So the most ‘romantic’ day of the year is almost upon us. Valentine’s Day. When you have been married as long as I have…. well, that’s no reason to give up, is it? (Not to self-do something for Valentine’s Day this year)
Whether you have been together 46 days or 46 years (like I have) you can delight your Valentine without resorting to obscenely priced roses and tired boxes of chocolates. Here’s a collection of ideas that are free, low cost or an absolute splurge and all with a Nova Scotian flavour.
Free for you-Priceless for Your Love
Any activity can be romantic if you add hot chocolate or a bottle of wine, cozy blankets a warm embrace.
Stargaze at Kejimkujik National Park, Keji offers an Dark Sky Preserve – protected from all artificial light. Check the weather, dress warmly, bring cozy blankets, hot chocolate in a Thermos (or wine) bread and cheese . Some services within the park will be closed for the winter although the main park/site road will generally be plowed to the junction of Big Dam Road and Jeremy’s Bay Campground Road.Snowshoes may be needed to access the rest of the park.
February 16th Valentine’s Beach Walk to Baxter’s Falls 11:30 am meetup at the Big Stop parking lot right at exit 12 off Hwy 101.Look for the red balloon, That’ll be me.. Sign up free here.
Meander through Acadia University’s Art Gallery for free.
Enjoy some free music and free samples or splurge for a meal at the Wolfville Farmer’s Market.
Hike around a heart shaped pond at Hemlock Ravine, located at 40 Kent Ave off the Bedford Highway.
Drop into the Toothy Moose on Sundays-there’s no cover charge. (But the booze is not free)
Take a turn around the Emera Oval. You can borrow helmets, hockey skates, figure skates, speed skates, sledges and snowshoes. Times and info listed here.
Enjoy the exhibits at the Discovery Centre every Wednesday night for free from 5-8pm.
Enjoy the lighted fountain at Frost Park, downtown Yarmouth
Bundle up and watch the tidal bore – a unique Nova Scotia phenomenon the occurs in several locations along the bay of Fundy. Times for the Truro bore are here-remember to be 15 minutes early.
Anywhere in Nova Scotia
Stroll along a quiet winter beach hand in hand.
Build a snowman together.
Some Cost-But Mostly Love
Feb 12th Twin Hearts Jewelry – Introductory Level Cape Breton College of Art and Design.Sign up to make beautiful jewelry together or make it and present a hand crafted surprise to your valentine. $25 pp
Feb 15th Shakespeare’s Anthony and Cleopatra Al Whittle Theatre Wolfville Tickets $15 at the door.
Rent a Fat Bike and take your love for a ride from Valley Stove and Cycle 353 Main Street, Kentville NS for $35 pp a half day.
Create your own custom pieces of fused glass at School Street Studio Glass 53 Main Street, Hantsport. $12 and up pp. Winter hours Wed-Sat 10-5. Drop ins welcome.
Dine Around Sample some of Halifax’s best food with this month long culinary extravaganza throughout February. Prices range from $20-$50. Click here to find out more.
Sleigh Ride- Hatfield Farm, every Sunday afternoon for the winter. $9 pp includes hot chocolate.
Paint Your Own Pottery-Clay Cafe 6413 Quinpool Rd Halifax $ 25-$50 per piece includes all materials
Splurge on lunch at the Flying Apron Cafe and then peruse the gently loved book room. Scan through your choice by the wood fire.
Anywhere in Nova Scotia
$100 and Up per Couple
Yarmouth and Acadian Shores
February 13th – Couple’s Plant Night @ Every Bloomin’ Thing~ 61 Main St., Yarmouth $50 pp Please book and pay ahead Contact Info T: 902-881-3161
February 14–Valentine’s On Lobster Bay ~52 Ye Olde Argyle Rd, Argyle $55 pp. Reservations required. Call 902-643-2500
February 16th Italian Cooking Party ~1402 Route 308 South, Tusket, $78 pp Here’s registration and other information
February 8 & 15th Valentine’s Chef Night with Craig Flinn at Sugar Moon Farm 221 Alex MacDonald Road, Earltown Nova Scotia. $75 pp plus $25 for wine pairings, tax and gratuity. Book here
February 8th to February 17th Valentine’s Weekends at White Point Starting at $530 for 2 nights per couple
February 8 Get hitched or Renew Your Vows in beautiful Mahone Bay @ the Love Mahone Bay, Vow Renewal Event. Packages start @ $400 . Book a private ceremony for $600 and you can have it in your choice of one of the 3 iconic churches in Mahone Bay. Click here for details.
February 9th Spread the Love @ Inverary Resort 368 Shore Road
Baddeck, Packages start at $239 plus taxes
Side-by-side facials, manicures, and pedicures in a shared room @ Eau Spa 153 Greenwich Rd S Wolfville(Old Orchard Inn)$350