There are many great things to do on or around February 14th. In 2018 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.
- Enjoy some live theatre – check out Vancouver’s Best Places’ Shows and Entertainment Calendar to see what’s playing.
- Check out a movie at a Cineplex theatre and then go out for dinner at one of Metro Vancouver’s best restaurants. Special Valentine’s Day-themed films also take place on February 14th at the Vancity Theatre at 1181 Seymour Street including the following:
- La La Land – the love-story musical with Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone shows at 3:30 pm. Rated PG.
- Moonlight – the Academy Award-winning movie about a young black man in 1980s Miami shows at 6:00 pm. Rated 19+.
- Choose Me – the 1984 American romance about a “Dr. Love” radio talk show host who needs help herself shows at 8:10. Rated 19+.
- Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival – the annual hot chocolate festival ends on Valentine’s Day, so February 14 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
- Go for a romantic stroll along the False Creek Seawall and then have dinner at a fancy restaurant in Yaletown.
- Pretend it’s winter outside and go ice skating at Robson Square.
- Check out one of Vancouver’s Best Night Clubs for a night of dancing.
- Love Unscripted – Romance Week Improv shows take place at Vancouver TheatreSports Improv Comedy at 1502 Duranleau Street on Granville Island (February 6-14, 2018).
Valentine’s On the North Shore
- Enjoy the special Valentine’s Dinner at Grouse Mountain with their Valentine’s Day Gala 2018 and then, 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. Their special 5-course dinner on February 14th costs $120 plus tax and 18% gratuity. Click Valentine’s Day Gala for details.
- A Valentines Day Chocolate Fondue and snowshoe tour takes place most years at Mount Seymour on the weekend close to Valentine’s Day. In 2018 it happens on Saturday, February 10th, and costs about $135 per couple.
- 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 sweat heart.
- Go for a walk from Ambleside at John Lawson Park to Dundarave and finish up with dinner at either The Beach House (at 150-25th Street by the water) or at Zen Japanese (in the village at #101 2232 Marine Drive).
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 takes on Wednesday, February 14, in 2018. Cost is about $75 per person. Get there early and go for a stroll along the waterfront first.
Valentine’s Activities for Kids in Surrey
- Valentine’s Train – the minature train at Bear Creek Park operates daily with a Valentine’s Day theme from 10 am until 4 pm between February 3rd and 14th. Cost is $6 and includes Valentine’s Day card-making crafts.
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