Guide to Valentine's Day in Montreal: Date Ideas, Events, Things to Do

Montreal, Quebec

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While the weather may be cold and snowy, there are plenty of great ways to warm up with your special someone this Valentine's Day in Montreal. Whether you prefer to keep it simple with a small gift and a nice dinner or want to treat your partner to a relaxing day at the spa, there's no shortage of great activities and events you can enjoy together in February. From museum tours and fancy dinners to private getaways in the mountains, these date ideas are sure to make your Valentine happy.

As of February 1, 2021, most non-essential businesses in the province of Quebec are closed down and there is a curfew every night from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Check on the most up-to-date government restrictions before making Valentine's Day plans.

01 of 09

Relax at a Private Spa

Bota Bota Heated Pools

Bota Bota

Whether you're looking for a couple's massage or want to fully immerse yourself in a day of relaxation with your loved one, there are several resorts and spas in and around Montreal that offer special deals for Valentine's Day. However, if you're looking for a truly unique and equally romantic experience, head to Bota Bota in Montreal's Old Port.

Located in a boat overlooking Old Montreal's heritage buildings, Bota Bota is a full-service spa complete with massage therapy, facial and body treatments, manicure-pedicures, yoga sessions, and the pièce de résistance: a Nordic water circuit. 

Apart from Bota Bota, the Mia Spa at the Hôtel Bonaventure is one of the most luxurious in the city. Book your room at the hotel for a romantic weekend away with massage and facial services right on the premises.

02 of 09

Enjoy the Outdoors

Couple snowshoeing in Montreal

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If you'd rather get away from the urban sprawl of Montreal and take in some brisk February air, you can go for a romantic winter hike without even leaving the city. Mount Royal Park feels like an alpine escape, but it's right within Montreal's city limits. Instead of just walking around the park, consider renting snowshoes or cross-country skis for a more memorable experience. The trails around the park are all suitable for beginners, so even if you've never tried either one before, this is the perfect place to try it.

If you're willing to travel a bit farther outside of the city, then Rougemont—45 minutes from Montreal—or Mont Tremblant—two hours from Montreal—offer even more trails for hiking, snowshoeing, skiing, or even dogsledding.

03 of 09

Go Ice Skating

The Montreal High Lights Festival. View Of Skaters At Bonsecours Basin And City, Quebec, Canada

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The lake at Parc La Fontaine, just at the base of the mountain of Parc Mont Royal, freezes over in the winter and turns into an ice skating rink that's free to enjoy. In addition to the recreational rink for free skating, there are also two hockey rinks at the park if you and your partner want a Valentine's Day date with a competitive twist. Skating at Parc La Fontaine is free, although skate rentals are available if you need them.

Bonsecours Basin in the city's Old Port neighborhood is one of the most romantic spots you can go on Valentine's Day. However, the rink at Bonsecours Basin is closed in February 2021 until further notice.

04 of 09

Ski the Slopes

Ski in Mont-Tremblant - Quebec

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With over 80 resorts within a few hours of Montreal, there's no shortage of great destinations for you and your loved one to escape this Valentine's Day for an intimate retreat. Voted as the top ski resort in Eastern North America by Ski Magazine many years in a row, Mont Tremblant is perhaps the best choice for an action-packed Valentine's Day getaway complete with picturesque views and freshly-powdered slopes.

On the other hand, Mont Saint-Sauveur, which is located less than an hour from Montreal, offers a great vibe and cozy accommodations for a weekend ski trip for two. You can even spend the day skiing and be back in Montreal by evening time for dinner.

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05 of 09

Eat a Late-Night Upscale Meal

Ferreira Café

Ferreira Café

As of February 1, 2021, there's a province-wide curfew beginning each night at 8 p.m., and restaurants are closed for dining until further notice. However, many have takeout options available.

One of the best things about the restaurant industry in Montreal is that service is usually open late and comes with a hefty discount at some of the city's best upscale establishments. If you've missed earlier dinner services, there are still plenty of great places where you can treat your loved one to a late-night meal.

For some great Greek cuisine, check out Milos in the Villeray neighborhood, which offers special discounts on its top-rated menu starting at 10 p.m. each night. On the other hand, you can also sample some of the city's best Portuguese food at Ferreira Café, which offers specials for less than $30.

Before you go, make sure to call and check that the late-night menus will be available on Valentine's Day. More than a few restaurants are known for voiding their usual discounts to make room for a special Valentine's Day menu, which is typically more expensive.

06 of 09

Watch the Butterflies Go Free

Montreal Botanical Garden

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As of February 1, 2021, the Montreal Botanical Garden was closed until further notice.

If you're not into Valentine's Day but still want to treat your loved one to something special in the month of February, you can stop by the Montreal Botanical Garden's Butterflies Go Free exhibit. This annual event offers guests a chance to hang out with thousands of butterflies in climate-controlled greenhouses, which has a certain romantic charm. 

07 of 09

Stay Warm in Museums

Thierry Mugler are on display during his exhibition "Couturissime"

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As of February 1, 2021, most museums in Montreal closed until further notice.

Please the cultured Valentine in your life with a visit to one of Montreal's many museums. The Redpath Museum is a small, free-admission natural history museum with a smattering of Ancient Egyptian mummies and dinosaur bones. Just a few blocks away, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is the city's most illustrious art museum, complete with a collection of pieces and replicas from Ancient Egypt, Rome, Greece, Persia, and Japan as well as a sizeable collection of Pre-Columbian artifacts.

For nature lovers, the Montreal Biodome transports visitors to tropical rainforests, penguin-inhabited Antarctica, or to coral reefs filled with vibrant marine life. And if you're looking for the ultimate romance, try a night under the stars at the Montreal Planetarium.

08 of 09

Get Sultry at a Jazz Club

Concert Jam Session au Club Dièse Onze

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As of February 1, 2021, music venues in Montreal—including Dièse Onze and Modavie—canceled all performances until further notice.

Montreal is a city of music, especially jazz, and as a result, there are a number of great clubs where you can set the mood for your romantic evening with some smooth jazz performances. Dièse Onze offers a sleek, intimate atmosphere where you can enjoy a menu of French bistro fare while local musicians play from a stage in the corner. Meanwhile, Modavie is one of the city's best-rated restaurants, which also offers live jazz performances in an elegant venue.

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09 of 09

Cirque de Boudoir's Pin-Up Valentine

Ideas include sexy time at Cirque de Boudoir's Pineup Valentine event.

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The Pin-Up Valentine event by Cirque de Boudoir was canceled in 2021.

If you're looking to attend a party like no other that puts an emphasis on the holiday's kinkier side, look no further than the famous Cirque de Boudoir's annual Valentine's Day bash. Following the success of its New Year's Eve celebration, Carnavalesque, Cirque is throwing a special "Pin-Up Valentine" party. Featuring local and international DJs, fetish and burlesque performers, and a variety of visual artists, Pin-Up Valentine takes place at Cabaret Lion d'Or in Old Montreal.

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