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7 unconventional Valentine’s Day dinner ideas
1. Dinner in the dark
Where: Valentine’s Day Dinner at O. NOIR, Montreal
Price: $49 per person
Tickets available at: onoir.com
Is love really blind? Find out at this in-the-dark dining experience. Waiters lead you to your table where you and your partner will enjoy a super fancy Valentine’s Day menu – think foie gras, marinated shrimp and filet mignon – in a pitch-black room. Without your sight to distract you, you’ll be forced to have a real conversation with your partner or find other ways to pass the evening…
2. A meal and a murder mystery
Where: Death by Chocolate at the Fort Garry Hotel, Winnipeg
Price: $99 per person
Tickets available at: eventbrite.ca
Try dinner with a side of whodunit. Throughout the evening, you and boo will play CSI detectives, piecing together clues to solve out which guest committed the crime (unless, of course, it was one of you… then you get to practise lying to each other, yay!). Don’t fret if your acting isn’t up to par – there are professional actors to help move the plot along.
3. The new night in the museum
Where: Love Stories of the AGO at The Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
Price: $19.50 per person (meal not included)
Tickets available at: ago.net
Start the date off with a guided tour of the museum’s collection, and cap off the evening off with a meal from the special cinq-à-sept at the in-house bistro, FRANK. (This package is available February 10, 15 and 17.)
4. Become one with nature
Where: Love at the Zoo at the Toronto Zoo, Toronto
Price: $160 per couple
Tickets available at: torontozoo.com
Animal lovers, this dinner is for you. This package starts off with a cocktail hour with some fascinating guests (in the past, zookeepers have brought snakes and birds of prey). Then, you’ll get a behind-the-scenes tour of one of the zoo’s animal labs before enjoying a buffet meal. The night ends with an interactive talk about courtship in the wild, because yes, animals flirt too.
5. Have a meal with a view
Where: Valentine’s Day Dinner at Grouse Mountain, Vancouver
Price: $120 per person
Call 604-998-5045 for reservations
Just getting to this restaurant is an adventure in itself. The enclosed ski lift will take you up the mountain to The Observatory where you’ll enjoy a five-star meal with even better views. If you’re not quite ready to take the gondola back down to reality after dessert, go for a romantic stroll through the Light Walk: a mountaintop pathway filled with beautiful light installations.
6. Learn how to cook
Where: Valentine’s Day Couples Class at The Cookbook Co., Calgary
Price: $90 per person
Tickets available at: cookbookcooks.com
A couple that cooks together, stays together right? See how well you and your partner work together in the kitchen with this cooking class taught by some of Calgary’s top chefs. And because cooking – and Valentine’s Day – isn’t complete without some wine, two glasses per person are included.
7. Under the sea adventure
Where: Valentine’s Day Dinner at Ripley’s Aquarium, Toronto
Price: $275 per couple
Tickets available at: ripleyaquariums.com
Channel your inner Little Mermaid and Prince Eric and spend your Valentine’s Day dining with the Flounder and the gang. This dinner package allows you to explore the aquarium first before sitting down for a three-course meal – with sharks and over 100 species of fish to keep you company. Bonus: you get a free return visit, so you can come back on your anniversary.