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30 Valentine’s Date Ideas in Edmonton (2016)

I love Valentine’s Day! My husband Mike and I always make a point to celebrate (but we also celebrate year-round, really). I don’t mind the commercialization of it – if there’s another opportunity to spend time with my loved one, then why not?

This year as Valentine’s Day falls on the Family Day long weekend, Mike and I will be heading out of town for our Valentine’s celebration, but in the last few weeks I’ve had a lot of interest on the 2015 Things to Do in Edmonton for Valentine’s list I did up last year, and a few people have asked if I was going to put out an updated one for 2016 so, always trying to please the people, I have!

Here’s a list of date ideas I’ve put together to help you plan your Valentine’s Day/Weekend in Edmonton!

Some of them are repeat suggestions from my 2015 list because I think the ideas still apply for sure, but I have added some more new ones for 2016 too.

I hope everyone has a Happy  Valentine’s Day!

30 Valentine’s Day Date Ideas for Edmonton (2016) 

Note there is more than 30 as I’ve been adding other suggestions from readers/followers too!
Also note that many of these are good to do with friends too.

  • Go on the City of Edmonton’s Sweetheart Snowshoe adventure! Enjoy a guided snowshoes walk with your sweetheart through the natural beauty of the River Valley! The walk includes hot chocolate and bannock making, and snowshoes are provided. It’s $30 per person from 6:30-8:30 on Feb. 12 or 13.
  • Challenge your wits and go on a double (or triple date) with your friends to one of our many awesome Edmonton escape rooms. You’re locked in a room for 45 minutes, presented with a scenario and have to solve through many puzzles and challenges to escape the room! My favourite rooms are at Escape City and GTFO Escape Entertainment. I heard BreakOut also has a new room that’s supposed to be fantastic. Book your room early before they fill up!
  • Get hands-on and attend an Oliver Apt. workshop! Their Feb. 13 class gets you to create a customized serving board. Experience the process of designing and working with wood, and walk away with a beautiful handmade serving board of your own (no previous woodworking experience necessary!)
  • Mike and I had an awesome brunch at Hotel Selkirk Fort Edmonton Park – book your Valentine’s Sunday morning brunch and show! There’s also a Lovers’ Getaway (stay at the hotel, get a four-course dinner + breakfast!) or do their dinner and a show in the Capitol Theatre. And speaking of brunch, since Valentine’s Day falls on Sunday this year – there are no shortage of brunch options! Tweet me for some of my brunch recommendations!
  • Have you visited the Ice Castles in Hawrelak Park yet? It is so stunning – stopping by with your boo, day or night, will make for some lovely views/photo opportunities. Book online in advance, and take it up a notch by hiring a professional photographer (or a single friend, lol) to come along with you and get these once-in-a-lifetime couples photos set against the most incredible icy, winter backdrop!
Ice Castle - Edmonton - Hawrelak Park - Explore Edmonton
What a great winter adventure at the Ice Castle in Hawrelak Park!
  • “Meet Me At Lover’s Lane” at the Silver Skate Festival! Silver Skate has a lovely Valentine’s weekend special for couples including hot chocolate, festive lanterns, a horse-drawn sleigh ride, followed by all the free activities at the festival. You can also do add-ons like chocolates from Jacek or Ice Castle admission!
  • If Mike and I were in town for Valentine’s Day this year, we’d for sure be going to our favourite occasion restaurant: XIX Nineteen (in Terwillegar or at their new location in St. Albert!) “Fall in love all over again” with their 3-course Valentine’s meal. You’ll also find Valentine’s meal specials at almost any restaurant in Edmonton – just call and check at your favourite spot or see this list of Edmonton Valentine’s restaurant specials through OpenTable.
  • Most of those special set dinners can be pretty pricy though – how about creating your own Valentine’s food crawl? Pick an area of the city – Whyte, 124 Street, Alberta Avenue, Chinatown, Little Italy, Stony Plain Road, Downtown, map out a walking route of 4-5 restaurants, and spend an afternoon or evening visiting all of them, sampling just appetizers and ending with dessert at the last place!
  • You could have a pretty badass date night by visiting Axe Hole – Axe Throwinga fairly new company in Edmonton. Be sure to take lots of photos and use the slow-mo video option on your phone when your significant other is throwing!
  • Recreate your first date! Me and Mike like do this on our togetherversary every year but I think it would be pretty fun on Valentine’s too. Where did you go and what did you do for your first date? Go back there, do it again! Or pretend you’re going on a date for the first time and use different identities. Like Phil/Clive Bixby in Modern Family, lol.
Go on a date with different identities!
Go on a date with different identities!
  • There are still some Valentine’s weekend dates available for Paint Nite Edmonton! Let out your inner artist. Would definitely recommend you book this ASAP if interested because they typically always sell out. Also check Groupon to see if there is a discount code, or ask people who have been to recent Paint Nite’s to see if their host gave them a discount code! You could also go with Arty Party Edmonton and book a bigger group Valentine’s weekend paint night.
  • Board game night! Some of my favourite hang outs involve board games. If you’re looking for a low-key, low-cost option, just stay at home and play some board games. Just the two of you or invite some other couples over for the fun.
  • Unwind, unknot, relax, with a couple’s massage. Bliss Yoga has a few options. I also like going to Alberta Momentum Massage (though they don’t actually have a room big enough for a couples massage, you could just book at the same time and do it in separate rooms).
  • Buy some bubble bath (or bath bombs), and take a long bath together! Ensure there is wine (if you’re into wine, I’m not, lol) is nearby, maybe some mood lighting (candles) and some soft music. How sweet!
Go sledding!
Go sledding!
  • With the amount of options to choose from on Netflix, you can’t really go wrong with a Valentine’s weekend Netflix binge-watch. Select a show, and power through! The key to making this extra Valentine’s-y is to cuddle up. Mike and I also like moving our bed to the living room when we are on weekends/Netflix binge-ing!
  • “Quote a Long” to The Princess Bride at the Metro Cinema! “Get ready for a rowdy evening as we cheer for True Love, hope for those who are mostly dead, and much more with Buttercup, Westley, and the rest.”
  • Stay in an “igloo,” Roman or Polynesian-themed hotel room at the Fantasyland Hotel.

Do you have any suggestions for date ideas in Edmonton for Valentine’s weekend?

Tweet me or leave a comment and I’ll add it!

Linda


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Linda Hoang is an Edmonton blogger who writes about food, travel, lifestyle/events and pets. She's also a social media/digital specialist with a journalism background. Linda is in love with her city and loves exploring and promoting Edmonton and other places she visits with her husband Mike. Linda is also the founder of the Edmonton International Cat Festival (and has 2 cats herself, along with 2 dogs).

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