There are many great things to do on or around February 14th. In 2020 make Valentine’s Day special and discover Vancouver’s most romantic opportunities.
What to do on Valentine’s Day
Where should you plan to take your sweetheart on February 14th? What would make this year’s Valentine’s Day special? Below is a list of Vancouver’s Best Places’ ideas on where to spend February 14th.
- Play in the snow – if the conditions are good spend the day at one of the Lower Mainland’s Ski Hills!
- Enjoy some live theatre – check out Vancouver’s Best Places’ Shows and Entertainment Calendar to see what’s playing.
- Go on a Valentine’s Cruise – Vancouver Boat Parties offers a great one on February 14th in 2020.
- Check out a movie – see a show at a movie theatre and then go out for dinner at one of Metro Vancouver’s best restaurants.
- Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival – the annual hot chocolate festival ends on Valentine’s Day, so February 14th is the last chance to indulge in some special creations at cafes and coffee shops around town. It’s a tiny festival with not much more than just a few extra fancy menu options at participating venues scattered around town, but nothing says “Happy Valentine’s Day” like chocolate (or at least almost nothing)!
Valentine’s in Downtown Vancouver
- Have a holiday and treat yourself to a hotel in downtown Vancouver. For a great resource on accommodation deals, see our article about StayVancouverHotels.com.
- Go for a romantic stroll along the False Creek Seawall and then have dinner at a fancy restaurant in Yaletown.
- It’s winter outside – go ice skating at Robson Square.
- Check out one of Vancouver’s Best Night Clubs for a night of dancing.
Events that took place in 2019 and will likely happen again in 2020 include the following (but with details to be confirmed):
- Love Unscripted – Romance Week Improv shows took place at Vancouver TheatreSports Improv Comedy at 1502 Duranleau Street on Granville Island (February 5-14, 2019). One of three different shows took place each of the first nine nights of the series with a special My Funny Valentine event on the 14th.
- Night Court – a special adults-only Valentine’s event at the Vancouver Police Museum at 240 East Cordova Street. Tickets were $25 and included an alcoholic beverage.
- After Hours at the Aquarium – an adults-only event at the Vancouver Aquarium from 6:00 until 11:00 pm on February 14th. The evening included adult beverages, a “naughty” puppet show and a lecture about the sexual habits of marine life. The cost was $35.
Valentine’s On the North Shore
- Head to Deep Cove for dinner at the Arm’s Reach Bistro, or something similar at Other Top Restaurants in North Vancouver.
- Enjoy a hot chocolate and pastry at Thomas Haas, one of the Lower Mainland’s best coffee shops and master chocolate makers, located at 998 Harbourside Drive. Or, just drop by and pick up a box of their famous chocolates for yourself or your sweetheart.
- Go for a walk from Ambleside at John Lawson Park to Dundarave and finish up with dinner at Zen Japanese (in the village at #101 2232 Marine Drive) or The Beach House (at 150-25th Street by the water).
The following events took place on or around Valentine’s Day in 2019 and will likely do so again in 2020:
- Enjoy the special Valentine’s Dinner at Grouse Mountain with their special 5-course menu which cost $125 (plus taxes and 18% gratuity) and ran February 14-17, 2019. Then, afterwards, if you want, go for a snowshoe through the Light Walk. Note: Even if you don’t have a ski ticket, the tram ride up is included with advance dinner reservations at the restaurant. Click Valentine’s Day Dinner for details.
- A special Valentine’s Day Chocolate Fondue and snowshoe tour takes place most years at Mount Seymour on the weekend close to Valentine’s Day. In 2019 it happened on Thursday, February 14th, and cost about $135 per couple. Pre-registration is required.
New West Romantic Activities
- Paddlewheeler Riverboat Valentine’s Cruise – a 3-hour cruise in New Westminster on the Fraser River with a 3-course dinner usually takes place on February 14th. The cost last year was about $75 per person or $125 for two. Get there early and go for a stroll along the waterfront first. 2020 details are to be confirmed.
Valentine’s Activities for Kids in Surrey
- Valentine’s Train – the miniature train at Bear Creek Park usually operates daily with a Valentine’s Day theme from 10 am until 4 pm between early and mid-February. The cost last year was $7 and included Valentine’s Day card-making crafts.
Valentine’s Day in Richmond
- London Heritage Farm – Valentines High Tea is served at the heritage site on the weekends just before and after February 14th each year.
Romantic Walks and Restaurants
Looking for a romantic place to spend time with your sweetheart before enjoying dinner for two at one of the Lower Mainland’s top restaurants, then check out Romantic Walks to take your Date in Metro Vancouver. Locations include waterfront strolls along Ambleside, Stanley Park, Deep Cove, English Bay, Steveston Village and other parks around town.
Vancouver’s Best Restaurants
In addition to the above, also check out Metro Vancouver’s best restaurants for a place to eat in whatever neighbourhood you plan to be in.
- BURNABY’s Best Restaurants
- The City of VANCOUVER‘s Best Bars & Restaurants
- NORTH VANCOUVER’s Best Bars & Restaurants
- RICHMOND‘s Best Bars & Restaurants
- SURREY‘s Best Restaurants
- WEST VANCOUVER’s Best Restaurants