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.
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.
- 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)!
- Go see a show – Vancouver TheatreSports has some Valentine’s Day-themed improv comedy performances in the first half of the month. Soar Over Taiwan was showing at FlyOver Canada until mid-February last year (and might be again in 2021). See Vancouver Shows & Entertainment for more.
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 – so go ice skating at Robson Square or at North Vancouver’s Shipyards. Both venues are free!
- Check out one of Vancouver’s Best Night Clubs for a night of dancing.
Events that took place in 2020 included the following (and 2021 will likely be similar):
- Concert with Bach Choir – the Vancouver Bach Choir performed their Behind the Keys concert with Leslie Dala and other special guests at the Orpheum Annex on Friday, February 14th, 2020. Tickets cost $69 per ticket or $250 for a table of four. Light refreshments and a complimentary glass of sparkling wine were included.
- 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!)
- 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 include 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.
- 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).
- 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 on Friday, February 14th, and cost about $135 per couple. Pre-registration was 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 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