There are many great things to do on or around February 14th. Make Valentine’s Day special and discover some of Vancouver’s most romantic opportunities.
Not a lot happened in February of 2021, thanks to the pandemic. One thing that did take place during this time, however, was the Dine Out Vancouver Festival. Some participating restaurants did not offer specials on February 14th itself, but others did. Hundreds though had discounted 3-course dinner specials running between February 5th and March 7th.
Looking for adventure? Then check out the outdoor adventure games with Vancouver Mysteries!
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.
- 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.
- Dine Out Vancouver Festival – hundreds of Lower Mainland restaurants usually offer discounted 3-course dinner specials in late January. In 2021 they did it a month later than normal, from February 5th until March 7th (so it included the week of Valentine’s Day for the first time). This may or may not be the case again in 2022.
- Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival – the annual hot chocolate festival ends on Valentine’s Day each year, 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)!
In a normal year, Valentine’s Day is usually a great time to enjoy some live theatre. Normally we’d recommend checking out Vancouver’s Best Places’ Shows and Entertainment Calendar to see what’s playing. Because of COVID-19, however, in 2021 both live theatre venues and movie cinemas were closed until further notice. Let’s hope they can reopen safely soon!
Other Events on the Same Weekend!
In 2021 the Family Day Long Weekend ran from February 13th to the 15th (so it includes Valentine’s Day)! And Chinese New Year started on February 12th! It would have been such an exciting weekend (if everything wasn’t cancelled due to COVID-19).
Valentine’s in Downtown Vancouver
The following are things that you could do in 2021:
- Play an outdoor adventure game with your sweetheart (and other members of your household too if you want). Vancouver Mysteries has both Valentine’s Day Games and Family Day Weekend Games. Go on a secret mission, solve a murder crime, or be superheroes and save the city! (Costumes are encouraged, but not required.)
- 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.
Downtown Events for Another Year
Events that took place in 2020 (but didn’t in 2021 thanks to COVID) include the following:
- Romantic Improv at Vancouver TheatreSports – live comedy theatre took place at the Improv Centre on Granville Island in mid-February last year. 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. (Note: Vancouver TheatreSports was closed for most of 2020 and continues to be so as of mid-February 2021.)
- 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: Since the fall of 2020 the Aquarium has been closed until further notice.)
- Night Court – a special adults-only Valentine’s event at the Vancouver Police Museum took place at 240 East Cordova Street on February 14th last year. Tickets were $25 and included an alcoholic beverage. (Cancelled for 2021.)
Normally we would also recommend checking out one of Vancouver’s Best Night Clubs for a night of dancing (but not in 2021 because nightclubs weren’t allowed to operate in February because of COVID-19.
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 closest to Valentine’s Day. It happened last year on February 14th and cost about $135 per couple. Pre-registration was required. (Because of COVID-19, this event didn’t happen on Valentine’s Day or on the Family Day Long Weekend in 2021. Chocolate fondue snowshoe tours did happen, however, on other Saturdays in February and March.)
- Other places to go for romantic snowshoeing walks in the snow are Cypress Bowl and Grouse Mountain.
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. (Note: As of January, 2021, the Paddlewheeler has ceased operations until further notice.)
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