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Things to Do in Toronto for Valentine’s Day

In 2016, the most romantic day of the year coincides with Family Day (February 15) so that means a long weekend in Toronto and extra time to take in all the exciting things to see and do and savour.

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Unique Date Ideas

Helicopter Tour for Two

Weekends in February. Show your loved one around Toronto in high style with a private helicopter tour of this beautiful city. 15 km or 35 km options available, departing from Billy Bishop Airport. Romantic tour packages will be extended for all weekends in February, so you if cannot get in on the 14th, you can still take advantage of the deal all month long.

“First Comes Love” at the Toronto Zoo

February 13 & 14. The Valentine’s Program includes a romantically-inspired dinner, special animal encounter, an interactive group presentation and a tour of the reproductive labs led by the Reproductive Specialist Team.

Love & Desire Valentine’s Day Workshop at the ROM

February 14. Spend your Valentine’s Day exploring cultural expressions of desire, sexuality and romantic love through the ROM’s collections. Invoke the memory of famous lovers such as Cleopatra, Hadrian, Shajahan and Yang Gui Fe in this unique adult-only workshop that includes a rare opportunity to handle artefacts.

Deep Sea Soirée at Ripley’s Aquarium

February 14. Whether you’re already hooked or still fishing, Ripley’s Valentine’s Day event is sure to leave you head over eels! A DJ will be playing your favourite tunes while you stroll among the underwater views.

Aphrodite Cooks – St. Lawrence Market

February 14. Spend your Valentine’s Day with your plus 1 in someone else’s kitchen at St. Lawrence Market. Think of this as a unique night out – whether you’re married, engaged or dating, it’s a great way to expand your horizons, open new avenues of conversation, meet like-minded couples and just simply have fun.

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Live Performance

The Canadian Opera Company – Four Seasons Centre

February 14 at 2:00 p.m. The Ring Cycle is the pinnacle of Wagner’s work and in this installment Siegfried’s heroic journey reveals the minds of gods and mortals in a story of greed, fear and self-discovery.

February 13 at 7:30 p.m. Or for a more lighthearted opera experience there’s The Marriage of Figaro. Intrigue and mistaken identities ensnare everyone in a web of erotic passions in this magnificent, witty farce.

A Night With Janis Joplin – Panasonic Theatre

February 9 to 21. Like a comet that burns too brightly to last, Janis Joplin exploded onto the music scene in 1967 and, almost overnight, became the queen of rock & roll. Now you can experience an evening with her music and influences in the new Broadway musical, A Night With Janis Joplin.

Kevin Hart Afterparty – Roy Thomson Hall

February 12 9:00 p.m. In celebration of the NBA All-Star Weekend, blockbuster comedian/actor Kevin Hart hosts the post-game revelry that follows the All-Star Celebrity Game. The Roy Thomson Hall lobby will be transformed into an afterparty, featuring the sounds of a world-class DJ alongside Hart and his celebrity friends.

2CELLOS – Sony Centre

February 13. 2CELLOS breaks down the boundaries between different genres of music, from classical and film music to pop and rock.

Hooking Up With Second City

February 14. This gaspingly funny revue is a modern mix of romance, rancor and everything in between. Hooking Up With The Second City makes mirth out of missed connections, girls’ night out adventures and all the crazy things we do for love.

Beer & Chocolate Tour

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Sweets & Chocolates Tour

February 13, 14 and 15. Savour the sights and sounds of the colourful neighbourhood of Kensington Market as you explore hidden gems in the city and share a variety of delectable treats from cupcakes to churros.

The Toronto Beer & Chocolate Tour

February 14. Beer and chocolate are a bittersweet love affair and this tour will offer you a taste. Home to two craft breweries and the famous SOMA chocolate maker, the Historic Distillery District is the perfect setting for your exploration.

I Got Love In My Tummy – Best of Toronto Tour

February 14. Foodies on Foot celebrates the day of love with a special edition event – an entire tour dedicated to aphrodisiac-themed foods. Includes tastings at five “best of” locations, sampling foods that are deemed to be aphrodisiacs, over several neighbourhoods, while having the chance to ride the TTC around the city.

Outdoor Fun

DJ Skate Nights at Harbourfront Centre

February 13. Lula Lounge’s DJ Trambo has been mixing tropical styles for over 20 years and this Valentine’s Day, he brings the Tropical heat for your skate session.

Skating at Nathan Phillips Square

Open daily, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Skate – for free – on the city’s most famous outdoor skating rink! Enjoy the beautiful lights during an evening skate and relax with a cup of hot chocolate.

Evergreen Brickworks – Skating & Winter Village

Open Daily, 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Valentine’s Day. Enjoy Evergreen Brick Works all season long, with special activations every weekend including delicious food, live music and lots of activities for all ages. Plus, come to skate, hike and enjoy nature in the city.

Editor’s Picks – Top 5 for Valentine’s Day

  1. Score big points with the basketball fan in your life by taking in the NBA All-Star Game in Toronto, along with lots of related activities all weekend long.
  2. Although it’s a few days before Valentine’s Day, hearing an exceptional singer with a full orchestra at Toronto’s most historic hall will fill your heart. See Toronto’s own Emilie-Claire Barlow at Massey Hall.
  3. How about showing your loved one around Toronto in high style? Toronto Heli Tours is offering private tours for just the two of you. (And the pilot!)
  4. Photo opportunities for lovers abound at The Distillery Historic District with the Love Locks installation and the heart sculpture, not to mention all the romantic settings throughout the cobblestone laneways of the District.
  5. Is there anything that evokes romance more than tango? We think not. Fan the flames at Lula Lounge with a dinner and dance show.

More Value

With the Canadian dollar trading at approximately $.70 on the U.S. dollar, it’s an even better time for Canadians and Americans to travel here. “There is no question that once people are interested in Toronto, they will do the math and discover it offers more value than maybe they first thought.” Read about how the low Canadian dollar benefits visitors. Find a currency converter .

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