7 ideas for romantic in-park dates

Valentine’s Day can be about more than roses and champagne.

Why not surprise your loved one(s) with a trip to the great outdoors? It’s a great opportunity to get in touch with nature and spend some quality time together.

If you’re not sure where to go, we’ve got you covered! Take a look at some of the romantic activities here at Ontario Parks:

Snowshoe through a winter wonderland

Upgrade your casual stroll to a full wilderness experience. Snowshoeing allows you to access trails sights you otherwise wouldn’t be able to see! An abundance of parks offer snowshoe trails for you and your Valentine’s enjoyment.

two people snowshoeing

No snowshoes? No problem! ArrowheadFrontenacPineryWasaga BeachWindy Lake, and Killarney rent snowshoes, and MacGregor Point sells them.

Watch the sun set

A classic romantic activity with a wintery twist. Bundle up and make your way down to the beach for a view you’ll never forget.

Bring chairs and plenty of blankets. Sit back, relax, and watch the natural light show.

If you’re early birds, why not try waking up to watch the sunrise? Both the sunset and sunrise are spectacularly beautiful at Pinery Provincial Park.

Wish upon a star

If you’re already watching the sunset, you might as well stay for the stars! For amateur astronomers, there are plenty of stargazing apps available on your phone to help you identify planets, stars, nebulae, and more!

Killarney Provincial Park recently became Ontario’s first provincial park to receive a Dark Sky Preserve designation from the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. That means you’re more likely to see the night sky in its natural splendor.

Make sure to dress for the temperature and bring your hot beverage of choice in a thermos to keep warm. We suggest hot chocolate!

Go tobogganing

Who says Valentine’s Day can’t be a family affair? Show your kids some love and take them on a cool adventure to Bronte Creek Provincial Park!

Bronte’s toboggan hill is the perfect option for parents in the GTA to bring kids on a school night. Stick around and explore the 5 km of cross-country ski trails that loop throughout the park!

Skate through a fairy-tale forest

Picture yourself gliding through the trees with your love on a cool winter night. MacGregor Point Provincial Park‘s 400 m skating oval provides you with an unforgettable outdoor experience. Remember to bring your skates!

group lacing up skates

Feel like turning up the heat? One of Arrowhead Provincial Park‘s Fire and Ice Nights happens to land right on February 14. Skate through their 1.3 km trail lit by hundreds of tiki torches. Rentals are available!

Team up to land the big one

Nothing’s more romantic than starting a new hobby. Take a turn for the unexpected, and go on an ice fishing date!

For those who can get away during the week, visit Windy Lake Provincial Park!

Midweek yurt or cabin rentals include a free ice fishing rental kit set up for you right on the ice. The staff at Windy Lake know all the ins and outs, and are happy to help you catch a big one!

Snuggle up while winter camping

Why choose just one activity, when you could take a trip and check a bunch off your list?

Silent Lake Provincial Park has ten camp cabins and eight yurts available to keep you toasty warm through the cold winter nights. Spend the day ice fishing, snowshoeing through Bonnie’s Pond, and cross-country skiing through their 40 km of trails, then return for a cozy night in.

Wherever you spend it, we hope you have a lovely Valentine’s Day, nature-lovers!