Your custom-made Valentine’s Day
The season of love is here, and when it comes to thinking about a romantic gesture, we often fall back on the same classics. This year, break with convention … or not! The important thing is to find something that defines you as a couple. Let us help you plan the perfect date for you and your special someone.
Are you more sporty or artistic?
Are you and your significant other always looking for the next athletic challenge, a new hike to try or the best way to stay active outdoors? In that case, Valentine’s Day should be just one more opportunity to do what you love most together! Go skating hand in hand on one of the many rinks in the Outaouais. Set off in search of the most beautiful winter scenery on a PERO or Gatineau Park hiking trail. Is there already a trail that’s meaningful to you both? No need to tell you to take that one!
For a cultural outing, head to a museum to see a new exhibit. Your timing is perfect: the National Gallery of Canada has just the thing. The exhibition Canada and Impressionism. New Horizons comes to the museum (tickets on sale now). Through 108 paintings, see the first exhibition of its kind to bring together the works of 36 Canadian painters of the 19th and 20th centuries. There’s nothing more romantic than walking past these masterpieces in the impressive architectural setting of this iconic venue. Have fun describing the paintings and finding your favourites. You’ll become an art lover if you’re not one already!
Are you more dinner or brunch?
Sharing a meal with your loved one is a timeless Valentine’s Day classic. A visit to a restaurant is always a great way to spend time together (bonus: no dishes to wash!). Take the opportunity to surprise your partner and introduce them to a new gourmet destination. Feel like being transported to Latin America and the Caribbean? Bistro Alégria serves Latin fusion cuisine and presents dinner shows on Saturday nights. This is your chance to travel for an evening while sampling an exotic menu! For more ideas, here’s a list of downtown Gatineau restaurants to discover.
Some people swear by brunch, and that goes for Valentine’s Day too! If you’re in this camp, you have several options. Surprise your loved one in the morning with a hearty homemade brunch (if they’re a late riser). If you’re not great at cooking or would simply like to do something different, we have some good suggestions for restaurants that serve brunch to go.
Are you more gift or experience?
It’s always heartwarming to give a gift on Valentine’s Day. And while we’re on the subject of treating the one you love to something special, it’s the perfect opportunity to support local businesses. No matter what the love of your life would adore, you’ll make great finds online or in person at Habitude! They carry a wide selection of unique, 100% Canadian products, plus beautiful fresh flowers on pre-order for Valentine’s Day. Good news: they’ll even do beautiful gift wrapping. This is a great opportunity to combine responsible shopping with a romantic gift!
For those who prefer to give an experience, consider a spa getaway! You could give the gift of a massage or treatment at the Kōena Spa. Choose from a wide range of relaxing massages, including a typical Hawaiian Lomi Lomi massage, and body treatments such as the Relaxing Wave (who wouldn’t welcome a scalp massage and hair whip?). For men, the back treatment is a must! You could also offer a gift package for two, including access to the baths, to experience the ultimate in Hawaiian relaxation.
Whatever you decide to do for Valentine’s Day, remember: it’s the thought that counts! And after all, the important thing is that you spend some quality time together. Love each other!
Extend your romantic escape in the Outaouais by booking a stay at one of our accommodations!