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

Robson Square ice rink, lit up at night.
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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.

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    Hot chocolate with Marshmallows
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    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 flavors (yes, there is bacon!) at the 25 participating Vancouver chocolate makers and artisans during the annual Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival.

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    Robson Square Ice Skating Rink, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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    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. Bonus: The ice rink will play romantic music and have lots of decor just for Valentine's Day!

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    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."

    This event often sells out, so buy tickets fast!

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    Looking for things to do on Valentine's Day in Vancouver that are old-school romantic? How about a harbor cruise aboard the luxurious Pride of Vancouver that includes a lavish dinner, your own candle-lit table, dancing, and, of course, stunning waterfront views?

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    Vancouver Aquarium, Stanley Park, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, North America
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    The Vancouver Aquarium offers adults a unique Valentine's Day event: a party and sleepover at the Aquarium that includes a three-course plated dinner, wine, romantic games, a behind-the-scenes tour of the Aquarium and a chance to sleep with the Belugas.

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    Easy to get to—since it's 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.

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    Chinese lanterns
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    This year, Valentine's Day falls on the same weekend as Chinese New Year, which means you can celebrate both at the same time! Free Chinese New Year events include the Vancouver Chinese New Year Parade, LunarFest, and Chinese New Year at the International Village.

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    New Year's Day sunrise at Grouse Mountain Ski Hill
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    Grouse Mountain hosts two Valentine's Day events. Their Valentine's Day Dinner includes a five-course dinner at the Observatory. There's also the Valentine's Day Snowshoe Fondue : an hour-long guided group snowshoe tour followed by a chocolate fondue in the Alpine Timber Room.

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    Many of Vancouver's top spas offer special Valentine's Day couples packages, sometimes at a discounted price.

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    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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    This list of 20 romantic things to do in Vancouver is perfect for Valentine's Day since it covers a wide range of ideas, from free outdoor activities to elegant evenings out.