Make this Valentine’s Day spicier than cinnamon heart candies!
Winter might be here, but that doesn’t mean your date nights can’t be exciting. Wrap yourselves up in warm clothing and enjoy this season together. With so many things to see and do, you won’t have a hard time planning your next romantic getaway.
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Located in the heart of downtown Kingston, you can glide hand-in-hand with your darling date around the large oval rink in front of City Hall, and then follow it up with a warm cup of hot chocolate, coffee or cider at one of the many delicious cafes located just across the street. Don’t be too worried about the cold as there are warming and change areas as well as lockers and skate rentals available in the Market Wing of City Hall.
Escaping is the name of game when puzzling through challenges from Improbable Escapes or Wonderland Escape Rooms. The goal of an escape room experience is for a team to solve a series of fun clues and puzzles to escape locked rooms within a specified time. Whether it’s a jungle adventure, outwitting Captain Hook, finding a cure to save humanity from zombies, or defeating an evil queen, these escape rooms will have you and your friends talking about this for weeks to come.
Sometimes the unusual is what makes adventures more interesting. So we couldn’t help but add a winter hike through one of Brockville’s beautiful trails to this ‘Winter Date’ list. Saunter arm-in-arm through The Brock Trail, bring your camera to the Mac Johnson Wildlife Area, or spend an afternoon galavanting through the 1000 Islands Parkway and get to know your new special friend while being surrounded by stunning wetland, fields, forests and of course, the St. Lawrence River.
Make your way over to Brockville’s very own Aquatarium, the one and only massive aquarium and discovery centre in South Eastern Ontario. With interactive exhibits and activities (for not just children but adults too) including displays of ships used on the St. Lawrence River, viewing local fish and meeting some friendly otters! They also offer a challenging ropes course, which is open seasonally so check the website first before you make the trip down.
7. Go Cross-Country Skiing
Show your adventurous side by taking your special friend over to one of Rideau Heritage Routes stunning trails for some cross country skiing! Hit up Murphy’s Point Provincial Park or Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area for some shorter trails, or go big and head over to The Cataraqui Trail which has over 200 kilometers of groomed trails ready to be explored!
You sometimes need the perfect setting to set the mood of a good date. We recommend taking your bae to the Foley Mountain Conservation Area for an especially romantic Fall-themed date. There is no better chance to get to know one another on a deeper level than a quiet, private walk through a beautiful forest, hills, and lakes.
Sometimes it’s best to keep things simple, and if that sounds like your kind of party, then you should check out Cornwalls very own Rurban Brewery. Family owned and operated, this microberewey is always looking to infuse new flavours for their taste testing tourists.
Snowboarding is a winter addiction in Cornwall! Learn or re-learn your ski and snowboard skills at Big Ben Ski Centre. The hill is open from December to March. Big Ben provides a wire cable lift with a tow handle, snowmaking and grooming, a terrain park, night skiing on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, a heated chalet, a change trailer, washrooms, and a snack bar. Lessons are available for children aged four and up – or just come and board at your own pace!
Experience the magic of Winter with Countryside Adventures where you can skate through the forest hand-in-hand with those you love the most. Make a day of it and enjoy their warm bonfire after gliding through the 3 kilometre stretch of trail and finish your day by filling your bellies with mouthwatering moose ears and poutine!
Winter enthusiasts flock to the Upper Canada Bird Sanctuary in winter to walk, ski, snowshoe, feed the birds, and experience nature. View 200 waterfowl, raptor, passerine, and other bird species. The sanctuary covers hundreds of hectares and habitats, with more than eight kilometers of self-guided nature trails weaving through it all. The seasoned birder and amateur naturalist, alike, will enjoy this unique winter experience!
Feed your mind and soul by delving into the arts scene in Prince Edward County during winter. Memorable creative experiences await: become an artist, discover the Barn Quilt Trail, browse a gallery or two, or take in the Arts Trail! The Arts Trail is a year-round, self-guided ‘choose your own adventure’ tour of artist studios and galleries, featuring sculpture, visual arts, photography, and more. It’s a great chance to meet some of the artists who give The County its flare.
The most unique experiences are those that are unanticipated, unusual, and unique. That is what you will be in store for if you make your way to one of Prince Edward County’s beaches or trails this winter at Sandbanks Provincial Park. Walk along the shoreline and feel as though you have travelled to another planet. The bright winter sunshine reflecting off the freezing waters will warm your heart and ease your mind from daily troubles. Keep reading to find out what other activities you can enjoy while you visit!
If you are feeling extra romantic, or are looking for a place to make a moment especially perfect, take your loved one to Lennox & Addington County Dark Sky Viewing Area. You will have to guide your sweetie through to the viewing platform as the area is quite dark, but the incredible backdrop of the unobstructed stars in the night sky will make it worth every misstep along the way.
16. Cheers To Winter
Now is a great time to beat the crowds and partake in a wine, cider and beer tour in L&A County. Raise a glass and discover something delightfully different at the local breweries and vineyards here. With Bergeron Estate Winery & Cider Co.; Thirty Three Vines; MacKinnon Brothers Brewing Company, and The Napanee Beer Company, the peacefulness of the local landscapes in winter allow you to savour every sip.
READ MORE: Wineries & Breweries In Lennox & Addington
If you are looking to make someone reciprocate your newfound love, then we have found the perfect date idea for you! Surprise your significant other with a private helicopter tour of the 1000 Islands. Customize your tour or choose from an already planned route as you get a birds-eye-view of the stunning land and lake from your high vantage point.
The next time a snowstorm gets you down, try and remember that more snow means more time to ski at the Batawa Ski Hill! Perfect for beginners, advanced and expert skiers and snowboarders due to their excellent staff and twelve hills that vary in style, length and difficulty. If you have never skied or snowboarded before, show up early and meet with your very own instructor to learn the ropes and then hit the slopes!
Looking for something new? This is it! At Notwaste Russian Banya, visitors experience a wellness service that is unique to eastern Ontario. A Russian banya is an outdoor sauna with a twist – discover it for yourself! Explore nature here, too, with forest therapy walks that follow a wellness theme. To make the experience even more meaningful, everything done at Notwaste is performed with a zero-waste mentality.