Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, and if you’re one who leaves planning to the last minute you’ll miss out on making it the best Valentine’s Day yet. Don't fret! We've got ideas for what to eat, do, and give. We'll leave the romance up to you.
Romantic dinner by candlelight is so cliché. But everybody’s gotta eat, so you might as well make it a nice meal. Explore your options then call to make reservations right away!
Do you have a favourite place to go with your sweetheart? No? Okay, we can help with that. Discover something new together in our Things to Do section, or take advantage of these special Valentine’s Day inspired events:
Fort Edmonton Park is hosting Song of the Martingale, a musical adventure set in the 1950s. Make it a whole night with dinner and an overnight stay in Hotel Selkirk with one of their Valentine’s Packages.
Sweetheart Snowshoe: If snowshoeing is your Valentine’s jam, take a guided tour through the natural beauty of the river valley. Finish off the trek with hot chocolate and bannock making!
Impress your partner with your refined wine tasting palette (or not) at Winefest Edmonton. All the sips and samples are included with entry. Taste your way through over 60 wineries with complimentary hors d’oeuvres from Shaw Conference Centre and local restaurants.
Learn from the homemaking experts at Little Brick in their 3rd edition of Home School. Create a topiary with Cory Christopher, make homemade pasta for two with Erika Vliegenthart and learn about champagne and other bubbly with chef Allan Suddaby. Or you can take in an intimate concert in the cafe on Feb 14th featuring Post Script.
Take in Silver Skate Festival during the day, then hop on a horse-drawn sleigh ride for two through Hawrelak Park. When the ride is over, light the way with your own valentine lantern and be the first in line to see the fire sculptures.
Swing your partner round the ice at City Hall’s Valentine’s Day Disco Skate. Roast bannock over an open fire or enjoy a cup of hot chocolate from Kids in the Hall Bistro. Free skate and helmet rentals will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Laugh your heart out at Rapid Fire Theatre’s Chimprov. It’s late night comedy with three different groups performing long form improvisation, and you’re pretty much guaranteed to laugh out loud all night.
Cupid’s arrow has met its match. Aim for the heart with paintballs at Edmonton Paintball Centre. All the equipment that you two will need, 200 paintballs each, and a group leader who will walk you through paintball basics are included in their Valentine’s Day Event.
The way to anyone’s heart is through their stomach, so we recommend chocolate. May we suggest one (or all) of these Edmonton original chocolatiers:
Jacek Chocolate Couture
Jacqueline Jacek applies the fashion business model to her award-winning chocolate company, releasing seasonal collections of chocolates that follow inspirational themes. There are limited spots in a wine + chocolate pairing event on Feb 13th.
The Violet Chocolate Co.
Decorated with lots of international awards, all the chocolates made by Red Seal chef and chocolatier Rebecca Grant are gluten-free, ethically-sourced, and made with local ingredients wherever possible.
Walk into Commerce Place and follow the scent of chocolate to Sweet Lollapalooza’s contemporary shop. Watch the craftsmen at work making small batches of chocolates and confections behind a wall of glass while you decide which ones to bring home with you.