While it can be easy to get caught up in the Valentine's Day hoopla and feel pressured to treat yourself and your partner to a fancy dinner and a night or two in a lavish hotel, Valentine's Day doesn't have to blow half your paycheque. Love doesn't cost a thing, and nowhere is that more true than in Victoria - the third best romantic getaway in all of North America - where romantic opportunities abound for even the most budget-conscious of lovers.
Go for a stroll or a leisurely bike ride. Victoria boasts the mildest climate in Canada so a romantic ride or walk is never a bad call. Explore Victoria's historic, European-influenced downtown core, or perhaps cruise around the Inner Harbour passing by the Legislative Buildings. Travelling the length of Dallas Road down to Ogden Point is always another great option too. Plus you get the added bonus of walking out to the end of the breakwater and surveying the stunning 360 degree panorama of James Bay and the Olympic Peninsula.
Explore a local park or two. Whether it's a short jaunt to Beacon Hill Park to wander around and feed the ducks, a lengthier excursion to savour the view from atop Mount Doug, or a day trip out to East Sooke Park, we are spoiled to have so many amazing outdoor opportunities so close. This Valentine's Day, take advantage of them!
Visit one of the capital communities. Get out of Victoria to tour one of our surrounding municipalities like Oak Bay or Sidney. Quaint Oak Bay Avenue is a little slice of Britain on Vancouver Island and the picturesque neighbourhoods of Oak Bay and serene Willows Beach make the town a lovely spot for leisurely exploration. Sidney, Canada's only Booktown, is the perfect destination if you consider yourself to be a bit of a bookworm. Its collection of ten independently-owned bookshops, each with their own style and treasures are places you can lose yourself in for hours. Finish your day with a seaside stroll along the town's harbour and you'll be glad you came!
Be sure to check out our suggestions for a creative Valentine's evening at home as well!