A couple snow shoeing through backcountry

Valentine’s Day: 5 Outdoor Date Ideas That Will Surprise Your Partner

Ah, Valentine’s Day, such a roller coaster of emotions – from excitement to nervousness to everything in between. The worst part is not knowing what to do. The kinky stuff is the easy part, but what do you do with the rest of the day? You can go with the same old dinner and a movie route or surprise your partner with an unforgettable outdoor experience. So, let’s fill your special day with love, laughter, and enchantment with these five extraordinary Valentine’s outdoor date ideas.

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Hike to a Romantic Viewpoint

Outdoor Date Idea - Hiking. Lake Agnes by Lake Louise Banff National Park with snowy mountains in the Canadian Rocky Mountains during winter. A young couple of men and women sitting on a bench by the lake in Canada with snow

First up, a hike to a romantic, awe-inspiring viewpoint. You may stumble upon hidden gems like frozen lakes or gentle streams delicately covered in ice. It’s also a chance to embrace the beauty of the season and each other. 

Hiking is the perfect outdoor date idea. It gives you an excuse to form new connections or rekindle lost feelings. As you navigate the trails and take in the sounds of nature, don’t forget to hold your partner’s hand. Stop to provide much-needed support to overcome obstacles, or take a break, snuggle up and take in the serenity of your surroundings. 

Not sure where to hike? Try local and national parks, trail systems like the Trans Canada Trail, or trails that lead to a suspension bridge like the one in Campbellford, Collingwood or North Vancouver.

Explore a Winter Wonderland

Outdoor Date Idea - A couple looking at the northern lights

Maybe hiking is not for you, and you are looking for a truly unforgettable Valentine’s Day outdoor date idea. The Ice Hotel is an adventure like no other! It is an experience that embraces winter to the fullest. Challenge yourself and your partner to spend an unforgettable night at Sweden’s Ice Hotel or Hotel de Glace in Quebec. These are the only two ice hotels in the world.

Depending on which ice hotel you visit, you can partake in playful activities such as snowman building, tube slides, ice skating, indoor waterpark, snowmobiling, dog sledding, northern lights, etc. End an adventurous day with a relaxing couple’s massage at the spa or drinks at the infamous ice bar before turning in for the night. And here’s the thrilling part of the day – snuggling up and falling asleep on an ice bed! Now that is a Valentine’s Day you will never forget!!

Yukon's Northern Lights Tour

Go Horseback Riding

Outdoor Date Idea - Horseback Riding: 2 beautiful wild horses in the mountains in the snow

So, if lying on a bed of ice is not your thing, booking an undeniable romantic ride into the sunset on horseback should be. 

Gently guided by experienced instructors, you will navigate picturesque trails that wind through nature’s embrace. The rhythmic sway of the horses’ movements creates a soothing rhythm that resonates within your soul. With each step, you, your partner and your horse 🙂 are brought closer together, sharing the thrill of this unique experience. 

Check with local equestrians, as many offer couples riding packages.

Watch the Sunset by the Campfire

Outdoor Date Idea - Campfire - Beautiful couple in love on a winter picnic

With the sun beginning its descent, casting a golden glow over the landscape, you find the perfect spot to watch the sunset by the campfire. The crackling flames dance in the fading daylight, creating a warm, intimate atmosphere. As you cuddle up together, the enchanting colours painted across the sky mirror the depth of your connection. It is a perfect way to celebrate your love and create lasting memories with your partner.

Are you in the mood for a bigger adventure? Make this Valentine’s Day unforgettable with winter camping. Pack your winter tent or book an on-site yurt at the many provincial parks and experience camping like never before. 

Ice Skating on a Frozen Lake

Another romantic and playful Valentine’s outdoor date idea is taking in the breathtaking scenery while gliding down the frozen lake. The excitement from laughing and holding on to each other for support brings you closer and strengthens your bond. The lake adds an enchanting touch to your date. The snow-capped trees leaning inwards as if eager to witness your dance, the clear blue sky reflecting on the pristine ice below – it all feels like a winter wonderland straight out of a fairytale.

Keep the fairytale momentum going by searching for the perfect artisan hot chocolate to warm up with! 

Conclusion to Valentine’s Day Outdoor Date Ideas

In a world saturated with cliché Valentine’s Day activities, why not take a break and embark on an extraordinary outdoorsy date? From hiking to breathtaking viewpoints, exploring winter wonderlands, and ice skating on frozen lakes, these unique ideas will create lasting memories and surprise your partner. 

Step outside your comfort zone and ignite excitement in your relationship by embracing the great outdoors. As you celebrate this Valentine’s Day, remember that the most cherished moments are found in the unexpected. So, go forth, take a leap of faith, and let the great outdoors be the backdrop for your extraordinary love story.

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Katherine Widziak
Katherine Widziak

Fuelled by the boundless energy of my two adventurous children, my diverse repertoire extends beyond the realms of an ordinary mother. As a seasoned graphic designer, master of social media content, and savvy marketing strategist, I've sculpted my own entrepreneurial journey. My passion for the great outdoors defines me - from igniting fires to setting up camps, my skills are diverse and practical. Skilled in ATV riding, possessing sharpshooting accuracy, and a knack for out-fishing just about any man - even my husband, though that's our little secret.

When not working away at something creative, you'll find me enjoying the outdoors in one form or another. Hopefully, I can inspire many women and men alike to pursue their outdoor goals and embark on new adventures.

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