An excuse for romance and good food, what’s not to love about Valentine’s Day? Whether you’re on your first few dates with someone or celebrating with a longtime bae, Calgary has a lot of worthy spots to celebrate love. We’ve picked some of our favourites to cuddle up at.

A Walk in the Park

Imagine dining at a restaurant that brings the landscape around it to the interiors. Spend the evening ice-skating at Eau Claire before heading to River Café and take in views of the Bow River in the moonlight. Wine, artisan cheese, and delectable food is all part of the romantic evening.

Race Away

Head to Calgary’s brand new Rec Room for a day or evening full of car races, arcade games, and poutine and doughnuts. The main floor has a fun gaming vibe and the upper floor is a beautiful lounge with beaded curtains and grand sofas and high chairs to lounge on. Make reservations at their restaurant Three10 early, The Rec Room has been known to have lineups since its opening.

Meet with Shakespeare

Few things come close to celebrating love in all its glory than one of Shakespeare’s plays. Book tickets for Twelfth Night at Theatre Calgary and head to the kingdom of Illyria where the hearts of Viola, Orsino, and Olivia are tangled. Makes reservations for before or after the show at Calgary Tower’s Sky 360, for a night full of classics.

Stargaze and Hot Tubs

If you have a weekend saved away to celebrate Valentine’s Day, consider heading to the Canadian Rockies. The Banff Gondola has stargazing events on both February 9 and 16 that is included in the ride. Explore an endless galaxy of stars 2,900 feet above the ground and wrap the night up with a soak at the Banff Upper Hot Springs.

Stay In

Did you have a long day at work? Just put the kids to sleep and don’t want to go out? Calgary’s stellar dining scene has got you covered. With almost half a dozen new food delivery apps, Calgary your cup runneth over. Dress up a little, light some candles, and be pampered by good eats. We can’t stop swooning over the fish tacos from Paper St. and macaroons and cakes from Yann Haute Patisserie that are available on Foodora, Shiraz Persian Cuisine on DoorDash, Tuk Tuk Thai on Uber Eats, and Vin Room on Skip The Dishes.

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