February may be the shortest month of the year, but there’s no shortage of romantic winter date night ideas in Ontario to create a Valentine’s Day experience you’ll cherish forever. From culinary experiences to off-the-grid getaways, share these special moments with your sweetheart.
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Millbrook Valley Chocolates Workshops, Millbrook
Chocolate lovers are invited to the charming town of Millbrook to experience an impressive variety of chocolate-y gourmet delights. You’ll even find vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free and socially conscious chocolate selections. Be sure to make a reservation for classic fondues and look out for special couples-only chocolate workshops during Valentine’s week.
Retreat to Pura Vida Soul Institute Inc., Severn Bridge
Escape from your busy world to an eco retreat in Severn Bridge, just north of Orillia. Find relaxation and serenity during a couple’s restorative workshop, such as the catered couple’s yoga retreat. Stay in a freshly renovated glamping cabin and enjoy a variety of healthy homemade food.
Go Off Grid with Cabinscape, Bayfield
Embrace the essence of slow country living at Cabinscape’s first tiny house in Ontario’s southwest, secluded on 75 acres of forest and rolling farmland. Hike the trails and pause for stunning views and vistas. The rustic cabin is walk-in access only, so you’ll be equipped with snowshoes and a sled to haul your luggage. Choose from other Cabinscape locations.
Make a Great Escape, Ottawa
Join Escape Manor to play one of Ottawa’s top-rated escape rooms in Hintonburg, ByWard Market, Nepean and downtown neighbourhoods. Put your heads together to solve puzzles, clues and riddles, working against the clock on a themed adventure. Relationship building has never been so fun.
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Get Inspired at Williams Mill Creative Arts Studio, Glen Williams
Take a getaway trip to the adorable hamlet of Glen Williams, just north of Georgetown and visit Williams Mill Creative Arts Studio. Chat with local artists and artisans, who will share their specialization with you. Browse for one-of-a-kind gifts or get hands-on training from qualified instructors in a variety of creative arts workshops that range from painting with water colours to sculpting to vocal training. Grab a bite at Glen Tavern, and make it an overnight at Forks of the Credit Inn.
The Chef Upstairs Cooking Classes, Toronto and Vaughan
Be more daring in the kitchen! Sign up for interactive chef-instructed cooking classes. Sharpen your knife skills and learn savvy ways to whip up mouth-watering and succulent dishes from scratch. Then enjoy your meal together with a glass or wine, beer or soft drink.
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Chocolate Voices at Westben Theatre, Campbellford
Treat your senses to pairing the taste of chocolate with the sound of music. Award-winning chocolatier Angela Roest from Centre & Main Chocolate and opera singer/author Chris Cameron host an interactive and educational evening for foodies and music lovers that will heighten your appreciation of both. Make it an overnight getaway at Bed Yoga Breakfast or Windswept on the Trent.
Spa for Two at Northumberland Heights, Cobourg
Book a couples retreat at Northumberland Heights, just an hour east of Toronto and experience service on your own terms. Choose from various packages that include a personal jacuzzi, a steam shower and private in-room massage.
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Snowshoe with Free Spirit Tours, Collingwood
Embrace the glorious outdoors together. Take a guided snowshoe hike in the Kolapore Uplands Wilderness Area, part of the Bruce Trails, then make your way to Georgian Hills Vineyards for wine and cider tasting paired with local cheese.
The Devil’s Workshop Silversmithing Studio, Toronto
Make your memories last forever with the ultimate romantic souvenir. The Devil’s Workshop on Queen Street West shows you how to make your own wedding bands in silver, white gold, rose gold or yellow gold.
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Rejuvenate at Black River Retreat, Tweed
Experience an ultra private couples retreat at this cozy cabin sanctuary in the secluded woodlands of Tweed. Dip into the cedar hot tub steps away from your cabin. Cuddle by the rustic fireplace. Stroll along forest trails set against a tranquil winter landscape. You’ll feel like royalty sharing a romantic meal in this luxurious, intimate setting.
Follow the Chocolate Trail, Stratford
Discover pure chocolate bliss in one of Ontario’s prettiest towns! Take a self-guided tour of Stratford’s Chocolate Trail. Sample an assortment of delectable cacao-based treats and chat with local creators about their craft. Choose from a variety of places to stay.
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Fat Biking at Long Point Eco Adventures, Turkey Point
Winter glamping is a thing! Stay warm and snug in a heated deluxe pod at Long Point Eco Adventures on the shores of Lake Erie. Set out on a fat biking adventure, then over to the beer hall for brews, wine, cider, meats, bread and a variety of cheese. Catch a gorgeous winter sunset over the beach and warm up with s’mores by the bonfire.
Snowga at Abbey Gardens, Haliburton
Combine snowshoeing and yoga in Algonquin Highlands. Explore the beautiful nature trails, join a gentle yoga session in the Abbey Retreat Centre and complete the morning with a delicious lunch. Treat yourselves to a tour and tasting at Haliburton Highlands Brewery, and pick up a couple take-aways to enjoy at Sir Sam’s Inn and Spa, a luxury, kid-free resort on Eagle Lake.
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Cedar Meadows, Timmins
Just ten minutes from the Timmins airport in Northeastern Ontario, Cedar Meadows is an upscale resort and spa on 175 acres of forest. Choose from a wide variety of offerings, including the Love and Romance Overnight packages. Experience the health benefits of a Nordic Spa and don’t miss the Wilderness Tour through the wildlife park to see some of the furry residents. For a fun night out, head to Full Beard Brewery Co. for their (semi-regular) weekly themed pop-culture trivia night.
Get more ideas for romantic places to visit and things to do at ontariotravel.net.