Student guide: Cheap (or free) date ideas in Halifax

Nikki Sacuta outlines some cost-effective date ideas (just in time for Valentine’s Day).

Trying not to break the bank for Valentine’s Day? Look no further. Some advice? Skip the traditional expensive romantic dinner, and trade it in for something more original and much (much) cheaper. Another piece of advice? Make “Valentine’s Day” any day but the 14th and avoid the crowds.

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 Skating at the Oval

 Dust off those old skates and head to the Oval. No skates? No worries. You can rent a pair there, for free! Dress up warm and cozy and show off your skills (or lack thereof). The beauty of the Oval? It’s free, did I mention that? And you can go day or night. There’s nothing much more romantic than skating under the lights. If you’re willing to spend some cash, grab a hot chocolate and a beaver tail.

Skating at the Oval is a great free date in Halifax. Photo: Rachel Richard


Rock climbing

 Indoor rock climbing is a great winter activity. The best part? You’re squeezing in a workout at the same time. If you’re new to climbing, Dalplex offers a one-hour Try Climbing class on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 1 p.m. It’s free for Dal students or Dalplex members, or available when you purchase a day pass.


Wii game night

 A Wii game night is only cheap if you already own a Wii. If you’re one of the lucky ones who made the splurge, definitely put it to good use. Why not avoid the cold weather and trade mittens for some Wii-motes. Some fun games I recommend are Rhythm Heaven Fever (trust me), Mario Kart, Mario Party, Wii Fit (don’t underestimate, those games can ignite a fire of competition), Wii Sports, Rockband (yes), and Just Dance (…yes).

 Waterfront Boardwalk Star- (ahem) Cloud-gazing

 Why not take a night stroll along the boardwalk and have a gander at the stars? But let’s get real, a clear night sky is pretty rare, so have a romantic look at those clouds. It’s the thought that counts.


Get outdoors for some winter dates. Photo: Nikki Sacuta

 Seaport Farmers Market

 Hit up the market together, it’s free to get in! If you’re not completely broke, buy some cider and tasty treats, and browse through all the stalls. Be sure to take a couple of selfies there, so every single one of your Facebook friends knows you’re a market couple.

 The Discovery Centre

 Think learning on a date isn’t cool? Get real. There’s a Sherlock Holmes exhibit going on right now. Need I say more? The centre offers a student price and also has half-price Fridays for post-secondary students.

 Cosmic Bingo

 Yes, bingo. Why “cosmic”, you ask? It’s glow in the dark. That’s right, glow in the dark, with music too. If you thought bingo was only for your grandma, rethink everything. It’s put on every Saturday at the Halifax Forum. It’s $8 for a single book, and there are lots of chances to win some extra cash.


 Snowshoeing is great this time of year. There are a few places in Halifax where you can rent snowshoes, or you could look to Kijiji to buy a used pair. Get out on the trails and hike, winter style.

Peggys Cove

 Head to Peggys Cove and check out the beautiful view and the lighthouse for a great daytime date. Bring some coffee or hot chocolate, and even a little picnic. Why not catch the sunset?

Peggys Cove Lighthouse just before sunset. Photo: Nikki Sacuta


Ferry & Two if by Sea

 Grab the Dartmouth ferry (it’s free with your Transit pass) and go to the Two if by Sea cafe. It’s the perfect place to grab a coffee and a croissant, and it’s close to the ferry terminal. Add a little ocean breeze to your coffee date.

Enjoy these winter dates with your special someone, your bro or your BFF.




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