Valentine's Day in Victoria - gift ideas, activities and moreWhether you love it, loathe it or feign indifference, Valentine’s Day is tomorrow and with it comes a whole host of delightful and inventive ways to mark the occasion. You could keep things simple and opt for a romantic meal, but where to go? With its red-brick walls and colourful array of local art, Ferris’ Oyster Bar & Grill is a great place to set the mood. Situated in the heart of downtown on Yates Street, their upstairs bar offers a more select menu with delicious plates to share, an impressive list of entrées and an abundance of locally-sourced oysters to sample. Cozy up on one of their sofas and enjoy! If it’s a drink you’re after, Clive’s Classic Lounge is the place to go. Serving up vintage and modern day alcoholic delights using freshly squeezed juices and garnishes, they also have wine tasting menus and a lovely selection of bubbles too. Maybe a spa day to unwind together could be just what you’re looking for? If you want to impress, The Fairmont Empress’ Willow Stream Spa (one of Condé Nast’s Top Resort Spas in Canada) has a selection of spa experiences for two in one of the oldest and grandest locations in Victoria. Whether your choice is a couples’ massage or a fun Ritual for Two, enjoy this pampering treat together. If you’re feeling panicked about finding a more personal present, Market Square on Johnson Street is where you need to be. With an eclectic selection of stores – from local jewellers to vegan-friendly vendors – you’re sure to find a memorable and unique gift here. To “say it with flowers,” wander down to Fine Floral Designs in James Bay for beautiful bouquets and fragrant arrangements. Cut roses in eight vibrant shades start at $69 and if you’d like to customize a bouquet, just give them a call ahead of time. Then, head to Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub and grab a box of hand-rolled truffles for a sweet treat to complete your romantic gesture. Not all of us are star-crossed lovers; as singletons there are still options if you fancy a Valentine’s night out. CANOE Brewpub has a singles night with a speed dating round and excellent drink deals. Hopefully these ideas help to get the romantic sparks flying. Most importantly though, whether you choose to celebrate, indulge or ignore, enjoy!