February 14 is a special occasion for many people, as it’s the perfect opportunity to show the one you love how much they mean to you. While a Valentine’s date doesn’t have to be expensive, it’s still nice to do something different with your other half. If you’ve left the V-Day planning a little late, don’t panic! Here are nine examples of last-minute Valentine’s Day date ideas in Ottawa that are still super romantic.
Forget chocolate and flowers, one of the most meaningful ways to show somebody you love them is to give them your time.
While it’s not always easy to find reasonably priced hotel stays and fancy restaurant reservations around February 14, that doesn’t mean that a super-special date night is not on the cards.
From adorable pottery painting to beautiful hikes and tasty treats, there’s something going on in Ottawa this weekend to suit everyone’s tastes (and budgets).
It's also the last weekend of the capital's Winterlude festival, so it's the perfect time to grab your snuggliest winter gear and head-out into the city.
Whether you’re looking for a low-key date, or an extra-AF experience, these last-minute Valentine’s Day ideas will hopefully inspire you to make the most out of this extra-romantic day.
Skating On The Rideau Canal
Address: Rideau Canal, Ottawa, ON
Why You Need To Go: Hold hands with your partner and glide along this dreamy skateway. You can even grab a delicious BeaverTail afterwards!
Walking The Mer Bleue Boardwalk
Address: Ridge Road, Ottawa, ON
Why You Need To Go: The long winding boardwalk is the most idyllic spot to escape the rest of the world and spend time with one another.
Lush Bath Bomb Making
When: Saturday, February 15
Address: St. Laurent Shopping Centre, 1200 St. Laurent Blvd., Ottawa, ON
Why You Need To Go: Why buy one other a gift when you can make Harajuku bath bombs for free?!
Putting Edge Mini Golf
Price: From $11.50 per person
Address: 5 Roydon Place, Nepean, ON
Why You Need To Go: You and your date will become immersed in this crazy, colourful, glow-in-the-dark experience. It's an unusual date night and it's not too expensive, either!
Art Haven Pottery Painting
Price: From $17 per person
Address: 200 Kennevale Dr., #102, Ottawa, ON
Why You Need To Go: With prices from $17, you can spend several hours painting and creating together. The best part is, you'll even have a couple of unique gifts to take home with you.
Price: From $24 per person
Address: Various locations
Why You Need To Go: If you're not all about romantic candlelit dinners, why not practice your sleuthing together?
Alpaca Walking, Maple Hill Urban Farm
Price: $40 per walk
Address: 200 Moodie Dr, Nepean, ON
Why You Need To Go: If you and your date are animal-lovers, look no further for a perfect V-Day date! Take a couple of fluffy alpacas for a beautiful wintery walk around Maple Hill Urban Farm's grounds.
Book your walk in advance by contacting the farm here.
Price: From $12 per person
Address: 412 Preston St, Ottawa, ON
Why You Need To Go: While tickets are sold out for Valentine's Day, there's still plenty of comedy show tickets available throughout the long weekend.
With prices starting at $12 per person, it's a cheap night out that promises to deliver lots of laughs.
The Loft Board Game Lounge
Price: From $6
Address: 14 Waller St, Ottawa, ON
Why You Need To Go: Unleash your competitive side and go head-to-head with your lover by playing all of your old favourite board games. There's more than 1000 games to chose from, and they serve a huge selection of tasty treats and drinks.
Whatever you and your significant other get up to this weekend, Happy Valentine's Day Ottawa!