Date nights are an integral part of maintaining your relationship with your partner. Sometimes, you need more than just a few hours and a nice dinner. If a weekend escape is just what you’re looking for, then pack your bags because we’ve listed some spectacular getaways that will take you out of the city, to explore and experience some of Quebec’s most notable destinations near Montreal and Ottawa.
Whether you’re looking for exciting nightlife, to become one with nature or to test your physical limits with the love of your life, the formula is the same: Pair a fun, interesting activity with outstanding accommodations, and you’ll have yourself an unforgettable, bond-strengthening weekend vacation and the lifelong memories to accompany it.
Never Have I Ever… Watched Whales in their Natural Habitat
252 km from Montreal and 444 km from Ottawa in Quebec City
Is there anything more awe-inspiring than watching some of nature’s largest animals frolic and play? These giants of the sea have a tendency of taking your breath away as they jump and dive into the waters of the Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park.
The Experience: Cruise in comfort and style on a guided, whale-watching panoramic tour from Baie-Ste-Catherine to Quebec City. Your three-hour cruise begins on dry land as a shuttle picks you up right from your hotel and brings you to the port at the Place d’Armes. Millionaires, professors, and movie stars have been enthralled by the majestic beauty of the whales who are drawn to the bountiful food supply created by the meeting of the Saguenay River and the mighty St. Lawrence, including a colony of belugas.
The Stay: Enjoy every luxury when your shuttle returns you to your stay at Old Québec’s modern, original, and charming Hotel Champlain. Take in the beauty of the old city from the comfort of your room thanks to large and luscious windows overlooking the district. The blend of the modern and the old, the eclectic and the luxurious, the classics and the originals are bound to create the perfect romantic atmosphere that you and your partner are looking for.
Never Have I Ever… Been Pampered in the Wilderness
Auberge du Lac Morency
78 km from Montreal and 190 km from Ottawa in Saint-Hippolyte
Canadian summers are the perfect time to get outside and explore. The lush and rugged environment at our fingertips is an asset that not many people in the world get to experience so readily. In most provinces, escaping the city is as easy as taking a short road trip and Montreal is no different.
Spending time with your partner in a refreshing and rejuvenating atmosphere such as the outdoors brings out a unique and unconventional romantic vibe that you may not have noticed you were missing. Take the 50-minute drive to Saint-Hippolyte, and revel in the exhilarating yet tranquil adventures awaiting you at Aventures Plein Air. You’d be surprised how well they complement each other.
The Experience: For the couple that likes to spoil each other, this is a true his and hers weekend experience. Start your day off with mud, fresh air, and adrenaline by embarking on an ATV or Jeep tour in the heart of the Laurentians. Then, return to your hotel to get cleaned up and unwind in the beautiful Nordik Spa. Enjoy a luxurious 60-minute professional massage, jacuzzi tubs, an indoor and outdoor pool, sauna, or one of the many other classic treatments you would expect at any reputable spa.
The Stay: Auberge Du Lac Morency is praised for its spectacular views and exceptionally friendly service. This four-season resort ensures there is a good time to be had no matter when you visit.
Built in 1932, the hotel offers a historical ambiance that has been recently renovated to meet your modern-day expectations. The intimate yet comfortable rooms have all the amenities you’ll need to feel like you’re in a home away from home, perfect for the couple who wants to truly enjoy each other’s company. During your downtime, enjoy many outdoor activities such as kayaking, paddle boat rides, and hiking, that will allow you to have quality bonding time with your partner in the naturally romantic ambiance of the Canadian wilderness.
Never Have I Ever… Gone Skiing in My Backyard
Lodge de la Montagne
144 km from Montreal and 165 km from Ottawa in Mont-Tremblant
There are two types of people when it comes to Winter in Canada: those who groan about all the snow they’re going to shovel and those who dig out their skis and head for the mountain. If you’re lucky enough to live in or close to Quebec, the mountain of choice is Mont-Tremblant.
The Experience: World-renowned as a ski destination for the rich and famous, this “trembling mountain” will have you trembling with joy as you experience its stunning 96 downhill trails. (You read that right: 96 trails, the longest of which is six kilometres.)
Not sure about your skill level? Never fear! There are 22 easy trails, 28 intermediate trails, 32 difficult trails, and 14 “oh my god what is wrong with you?” trails. In between runs, take in some shopping in the pedestrian village or enjoy a fine meal for two at one of Mont Tremblant’s many fine dining restaurants. Want to pack light? The chalet has you covered with ski, pole, and safety equipment rentals for skiers of all shapes and sizes.
The Stay: After a day on the hill, there’s nothing quite so vital to one’s very existence than to snuggle up with the person you love by a roasting fire. Warm your fingers and toes by skiing straight into the Lodge de la Montagne, a modern take on rustic mountain living. Take it up a notch by soaking in either the outdoor or indoor hot tubs, steam it up in the sauna, or just enjoy the scenery on the terrace.
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Never Have I Ever… Hit the Jackpot
203 km from Montreal and 7 km from Ottawa in Gatineau
How many times have you had the dreamy conversation with your partner about what you would do if you won big? Where you would go, what you would buy… Why not try your luck at one of Quebec’s four prestigious casinos? Having a partner only increases your odds, and whether you hit the jackpot on the slots or get the winning hand at the poker table, you’re sure to have an exciting, enjoyable evening. Dress your best and head over to Casino Lac-Leamy, less than a three-hour drive from downtown Montreal.
The Experience: Casino Lac-Leamy has been coined the “oasis of entertainment” for adults looking for a night out. They offer all of the classic gaming options such as slots, Blackjack, Roulette, Keno, Poker, and Baccarat, just to name a few. In between games, settle into the Théâtre du Casino for some live entertainment, or grab a drink at the built-in Bar 7, or dance it out at Club ALÉA to the hottest selection of electronic music.
The Stay: Minutes away from the Casino is the Lac-Leamy Hilton Hotel, praised for its luxurious rooms, unparalleled amenities, and award-winning dining options. Each room in the Lac-Leamy Hilton offers a stunning lake view and you can be sure your winnings are secure by placing them in the provided electronic safe. After your night out, relax and unwind with your partner in the whirlpool tub, situated in their suites, then climb into your plush queen or king-sized bed and enjoy your favourite movie on the provided 47-inch HD television.
Where do you find your bit of romance near Montreal and Ottawa? Let us know below!