There’s only one thing we love more than the weekend and that’s a long weekend. With not two but three days off to look forward to, you know we’re more anxious than ever for Friday to finally hit. And as always, there are plenty of things to do in Ottawa to pack your weekend full of fun. 

Whether you’re looking for last-minute Valentine’s Day plans or cheap Sunday night drinks, the capital has you covered. 

And just in case you completely blanked on V-Day, there’s plenty of opportunity to make up for it.

From free roses and hot chocolate to adorable craft markets, you might still be able to sneak in a romantic surprise or two.

Are you anti-Valentines? Don’t worry, there's plenty of fun to be had for singles, too. For a start, the city is coming in clutch with $2 shots and epic smash room events that will certainly keep your mind off of all of that lovey-dovey stuff. 

Of course, with Winterlude coming to an end, this weekend is your last chance to get in on all of that snowy fun as well. 

No matter what you decided to get up to, you can rest easy knowing you have a whole Monday to be lazy afterwords. 

Now, who’s ready?

Lush Bath Bomb Making

Price: Free

When: Saturday, February 15

Address: St. Laurent Shopping Centre, 1200 St. Laurent Blvd., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can head over to lush and make your own Harajuku bath bomb for free.


$2 Drinks @ Bonnie & Clyde Elgin

Price: $2 shots, $2.75 drinks

When: Sunday, February 16

Address: 292 Elgin St., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: It's a long weekend and that means Sunday night drinks are allowed. You can get boozy on a budget here. 


Wrecking NOT Wrecked

Price: $75

When: Friday, February 14

Address: 2437 Kaladar Ave., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can celebrate V-Day in a non-traditional way by getting the squad together for a smashing good time.


Big Love Freewheeling Craft Market

Price: $3 entry

When: Sunday, February 16

Address: 175 Third Ave., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can browse over 50 different craft vendors while enjoying local food and drinks as well as free giveaways throughout the day.


Free Roses & Hot Chocolate 

Price: Free

When: Friday, February 14 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Address: 170 Queen St., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: Need a last-minute gift for your Valentine? If you're quick, you could get a free Ecuadorian rose and hot chocolate at Queen St. Fare. There are only 100 roses and 100 hot chocolates available. 


Model Casting Call

Price: Free

When: Saturday, February 15

Address: 1064 Wellington St., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: The Shining Light Fashion Show is coming up and they need models. There are no age or size requirements, everyone is welcome. All you need to do is register online.


Rave On The Canal

Price: Free

When: Saturday, February 15

Address: Pretoria Bridge, Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can follow the music as a group of people skate and dance their way along the canal. Glowsticks and lights are encouraged but not provided.


Maplefest Pancake Breakfast

Price: $2

When: Saturday, February 15

Address: Hazeldean Mall Sugar Shack, 300 Eagleson Rd., Kanata, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can enjoy two pancakes for just a toonie as you watch live taffy pulling and learn about maple syrup. Sausage, bacon, fruit, and drinks will also be on sale. 


Visit Snowflake Kingdom

Price: Free

When: Thursday, February 13 to Monday, February 17

Address:  Jacques-Cartier Park, Gatineau, QC

Why You Need To Go: With Winterlude events wrapping up this weekend, you won't want to forget about the Snowflake Kingdom. If you haven't been yet this year, it's totally worth the trip to Gatineau.


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