What to do this Valentine’s Day in Calgary?
What should you do for Valentine’s Day in Calgary? To start, a romantic dinner is a more than likely idea for many of you looking to impress that special someone. If you haven’t booked a dinner at a restaurant just yet however, it may be slim pickings for availability.
That’s okay though. February 14th isn’t about how posh the restaurant is that you go to or how much money you spend, but more about the thought and effort put into the special day for that special someone in your life. Here are some alternative Valentine’s Day date ideas in Calgary other than just dinner.
Colour Me Mine
A staple for dates in Calgary, Colour Me Mine’s hands-on approach to Valentine’s Day will without a doubt get those cupids shooting love arrows at both you and your partner.
You’ll find hundreds of different ceramic pieces ranging from picture frames and kitchen ware to super heroes and romantic mementos such as the sentimental “I love you” counter display.
These are just a few of the pieces they have that make the perfect V-Day gift, especially when you’ve put your heart and soul into painting one for that very special person in your life.
For those that aren’t exclusive with each other just yet, perhaps this is just the type of romance that will score you some serious brownie points and lead you towards monogamy.
Three locations located in different quadrants of the city make Colour Me Mine an ideal Valentine’s Day date idea no matter where you live in Calgary.
- 334 14th Street NW
- 333 Aspen Glen Landing SW
- 380 Canyon Meadows Drive SE
Hours are also very reasonable which gives good flexibility – especially for before or after a special Valentine’s Day dinner reservation.
- Learn more at Calgary Hidden Gems: Colour Me Mine today
Another fun and artsy way of saying “I love you” or “you’re pretty fly” for the less serious couples is to check out any one of the ticketed paint night events happening on or around Valentine’s Day in Calgary.
These events are ideal for a fun and romantic evening because you both are responsible for painting half of the image to be created – perfect for breaking the ice with a fun and light-spirited atmosphere or for more serious couples to create a sentimental masterpiece that will be hung together.
With Paint Night’s being hosted all around the city at different pubs, coffee shops and restaurants, it’ll be easy enough to find one close to home. Most events are adults only and serve food and drink while you eat. A substitute for dinner? Maybe!
Find your paint night event at www.paintnight.com and be well on your way to a romantic evening with your significant other!
Couples Cooking Class
It’s been said that a way to a man’s heart is through food. It’s also been said that that there are few bigger turn-ons than a man who can cook.
So why not sign up for cooking classes together and be well on your way to learning some new cooking tricks in the kitchen? After all… it should only leave both of you smiling if you choose to bring these newly learned talents back home.
You’ll also get to spend a few hours in an intimate setting with your cooking partner – the perfect chance to make a solid romantic evening out of food and chatter and hopefully some good humour with no crickets or awkwardness on your part!
There are multiple kitchens around Calgary that offer couples cooking classes especially for Valentine’s Day – but also year round, including:
- SAIT Culinary Campus
- The Cookbook Co.
- Cuisine et Chateau
- ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen
- Sunterra Market
Classes usually fill up long before V-Day, so make sure to book well in advance.
Couples Spa Treatment
Valentine’s Day is a celebration of being with another, which is why a trip to your nearest spa for a couple’s package is always a good idea on or around February 14th!
Kick back with bae and enjoy some time being pampered with treatments like hydrating facials and relaxation massages together.
Spas all around the city offer Valentine’s Day couples packages ranging from one or two treatments to the full shabang. Some of our favourites (and others online):
- Riverside Spa – NW
- The Spa Ritual – NW
- Inner Balance Spa – NW
- Blossoms Massage & Spa – NE
- RnR Wellness – Fairmont Palliser Downtown – SW
- Stillwater Spa – Hyatt Downtown – SW
- Leela Eco Spa – Beltline – SW
- Moyo Spa & Wellness – SE
- Forever Young Spa & Laser Clinic – SE
Once again, make sure to book yours well in advance for a special occasion in Calgary such as Valentine’s Day.
Dinner at Home w/ Mobile Professional Cook
Staying at home for the evening might be right up your alley if Valentine’s Day happens to land on a weekday. Not to worry, as there’s plenty of things you can do at your place to spice things up like getting a mobile professional cook to come and make you an extravagant gourmet meal right in your very own kitchen!
The best part about this service is that you don’t have to worry about any of the planning, shopping, preparing or serving of the food – it’s all taken care of for you. This means you’ll have more time to sit back, relax and enjoy the evening with your partner.
A handful of companies offer this special in-house service in Calgary, including:
- Chef Kat – www.chefkat.com
- Personal Thyme – www.personalthyme.ca
- Tao Events – www.taoevents.net
As with most other date ideas above, you’ll want to book your professional mobile cook well ahead of special occasions such as Valentine’s Day.
A more active Valentines Day date idea in Calgary is to slap on a pair of skates and go skating hand-in-hand with your partner!
If you’re both terrible at skating, the Olympic Oval is probably your best bet as they provide free learner bars for you to lean on as you skate around the Olympic sized speed-skating track.
On the other hand, for a more adventurous outing try checking out Bowness Park for some skating action on the lagoon amidst a beautiful and serene natural setting or another one of the outdoor rinks listed below.
Calgary outdoor rinks and hours:
- Big Marlborough Park – 5:00am to 11:00pm daily
- Bowness Park Lagoon (rentals available) – 5:00am to 11:00pm daily
- Carburn Park – 11:00am to 11:00pm daily
- Olympic Plaza (rentals available) – 10:00am to 9:00pm
- Prairie Winds Park – 10:00am to 10:00pm
- Thomson Family Park – 10:00am to 9:00pm
Chick Flick Marathon
A stay-at-home movie is a simple, yet romantic way to spend a day or evening with your loved one. The movie viewing itself should be one aspect of this date idea.
Take some time to make a meaningful movie playlist, rearrange the house to create a more intimate atmosphere and possibly have one of your favourite delivery restaurants drop off food – or even better – make a home cooked meal for you two yourself!
We recommend checking out some of the best chick flicks of all time for this one:
- The Notebook – 2004
- Clueless – 1995
- Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion – 1997
- 10 Things I Hate About You – 1999
- Miss Congeniality – 2000
- Sweet Home Alabama – 2002
- How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days – 2003
- Mean Girls – 2004
- Valentine’s Day – 2010
- No Strings Attached – 2011
Looking for a place to load up on a bottle or two of your favourite wine to sip on during your chick flick marathon? See these Best Wine Stores in Calgary today.
Blast your Valentine’s Day off with a big bang at the shooting range! This high-intensity, adrenaline-pumping date idea is as unique as it gets and may just be the perfect memorable activity for you and your partner on or near February 14th.
There are two indoor shooting ranges in Calgary:
- The Shooting Edge – Bay #4 – 510 77 Avenue SE
- Calgary Shooting Centre – Bay #4 – 7130 Fisher Road SE
Choose from a wide arsenal of firearms ranging from .09 and .50 caliber pistols to .38 and .405 caliber rifles. Heck, there’s even tactical shotguns that you can blast down range at the bullseye – or if you choose – at custom targets of zombies and other fairy tale abominations for a small price.
Basically how the cost works is you purchase a day pass then pay for the ammo you shoot, which means you could try all available guns on the range if you really wanted to!
At The Shooting Edge, for example, ammo costs are as follows:
- 9mm = $30 for 50 rounds
- .223Rem/.308Win = $40 for 20 rounds
- .40S&W = $35 for 50 rounds
- .357Mag/.44Mag = $12 for 6 rounds
- .45ACP = $47 for 50 rounds
- 12ga/.410ga = $12 for 5 rounds
If you’ve never been to a shooting range in Calgary before, there is a registration process and short safety meeting you have to go through before being cleared to go onto the shooting range.
Arrive well in advance to make sure your on time for your reservation later on Valentine’s Day.
As Calgary’s cultural and entertainment scenes grow, so do the opportunities for locals to get out and experience a quality show on or near February 14th.
Every year there’s a wide selection of live music, special plays and inclusive events which are geared towards the most romantic day of the year.
A few examples for 2018 include:
- Calgary Jazz Orchestra – “The Art of Love, The Art of Soul
- Dave Kelly Live – Valentines Day Special
- MOMIX – Alberta Ballet
- A Yintimate Concert with Oscar Lopez
- Murder Mystery: Valentine’s Day Massacre
See an all-inclusive list of live music, plays and events at ToDoCanada – Valentines Day 2018.
Recreate Your First Date
Remember that special moment in time where you two first met? It may have been love at first site, or perhaps what started out as a friendship blossomed into one of the most loving relationships of your life.
Just as special as the first time you met was the moment you went on that first date, so recreating it on your part should rank pretty high on the scale of romantic gestures.
Don’t be afraid to up your game, however, and spend a bit extra on things that would have made that first date even better than it was (if that’s even possible!).
We here in Calgary are blessed to be able to reach the Rocky Mountains within just an hour of driving.
Now depending on what day Valentine’s Day lands during the week, a mountain getaway may or may not be a good idea. Regardless, there are few better Valentine’s Day date ideas in Calgary than a trip out to a town like Canmore or Banff for a night or two.
Just a few date ideas for when you’re out in the mountains:
- Romantic dinner
- Banff gondola
- Banff hot springs
- Skiing at Lake Louise, Nakiska, Sunshine Village
- Lake Louise ice skating
Also see our list of Best Restaurants in Canmore, Alberta for some dining ideas.
Also check out these 3 Things to Do in Banff, Alberta for some fun date ideas.
What are some of your favourite Valentine’s Day date ideas in Calgary? We would love to hear from you and will add it to our list above. We wish you a wonderful Valentine’s Day in Calgary!
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