Dazzling moons, sparkling eyes, big pizza-pies... yup! The time has arrived for amore in the city!
This February you can expect to see couples walking hand in hand, strolling through the snowy parks, and booking dinner reservations to some of the best restaurants in the city. Amongst the many events going on for Valentine's Day in Calgary, there are also a number of beautiful places to go with your special someone. Looking for a romantic place to celebrate Valentine's Day in Calgary this year? Take a look at the dreamy places that will have hearts skipping a beat, smiles of pure bliss, and eyes that shine full of L-O-V-E!
Dinner and a View at Calgary Tower
As one of the most iconic places in the city, it is no wonder that the Calgary Tower is one of the more popular places for Valentine's Day in Calgary! Built in 1967, this 626 ft tower was once the tallest structure in Calgary, and remains as one of the most highly sought-after places for romantic dates and celebrating memorable gatherings. Take the elevator up or climb the 802 steps to the top. Once there, explore the viewing deck on your own or with guided tours, or enjoy the Sky 360 Restaurant — an eclectic dining experience that slowly revolves to give you a complete 360 view of Calgary over 45 minutes! Dinner and a view? Sounds like the perfect Valentine's evening!
Skating at Olympic Plaza
If you are looking for a skating rink that will set that charming atmosphere, then skating at Olympic Plaza is the place to go! Located in the centre of downtown Calgary, this popular ice rink is surrounded by architecturally scenic structures and statues and warm lighting in the evenings. The rink is open from 6am until 11pm, so grab your skates and mittens and head down when you're ready! Don't have skates? There are skate rentals available at the Skate Hut, open from Thursday to Sunday with varying hours.
YYC Hot Chocolate Crawl
Does a day spent sipping on toasty beverages sound like your kind of Valentine's Day adventure? For the month of love, (February 1st-29th) the YYC Hot Chocolate Fest is taking place across Calgary! Throughout the city in local cafes, restaurants, and diners, local businesses are offering their take on the most delicious and unique hot chocolate! Taste everything from caramel-covered cocoas to hot chocolate that includes odd ingredients like bacon! Plan out your hot chocolate route, rate them, and have fun exploring the city!
River Café Dinner and a Walk in the Park
Complete with walkways that wind along the Bow River, vast open green spaces, and our stunning Peace Bridge, Prince's Island Park is one of Calgary's most visually engaging parks! It is here that you can saunter along the paths with brilliant views of the skyline, as well as have a dining experience immersed in nature at the River Café Restaurant. Tables at the River Cafe give you views onto the tree-filled park and a delectable menu crafted by head chef Ross Bowles that will be sure to make your mouth water! Make your reservations now, as the restaurant is a popular locale for Valentine's Day in Calgary.
Historic Tour and a Meal at The Lougheed House
Are you and your partner interested in the history of the city? If so, then the perfect place for you to spend Valentine's Day is at the Lougheed House! Built in 1891, this iconic historic building found just off of the Beltline of Calgary offers tours of the museum and local gardens, live performances, and fine-dining opportunities featuring "local gourmet cuisine" from Chef Judy Wood. Come for a meal or high tea, and go back in time in a romantic setting overflowing with history!
Visit the Devonian Gardens
Prefer to stay indoors? Fill the day of love exploring the indoor botanical gardens of Devonian Gardens. Immerse yourself in nature indoors in the heart of Calgary with over 500 types of trees, 50 plant species, magical water features, and even fish ponds! Keep warm in this free space that might even be the picture-perfect place to get down on one knee! Want to continue the Valentine's Day events? Spend some time walking down Stephen Avenue, shopping and dining in one of the many amazing restaurants along the strip!
Explore the Calgary Zoo
What could be better than visiting the animals of the world while side-by-side with your loved one? This Valentine's Day, head down to the Calgary Zoo and meander through the parks, the various animal buildings, the Conservatory Gardens and Butterfly area, the penguin plunge, and maybe grab a hot cocoa too! Want to heat up your zoo experience and make things a bit spicier? On February 14th and 15th, the Calgary Zoo will be hosting their annual Valentine's Day event, In The Heat of the Night! Learn how animals "show their love" while enjoying a 4-course meal, romantic atmosphere, and interactive games!
Skating and a Fire Pit at Bowness Park
If you are an adventurous couple who likes to spend the majority of your time outdoors, then there is a perfect place for you to do just that! Despite the chilly February weather, Bowness Park is a fun place to spend your Valentine's Day in Calgary! Located in the northwest of the city alongside the Bow River, you and your true love can skate on the frozen lagoon, grab brunch, lunch, or dinner at the Seasons of Bowness Park casual fine dining restaurant, and complete your evening by cuddling close by one of the roaring fire pits within the park!
Ready to treat your loved one to a day of romance, fun, and excitement? Find the most romantic place that matches best what you two love to do, and celebrate Valentine's Day in Calgary full of amore!