + Lounge
February is the month of love so why not have a super fancy dinner at one of Ottawa's boujee restaurants. Salt Dining + Lounge serves up some exquisite meals perfect for any foodie. If you're searching for a place to go to on Valentines day with your bae, look no further and make your reservation now.
Indulge in a delicious meal at Rangoli
There's nothing better than enjoying a hot fresh meal on a cold winter day. Indian food will warm you up real quick. Rangoli serves up yummy foods that will for sure leave you satisfied. From naan break to butter chicken Rangoli is perfection. If you have a sweet tooth like me, then you have to try the gulab jamuns, they are so sweet (pun intended).
Have matcha everything at Uji Café
If you are a lover of all things matcha then you have to go to Uni Café. From matcha lattes to matcha cakes to matcha lemonades, Uji Cafe serves it all. Lattes are a great way to warm up during the winter season so why not sip on something that you love, matcha. Uji Cafe has so many seats inside too, so if you're looking for somewhere to study with your squad, I think you've found it.
Try out Ottawa's newest gem Mati Ottawa
Make your way to a new restaurant this month. Mati Ottawa is a perfect place to go for some cocktails or for a fancy dinner. This is also a great place to head to for a Valentines day date. Mati Ottawa is a crudo and charcoal restaurant, which are styles of cooking in Greece and Italy. To make this place even better, the interior decor is perfection.
Crush your burger craving at Burgers n' Fries Forever
If you're looking for something simple and cheap to eat, look no more. Burgers n' Fries Forever offers a variety of burgers to indulge in this winter season. All of their beef is halal, their fries are PEI russet potatoes, and their sauces are house-made. Their burger menu rotates depending on the season. Their goal is to highlight the use of seasonal ingredients that are grown closer to home with more sustainable practices.
Sip away on cocktails at Charlotte Ottawa
If you still haven't made your way to this stunning new bar in Ottawa you need to ASAP. Charlotte Ottawa has got their aesthetics on point. They serve up a variety of drinks and snacks to have too. Some yummy snacks include dumplings, pizza, cheese board, charred broccoli, and salted chocolate tart.
Warm up with pho at Saigon Boy Noodle House
During this freezing winter month one of the best ways to warm up is by having a steamy bowl of pho. Saigon Boy Noodle House is well known for their Vietnamese cuisine and is always busy. To make this place even better the prices are super reasonable, for a large bowl it only costs $9.95! So this is also a great place to go if you're looking to save your money.
Sip on a yummy hot drink from Sweet Jesus
Sweet Jesus sells so many different flavours of hot drinks; Salted Dark Hot Chocolate, S'more Hot Chocolate, Cran-Apple Cider, and Cake Batter Hot Chocolate. No matter what you're craving I'm sure Sweet Jesus will hit the spot. Of course they also sell insane ice cream cones, but it's waaaay too cold for that in February.
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Get competitive at Archery Games
This is a super fun way to spend your day with your bae. At Archery Games you can unleash your inner Hawkeye (that's for all the Marvel lovers out there). Seriously this is such a great way to get some physical activity in as well as have a laugh with your love. Whether you lovebirds are on the same team or competing against each other, you will 100% have a fun time.
Watch a movie at Cineplex Lansdowne VIP
Going to the movies is one of my favourite ways to escape the winter cold. I personally see nothing fun in doing most things outside during this time of the year. The best things to do are always indoors. This February there are so many movies you can go see like Black Panther or Red Sparrow. At Cineplex Lansdowne VIP you can sip on your favourite drink and snack on some cheeses or have your complete dinner during the movie.
Reach new heights at Altitude Gym
If you lovebirds are into fitness and are also super competitive, this is the perfect combo of both. At Altitude Gym you can climb on as many walls as you wish. The two of you can race to the top to see who wins, or simply encourage each other to reach new heights.
Explore the hidden cave at Arbraska Laflèche
Calling all adventurous and thrill-seeking couples, this one is for you. Make your way to Arbraska Laflèche and explore the largest cave on the vast Canadian Shield. If you two have been watching the newest season of Amazing Race and always wish you were on the show, this activity totally lets you live your dreams.
Have a blast at Funhaven
If you're a couple that can never choose one thing to do because you love them all, then you should check out Funhaven. From rock climbing to bumper cars to arcade games to laser tag, Funhaven is literally a fun haven. The two of you will have such a fun night playing all sorts of games and unleashing your inner children.
Aim and shoot at MacLaren's on Elgin
Make your way to the legendary MacLaren's on Elgin to play some pool and have some drinks. MacLaren's on Elgin has 21 pool tables and it only costs $12 an hour. So you and your bae can head downtown and get competitive with each other or you can teach each other how to play if you're both beginners. If you and your bae play the 8 Ball Pool app, why not try it in real life?
Go skating on the Rideau Canal
Head to the world's largest skating rink this February. This is an almost mandatory activity for every Ottawan that can skate in the city. Seriously, whether you say you want to or not it always somehow ends up happening. After going for a skate the two of you can grab a sweet Beavertail (the best part of the day).
Play your favourite games together at The Loft Board Game Lounge
The Loft Board Game Lounge is such a perfect place to go for any occasion. Whether you're meeting with some old friends or going on a date with your bae, this place makes for the ideal meet up spot. For just $5.50 you can pick and choose from over 100 games to play with your love and the two of you can get super competitive together.
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Attend a drop-in class at Pure Yoga Ottawa
For $20 you can head to Pure Yoga and take part in a drop-in class. Yoga is a calming yet fun activity to do together with your close friends. It is such a great way to get out of your comfort zone if you don't normally do yoga. Pure Yoga Ottawa will leave you feeling calm and relaxed (seriously, after 1 class you'll want to go back).
Pet some cute animals at Little Ray's Reptile Zoo
If you're an animal lover then you will love everything about Little Ray's Reptile Zoo. For just $12.50 you can pet every animal that they have. From sloths to tarantulas to monkeys to snakes, Little Ray's Reptile Zoo will definitely have you feeling like a zookeeper!
Prep for a perfect at home spa day from Purple Urchin
This is a great place to shop at if you're planning to treat yourself to a chill day at home. Pick up one of their amazing all natural products including candles, soap and salts. Purple Urchin is basically the natural and chemical free version of Bath and Body Works. Their candles range between $11 to $19, soaps are $6, and salts range between $12 to $20.
Skate on a 3km path through the woods at Patinage en Foret
You will be transported to a complete winter wonderland as soon as you hit the ice. At Patinage en Foret you will skate through a 3km pathway through the forest and you will honestly feel like you're in a winter snow globe. What makes this even better is that it only costs $13 per ticket! This is a perfect way to get outside during the winter while taking in stunning nature.
Go mini-putting at Putting Edge
Escape reality and enter a world that glows in the dark. Putting Edge is the cool place to take unique Instas while competing in this glow-in-the-dark world. It only costs $11.50 to play a game and it is totally worth it. With the glow in the dark world, you will feel like you are in some sort of alternate universe!
Play some games while sipping on coffee at Caffeine 1UP
If you love old-school games then you will absolutely adore Caffeine 1UP. At Caffeine 1UP you only have to pay $5 to play super fun retro games. From Tetris to Duck Hunt, Caffeine 1UP has it all. To make this cafe better, while playing games you can buy your favourite hot drink perfect for the winter time, whether you love coffee or hot chocolate, you can get any hot drink you love.
Laugh the night away at Absolute Comedy
Who doesn't love a good laugh?! At Absolute Comedy, you can enjoy a comedy show for such low prices. This is a super fun activity to do with your BFFs or even your bae. The prices of tickets range between $7-16 depending on the time of the show. No matter when you go or who you go with you are definitely going to have a good time.
Indulge in homemade pasta at The Dreamland Cafe
The Dreamland Cafe has to be one of the most aesthetically pleasing places to eat in Ottawa right now. To make the cafe even better, they serve up hot fresh pasta. If you're going for a simple snack you won't be breaking your bank account cause prices range from $12 to $15! The Dreamland Cafe is run by two badass women and they know what good food is.
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Go all in at the Casino du Lac-Leamy
Going to the casino is a perfect excuse to dress TF up. Honestly, you may win big so you want to be dressed for the occasion, right? If you decide to go the best thing you can do is have a cap on how much you're going to play cause you seriously could end up walking out with more damage to your bank account than when you walked in. This is a super fun way to get fancy with your BFFs and wear that LBD.
Take a cooking class at The Urban Element
Challenge yourself to something new by taking part in a cooking class at The Urban Element. This is a fun thing to do with your friends or even your significant other. You will learn new ways of cooking foods and maybe you will even learn how to make your own homemade pasta.
Paint something you can keep at Art Haven
Head to Art Haven and unleash your inner artist. If you're someone that is super creative then you will love doing this for fun. Art Haven lets to choose something to paint, whether it's a decoration or a mug there is a wide variety of things to choose from. While painting you can sip on a glass of wine or a cup of bubble tea, Art Haven is a fun and classy way to spend your day.
Unwind at Nordik Spa Nature
February can be a pretty busy month, especially for anyone in uni. You either have all of your exams before reading week or all of them after. Either way reading week is a perfect opportunity to head to Nordik Spa Nature to relax and disconnect from any uni-related stresses. It is also a classy thing to do with your love for Valentine's day.
Get your nails done while sipping on wine at J'adore Beauty Bar & Lounge
Be bad and boujee by getting a full manicure and pedicure at J'adore Beauty Bar & Lounge. Some drinks you can order include Mimosa, Cotton Candy Champagne, Dirty Martini, and Caesar. J'adore Beauty Bar & Lounge will leave you feeling like absolute royalty.
Go wine tasting at Vineyards Wine Bar Bistro
Calling all wine lovers, this one is 100% for you. If you're the type of person that twirls your wine in a glass before taking a sip, then you need to go for a wine tasting. At Vineyards Wine Bar Bistro you can do a wine tasting before or after eating a scrumptious meal for dinner.
Become an artist at Paint Nite Ottawa
This is a perfect way to spend time with people you love. Whether you do this with your BFFs, your family, or even your partner, you will 100% have a fun time. All you need to do is head to their website, select an event, and buy your tickets. It is also a super cute way to paint something for your place or paint something you know you're going to give as a gift.
Camp in style with Elements Luxury Tented Camp
If you're someone that loves the outdoors then you will love the Elements Luxury Tented Camp. Escape from your everyday routine and do something different for a change. Camping has received a glamorous upgrade thanks to Elements Luxury Tented Camp. Staying the night in one of these tents will make you feel like the classiest camper of all.
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Head to Confederation Park for Ottawa's annual Winterlude
Did February in Ottawa even happen if you didn't attend Winterlude? Seriously, whether you love going or not we all somehow end up walking through the park to check out what the ice sculptures look like this year. While strolling through you can grab a delicious Beavertail and take some wintery Instas.
Head outside for a Quiet Winter Walk
Of course staying inside and hibernating through winter is what we all love to do, but from time to time it's important to outside for some fresh air. During the winter time, the outdoors look like a magical winter wonderland and with spring around the corner it's time to make the most of the pretty winter.
Go skating on the Sens Rink of Dreams
It's your last month to really take advantage of the Sens Rink of Dreams. The rink officially closes on March 4th so you really have all of this month to head to this rink. At night there are pretty LED lights around the rink making it a magical way to end your night.
Try to conquer Ottawa's museum bucket list
Many museums in Ottawa are free after a certain time. This February take advantage of that deal and do your best to check out every museum in the city. With so many exhibitions you will 100% be going back to each one for more. I would recommend checking out the new Canada Science and Technology Museum (free from 4-5 pm)!
Take your pooch for a walk through Bruce Pit
Bruce Pit is super pretty during the winter time. If you have a dog then you have to take them to Bruce Pit. It's a great way to embrace the winter weather and take in natures beauty. It's a perfect place for your furry friends to run free and get to know other dog friends too.
Check out the Mosaïvernales sculptures
The sculptures that we all went to see this summer are not gone yet! This February you have to go back to Jacques-Cartier Park to see their unique transformation. The Mosaïvernales will be a journey with mythical icons, fairies and gods sculpted in snow.
Go tobogganing at Green's Creek
Sledding is so much fun in the winter time. Plus is completely free! This super fun activity is a must do whether you're an outdoorsy person or not. Green's Creek is a super steep hill so if you're someone that loves to do things that will get your adrenaline pumping you will love this hill.
Check out Hog's Back Falls
Embrace all of winters beauty by checking out Hog's Back Falls in the winter time. This falls is great for some winter Insta's or just some outdoor explorations. I'm sure most of us have been there during the summertime, but I'm sure you haven't been there during the winter and you can explore Hog's Back Falls this month for some winter adventures.