Like most holidays, Valentine’s Day celebrations become repetitive after a few years. So if you’re not the flowers, chocolates and candlelit dinners type, it doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun on Valentine’s Day. Glue has compiled a unique series of Valentine’s Day activities to combat the season’s predictability.
Here’s how to put some fresh energy into a your V-Day this year:
- Dinner and a movie re-imagined: Filmgoers and foodies will be delighted to know there will be plates of delicious food, booze and a comfortable large leather seats that can even be converted into love seats for couples at Lansdowne’s VIP Cinema. This adult-only experience changes the way you see a movie, making it the perfect new take on a classic date. Tickets: $19.99
- Winterlude: Be tourists in your own town this Valentine’s Day and explore Ottawa’s free Winterlude activities. Enjoy the Crystal Garden filled with ice sculptures or take a stroll down the world’s longest and most cliché outdoor skateways, the Rideau Canal (if weather permits). Lansdowne’s Aberdeen Pavilion will also be turned into a giant dance floor for V-Day celebrations.
- Wine pairing: Epicures and history buffs will love this activity that combines both of their passions. Deep within Ottawa’s Cold War museum, the Diefenbunker, Savvy Company will be hosting an exclusive chocolate and cheese wine pairing night with wines not available at the LCBO. Optional museum tours are also available. Tickets: $80.00
- Hockey night: For the sportier folks, you can go see the Ottawa Senators play the Edmonton Oilers at the Canadian Tire Centre at 2 p.m. But if you want to enjoy the great outdoors, you can watch four games at the Plouffe Park Winter Classic at 2:30 p.m.
- Axe throwing: If you’re looking to relive stress this Valentine’s Day, Bad-Axe Throwing is a great place to take out your frustration. Although food and drink aren’t provided, they are allowed to be consumed in moderation at the facility. So if you’re up for a Canadian night of axe throwing and beers, this is the spot for you. Tickets: $44.25
- Nordik: For a timeless classic, look across the river. The Nordik Spa-Nature in Chelsea Quebec is the largest of its kind in North America. Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Scandinavian-style saunas, hot tubs, ice-pools and massages and wrap up the night with dinner at one of their restaurants. Lodges are available if you would want to spend the night with your friends. Tickets: $61.00
- Night in: Enjoy some fine Italian cuisine this Valentine’s Day, in your own home. Don’t even worry about cooking, La Bottega, an Italian shop in the Byward Market, is offering a taste of la dolce vita with their pick up meals for two. From an appetizer to dessert, they have you covered with a romantic meal. Tickets: $60 for two.
- Ice fishing: If you want to make your Valentines Day “extra-Canadian” you can spend it ice fishing while helping refugees coming to Ottawa. Drop In Sports is hosting an ice fishing tournament at the Nepean Sailing Club where proceeds will go to Refugee613. No experience or licenses are required and you can even place bets on certain holes. Tickets: $27.11