Let’s face it: when you live in a country where the majority of the year is spent in the cold embrace of winter, it can sometimes be difficult to find the motivation to brave the cold and take your hunny out on the date they deserve. Luckily for Haligonians, winter doesn’t limit the activities to participate in. In fact, it opens the door for exciting opportunities to make the most out of winter, and many of these opportunities are best enjoyed with the love of your life by your side.
If you’re ever feeling stuck on where to take your s/o when the temperature hits -20, check out the list below and we guarantee you’ll forget all about your frostbitten toes in no time.
1. Ice skating at the Emera Oval
The Oval is open year round, in the summertime for roller blading and skateboarding, and the in the winter for ice skating. They offer free skate rentals with a valid government ID, which is perfect for couples on a budget, and often have food trucks (including Beavertails!) lined up next to the rink for your post-skate hot chocolate.
2. Holiday Limousine Light Tours
If you’re looking for something absolutely unique, check out Sweetheart Limousine’s Holiday Light Tours. Rent out a limo and surprise your love with a tour of some of the nicest holiday light displays around the city. Talk about romantic.
3. Visit some Christmas Markets
Halifax is chock-full of holiday craft markets, all of which are worth checking out. From delicious pastries and hot cider, to candles, jewelry, clothing, ornaments and more, everything at these markets is locally made by talented Nova Scotians, so you’d be getting into the holiday spirit all while supporting your local artisans.
4. Rock Climbing at Seven Bays Bouldering
If you’re looking for a bit of adventure but aren’t too eager to freeze your butt off, head to Seven Bays Bouldering for a day of rock-climbing fun, and finish off the date with a delicious hot drink from their adorable café.
5. Go skiing in Wentworth Valley
Attention all sporty couples: if you and your boo love to ski, head to Ski Wentworth for some of the prettiest ski trails around, with slopes for all experience levels. They offer rentals for all equipment necessary, so all you need to do is show up!
6. Hit up a Halifax Mooseheads Game
As Canadians, it’s our duty to love hockey, even if we don’t really understand it. Fulfill this duty by taking your date to a Halifax Mooseheads game; not only will you be supporting your local team, you might even get to witness a surprise appearance by the adorable Timbit hockey team!
7. Try some snowshoeing
If you just want to embrace the snow to its fullest, rent out two pairs of snowshoes and hit one of the many trails that the HRM has to offer. Take in some of nature’s prettiest scenes while trying something a little different and breaking a sweat. And if trails aren’t your thing, the Oval rents out snowshoes for use in the Halifax Common, so you can still try it out without the fear of getting lost in the wintery woods.
8. Build a snow fort
If you’re looking for more of a classic winter date activity, you can never go wrong with building a fort. Whether you end up with an elaborate igloo or simply a little wall to shelter you from the wind, we guarantee lots of laughs and snowball fights during the building process.
9. Shoot some pool at LOCAS Billiards
If you’re more of the classy indoor type, Locas is the place for you and your love. All you need is a membership, and with incredible daily deals you’ll have no excuse not to come to the cozy billiards hall on cold winter nights. All experience levels welcome, with a bar and delicious snacks to keep you happy all night.
10. Miracle on 34th Street
For all you theatre couples out there, Miracle of 34th Street is playing at Neptune Theatre from November 22nd until December 31st to help you get into the Christmas spirit.
11. Dinner and Yuk Yuk’s
We all love to see our significant other’s incredible smiles and hear their ringing laugh, so Yuk Yuk’s comedy club is the perfect date spot to escape the frigid temperatures. Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday until January 7th, enjoy a festive turkey dinner buffet to warm up your insides before watching a hilarious live performance at the comedy club.
12. Cozy up at a pub
What better way to stay warm while the wind is whistling outside than by cozying up at the local pub and enjoying a few drinks with the sound of live music all around you? Halifax has one of the highest number of bars and pubs per capita in all of Canada, so you should have no trouble finding a place for you and your date to cuddle up and get a little tipsy.