Romantic Ideas for Valentine’s Day in the Maritimes

Planning a romantic Valentine’s Day for you and your special someone? We’re here to help with ideas that will make this day of love one to remember.

Love is in the air here in the Maritimes, and with Valentine’s Day right around the corner, you need to start thinking about how you’ll be spending the big day with your sweetheart. Luckily, Canada’s East Coast is filled with fun ways to make your Valentine’s Day absolutely perfect. Whether you’re a traditionalist or looking for something out of the ordinary to let your significant other know you care, our Valentine’s Day ideas in the Maritimes are certain to awaken the Cupid in all of us.

Skate the Emera Oval Hand in Hand

A skate on the Emera Oval in Halifax is a wonderful way to spend Valentine’s Day in the city. You can breathe in the cool winter air while keeping your hands toasty warm beside the one you love. With public skates throughout the morning, afternoon, and evening, you can start your Valentine’s Day off with a morning on the oval, or cap it off with a lovely skate under the stars. Best of all, rentals are free at the oval, so you won’t have to worry about finding your old skates and sharpening them before your big date.

Ski Tuonela Getaway

If your idea of romance involves rustic log cabins, piles of snow, and an outdoor adventure, then you’ll want to book your stay at Ski Tuonela in Cape Breton. The Maritimes only serviced Telemark ski area, Ski Tuonela is a winter wonderland, complete with nearly 20 km of cross-country ski trails and a thrilling gladed telemark hill. And once your day of outback adventure is done, you can retire to your chalet, cook a lovely dinner, and spend your evening relaxing in the wood-fired sauna. There’s no doubt that a Valentine’s Day spent at Ski Tuonela will be one you’ll never forget. Remember, this is an outback experience. While there is electricity in the village, there is no cellphone reception (which is fine, since you’ll want to be enjoying each other’s company anyway!).

Enjoy Glamping at Ridgeback Lodge

If you still want to have a romantic getaway in nature, but roughing it isn’t exactly your thing, try glamping at the Ridgeback Lodge. Located less than an hour from Saint John, Ridgeback Lodge is the home of the Dream Dome—a beautiful escape that includes all the comforts of home and a front row seat to the natural beauty of New Brunswick. Watch the snow fall softly outside as you curl up and share a bottle of wine with your loved one. Or, step out into the wood-fired hot tub for a relaxing dip in the middle of winter.

Go Out for a Delicious Meal

They say the way to anyone’s heart is through their stomach, so why not indulge in a delicious meal out this Valentine’s Day? The Maritimes are flush with world-class restaurants that offer meals for every taste. For example, if you’re spending Valentine’s Day in Halifax and are interested in French food (the food of love) consider an evening out at Bistro Le Coq. If you’re in Saint John, try the incredible braised lamb shank Decimal 81. And Valentine’s Day on Prince Edward Island is not complete without a meal and drinks at the iconic Pilot House.

Take a Winter Stroll Along the Beach

Maritime beaches are can’t-miss attractions in the summer, but did you know they’re also beautiful in the winter? In fact, they’re a perfect spot to take a romantic stroll as the sun sets beyond the ocean. Bundle up and see the beauty of our Maritime beaches in the winter, and, if you’re lucky, you may even catch a few surfers out in the ocean, braving the weather and the waves. You can find out more about Maritime beaches (for every season) here.

Have a Romantic Getaway

Sometimes the best thing to do on Valentine’s Day is get away from the ordinary and treat yourself to a night away at a wonderful resort. Luckily for you, there are many beautiful places for you and your special someone to get away, relax, and have a special Valentine’s Day to remember forever. For example, if you are Nova Scotian lovebirds take a couples escape to Digby Pines Resort & Spa where you can dine in Churchill’s Restaurant, reinvigorate yourselves at the spa, and then relax in your deluxe accommodations. If you find yourself in Saint John for Valentine’s Day, consider an evening at the Homeport Historic B&B, where you’ll enjoy the wonderful ambiance, while being treated to unbeatable views of the Bay of Fundy, as well as the skyline of Saint John. Finally, an Island getaway for Valentine’s Day deserves a night in the Rodd Charlottetown. Originally built in 1931, the Rodd Charlottetown features ornate details and luxurious decor that are sure to set the mood for a fantastic evening out. You can find more information on hotels across the Maritimes here.

Valentine’s Day is a great opportunity to show someone just how much you care, but it doesn’t have to be the only reason! These romantic ideas are fantastic for any day or occasion, and we hope we hope they are the spark you need for a perfect evening or weekend away with the one that you love. For more fun (and romantic!) things to do in our region, be sure to check out Explore the Maritimes today.

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