Save or Splurge? Valentines date Ideas for every budget

Happy February! You know what that means: love, romance, chocolate and flowers! Whether you are embracing a new relationship, reflecting on years of committed love or gushing over a surprised proposal, celebrating your love is so important. There are many glamorous (read- expensive) ways to ring in the day of love, but there are also many ways to do it on the frugal side. We've gathered adorable date ideas for every budget, have a look!

photoshoot fun with flytographer

One of the greatest ways to celebrate your love is to do a photoshoot. Whether at home or away, the website Flytographer makes it easy to capture the love between you and your partner. This, “Canadian-based start up connects travellers with a network of over 300 local photographers in 160 destinations around the world.”

How it works? You type in your destination and the site matches you with photographers in the area. This is the perfect if you're taking a trip, or don't know any local photogs.

Prices start at $250

Fly away with me

The most magical adventure of a lifetime can be available right at home. Discover new sights from the sky with an unbelievable tour on Harbour Air. One of their exciting seaplane tours is the "Extended Panorama", a 35 minute fly over Victoria and the Gulf Islands, with breathtaking views of the Olympic mountains.

Prices from $109-$429 per person

impress with the empress

You've walked by it a million times, so why not see what the fuss is about? We guarantee a stay at the Fairmont Empress is the Valentine's treat you've been waiting for. Book a package deal and enjoy a couples massage, gourmet breakfast, and a welcome bottle of champagne. This is a perfect getaway, right in your own city.

Stays begin at $399

WIne not enjoy a wine tour?

Wine, food, and love, the only things you need in life. Wine not (get it? Because wine? I'll stop now) have all these things and have them in style with a wine tour! Enjoy a four hour retreat where you and your boo can cruise the Saanich Peninsula and stop at the hottest vineyards for some grape goodness. All this is available at Discovery Wine Tours, with an option to be picked up by a limo (um, yes please).

Prices from $300- $600

get lost and found with a Scavenger Hunt

This date idea is fun, mysterious, and hilarious! It requires a bit of effort, but is sure to be a big hit with your significant other. Start with where you want to end the hunt, in the backyard for a BBQ, at a restaurant you love, or somewhere that will lead to your next activity. Once you've solidified your end game, you can make the clues from last to first. Be creative and create clues based on your relationship. For more ideas, check out this link.

Photos from Pinterest.

Price: less than $20 for paper supplies

see the sea on a kayak tour

A great way to spend time together is by enjoying a unique view of the world- on the ocean! At Victoria Kayak, they offer the choice of having a guide, or going solo. Bring some snacks with you and you can enjoy them at the best dining table in the world! Afterwords, you can head for dinner at Tapa Bar where all the delicious plates are made for sharing (how romantic).

Prices start at $59 for double kayak

Knock 'em off their feet with bowling

Want a little retro romance? Throw back to the good ol' days with a round of bowling. Celebrate your strikes (or gutter balls) with a classic dinner of burgers and shakes. One of the hottest places to throw some balls is Langford Lanes. Just a quick drive from Victoria, and featuring bumping music and light shows, it's the fun choice for Valentines day.

Prices are $6.50 a person, plus food


Grab a bottle of wine, figs, cheese, and strawberries (conveniently aphrodisiacs) and have a feast fit for a loving duo. Whether you pull up a blanket a top a mountain, on a beach, or even in your own backyard, this date is sure to leave you both warm and tingly. February can get pretty cold, so be sure to snuggle up close for warmth. Bonus points if you use sparklers.

Price: Under $40 for food and wine


With a little planning, it's easy to create a romantic Valentines date night. There are plenty of options for every kind of budget, all you really need is love


Written by Lexi Redman with excerpts by Kira Starr