10 Cheap, FREE and Romantic Valentine’s Day Date Ideas in Calgary

Have you made your plans for Valentine’s Day Calgary yet? Neither do we, but don’t panic. Whether you’ve already missed the boat when making reservations at your favorite hotel or restaurant or you just don’t have the money to spend on the holidays this year, there are plenty of less thoughtful, cheap and fun things you can do. can do to appease your partner or your palentine! Here are 10 cheap but cute ideas to get you started!

SIP COCOA AT YYC HOT CHOCOLATE FEST

There’s nothing more romantic than getting together for a late afternoon stroll with that special someone; one hand inside and the other holding one of the many unique and delicious hot chocolates offered at this year’s YYC Hot Chocolate Fest. Forget the “coffee date”, this month of February has sweeter things in its cup!

When: February 1 to 28
Or: Participating restaurants

SPEND A NIGHT OF PAINTING

Whether you’re the stickler or just working within a budget, Calgary’s Color Me Mine actually has a ton of pieces for under $20. Not only do they offer on-the-go kits (meaning you can share a bottle of wine while you get crafty), but they’re also wallet-friendly, so check them out!

Or: See locations above

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DISCOVER THE #CANTSTOPTHEKENSINGTONLOVE CB EVENT

Culture, creativity and color? YYC’s Chinook Blast is back and with it, several unique exhibits around the city center. This Valentine’s Day, take part in the GLOW or #Cantstopthekensigntonlove event with an animated outdoor screening of a documentary made in Canada, a hot dog roast and a drag fashion show!

When: Friday February 11
Or: Downtown Calgary

GO TUBING AT WINSPORT

If you’re not comfortable on a pair of skis to keep up, there’s nothing romantic about hitting the slopes, unless you’re more into inner tubes! This Valentine’s Day, morning, noon or night all weekend long couples wanting to stay together can slide together at Winsport.

When: See dates above
Or: 88 Canada Olympic Road SW, Calgary
Time: See times above
Cost: $15-$25

HIT THE HEXAGON BOARDGAME CAFE

You really never know how much you care for someone until they hand you your ass in a game of Monopoly. This Valentine’s Day, head to the Hexagon Boardgame Cafe where couples can have a laugh over coffee and put their entire relationship to the test for less than $5. How romantic!

Or: #200 1140 Kensington Rd NO
Cost: $3

COMFORTABLE NEXT TO A CITY FIREPLACE AND STAR LOOK

Warmer (rather) winter weather is upon us, but it’s still cold enough to cuddle up. Next weekend, whip up some hot chocolate, pack some blankets, and relax by the fire in one of Calgary’s parks. The best part? It is totally free to rent one.

SKATE AND SIP AT THE CHATEAU LAKE LOUISE ICE BAR

You, a drink and a view. This Valentine’s Day, head to the mountains for a romantic day of sipping and skating. From now until the bar literally melts, check out Chateau Lake Louise’s delicious ice bar and grab a cold one for you and your loved one.

When: Until mid-April (weather permitting)
Or: 111 Lake Louise Drive, Lake Louise, AB
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

SKATE HAND IN HAND ON THE OLYMPIC PLAZA

Under the thousands of twinkling lights that have been set up to celebrate Chinook Blast, spend this Valentine’s Day on the ice at Calgary’s Olympic Plaza! After all, what’s more romantic than cool weather, fresh air and LEDs? Literally nothing if you’re comfortable on a pair of skates.

Or: 228 8 Avenue SE, Calgary
Time: 6:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Cost: To free

GO ON A ROMANTIC WINTER WALK

Are you and your dog people someone? Ditch the traditional fine dining and go for a romantic walk along the rooftops of the city. Sometimes it’s the little things, you know?

GO GOLF… INSIDE!

Sports couples, listen up! There are a ton of places in and around Calgary where you can practice your swing, grab a drink, and wear that polo shirt your loved one loves so much – without freezing your butt! Check out our list above.

Cost: Prices vary (average $40 per group/hour)

And yes, I love birds. 10 cheap but cute Valentine’s Day date ideas in Calgary. Enjoy and have fun!

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