Valentine’s Day gets a lot of flak for being a cheesy commercial holiday, however, you don’t have to spend a dime to impress the apple of your eye.
Rather than buying into an overpriced experience or gift, there are a number of free activities in Toronto that you and your partner can make romantic.
After everything is said and done, you’re not going to remember the total of the final bill, but rather the memories you have together, so why not try something different?
Check out eight free ways to spend Valentine’s Day in Toronto this year because love shouldn’t cost a thing.
Explore the Toronto Light Festival in Distillery District.
Distillery District and its cobblestoned pathways are already a romantic destination, so you can be sure that it’s even more so during Toronto Light Festival. Bundle up and get ready to take some cute couple pics that are sure to bring in the likes on Instagram. The free festival is open to the public 24/7 and begins as soon as the sun goes down.
Go window shopping in Yorkville Village.
Okay, so maybe this isn’t the most lucrative phase of your life, but it doesn’t mean that you and your significant other can’t do some window shopping. Yorkville is a great neighbourhood to leisurely stroll through and pretend your bougie for the day. Try on some designer heels at Louboutin, or admire some bags at Chanel. Plus, it never hurts to take notes — because maybe one day you’ll be able to afford a gift that pricey.
Experience Ontario Place with a winter backdrop.
Winter at Ontario Place is still going strong, so grab your boo and explore what the park has to offer this Valentine’s Day. While, activities are limited during the week, the Trillium Park and William G Davis Trail, as well as the Fairy Lights exhibit, are open daily. Odds are, you and your partner have been holed up inside, so doing something outdoors could be a nice change of pace.
Check out a free romance flick at Carlton Cinema.
Even if you and your partner aren’t major film buffs, hitting up Carlton Cinema to watch some free romance flicks could be totally fun. The pay what you can event will showcase a number of the best short films from around the globe starting at 7 p.m. Head over to the event page to reserve your seats, and then watch and find out which of the films your S/O finds the most romantic.
Pack some hot cocoa and visit the Icebreakers exhibit.
The Icebreakers Exhibit at Toronto’s Waterfront is another outdoor installation perfect for an unconventional Valentine’s Day activity. This year’s exhibit features five award-winning installations along Queen’s Quay that are open for interpretation (and lots of snaps) by you and your partner. Head the the Ice Breakers exhibit website to take a sneak peek of the different exhibits.
Go for one last skate at Nathan Phillips Square.
Before we know it, winter in Toronto will be over, and so too will the skating at Nathan Phillips Square! Get out there one last time, or make it your first and last skating expedition with your significant other this Valentine’s Day. The rink is open daily well into March, but who knows how many truly snowy days we actually have left.
Take a stroll through one of Toronto’s free art galleries.
Visiting some of the free art galleries Toronto has to offer is a great way to explore the city on Valentine’s Day and do something together that won’t break the bank. Our top recommendations are the Power Plant, Museum of Contemporary Art (the first floor), and the Bau-Xi Gallery, all of which have free admission.
Escape the cold at Allan Gardens Conservatory.
This lush conservatory tucked away in the heart of the city is a romantic place for you and your lover to escape the cold. Forget the snowbanks and slushy sidewalks — even if it’s only for a short while — and get lost in a green sea of foliage. Just like some of the outdoor art installations, Allan Gardens Conservatory is the perfect spot for some adorbs Valentine’s Day photos, too — minus the frosty temperatures.
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