There is nothing like sparkling snowflakes, twinkling lights and mistletoe to make our city feel extra romantic. To help you fall in love, we made a list of outdoor winter date ideas around Ottawa that will make you feel like you are in a Netflix Christmas movie.
Coming up with the perfect activity can be challenging, but there are more options than your typical dinner and a movie. Instead, you can head to the great outdoors and feel like you are in a snowglobe.
Address: Charlie Rogers Pl., Ottawa, ON
Why You Need To Go: You can feel like a kid again and slide down the toboggan hill together. Be sure to check out the hill at Kanata Recreation Complex — it's one of the best in the city!
Day Trip To Mont-Tremblant
Price: Varies according to activity
Address: 1000 Chemin des Voyageurs, Mont-Tremblant, QC
Why You Need To Go: There are so many activities to enjoy here, including hiking, snowshoeing and skiing. Or you can wander the pedestrian village with a cup of hot chocolate.
Patinage en Forêt
When: From Sunday, December 20 (depending on weather)
Address: 9 Montée Beausoleil, Lac-des-Loups, QC
Why You Need To Go: You can skate through the forest on this enchanting ice trail. The three-kilometre pathway is truly magical in the snow. Don't have skates? The Lac-des-Loups offers skate rentals for a small fee.
Mackenzie King Estate
Address: MacKenzie King Rd., Chelsea, QC
Why You Need To Go: It's only a short walk to the snow-covered ruins that'll make you feel like you're in Europe. The English and French gardens surrounding the estate are also a super romantic place for a stroll in any weather.
Alpagas Chelsea Alpacas
Address: 1594 Route 105, Chelsea, QC
Why You Need To Go: The farm is just 25 minutes outside of Ottawa and has 20 fluffy alpacas that you can visit. They also sell goods woven from alpaca fibre, which is surprisingly warm and water-repellent.
Christmas Lights Across Canada
When: Monday, November 30, 2020, - Thursday, January 7, 2021
Address: Parliament Hill & Confederation Boulevard, Ottawa, ON
Why You Need To Go: Is there anything more romantic than looking at shining bright lights? You can walk holding hands under the twinkling bulbs and see the illuminated pathway on Parliament Hill.
Pine Grove Trail
Address: Pine Grove Trail, Ottawa, ON
Why You Need To Go: This is a peaceful spot to go hiking or cross-country skiing. Grab your four-legged friend and your SO and enjoy the quiet serenity of a winter forest.
Thomas Tree Farm
Price: $57.52+ per tree
When: From Saturday, November 21
Address: 6421 McCordick Rd., North Gower, ON
Why You Need To Go: This tree farm is only 30 minutes from Ottawa and, with the purchase of a tree, you can also enjoy free hot chocolate and cookies. You can buy a pre-cut tree or opt to cut down your own if you really want to "wow" your date.
Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your trip.