Posted February 14, 2012 by Adam Toren in Blogs

Are ‘Valentining’ Vancouverites Romantic, or Just Cheap?

Timely Travel Poll Finds That Actually, We’re Both!

Many of us are romantics at heart – at least one day a year – and want to spoil our significant others with a wildly romantic Valentine’s Day night enjoying the best food, entertainment and culture the city has to offer. We really want champagne wishes and caviar dreams but have to work with fast food funds, making it difficult to celebrate Valentine’s Day in a big way. This year, Canadians from Vancouver to Halifax are feeling the pinch of the recent economic crisis, with less money to spend on entertainment and luxury expenses like Valentine’s Day extravagances.

Thankfully though, smaller budgets don’t have to ruin the romance of your Valentine’s Day.  As part of their ongoing mission to offer consumers the best deals online, Canadian travel leader Flightnetwork.com surveyed lovebirds across the country to find the top five low-cost and no-cost Valentine’s Day outings in Vancouver, Ottawa, Toronto, Halifax, Calgary and Edmonton, just in time for cash-strapped couples to plan a romantic Valentine’s date.

Vancouverites in particular, were very creative in coming up with their top five list of low- and no-cost Valentine’s Day dates. Although skating was one of the top activities across all markets, in Vancouver, a free stroll through Granville Island (29.8%) edged out a romantic free skate at Robson Square (29.3%) as the best discount date. Another 20.5% surveyed preferred a free tour of English Bay, one of the best places to watch a sunset in the downtown Vancouver area. An impressive 17.6% said they would spend $21 each (adult admission) for a visit to the Vancouver Aquarium.  Surprisingly in these cynical times, only 2.9% said they would opt to spend $20 each to attend the Meet Market Anti-Valentine’s Day Bash at the Cellar, a fun night of dancing, drinking and networking for those who aren’t quite feeling the Valentine’s spirit this February 14th.

The Flightnetwork.com survey also discovered the top dates for Canadians nationwide (based on top local results) included skating on Ottawa’s Rideau Canal – the world’s largest skating rink, with 79,1% of the vote, followed by skating in Calgary’s Bowness Park with 65.2% of the vote.  Winter Light Illuminations at Edmonton’s Louise McKinney Park captured National interest with 52.4%, unfortunately Canadians will have to wait until 2013 to enjoy the event since it has been recently postponed. Rounding out the National top five were super romantic sleigh and carriage rides at Hatfield Farms in Halifax with 45.4% of the vote, and free skating by Lake Ontario at Toronto’s Harbourfront with 42.5% of the vote.

So don’t lose heart because of economic obstacles this Valentine’s Day. Whether you and your sweetheart drink hot chocolate on a romantic stroll through Granville Island, or skate hand-in-hand at Robson Square, Vancouver has many low- and no-cost options for lovebirds on a budget. After all, the most important part of a romantic Valentine’s Day date is spending time with the person that you love the most.

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Adam Toren

Adam Toren
Adam Toren is born and raised in Vancouver BC and loves everything Vancouver BC has to offer. He loves traveling and exploring new and unique restaurants and places around the world.