Summer is a ways away, but romance doesn't have to wait for the heat. Whether you're keeping the magic alive in an old relationship or making memories with a new love interest, we can all agree that date night is important. Unfortunately, we also have bills that are just as important to pay, but luckily, with these adorable and cheap Ottawa dates below, you can do both.
El Furniture Warehouse
When: 11 a.m to 2 p.m.
Address: 77 Clarence St., Ottawa, ON
Why You Need To Go: Starving? Don't worry. You and bae can stuff your faces because everything on the menu is only $5.95 and it looks pretty darn good! A perfect spot for first-date drinks or late-night munchies.
Price: Starting at $6
When: Sundays to Thursdays
Address: 412 Preston St., Ottawa, ON
Why You Need To Go: Who doesn't love a cheap laugh? While this popular comedy bar is relatively inexpensive any day of the week, admission doesn't go over $12 between Sunday and Thursday, which is neat.
When: Daily, hours vary
Address: 5 Roydon Place, Nepean, ON
Why You Need To Go: This place gives your average night of mini-putt a serious glow-up. Literally. You and your S/O can enjoy a night of competitive glow-in-the-dark fun.
When: Daily, showtimes vary
Address: 1074 Bank St., Ottawa, ON
Why You Need To Go: Showing flicks since way back in 1932, this is Ottawa's oldest active movie theatre. You and your date can sit back in and let this old building put a whole new spin on movie night. It sure beats a standard cinema trip.
Price: Starting at $2.25
When: Tuesday to Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Address: 1500 Bank St., Ottawa, ON
Why You Need To Go: You and your sweetheart can enjoy a sweet treat at this adorable doughnut company. Not only are these doughnuts delicious and Insta-worthy, they're pretty cheap, too. Vegan options are also available. You can also check out the Byward Market location.
Taffy Lane Christmas Lights
When: December 1 until January 1
Address: Taffy Lane, Orleans, ON
Why You Need To Go: Ottawa comes alive in the winter months. And one of the most magical sights you can take in is the epic collection of Christmas lights on Taffy Lane. The best part? It's free!
Price: $4.50 per lap
When: Tuesday to Friday from 3 p.m. to dusk, weekends from 10 a.m. to dusk
Address: 6336 Fallowfield Rd., Stittsville, ON
Why You Need To Go: You can whip around this epic outdoor track for a date full of competitive fun. If you're on a serious budget, you can even bring your own food and drinks to the course, although please note that alcohol is not permitted.
Address: Parliament Hill, Ottawa, ON
Why You Need To Go: You can tell each other all your secrets at the Robert Baldwin and Sir Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine memorial on Parliament Hill. If you sit at opposite ends of the monument and whisper, the curved wall will carry the sound so you can spill all the tea to your S/O.
Rideau Canal Skateway
Price: Free with your own skates
When: Winter, 24/7 (weather permitting)
Address: Rideau Canal, Ottawa, ON
Why You Need To Go: There's nothing quite as romantic as a nighttime skate on the largest naturally frozen skating rink in the world. A staple of Ottawa in the winter, this is one free date you simply can't miss.
Love Lock Bridge
Address: Corktown Footbridge, Ottawa, ON
Why You Need To Go: After you finish skating, don't forget to add your own lock to the infamous Love Lock Bridge. People often choose to write their names on the lock, or a small love message, before adding it to the huge collection.
When: Monday to Saturday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sundays from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Address: Multiple Ottawa locations
Why You Need To Go: You and bae can split a lover's duet cake for less than $15. The delicious gelato cakes can be made with any flavour you want so you can go nuts. Or chocolate, whatever you fancy.
Let's Roam Scavenger Hunt
Price: Starting at $12.99
Address: In over 400 cities
Why You Need To Go: You can explore Ottawa in ways you never have before with the Let's Roam app. Uncover hidden gems and awesome bars in Canada's capital while completing photo challenges and trivia with your honey. It's also an excellent option for a group date.
Price: $15 and under
When: Weekends from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Address: 380 Elgin St., Ottawa, ON
Why You Need To Go: Brunch dates are inherently cute, but what's even cuter are the low brunch menu prices at Common Eatery. From simple granola to chicken and waffles, no item exceeds $15.
Price: $12 and under
When: Opens at 4 p.m.
Address: 221 Rideau St., Ottawa, ON
Why You Need To Go: Get a little cheesy with your loved one by diving into some gooey mac n' cheese. If you're feeling extra indulgent, why not top it off with a deep-fried cookie or brownie?
Algonquin College Spa
Price: Starting at $5
When: Hours vary daily, closed on weekends
Address: 1385 Woodroffe Ave., Ottawa, ON
Why You Need To Go: Sometimes, dating can be a stressful headache that makes you want to pull out your hair. Instead, why not treat each other to a relaxing scalp massage at the Algonquin College spa? An excellent choice if the Nordik Spa is slightly out of budget. You can also enjoy services like haircuts and manicures for $15 or under.