There are many great things to do on or around February 14th. In 2021 make Valentine’s Day special and discover Vancouver’s most romantic opportunities.
Because of COVID-19, whatever you do on February 14th in 2021, be sure to be responsible and keep safe. Wear a mask and maintain physical distancing when appropriate. Also. follow whatever other local health orders and recommendations are in place at the time.
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 (assuming health authorities say that venturing out and certain activities are deemed safe and acceptable).
- 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 (and hopefully by then something will be).
- Explore Interesting Places – go window shopping and explore Granville Island and the False Creek Seawall, or go for a hike or leisurely stroll at one of Vancouver’s Best Parks and Places in Nature.
- Check out a movie – see a show at a movie theatre (if allowed) and then go out for dinner at one of Metro Vancouver’s best restaurants.
- Dine Out Vancouver Festival – hundreds of Lower Mainland restaurants usually offer discounted 3-course dinner specials in late January. This year they are doing it a month later than normal. In 2021 the festival runs from February 5th until March 7th (so it includes the week of Valentine’s Day for the first time).
- 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. Nothing says “Happy Valentine’s Day” though like chocolate (or at least almost nothing)!
Other Events on the Same Weekend!
In 2021 the Family Day Long Weekend runs from February 13th to the 15th (so it includes Valentine’s Day)! And Chinese New Year starts on February 12th! What an exciting weekend that’s going to be (unless of course everything gets cancelled due to COVID-19)!
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.
- Visit Granville Island – the shops, restaurants and theatres can be nice places to explore with a date. The False Creek Seawall close by is also a romantic place for a stroll.
- Check out one of Vancouver’s Best Night Clubs for a night of dancing.
Events that took place in 2020 (but likely won’t in 2021 thanks to COVID) included the following:
- Romantic Improv at Vancouver TheatreSports – live comedy theatre took place at the Improv Centre at 1502 Duranleau Street on Granville Island (February 5th to 15th, 2020). In addition to some regularly scheduled performances, special Valentine’s Day-themed shows called The Love of Your Life took place on select days in addition to a special Love Matches: A Valentine’s Day All-Out Love Battle event on the 14th.
- After Hours at the Aquarium – an adults-only event at the Vancouver Aquarium from 6:30 until 11:00 pm on February 14th. The evening included adult beverages and talks about the sexual habits of marine life. The cost was $38 plus GST. (Sold out!) (Note: As of the fall of 2020 the Aquarium is closed until further notice.)
- Night Court – a special adults-only Valentine’s event at the Vancouver Police Museum at 240 East Cordova Street from 7 until 9 pm on February 14th. Tickets were $25 and included an alcoholic beverage.
Valentine’s On the North Shore
- Head to Deep Cove for dinner at the Arm’s Reach Bistro, or something similar at other top North Vancouver Restaurants or West Vancouver Restaurants.
- 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).
- 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 2020 it happened last year on February 14th and cost about $135 per couple. Pre-registration was required. (Because of COVID-19, this event may or may not happen again in 2021.)
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 place on February 14th most years. The cost last year was about $65 per person or $125 for two. Get there early and go for a stroll along the waterfront first.
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
Other articles that might be of interest include the following:
- Vancouver’s February Calendar
- Free Activities in February
- Vancouver’s Festivals & Events Calendar
- Family Day Weekend in Vancouver
- Chinese New Year in the Lower Mainland