15 Things To Do For Valentine’s Day
The holidays are over, it’s a new year, and love is in the air! But to be honest, love should be in the air all the time. You shouldn’t have to wait for Valentine’s Day to show your loved ones you care, and you don’t have to be in a relationship to celebrate this lovey-dovey holiday! It’s the little things you do on a consistent basis that make up the big things, and Valentine’s Day is just that extra special day to celebrate. Whether it’s a parent, friend, sibling, or significant other, grab your loved one and enjoy these fun activities below:
1. Valrhona’s Hot Chocolate Festival
Nothing says, “I love you” like chocolate, and it’s especially sweet when the proceeds go to a good cause! Although this event is before Valentine’s Day, it still applies since it lasts until the first week of February (and as I mentioned earlier, you don’t have to wait specifically for Valentine’s Day to celebrate). The Valrhona Hot Chocolate Festival runs from January 19 – February 3rd where restaurants, bakeries, and Chocolatiers from Montreal will be taking part in promoting artisanal and premium hot chocolate. The goal is to raise money for La Tablée des Chefs, which is a non-profit organization that feeds families in need and develops culinary education for future generations. Many establishments in Montreal will be taking part by creating and selling unique hot chocolates at their location by using Valrhona chocolate. Check out the website below for the participating establishments and get your hands on a cup of warm, velvety hot chocolate!
When: January 19 – February 3rd
Where: Multiple locations
2. Attend Paint Nite
Looking for a creative way to spend Valentine’s Day? Put your art skills to use and join Paint Nite with your beau! Paint Nite offers live, nightly paint events in local bars and restaurants where you can create a one-of-a-kind painting and sip on some cocktails. Your ticket includes the canvas, paint, extra supplies, and instructions by your Paint Nite Host, who will guide you as you create your personalized painting. Don’t fret if you’re not born an artist, this event is meant to be a fun experience and a night of creating memories! There are plenty of love-themed Paint Nites happening during the month of February such as Swinging Love Birds, Soaring Love, Under My Umbrella, and Weather the Weather Together. You can check out their website to see your options as well as where the events are taking place. It’s a night full of creativity, drinking, laughing, and fun!
When: All the time!
Where: Participating restaurants and bars across Montreal
3. Book a Spa Day
Relax and unwind at a spa with your lover. This is a typical Valentine’s Day activity, but it’s a great way to spend some time together while getting pampered. Spa Bota Bota in the Old Port is a great choice, a floating spa where you can immerse yourselves in a steamy tub, unwind and relax with a couples’ massage, and get rejuvenated with a facial treatment. There are always packages and promotions, so be sure to check out their website regularly to get the best deals! If you want to get away from the city, check out Scandinave Spa in Mont-Tremblant. It’s the perfect mini getaway where you can enjoy the beautiful scenery of nature while you relax and revitalize.
Where: Bota Bota: Old Port of Montreal, de la Commune West &, McGill St, Montreal, Quebec H2Y 2E2
Scandinave Spa: 4280 Montée Ryan, Mont-Tremblant, QC J8E 1S4
When: BB: Monday – Thursday, 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Friday – Sunday, 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM
SS: Every day from 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
4. Skating in the Old Port – Salsafolie on Ice
Living in Montreal can make it difficult to enjoy any activity because of how cold it gets during the winter, but don’t let that stop you from having fun! Dancing to music is a great way to shake off the winter blues, but instead of signing up for salsa lessons, why not skate to Latin music with your loved one! Latin music is without a doubt incredibly romantic, and this makes it a fun and different experience! With Salsafolie on Ice, you’ll be enjoying a winter activity outdoors while skating to hot Latin beats. From salsa, merengue, bachata, and reggaeton, the skating rink will be on fire!
Where: Natrel Basin in the Old Port
When: Fridays, January 11, February 8 & March 8, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Cost: Adults, seniors, teens: $6.95
Kids (6-12): $4.60
Kids 6 and under: FREE
(Skate rentals not included)
5. Snowshoeing in Mont Royal
If you and your partner love the snow and enjoy being active in the winter, then snowshoeing is a great activity to do together! It’s basically hiking in the snow, so you’ll be getting a good workout while enjoying the fresh air. You can sign up for a traditional snowshoe excursion presented by Les Amis de la Montagne. In this guided tour, you will discover the secrets of Mont Royal and its trails while enjoying breathtaking views of the city. The excursion takes place in the evening, so with the city being lit up, it makes it extra romantic. You even get a cup of hot chocolate to keep you warm! The excursion takes 90 minutes and snowshoes are provided. Make sure to register online and book your tickets in advance.
When: January 4 to March 9, every Friday and Saturday at 6:00 PM
Where: Mount Royal Park, Beaver Lake Pavilion, 2000 Remembrance Road, Montréal, QC, H3H 1X2
Cost: Ages 16 and over: $22
Ages 12 – 15: $17
6. Attend a Local Food Tour
Are you and your lover foodies? If so, then you have to attend Montreal’s Local Food Tour! It’s an authentic experience and a great way to learn about Montreal’s culinary scene. You can choose between the Mile End or Old Port food tour, both of which are different, rich, and unique! The Mile End food tour includes 6 food stops, 1 historic theatre, and the #1 classic St. Viateur bagel, while the Old Port tour includes 5 food stops, including 3 sit-down restaurants and 1 brewpub. Indulge in Montreal’s delicious cuisine and discover these popular neighbourhoods while immersing yourself in the city’s culture! What better way to spend Valentine’s Day than to eat your way through the city with your loved one?
When: Mile End: Tuesday – Saturday, 11:00 AM, 11:30 AM, or 12:00 PM
Old Port: Monday – Saturday, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Where: Mile End: 160 Rue Saint Viateur E, Montréal, QC H2T 1A8 (starting point)
Old Port: 360 St Jacques St, Montreal, QC H2Y 1P5 (starting point)
Cost: Mile End: $57 + tax and fees
Old Port: $67 + tax and fees
7. Take a Cooking Class
Eating food is always fun (who doesn’t love eating), but making it yourself is even better! If you and your partner love to cook or want to learn, then attending a cooking class makes for a perfect date. Ateliers & Sauveurs is the place to attend a workshop, where professionals in the restaurant industry will guide you while you learn to cook and have fun! The folks at Ateliers & Saveurs are passionate people who will transfer their culinary knowledge to you. There are tons of options to choose from, but the cheapest one would be the Midi Express – 30 minutes of cooking and 30 minutes of tasting for around $25 (prices vary). They even have cocktail classes and wine tastings if that’s more your thing. You learn new culinary skills and leave with a happy stomach - what more could you ask for?
When: Check website for dates and prices
Where: Old Port: 444 St Francois Xavier St, Montreal, QC H2Y 2T3
Plateau: 4832 St Laurent Blvd, Montreal, QC H2T 1R5
Cost: Varies depending on which option you choose
8. Attend a Dinner and Show at The Comedy Nest
If you and your partner are in for a good laugh, then make sure to attend a dinner and a show at the Comedy Nest! During Valentine’s Day weekend, Tom Clark and a special guest (TBA) will be hosting the show. Tom Clark has been featured on Conan, The Late, Late Show, NBC’s Outsourced, TNT’s The Closer, Comedy Central, Just For Laughs, and more, and now he’s here to bring you and your significant other a night full of laughter! Enjoy the show accompanied with a meal, intimate cabaret setting, candle-lit tables, full-service bar, and pre-show entertainment. It’s a night filled with food and laughter for this Valentine’s Day!
When: February 14 – 16, 8:00 PM (dinner at 6:15 PM) or 10:30 PM (dinner at 9:00 PM)
Where: 2313 St. Catherine St. W, Montreal, QC, H3H 1N2
Cost: $37.50 (tax included)
9. Make Each Other Gifts at Ceramic Café
Do you and your partner love art and coffee? If the answer is yes, then you must make your way to the Ceramic Café! Sip on caffeine and eat some snacks while you decorate unique ceramics for each other. What’s great is that you can really personalize it, so it makes for a really special gift. Plus, it can be useful for everyday life – either as a decoration or to store some knick-knacks. You can choose from a variety of ceramics, such as vases, piggy banks, cups, teapots, plates, and more. You choose your colours and all the materials are provided for you; all you have to do is start painting and decorating! Your ceramic will be ready a week later to be picked up since it has to get glazed, dried, and fired in the kiln. The ceramics are non-toxic, dishwasher and microwave safe. It’s a great activity to do together, whether you’re an amateur or a skilled professional!
When: Opening hours vary depending on location
Where: Multiple locations
Cost: Between $8 - $39 depending on the ceramics chosen (+ additional fees)
10. Enjoy High Tea at the Ritz Carlton
Want to be classy and posh this Valentine’s Day? Dress up and head on over to The Ritz Carlton for some high tea! You really don’t have to go all the way to London for a great high tea experience especially because Claude Guérin, the pastry chef at the Ritz, was named the best in Canada in 2017. The high tea includes one tea from their selection, plain and cranberry scones, homemade Devonshire style cream and jams, and finger cut sandwiches on homemade bread. If you’re feeling extra fancy, you can add a glass of champagne to accompany your tea. It’s an afternoon of romance and glitz at the Ritz!
When: Daily at 12:30 PM and 3:30 PM
Where: 1228 Sherbrooke St W, Montreal, QC H3G 1H6
Cost: $36 per person (champagne is an additional cost)
11. Experience a Helicopter Ride
Feeling adventurous? Grab your beau and engage in an exhilarating helicopter ride! Fly above Montreal and get a beautiful panoramic view of the city. You can choose between a 20 minute tour, where you will be flying over the Olympic Stadium, St Joseph Oratory, the Biosphere, the casino, and Mont Royal, or a 30 minute ride which also includes flying along the Saint Lawrence River and discovering Jean Drapeau Park, Downtown, Old Port and Jacques Cartier Bridge to Boucherville Islands. The experience a little costly, but the memories you and your partner will share are priceless.
When: Check website for availabilities
Where: 6500 Ch de la Savane, Saint-Hubert, QC J3Y 8Y9
Cost: 20-minute ride: $139 per person
30-minute ride: $199 per person
12. Brunch and Yoga at the Observatory
Looking at a pretty view accompanied by dinner is always a sweet and romantic idea for a date, but why not switch it up and do yoga with a view and have brunch! The observatory at Place Ville-Marie offers a 360-degree panoramic view of the city, and starting January 13th, they are bringing back Sunday Yoga Brunch. Get healthy with a yoga session on the 46th floor while admiring a beautiful view of the city, then head on over to the 44th floor at Les Enfants Terribles for a delicious brunch! It’s a perfect way to get energized and start your day with your loved one!
When: Sundays at 10:00 AM (As of January 13th)
Where: 5 Place Ville Marie, Montreal, QC H3B 2G2
Cost: $40 (include brunch, taxes, and tip)
13. Sweat It Out with Indoor Rock Climbing
Love sports but hate the cold? Not to worry, Allez Up has got you covered with their indoor rock climbing gym. It’s hard to be motivated to work out when it’s -30 outside, but now you can get fit and active with your partner with this indoor rock climbing experience! Whether you’re a newbie or an experienced climber, you and your loved one can help each other reach your goals together. It’s a challenging experience that puts your strength and skills into action and let’s be honest, it’s always more fun to exercise with someone by your side motivating you! Check out their website below for the different courses offered.
When: Monday – Friday, 6:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Saturday & Sunday, 8:30 AM – 10:00 PM
Where: 1555 Saint-Patrick St, Montreal, QC H3K 2B7
Cost: $18 (regular day pass)
14. Take a Trip to an Artisanal Chocolate Shop
This is a simple outing, but chocolates and truffles are the epitome of Valentine’s Day. What better way to indulge than to get a taste of the finest chocolates right here in Montreal? At Divine Chocolatier, you will find unique handmade chocolates made with love and the highest quality cocoa beans. The pair behind this shop is a husband and wife duo, Master chocolatier and chef, who created this business out of their love and passion for chocolate. It’s a private company that makes small batches of chocolates to ensure quality and freshness. Many celebrities have visited the shop including Penelope Cruz, Johnny Depp, and Jennifer Love Hewitt to name a few. Now you don’t have to travel all the way to Europe for premium quality chocolates! They have a variety of fresh, handmade goods, from bars and tablets, boxed chocolates, hot chocolate, spreads, macarons, and more! It’s no surprise that they are known as one of the best chocolate shops in Montreal!
When: Monday – Friday, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturday, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM & Sunday, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Where: 2158 Crescent St, Montreal, QC H3G 2B8
15. Attend a Jazz and Dinner Show
Jazz music automatically puts people in a romantic mood. Lucky for us, Montreal has many jazz bars and restaurants, which makes it the perfect place to take your significant other for Valentine’s Day. Upstairs Jazz Bar and Grill and House of Jazz are great restaurants to attend in the downtown area, so you can indulge in a meal while you listen to some dreamy jazz music. Check out their website to see the upcoming performances and to make reservations! (Tip: If you go for the 10:30 PM show at Upstairs, it’s usually free!)
Note: An entertainment fee is added to your bill.
Location: Upstairs: 1254 Mackay St, Montreal, QC H3G 2H4
HOJ: 2060 Aylmer St, Montreal, QC H3A 2E3
Hours: Upstairs: Monday – Thursday, 11:30 AM – 1:00 AM
Saturday, 5:30 PM – 2:00 AM, Sunday, 6:30 PM – 1:00 AM
HOJ: Tuesday – Thursday, 11:30 AM – 11:30 PM
Monday & Friday, 11:30 AM – 12:00 AM
Saturday, 6:00 PM – 12:00 AM, Sunday, 6:00 PM – 11:30 PM
Cost: Check website for schedules and rates