February is one of the coldest months in Halifax but love is all around to keep you warm. If you are dating someone, newly coupled or have been together for years, there are many great ways to celebrate your love in Halifax. If you are still looking for love there are a few great suggestions as well or great options for celebrating Galentine’s day in the city. Here are some of the best dates ideas for Valentine’s Day in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
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Create Art Together
One of the cutest date ideas in Halifax is to create art together at YOLO Craft on Barrington Street. Book your time slot in advance and learn how to tuft an adorable rug together. Either you each make your own rug or team up together and work on the same one. There are endless patterns and types of rugs to choose from and you can create them in various sizes. Learning how to tuft and making a rug takes anywhere from 2-5hours depending on the size. You could make a cute cat rug together, adorable heart shaped coasters with your initials, funny slices of pizza with your favourite toppings on it, anything is possible. Book your appointment and learn more here.
Skating at the Oval
If you are looking for an a fun outdoor activity on Valentines Day, enjoy a breath of fresh air as you skate around the Oval in Halifax. Whether you are new to skating or you were born with skates on it is always a fun time at the Emera Oval. There are several free skating times open throughout the day for you to enjoy this great and free outdoor activity. Skate and helmet rentals are available onsite if you don’t have your own. Once you are done warm up with hot chocolate and a beaver tail to round out your perfect date.
Dine Around Halifax
Each year in February downtown Halifax takes part in the “Dine Around” event when restaurants offer delicious curated menus. These fixed price menus vary in costs from $10 to $60 and offer delicious deals not offered other times of the year. While the restaurants still offer their regular full menus during the event as well, some also donate a portion of their Dine Around menu to Feed Nova Scotia. From full three course meals to deals for two, deals including drinks and menu options highlighting vegan or gluten free options, their website lists all of the offers HERE. Scour the website for your favourite offer and then be sure to make a reservation in advance.
Enjoy A Charcuterie Box at Home
To chilly to leave the house on Valentine’s day? Pre-order a charcuterie box from one of the many charcuterie companies in Halifax. Pair it with your favourite drink, and favourite show or movie on TV and you have the perfect Valentine’s Day date idea. If you don’t have the biggest budget the local grocery stores often have pre-made cheese and meat trays or you could put one together yourself. If you would rather have someone else take care of it all then pre-order a box of various sizes from someone like Bougie Box Charcuterie or Hali Cheese Boards.
Enjoy A Couple Hours at the Spa
Another great Halifax date idea is relaxing at a spa together. Downtown Dartmouth is now home to a Nordic Spa called Nature Folk. You have to book your visit a few days ahead and you can book in 1 hour or 2 hour blocks at a time for the thermal circuit. The thermal circuit is a series of hot and cold pools offering you various experiences. Other things they offer include an infrared sauna, massage services, facials, osteopathy and more. There is nothing like a relaxing day at the spa with the one you love.
Opened in summer 2023 you can also check out the new hydrothermal spa at Oceanstone Resort near Peggy’s Cove. Often not crowded, take yourself through a relaxing thermal circuit, add on a couples massage, grab dinner at the Rhubarb restaurant and spend the night at the resort for a perfect Valentine’s Day getaway.
Treat Yourself to a Luxury Hotel
Whether you are looking for a staycation getaway with your partner or a ladies trip there are a couple new luxury hotels in downtown Halifax that you must check out. Book a stay at the Sutton Place Hotel in the centre of downtown Halifax on Grafton Street. The hotel offers gorgeous rooms, great views overlooking the city and is located nearby to tons of delicious restaurants.
Another great option is the Muir Hotel an Autograph Collection hotel. Not only do they have a bunch of great new restaurants in their own complex but they also have a secret speakeasy bar open to guests only. Known as BKS (Best Known Secret) this secret bar has the best cocktails, awesome views of the harbour and is the perfect hidden gem in the city. The Muir also has a gorgeous Vitality Spa pool and Interlude Spa.
Go Glamping in Halifax
While it isn’t located downtown it is still technically in Halifax. Book a night away at the new Nalu Retreat and Spa. These gorgeous glamping domes are located in Porter’s Lake, Nova Scotia just a 35minute drive away from downtown Halifax. They make the perfect getaway for Valentine’s Day. Get some private alone time together, enjoy your own hot tub and you can even book in room massages. You can take a short hike, relax in nature by the outdoor fire pit with gorgeous views overlooking Porter’s Lake and more. Also be sure to keep them in mind for Valentine’s Day 2024 when they will have a fully operational Nordic Spa on site as well.
Have Some Fun with Candy and Games!
Have a fun day exploring the city. Stop into Freak Lunchbox on Barrington Street and stock up on delicious treats. For unlimited buying options you could also visit Flynn’s Snackbar and Munchie’s. Then head to the Playdium in Dartmouth Crossing and spend the afternoon raking up the points playing skeeball or other games to win prizes you don’t really need. If you are looking for a bit more of an “adult” experience while playing games then head to the arcade in the bottom of the Propeller Brewery on Gottingen Street. Play some pinball or old school games with a delicious local craft beer in hand.
Throw Some Axes
A great Galentine’s Day idea in Halifax is to hit up the Timber Lounge for some axe throwing in downtown Dartmouth. Grab a couple delicious drinks from New Scotland Brewing Co., enjoy a tasty meal and throw some axes. A great experience whether its your first time throwing or if you are a pro. Axe throwing can also help you relieve stress, so give it a try!
Another fun stress relieving Valentine’s date or Galentine’s idea is to head to Rage Room Halifax. Dress up in protective gear and smash the heck out of a bunch of stuff. They even offer a special Valentine’s day package that includes a giftcard for a delicious post-smash dinner nearby.
Attend a Singles Mixer!
Single for Valentine’s Day in Halifax? For those still looking for love get out there on Valentine’s day and head to a singles mixer. Local Halifax matchmaker Jean-Eva is the founder of the matchmaking site Book of Love Canada. For several years now she has been running a successful matchmaking business in Halifax and hosts great singles events as well. On February 14th, she is hosting her annual Singles Mixer from 7:30pm to 10:30pm at the Hey Babe Sports Bar. There are 300 tickets available for men and women between the ages of 35 and 55. You never know who you might meet! Grab your ticket here.
Whatever you choose whether you are in a relationship or single, you celebrate the day or not I hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day in Halifax!