Your custom-made Valentine’s Day

Published on February 7 2023

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 sporting challenge, a new hike to try, or the best way to get active outdoors? Then Valentine’s Day should be just another opportunity to do what you love most together! Go skating hand in hand on one of the many rinks in the Outaouais. Discover the most beautiful winter scenery on a PERO or Gatineau Park hiking trail. Who knows, you may already have a trail that is meaningful to both of you? No need to tell you to take this one!

For a cultural outing, head to the museum to see the temporary exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada entitled Movement. The Expressiveness of the Body in Art. Through contemporary paintings, photographs and videos, celebrate the expressive power of the human body. Stroll through works dating from the 17th century to the present day and discover how artists have used the human body as a subject of inspiration to denounce social issues as well as to reveal various facets of human relationships. There’s nothing more romantic than walking past these masterpieces under the impressive architecture of this iconic venue. Have fun describing these paintings and finding your favorites. You will become an art lover if you are not already!


Are you more dinner or brunch?

A meal together remains one of the timeless classics of Valentine’s Day. A trip to the restaurant is always a great way to spend time together (and as a bonus: no more dishes!). Take advantage of this opportunity to surprise your partner and let him or her discover a new gourmet place. Make a reservation at Soif Bar à vin and let yourself be tempted by a good bottle of wine. Travel together around the world thanks to the special notes of certain vintages. For more ideas, here is a list of restaurants to discover in downtown Gatineau.

Some people swear by brunch. That goes for Valentine’s Day too! If that’s the case, you have several options. Surprise your loved one in the morning with a good homemade brunch (if he or she is a late riser). In case you are less adept at cooking it yourself-know that we have some great suggestions for restaurants that offer brunch.

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!

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