Have you made your Valentine’s Day plans yet, Calgary? Neither have we, but there’s no need to panic. Whether you already missed the boat on reservations at your favourite hotel or restaurant or just don’t have the money to spend on the holiday this year, there are plenty of lesser-thought-of, cheap and fun things you 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 bundling up for a late afternoon stroll with that someone special; one hand in there’s and the other, holding one of the many uniquely delicious hot chocolates being offered as part of this year’s YYC Hot Chocolate Fest. Move over ‘coffee date,’ this February has sweeter things in its cup!

When: February 1-28
Where: Participating Restaurants

HAVE A PAINT NIGHT

Whether you’re the type to stay in, or are just working within a budget, Calgary’s Color Me Mine actually has a tone of pieces for less than $20. Not only do they offer take-home kits (meaning you can split a bottle of wine while you get crafty) but they’re also wallet-friendly, so check them out!

Where: See locations above

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CHECK OUT #CANTSTOPTHEKENSINGTONLOVE CB EVENT

 

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Culture, creativity and colour? YYC’s Chinook Blast is back and with it, several unique displays around the inner city. This Valentine’s Day take in the GLOW or the #Cantstopthekensigntonlove event featuring a heated outdoor showing of a Canadian-made documentary, a hotdog roast and a drag fashion show!

When: Friday, February 11th
Where: Downtown Calgary

GO INNER TUBING AT WINSPORT

If you’re not comfortable on a pair of skis to keep up, there’s nothing romantic about hitting the hills – unless you’re going inner tubing! This Valentine’s Day, in the morning, noon or at night all weekend long couples looking to stay together can slide together at Winsport.

When: See dates above
Where: 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 check out the Hexagon Boardgame Cafe where couples can have a coffee a laugh and put their entire relationship to the test all for under $5. How romantic!

Where: #200 1140 Kensington Rd NW
Cost: $3

COZY UP NEXT TO A CITY FIREPIT & STARGAZE

 

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The warmer(ish) winter weather is upon us, but it’s still cold enough for cuddling. Next weekend, brew some hot cocoa, pack up some blankets and lounge by the fire in one of Calgary’s parks. The best part? It’s totally free to rent one out.

SKAT AND SIP AT THE CHATEAU LAKE LOUISE ICE BAR 

You, a brew, 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 away, check out the Chateau Lake Louise’s magically delicious ice bar and grab a cold one, for you and your someone special.

When:  Until mid-April (weather permitting)
Where: 111 Lake Louise Dr, Lake Louise, AB
Time: 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

SKATE HAND IN HAND AT OLYMPIC PLAZA

 

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

Where: 228 8 Ave. SE, Calgary
Time: 6 am – 11 pm
Cost: Free

GO FOR A ROMANTIC WINTER WALK

Are you and your someone dog people? Scrap the traditional fancy meal and leash up for a romantic walk along the city skyline. Sometimes, it’s the little things, ya know?

GO GOLFING… INDOORS!

Atheltic couples, listen up! There are a ton of places in and around Calgary where you can practice your swing, have a drink and wear that polo shirt your special someone likes so much – without freezing your butts off! Check out our list above.

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

And there you have it, love birds. 10 cheap but cute Valentine’s Day date ideas for Calgary. Enjoy and have fun!