Valentine's Day has us thinking of all kinds of date ideas and romantic things to do around Nova Scotia...so we've come up with a list of things to do. Go out and explore with your sweetheart. Happy Valentine's Day!
Go Snowshoeing: Did you know that many recreation centres rent snowshoes for free? The Local Traveler tells you where. Join a guided hike, such as one of these in the Cape Breton Highlands. Many resorts and operators will also offer rentals such as Sugar Moon Farm. You can plan a romantic weekend around it.
Photo by The Local Traveler, @thelocaltraveler on Instagram
Walk on the Beach: Everyone loves a walk on the beach. The beauty of winter walks is in having the beach all to yourself. If you live in Nova Scotia already, be sure to plan an adventure to a beach you've never visited before. Explore the area, find a cozy coffee shop or bakery along the way and just enjoy the day.
White Point Beach Resort in Winter
Take a Moonlight Skate: We love the Oval in the heart of the city and it's open 7 days a week, until 8:30 PM during the week and until 9:00 PM on Fridays and Saturdays. To make a skate with your sweetie extra special, to be sure to go at sunset or on a clear night under the stars. This Valentine's Day the Oval will host a Valentine's Jersey Skate. After all, there is no love quite like the love of a hockey fan for his or her favourite team.
Photo by @corojo on Instagram
Sweets for your Sweet: Split a decadent dessert or two with your sweetheart. Find a corner in one of our dessert bars at a table just for two. Try Middlespoon Desserterie & Bar, the Sweet Hereafter Cheesecakery or Le French Fix Pâtisserie (you can even take a baking class here). You can also go for a good ole fashioned milkshake try Darrell's Restaurant or The Chickenburger or the Armview Restaurant and Lounge.
Photo from Darrell's Restaurant
Oyster Time: Oysters have often been touted as an aphrodesiac. If you love these fresh, succulant seafood treasures, be sure to visit one of our oyster bars like The Press Gang or Five Fishermen. And if you really, really love them - head to the town of Yarmouth to Eel Lake Oyster Farm where you can take a tour. Can't get any fresher than that!
The Press Gang Restaurant and Oyster Bar
Stargazing: Stargazing goes from romantic to mesmerizing when you move to a remote location under a Nova Scotia sky. Visit Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site where there is a Dark Sky Preserve - protected from all artifical night. Or plan a stargazing retreat at Trout Point Lodge - recently designated a Starlight Hotel by UNESCO partner, the Starlight Foundation.
Kejimkujik Dark Sky photo by @the_starman on Instagram
Have a Laugh: If you love a good laugh, then the Love, Dine, Laugh & Luxery package is perfect for you. Dinner at Elements, lots of laughs at Yuk Yuk's Comedy Club, followed with sparkling wine and chocolates at the hotel - the perfect end to your night.
Plan a Cozy Winter Weekend Getaway: A cozy fire, a nice glass of wine, an oceanside retreat, wine, cheese, chocolates, outdoor adventure, spa retreat - some of our operators have put together some amazing romance packages. Create your own romantic adventure or choose the one that best suits you.
Make your Own Wedding Band: If you've already found the love of your life, than here's a truly unique way to celebrate. Visit the Made for Each Other Wedding Ban Workshop at Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design where a jewelry instructor will be there to help you hand craft your wedding bands and give you a story to tell for years to come.
Take a Foodie Adventure: Chefs Nights at Sugar Moon Farm are a unique experience for the foodie in your life. Live music, wine and amazing food created by renown Nova Scotia chefs from around the province come together for the perfect evening at Sugar Moon Farm. You can hike or snowshoe with your sweetheart during the day then enjoy a fabulous feast at night. But hurry, these events sell out quickly. This year's Valentine's Chef Nights features food by Craig Flinn of Chives Canadian Bistro on February 7 and February 13. Love cooking yourself? How about a lesson with the Kilted Chef, Alain Bosse? Everything he does is made with love.
Of course there is so much more. If we missed a place or something you love, share it in the comments.