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Results of Apartment613′s Second Big Sexy O-Town Survey: Sex in the Capital City

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Valentine’s Day is a time for lovers, friends with benefits, and nosy bloggers. Once again we asked you to dish the dirty details for our Big Sexy O-Town Survey – our second edition of what we hope will be an annual affair.

Over 700 people participated in this year’s survey, which was named Sex in the Capital City. Designed by professional sexual health educator and Apartment613 sex columnist Nadine Thornhill, the survey aims to get the low-down on where, when and with whom.

One lucky respondent will receive a Lelo Sex Toy courtesy of the survey’s sponsor, Venus Envy. We’ll notify the winner later today by email.

Without further ado, here are the results!

Have you ever kissed, fondled, sexed or been otherwise frisky with someone at any of these popular Ottawa attractions?

Despite its rather combative reputation, Parliament Hill was voted the top local landmark for PDAs with 62% of respondents, although we’ll probably never get to see Stephen Harper and Bob Rae making goo-goo eyes at each other. Second and third place went to cultural landmarks – the National Arts Centre (45%), and the National Gallery of Canada (33%) respectively — proving once again the value of art as an aphrodisiac. Last on the list of sexy hotspots: 24 Sussex, where only 2% of respondents got busy.

What’s the sexiest Ottawa neighbourhood?

In what amounts to be a shocking reversal of the results of last year’s neighbourhood wars, the Hintonburg/West Wellington combo was regulated to a distant third place, getting only 17% of the vote. It is no surprise that second place went to Byward Market/Lowertown, Ottawa’s pretty poster child of a neighbourhood, with 27%. Despite its army of suit-clad professionals, Centretown took top spot for sexiest ‘hood, receiving the support of 30% of respondents…. (It must be all those suggestively-shaped skyscrapers.) The “bedroom” communities of Kanata and Nepean need to up their game; they tied for last place with 0.4% each.

What is the most romantic spot in the National Capital Region (NCR)?

The bike path behind Parliament Hill took first place, no doubt due to the stunning combination of water, sky and architecture. Gatineau Park was another favourite, as well Champlain Point behind the National Gallery of Art. Given this was a write-in question, we received many other suggestions. We get the case for “Inside my pants” and “My House,” but “Frank and Bank” and “The grass beneath their security camera” may need a little more explanation. Some other spots you may want to try with your sweetie:

  • “Pub Italia’s Abbey. It’s like church with beer.”
  • “The picnic table in the middle of Rideau river near Strathcona Park”
  • “King Mountain in Gatineau Park overlooking the Ottawa Valley”
  • “The cobblestone courtyards in the Byward market.”
  • “The park between the river and Sussex, right down by the banks, especially in the fall–gorgeous.”

Which local music festival would make for the most romantic date?

Bluesfest dominated with 42% of responses, proving once and for all that The Flaming Lips are still sex symbols. You’ll also do alright taking your sweetheart to Jazzfest (28%) or Folkfest (18%), but avoid the Ottawa Ska Festival, which only took 0.6% of the vote.

Which Is Ottawa’s Sexiest Party?

Who knew the effect the lyrics of Oh Canada has on some people? Canada Day was voted Ottawa’s sexiest party with 23% of the vote. Rather predictably for a party that often includes some nudity, Capital Pride was second with 18%. Newcomer to the annual party scene, Harvest Noir, also fared well, receiving third place with 10%.

Where is Ottawa’s best pick up spot?

Too many of you replied along these lines…

“I wish I knew so I could go there!”

…making posting this question somewhat of a public service. Thanks to Apartment613 readers, now you know where to go! The top pick up spot goes to the Byward Market or any bar therein, particularly Zaphod’s. Elgin Street was a close second, with many respondents giving a special shout out to the Manx.

File the following in the “only in Ottawa category”:

  • “Any bridgehead. Over-sexed coffee junkies everywhere!”
  •  ”Briefing Sessions”
  • “The civil service”
  • “Parties on Parliament Hill”
  • “Any political convention”
  • “Vanier Wrestling”

Those of you wanting to get off the beaten path can try “Petite Mort Gallery’s Friday night shows” or “Canadian Tire”.

Best place for a first date

Apartment613 readers, we must say we’re a bit disappointed. “Skating on the Canal” came up way too often as your choice for best first date. Sure, its an easy, low-stakes idea, but we can, nay — we must – do better. The next generation of Ottawans depend on it!

The Museum of Nature was a surprisingly popular choice, or maybe not so surprising given Ottawa’s intellectual bent. There were also a number of very useful suggestions:

  • “The Manx, Oz Kafe then a night of sweaty dancing at Timekode.”
  • “Anywhere but the Manx. A mistake made by many, but it’s way too loud there and you’re scrunched so close to everyone else. God knows who you’re going to run into (each other’s ex). Save this for a future date, not the first one.”
  • “Summer- Flour Shop and wander the Glebe. Winter-Beavertails or hot beverages and Winterlude Ice displays”
  • “My personal favourites are an Ottawa 67s game or rock-climbing at Coyote Rock Gym. Otherwise, depending on the person’s temperament and whether you’re still getting to know each other, I would suggest a Basement Artists show (entertainment); TimeKode (dancing); Zen Kitchen, Absinthe or a Duelling Chefs event (food); La Petit Mort Gallery (sexy art); the Manx, Black Thorn or Aloha Room (drinks).”

As a Valentine’s Day Bonus, here are three outings that have been officially tested and approved by our crack team of investigative daters:
• Dinner at the Horn of Africa followed by a flick at the Bytown Theatre
• Bowling at West Park Bowling Centre, followed by drinks at Absinthe
• If you are really trying to get into their pants… hiking in Gatineau Park, followed by a dip at the Nordic Spa

Best makeout spots

The clear winner? Anywhere near water. Variations on the Canal or the Ottawa River easily took first place, with Dow’s Lake and Mooney’s Bay also making strong appearances.

“So many outdoor make out spots. There are some great hidden places by the canal including the willow trees at dow’s lake and under the Pretoria bridge (just watch out for bikes!)”

“My house” was also very popular… if we only knew where that was! More details next time, people. Also, don’t be coy like this respondent:

“If I tell you will you meet me there?”

The answer is… Yes. Give us a hint and the entire Apartment613 editorial team will be there with bells on… and nothing else (if you’re lucky).

Other great suggestion for make out spot locations are:

  • “Under the giant spider (kinda creepy, but maybe that’s the appeal…)”
  • “Mayfair theatre on the couches”
  • “ Chinatown outdoor movie park (The summer Centretown Movie series at Dundonald Park)”
  • “near the airport, where the planes can fly over you.”
  • “my “it works everytime” location – the hill/statue behind the national art gallery”

Where is the best place in Ottawa to get safer sex gear (condoms, dams, gloves, lube etc.), sexy lingerie, buy/rent adult films or buy sex toys?

Venus Envy, our partner in this survey, swept three of four sexy shopping categories, taking 63% of the vote for best safer sex gear, 69% for adult films and 75% for sex toys. Sadly, large chains like La Senza and La Vie en Rose beat out local businesses like Bra Chic and Lilac Lingerie for best place to buy barely there underwear.

Who are Ottawa’s sexiest power players?

This truly is the age of the geek… Tantalizing Tech Geeks took top spot for sexiest power player with 40% of the vote. Stunning Staffers and Provocative Public Servants almost tied with 27% and 28%, respectively.

Despite running dead last as sexiest Ottawa profession (receiving only 13% of the vote), a few of Ottawa’s passionate politicians did manage to yank your chain. Mathieu Fleury (City Council, 37%), Yasir Naqvi (MPP 55%) and Paul Dewar (MP 51%) took the prizes as the most crush-worthy local politicians.

On the Celebrity front, Sandra Oh was voted sexiest hometown celeb with 34% of the vote.

Comments

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Seriously, where is the best place to buy sexy lingerie (plus size) in the city? I am looking for a plus size bustier/corset that is not white like they have them at Marianne's and Cleopatra's.

- Ana

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