Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and, if you are on a budget, we have the best date ideas to stir up some romance and celebrate the day of love with your significant other in and around Calgary.
1. Spend the day in the mountains
Calgary is surrounded by the world’s most spectacular sprawling mountains. Head west for a fun day trip with your love bug. Be sure to pack road trip essentials: yummy snacks and a killer playlist! Drive to Canmore to enjoy the Canmore Winter Carnival, go for a walk in Johnston Canyon in Banff to enjoy the stunning frozen waterfall or head an hour westward to revel in the beauty of the ice sculptures on frozen Lake Louise.
2. Take a stroll
Slow down and enjoy each other’s company at the Riverwalk, a hidden, not-so-secret gem snuggled beside East Village. Walking distance from Prince’s Island Park and Peace Bridge, the park offers winding lanes along the edges of the Bow and Elbow rivers for a romantic walk with beautiful views, comfortable benches and, for the caffeine lovers, a multitude of espresso options at Phil and Sebastian Coffee Roasters.
Enjoy the sunset with your sweetheart by heading towards the stairs that lead to the lookout point at Crescent Heights. The views from the cliff side look straight over downtown, offering breathtaking views of the Calgary skyline.
3. Go to the Farmer’s Market
Calgary’s Farmers Market hosts its annual That’s Amore event- the perfect date if you are looking to get out of the house and enjoy some local tastes. The market transforms into a romantic Valentine’s destination with red checkered table cloths, flowers, hearts and plenty of entertainment. You will get to enjoy love songs from A Capella groups, capture a loving picture with your Valentine in the photo booth, try your hand at making a fruit bouquet and pick up fresh ingredients for a romantic dinner.
4. Movie night
With Valentine’s Day falling on a Tuesday this year, it seems that the budget gods are smiling upon the savings seekers. With several theatres offering special Valentine’s Days offers and with existing Tuesday night promos being offered at Cineplex and Landmark Cinemas, you’ll have a pretty swell Valentine’s date. Find the closest Calgary theatre near you.
5. Hit the slopes!
Looking to get active with your sweetie on Cupid’s day? Hit the slopes in the most fun way possible at Winsport’s Acura TubePark! It’s Calgary’s only tube park and features nine lanes, many close to 200 metres in length.
6. Skating and hot chocolate at Olympic Plaza
Skating on Valentine’s Day is the best way to get cozy and close on a budget! It’s the best time of the year to go skating before the ice melts. As you and your partner both cling on to each other trying not to fall on the ice, the only dough you will be spending is on skate rentals if you don’t have skates of your own. This centrally located outdoor skating rink offers rentals at an affordable rate of only $12. Also, with YYC Hot Chocolate Fest on until February 28, it becomes that much easier to take a break with a cup of cocoa and escape the cold, while also giving back to the community.
Olympic Plaza too far? The city maintains many outdoor rinks around the city.
7. Cook a homemade meal from scratch
Show off your cooking skills! Put on your chef’s hat, warm up the stove and get the kitchen party started as you whip up a fancy (or not-so fancy) homemade dinner for your special Valentine.
Culinarily challenged? Don’t fret. Did you know the Real Canadian Superstore offered cooking classes? And on a budget! Click here to book a class for you and your honey, learn some chef’s secrets and stir up some deliciousness with your special one by your side.
8. Dance the night away
Put on your dancing shoes and grab your partner for a night of pure fun. Make Friday night plans with Alberta Dancesport, where for a total cost of $16, you get a dance workshop and entry to the best dance party in town! Whether you love to salsa, waltz, or have two left feet, the DJ will keep you twirling and sliding all night long with your love.
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