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Top 10 Things to Do on Valentine's Day in Vancouver

Valentine's Day Events in Vancouver, BC

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Valentine's Day is February 14, 2014, and Vancouver has lots of options for celebrating the big day with events around town. There's something for everyone, from traditional romantic escapes to family fun to "anti-Valentine's Day" parties that offer a unique alternative to the typical dinner-and-roses.

Use this list of Things to Do in Vancouver on Valentine's Day 2014 to plan the perfect day.

See also: Vancouver Valentine's Day Gift Guide & Valentine's Day in Vancouver 2014.

1. Free Ice Skating at Robson Square

When it comes to things to do on Valentine's Day in Vancouver that are cheap and fun for all ages, you can't beat the free ice skating at downtown Vancouver's Robson Square. Take the whole family, or make it romantic by role-playing the ice skating romance from The Cutting Edge. Skate rentals are just $4; helmets and ice cleats are $2.

When: Daily through February 28, 2014, including 9am- 11pm on February 14, 2014

2. Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival

Chocolate on Valentine's Day is pretty much a given, but that doesn't mean it has to be the same-old, same-old. Treat your partner to new and extremely unusual hot chocolate flavours (yes, there is bacon!) at the 23 participating Vancouver chocolate makers and artisans during the annual Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival.

When: January 18 - Friday, February 14, 2014

3. The People's Prom - 19+

The annual People's Prom is one of the most unique things to do on Valentine's Day in Vancouver. Not only is the People's Prom "the prom you never had in high school: it’s a radical, community-oriented, anti-capitalist, queer, cross-dressing, gender bending, bike loving, slow dancing, big dress wearing, good time," it's also a fundraiser for "creative resistance and direct action in BC."

When: February 14, 2014, at Astorinos (1739 Venables Street)

4. Valentine's Day Dinner & Cruise on Pride of Vancouver

Looking for things to do on Valentine's Day in Vancouver that are old-school romantic? How about a harbour cruise aboard the luxurious Pride of Vancouver that includes a lavish dinner, your own candle-lit table, dancing, and, of course, stunning waterfront views? Tickets $64.95 plus 15% gratuity per person.

When: February 14, 2014

5. Hugs & Fishes Sleepover at the Vancouver Aquarium - 19+

The Vancouver Aquarium offers adults a unique Valentine's Day event: a party and sleepover at the Aquarium that includes wine (and a cash bar), cooking workshops, romantic games, 4-D cinema, a dessert buffet, and a chance to sleep with the Belugas. Tickets $260 per couple for non-members.

When: February 15, 2014

6. Burlesque Duos at Rio Theatre - 19+

Easy to get to---since its just across the street from the Commercial/Broadway SkyTrain Station---East Van's Rio Theatre is an ideal Valentine's Day destination for adults 19+ who want something a teeny bit naughty this Valentine's Day: Burlesque Duos features duets between eight of Vancouver’s top burlesque performers. Tickets are $15 in advance/$20 at the door.

When: February 14, 2014

7. Winterruption on Granville Island

Granville Island's annual Winterruption festival falls on Valentine's Day this year, which means you can enjoy live entertainment, foodie tours, music (the Performance Works Music Series Presented by Coastal Jazz and Blues Society), and arts on V-Day or throughout the weekend.

When: February 14 - 16, 2014

8. Grouse Mountain Valentine's Day Gala

Grouse Mountain hosts a Valentine's Day Gala 2014 this that's perfect for a mini getaway from the city. Choose between a five-course dinner at The Observatory plus Alpine Experience admission tickets for $110 per person, or a three-course dinner at Altitudes for $60 per person.

When: February 14, 2014

9. Valentine's Day Partner Yoga for Couples & Yoga Date Night

Contact Yoga offers special yoga classes for for Valentine's Day in Vancouver, and you don't need any experience to try it! Get in touch with your partner at YYoga in Yaletown or South Granville at Yoga Date Night.

When: February 14, 2014 at South Granville YYoga
February 15, 2014, at Yaletown YYoga

10. Romantic Dining on Valentine's Day in Vancouver

It's may be a cliché, but when it comes to things to do on Valentine's Day in Vancouver, a romantic dinner out is always a great idea. Check out these picks for dining out in Vancouver on Valentine's Day:

 

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