The changing of the leaves, sweater weather, coffee dates — there is something about fall that is just so magical. Whether you're in a serious relationship or dating someone new, there's no shortage of romantic fall Ottawa date ideas. You and your S/O can explore the city, taste all of the best food, make something together, and more, all while staring longingly into each other's eyes.

All About the Boo'z Tour

Price: $105

When: Saturday, Sept. 28 from 2:15 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Address: Brew Donkey, 987 Wellington St. W., Ottawa

Why You Need To Go: Brewery tours are a super fun way to get acceptably day-buzzed with your S/O, but this one has a spooky twist! As part of the tour, you'll get to explore creepy brew houses and the infamously scary Saunders Farm. So hold onto each other tightly, because you never know what's brewing around the corner!


The Mud Oven

Price: $20-$30

Address: 1065 Bank St., Ottawa

Why You Need To Go: When you're in love, everything feels romantic — even sharing that morning cup o' joe. So why not get creative and decorate a new coffee mug for those romantic caffeinated mornings! There's a wide variety of super cute specialty mugs to choose from and all of the materials are included!


The Diamond Cooking Show

Price: $45 

When: Monday to Friday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Address: 5459 Canotek Rd. Suite 5, Gloucester

Why You Need To Go: Don't let going out for dinner get stale! At the Diamond Cooking Show, you can watch the chefs cook right in front of you and learn about their unique and healthy cooking methods. It'll almost feel like you made dinner for each other, but there will be no dishes for you to clean afterwards!


Log Cabin Orchards

Price: Free admission

When: Daily from 9 a.m to 6 p.m.

Address: 6121 Cabin Road, Osgoode

Why You Need To Go: Pumpkin patches in the fall feel sort of magical, don't they? You and bae can wander through this one hand in hand, stopping to take the cutest couple photos. But, the best part of Log Cabin Orchards are the giant apple-cinnamon churros. Something sweet for you and your sweetheart!


Ottawa Caricatures

Price: Starting at $100

Address: They will come to you

Why You Need To Go: Your phone's camera roll is likely stocked with cute, Insta-worthy photos of you and your boo, so why not have some fun and turn one of them into a hilarious caricature? You can even pose live if you'd rather. 


Fright Fest

Price: Starting at $40

When: Sept. 21 until Oct. 31

Address: 7893 Bleeks Rd., Munster

Why You Need To Go: Haunted houses are a staple of fall and there's nothing like a good scare to send you jumping into the arms of your S/O! You can wander through the barn of terror, take a haunted hayride, get spooked by evil clowns, and more!


Rideau Canal Cruise

Price: Starting at $29.95

Address: 1 Elgin St., Ottawa

Why You Need To Go: Say what you will about the fun to be had in Ottawa, but there's no arguing about its beauty. The views from the Rideau Canal, especially in the fall, will have everyone feeling romantic. This boat cruise is a fun and super chill way to spend some time together taking in the sights and history. 


CityFolk Festival

Price: Starting at $69

When: Sept. 12-15

Address: Great Lawn, Landsdowne Park

Why You Need To Go: Music festivals are the perfect excuse for the two of you to whip out your cutest outfits and belt out your favourite tunes together. The CityFolk Festival is a yearly, multi-day outdoor concert. The 2019 lineup will feature Our Lady Peace, Bush, Led Zeppelin vocalist Robert Plant, and many more!


Ottawa Tasting Tour

Price: Prices vary

Address: Various locations

Why You Need To Go: You can choose from a variety of tasting tours, from craft beer and lunch to contemporary food and wine tours, and many more. In the fall, the winery tour makes for a beautiful and romantic day out! If you're feeling daring, they even offer Escape Room packages.


The Gladstone

Price: Prices vary

Address: 910 Gladstone Ave.

Why You Need To Go: Watching a play somehow feels much more romantic then just another movie night. The fact that The Gladstone theatre is located in adorable Little Italy just makes it all the more special and suggests there'll be plenty of dinner options pre- or post-show.


Funhaven

Price: Prices vary

When: Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12 a.m., and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Address: 1050 Baxter Rd.

Why You Need To Go: Every now and then you simply have to let your inner kid run loose! From bumper cars to arcade games, jungle gyms, and more, there's plenty of activities that are sure to make the two of you feel young again! 


Little Italy

Price: Prices vary

Address: Preston Street and the surrounding area, Ottawa

Why You Need To Go: Little Italy provides a scenic and romantic backdrop to walk or bike through together. Stop to sip wine or espresso and share a plate of pasta "Lady And The Tramp"-style. 


Stella Luna

Price: Prices vary

When: Daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Address: Various Ottawa locations

Why You Need To Go: Just because fall is a little cooler, that doesn't mean we have to give up romantic ice cream dates! Head inside and you can indulge in some mouthwatering gelato, or share a lovers duet gelato cake if you're feeling extra romantic.


The Crystal Dawn

Price: Price varies with the reader

When: Sunday to Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursday to Saturday until 7 p.m.

Address: 217 Dalhousie St., Ottawa

Why You Need To Go: Whether you take tarot cards seriously or not, a reading can be a fun way to get some insight into your relationship and spark some deeper conversations.


Otherworld Treasures

Price: Prices vary based on materials

When: Tuesday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Address: 29 Marier Ave., Vanier

Why You Need To Go: Gifting jewellery is traditionally pretty romantic, but you can make the experience significantly more intimate at Otherworld Treasures. Here, they will help you design your own jewellery tailored to your personality and energy!


Common Eatery

Price: Prices vary based on ingredients

When: Happy Hour is Tuesday to Friday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Address: 300 Elgin St., Ottawa

Why You Need To Go: During happy hour you can design your own spritzers! Chose from a variety of herbs, gin, spritzers, fruit, and liqueurs for a delicious and customized drink.


Magic of Lights

Price: Starting at $17

When: Nov. 12 until Jan. 4

Address: Wesley Clover Parks, 411 Corkstown Rd., Nepean

Why You Need To Go: While November may feel like winter in Ottawa, it's still technically fall. And one of the most romantic sights you can enjoy is the Magic of Lights drive-through show. You can drive through the 2 km stretch of magical lights from the comfort of your own car! If you want to step up the game, there are limos available to rent as well. 


Love Lock Bridge

Price: Free

Address: Corktown Footbridge, Ottawa

Why You Need To Go: If you're looking for a romantic way to symbolize your love, leave the wood-carving kit at home and grab a padlock to add to The Corktown Footbridge. As an added bonus, after your romantic gesture, the two of you can soak in the gorgeous views of the Rideau Canal.


Fairmont Chateau Laurier

Price: Prices vary

Address: 1 Rideau St., Ottawa

Why You Need To Go: Spend the night feeling like royalty at this castle-like hotel downtown. You can easily skip out to take in the fun of downtown or stay in all night with room services and your favourite movies. 


Bridgehead Roastery Tour

Price: Free

When: First Saturday of the month, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Address: 130 Anderson St.

Why You Need To Go: Take your fall coffee dates to a whole other level with the free Bridgehead Roastery Tour. Just imagine the enticing smell of freshly roasted beans washing over you as you learn more about the sweet elixir we call coffee. 


Experimental Farm Arboretum

Price: Free

When: Daily, from sunrise to sunset

Address: Arboretum, Ottawa

Why You Need To Go: Sometimes the most romantic date of all is simply spending time together. And what better place to do that then the Experimental Farm in the fall? You can walk and chat through the stunning fall foliage at the Arboretum. 


Dows Lake 

Price: Starting at $30

When: Available until early October

Address: 1001 Queen Elizabeth Dr., Ottawa

Why You Need To Go: The two of you can rent a two-person kayak and go for a romantic boat ride along Dows Lake. Take in the scenery and listen to the water splash all while getting a little exercise. 


Sound and Light Show

Price: Free

When: Until Sept. 9

Address: 111 Wellington St., Ottawa

Why You Need To Go: Grab some cozy blankets and a few snacks and head out to see the Parliament building to see the infamous sound and light show. No matter how many times you've been, something about cuddling up and watching the lights at night always feels special. Plus, it's totally free!


Capital Pop-Up Cinema 

Price: Free

Address: Various locations

Why You Need To Go: Speaking of cuddling up outside, why not take in one of the various free outdoor movies in Ottawa? Capital Pop-Up Cinema shows classic films in various parks throughout the city, so you can pick one that fits both of your schedules.  


Nepean Point

Price: Free

Address: Behind the National Gallery of Canada

Why You Need To Go: Ottawa is full of stunning old buildings and beautiful fall foliage. Nepean Point may just be the most romantic place to soak in those sights. You may even find yourselves shouting "I love you" from the hilltops. 


VIP Karaoke Bar

Price: Prices vary

When: Weekdays until 2 a.m., weekends until 2:30 a.m.

Address: 610 Somerset St. W., Ottawa (2nd floor)

Why You Need To Go: You can book a private room and serenade each other with all your favourite romantic songs. This is an excellent way to stay out of the cold and make some magical (and probably hilarious) memories together. 


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