February 10, 2023
There’s something romantic about the Maritimes. From the rugged coastlines to the beautiful natural wonders, it’s the kind of place you can easily fall in love with. It’s also a perfect spot to plan a delightful date! So if you’re looking to wow a special someone with an unforgettable experience, here are a few fun events and romantic ideas for you and your loved one to do in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island.
Imagine this. You and your partner lace up your skates, step out onto the ice, and begin to gracefully glide while holding hands. You spin, you twirl, and you skate as you make wonderful winter memories. A date night of skating at Emera Oval in Halifax is an idyllic date for a budding romance. Best of all, you can skate at the oval throughout the year! Enjoy ice skating in the winter and roller skating during the warmer months.
Another great wintertime date idea is tobogganing down the snow-blanketed hills in the city. Our favourite, of course, is Citadel Hill. However, if you and your partner are more adventurous, a slide down Merv Sullivan Park may be just the hill you need to get your adrenaline pumping.
And what’s the perfect balance for an exciting skate or slide? A quiet, relaxed, romantic dinner, of course. Halifax is a culinary delight, with plenty of restaurants to end your night at. If you have a taste for Latin cuisine, Bar Sofia is the spot for you. If you’re feeling some Japanese food, a trip to Kyo Kitchen and Bar is an option. Or maybe you want a good ol’ slice of stone-fired pizza? Give Score Pizza a try. Whichever you decide, we are sure your date night will begin and end with lots of love and laughter.
Outside of the city of Halifax, a cute romantic date idea is one at the wineries in the Valley. Swirl, sip and savour your way through reds, whites and rosès at some of Nova Scotia’s renowned wineries. Stop at Luckett Vineyards and relish a one-of-a-kind dining experience with a view that inspires love and romance. While there, don’t forget to capture the memory of your date by taking some photos at their iconic telephone booth. Another option to consider is Benjamin Bridge. Open year-round by appointment, a date here may require some special effort and planning. But once planned, the experience is unimaginable. From outdoor skating with a picturesque view of the Gaspereau Valley to hiking trails to a charming river landing, you and your love can cozy up around a fire while enjoying a glass of fine wine.
If you are looking for a couple’s experience that will ignite your senses, a getaway to Digby Pines Golf Resort and Spa is sure to hit the spot. In fact, we’ve recently partnered with Digby Pines to offer two great Winter Escapes couples packages. When you book the Just a Bay Away package, you’ll receive complimentary walk-on return passage aboard MV Fundy Rose, as well as a 20% discount for MV Fundy Rose onboard cafés. You will also receive room accommodations for one night, breakfast and dinner, and a 25% discount on spa services. Want to take your Digby Pines experience to the next level? Book the Sail & Spa package and receive everything mentioned above, plus a $50 resort credit per person for use on-site. You can also upgrade both experiences for additional nights and stays in the signature Digby Pines Cozy Cabins. There’s no doubt about it, a stay at Digby Pines will have you revelling in love!
A trip aboard MV Fundy Rose to Saint John is the perfect start to a great date in New Brunswick. Once you arrive, our first date recommendation is a trip to Saint John City Market, which is open Monday to Saturday. Here, farmers, creators, and suppliers gather to invite visitors to buy and taste local food and goodies! Find fresh ingredients to take home, buy a hand-crafted gift, or enjoy hot food on-site. The Farmer’s Market is a wonderful activity to kick off the day with your special someone. Whether you want to grab some baked goods or purchase fresh produce to cook a romantic dinner with, you can’t go wrong.
For complete relaxation, consider escaping to USVA in Moncton, New Brunswick. Here, you and your special person can enjoy a thermal experience equipped with dry and steam saunas, an outdoor cold pool, an outdoor heated relaxation pool, specially designed tranquility areas, and more. You can also enjoy his and her natural beauty treatments, massages, pressotherapy, and neurospa treatments. Your time spent at USVA will help you reconnect with your senses and connect with your partner!
If you’re feeling outdoorsy, consider a hike for two in Fundy National Park. If you and your partner are adventurers, then Fundy National Park is paradise. It’s a place where you can spend the morning walking along the ocean floor and the afternoon uncovering the 25 waterfalls hidden deep within the Acadian forests. Hike trails next to river valleys, kayak along the rugged coastline, and go for a swim in the refreshing waters. Plus, if the weather is nice, stop by the nine-hole golf course designed by Stanley Thompson for a quick round!
Wandering trails, breathtakingly beautiful beaches, magical atmosphere — Prince Edward Island is the perfect destination to ignite a new romantic flame or set ablaze an existing one. If you’re looking for the ideal daytime date, try a romantic beach walk and a picnic. Hand in hand, casually stroll down the boardwalks of Greenwich Beach, Cavendish Beach or Brackley Beach to the shoreline. Here you can place your blanket and a craftily created charcuterie board from Cured Creations on the pristine white sands. Enjoy casual conversation as you both listen to the harmonic sounds of the waves gently caressing the shores.
Maybe you prefer to take your special someone out for an enchanting evening of wining and dining filled with exquisite courses and conversations that will leave you both spellbound? Try Sim’s Corner Steakhouse and Oyster Bar. Experience a romantic and entrancing atmosphere and a tantalizing menu featuring the best Prince Edward Island has to offer. Enjoy an evening of slurping oysters, sipping wine from over 20 countries, and sharing a chateaubriand made especially for two. End the evening with a whimsical wander through the streets of downtown Charlottetown.
For a spa day the Island way, visit Mysa Nordic Spa & Resort. Located along the shores of St. Peters Bay, Prince Edward Island’s first Nordic spa delivers a serene experience that is sure to leave you and your partner feeling invigorated, rejuvenated, and stress-free. Start your experience with a thermal bath, followed by a refreshing cold water plunge. Then, enjoy the essential oil steam rooms, spend some time in the Finnish sauna, and enjoy a meal at their restaurant. Best of all, you can turn this amazing experience into a multi-day adventure thanks to Mysa’s water-view cottages — the perfect place to watch the sunset with the one you love.
With many exciting date ideas in the Maritimes, there’s a special outing for every type of couple! Take your date up a notch by planning a getaway aboard the MV Fundy Rose to New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, Northumberland Ferries to Prince Edward Island (season starting May 1), and The CAT to Yarmouth (season starting May 25). Let us take care of some of the driving and sit back, relax, and relish in love!