We all know Valentines Day is coming up soon, which means that if you’re in a relationship you need to think of something to do, and fast. Like many Calgarians you may be feeling a little tight on cash right now, but the good news is that a nice date doesn’t have to leave a hole in your wallet.
So to help, here’s our run down of cheap date ideas to help you have a good time without worrying about your finances.
Skate and a hot chocolate
The weather is just about perfect for skating these days, not too cold but too not warm either. You can hold each others’ hands and skate together in over 100 places in and around Calgary, don’t forget there is indoor skating too. After a long skate you two will most likely need to warm up. Fortunately YYC Hot Chocolate Fest is on hand to make warming up fun with innovative takes on the classic hot chocolate. 29 participating cafés, restaurants, and chocolatiers will be crafting some of the best and most unique hot chocolates for the two of you to enjoy.
Hit a high note on the Music Mile
Go enjoy yourselves along the Music Mile where there will be the Block Heater event put on by the Calgary Folk Music Festival. Be sure to buy tickets beforehand if you want to go, as many are already sold out. There aren’t only live music venues here, there are also many other fun and interesting places to visit including fine dinning, galleries, and it’s also close to Fort Calgary. Inglewood is known for being an awesome spot to visit so take a gander through with your partner as you never know what might happen on your adventures together.
Look out over the city during sunset
Calgary is well known for its insanely gorgeous sunsets. So embrace the romantic ambiance by heading out and soaking in the city skyline at either the Crescent heights lookout or the lookout by the Stampede. Take pictures and go for a walk, while watching the sunset dance in front of you. If you decide to stay, watching the city lights come on is beautiful too. You could also make it date by trying to spot the 5 visible planets as you can see them right now above Calgary with the naked eye.
Afternoon at Eau Claire
Experience an ice sculpting demonstration by Frozen Memories Ice Studio that will be held at Eau Claire North Plaza on February 14 from noon to 3 p.m. After discovering the art of ice sculpting visit Market YYC in Eau Claire Market Centre Court between noon and 4 p.m. Unique handmade items and live music by local talent will be there for you to enjoy. Remember Eau Claire also has a beautiful romantic walk around Prince’s Island Park if you want to slow down and enjoy each others company.
Dance the night away
Dancing is something you two can really bond over. Alberta Dancesport‘s Dance Party and Workshop are held every Friday at the Vecova Centre from 8:15 p.m. to midnight at cost just $8. They hold a workshop for about an hour teaching two types of dance (such as Samba and Tango) and then from 9:15 p.m. onward it’s a dance party full of different dance types (not just the ones you learned). You don’t have to be the greatest dancer either, as everyone is welcome to enjoy the dancefloor fun.
Enjoy a day at the market
That’s Amore! is a perfect date if you want to get out of the house for Valentines and experience different tastes. The Calgary Farmers’ Market will be transforming into a romanitc destination, with red checkered table cloths, flowers, hearts everywhere and, of course, plenty of entertainment. Whether you take in the roaming musical quartet, try your hand at making a Valentine’s fruit flower, or capture your love at the photo booth, there’s sure to be something for everyone.
Enjoy a day in the mountains
Canmore and Banff are absolutely gorgeous this time of year, the mountains covered with snow and the ice glistening from roof tops. In Canmore at the moment they are hosting the Canmore Winter Carnival which has something new happening every day up until February 19. On February 14 there is a Ben Homme Carnival happening at the downtown Canmore pond, featuring ice skating, music, a snow castle, and some incredible maple syrup taffy. They also have a Canmore Art Walk at the Canmore Civic Centre Plaza starting at 12:50 p.m. featuring temporary art located along the walk from Downtown Canmore to the Canmore Nordic Centre. How could you not fall in love in such a beautiful and happening place?