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Warm Up Your Love Life: Cozy Date Night Ideas in Edmonton for a Winter Romance

Winter in Edmonton can be enchanting, especially for couples seeking to inject some romance into their relationship. As the nights get longer, the city transforms into a sparkling, romantic winter wonderland, making it an ideal setting for a memorable date night. The snow-dusted streets, the twinkling holiday lights, and the crisp winter air provide a magical backdrop for an intimate evening out. So, don’t let the cold weather keep you at home. Instead, use it as an excuse to get closer to your loved one.

Edmonton’s winter months offer unique opportunities for romance. The city’s landscape, culture, and unforgettable events can turn an ordinary date night into an extraordinary experience. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, exploring Edmonton’s winter scene can bring a new spark to your love life.

Why Edmonton is a Perfect City for Winter Date Nights

In Edmonton, we not only endure the winter season, we embrace it. Edmontonians know how to make the most of the cold season, turning it into a time of celebration, adventure, and romance. We know that winter is about enjoying the cold, experiencing it, and sharing it with others.

The city’s winter scene provides a unique setting for date nights. Its natural beauty, cultural richness, and vibrant nightlife offer a wide range of activities that cater to different tastes and preferences. Whether you’re a nature lover, a foodie, a culture enthusiast, or an adventure seeker, you’ll find something to love about winter in Edmonton.

Cozy Indoor Date Night Ideas in Edmonton

If you prefer staying indoors during the cold season, don’t worry. Edmonton has plenty of cozy indoor date ideas that will keep you warm and entertained (and still offer you the opportunity to cozy up to your date).

Start your date night by visiting one of Edmonton’s many cultural institutions. The Art Gallery of Alberta, for example, offers a unique blend of art and romance. Here, you can explore stunning exhibitions and participate in art workshops together.

For a more interactive experience, consider attending a cooking class. Edmonton’s culinary scene is rich and diverse, offering classes that cater to different cuisines and skill levels. Not only will you learn something new, but you’ll also have a chance to bond with your partner over a shared activity.

If you’re a fan of live performances, Edmonton’s theatre scene won’t disappoint. The Citadel Theatre, the Varscona Theatre, and the Walterdale Theatre are among the city’s top venues, offering a variety of shows, from drama to comedy to musicals.

Exciting Outdoor Date Ideas in Edmonton During Winter

Edmonton’s winter landscape provides a perfect setting for outdoor date nights. Despite the cold, there are many activities that you can enjoy with your partner.

One of Edmonton’s most popular winter activities is ice skating. The city has several outdoor rinks, including the Victoria Park IceWay and the City Hall rink, where you can skate under the twinkling lights and enjoy the winter ambiance. Be sure to check rink conditions before heading out!

For a more adventurous date, consider trying snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. Edmonton’s river valley, with its beautiful trails and breathtaking views, is a fantastic destination for these winter activities.

And if you’re looking for a unique outdoor experience, why not go for a sleigh ride? Various companies in Edmonton offer romantic sleigh rides that will make you feel like you’re in a fairy tale.

The Best Winter Cuisine for Date Nights in Edmonton

Edmonton’s culinary scene is a key part of the city’s culture, offering a wide range of options for a romantic dinner date. Whether you’re craving a hearty meal to keep you warm or a fine dining experience to impress your partner, Edmonton has it all.

For a cozy and intimate dining experience, consider visiting one of Edmonton’s gastropubs. These establishments offer a warm and casual atmosphere, perfect for a relaxed date night. Their menus feature comfort food with a gourmet twist, coupled with a wide selection of craft beers and cocktails.

If you’re looking for something more upscale, Edmonton’s fine dining scene won’t disappoint. Restaurants like RGE RD, Sabor, and La Ronde at Chateau Lacombe offer exquisite dishes made from locally sourced ingredients, providing a unique culinary experience.

And for dessert, why not visit one of Edmonton’s chocolate shops or bakeries? These establishments offer a sweet end to a romantic date night.

Exploring Edmonton’s Winter Landscapes

A date night in Edmonton wouldn’t be complete without exploring the city’s beautiful winter landscapes. These locations provide a perfect backdrop for a romantic walk or a cozy picnic.

The Edmonton River Valley, for example, is a dazzling location that offers breathtaking views of the city and the North Saskatchewan River. Its trails are perfect for a romantic walk or a snowshoeing adventure.

The Alberta Legislature Grounds, with its beautiful architecture and enchanting holiday lights, is another great location for a winter date night. Here, you can take a romantic stroll, enjoy the holiday decorations, and even go ice skating.

And if you’re looking for a unique experience, consider visiting the Muttart Conservatory. This botanical garden offers a warm and tropical escape from the winter cold, featuring stunning plant displays and a panoramic view of the city’s skyline.

Date Night Essentials for a Winter Night Out in Edmonton

Having a successful date night in Edmonton during winter requires some preparation. Here are a few things you may want to consider before venturing out into the cold:

  • Dress warmly. Edmonton’s winter can be chilly, so make sure to bundle up. Layer your clothing, wear a good pair of winter boots, and don’t forget your hat, gloves, and scarf.
  • Plan your date in advance. Whether you’re visiting a restaurant, attending a theatrical show, or exploring the city, it’s always a good idea to check the opening hours, ticket availability, and weather conditions.
  • Keep an open mind. Winter in Edmonton can be unpredictable, so be prepared to adapt your plans if necessary. Remember, the goal is to enjoy your time with your partner, regardless of the weather.

Making the Most of Winter Date Nights in Edmonton

Winter date nights in Edmonton can be magical, but they require some planning and creativity. Not to worry! We’ve compiled some tips to help you make the most of your date night out in Festival City.

  1. Try something new. Edmonton’s winter scene offers a wide range of activities, so don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. Trying something new can bring a new level of excitement to your date night.

  2. Embrace the winter. Yes, it’s cold. But that’s part of the charm. So, embrace the winter, bundle up, and enjoy the unique experiences that Edmonton’s winter has to offer.

  3. Make it about the two of you. Whether you’re exploring the city, trying a new activity, or enjoying a meal, remember to focus on your partner. After all, the goal of a date night is to strengthen your connection and create unforgettable memories.

Edmonton’s winter may be cold, but it’s also full of warmth and romance. Its beautiful landscapes, unforgettable events, and rich culture provide a unique setting for a memorable date night. So, don’t let the cold keep you at home. Instead, bundle up, grab your partner, and explore the magical world of winter romance in Edmonton.

Ready to warm up your love life? Book your stay through Edmonton’s Best Hotels to take advantage of our 1, 2, 3 Reward Deal, where you can get up to $225 in rewards just for staying at one of our luxury member hotels.

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The “1,2, 3 Pick Your Rewards”, Terms and Conditions and Blackout Dates 

Rewards Program campaign dates

Reward package available to book from January 5, 2022 for stays to December 31, 2024 for rewards except for possible blackout dates. At present there are no blackout dates scheduled.

Rewards are subject to while supplies last.  Substitutions of equivalent kind, value may be made as necessary.  Rewards are non-transferable, no cash value, no cash back.

  • Rewards are non-transferable, non-exchangeable, have no cash value, no cash back.
  • Rewards cannot be combined with any other offer or promotion.
  • Reward deal is net non-commissionable.

Blackout dates

At present there are no blackout dates scheduled. 

In the event blackout dates are scheduled, any guest who makes a booking for a hotel stay during the blackout period prior to the blackout period being named will receive the rewards they are booked for. 

Rewards Program offerings

Book one night’s stay with Edmonton’s Best Hotels and receive your choice of one of three $50 rewards excluding blackout dates:

  • $50 Gas Card or
  • $50 Prepaid Mastercard, or
  • $50 Ultimate Dining Card

Book two night’s stay with Edmonton’s Best Hotels and receive your choice of one of five reward packages excluding blackout dates:

  • $150 prepaid MasterCard, or
  • $75 Gas card and $75 MasterCard, or
  • $75 Gas card and $75 Ultimate Dining Card, or

Book three night’s stay with Edmonton’s Best Hotels and receive your choice of one of four reward packages excluding blackout dates:

  • Three Night Reward 1: $225 Prepaid Mastercard
  • Three Night Reward 3: $75 Ultimate Dining Card + $75 Prepaid Mastercard + $75 Gas Card

One choice of reward per stay. 

Guest must be 18 years of age or older at time of redemption. 

Prepaid Mastercard’s can be used for online purchases only. In Canada, prepaid Mastercard’s cannot be used at any retail outlet (including your hotel) with point-of-sale systems.

Rewards distribution

Rewards will be emailed directly to guests within 48 hours of Edmonton’s Best Hotels confirming their check-in.  Rewards are not provided by the hotel’s front desk.   All rewards are sent electronically. 


Guest must reserve a minimum of 24 hours prior to arrival.

Rewards are NOT available for reservations made less than 24 hours in advance of arrival.

Reservations made directly with hotels and not through Edmonton’s Best Hotels are not eligible for rewards. No exceptions. Rewards are only provided to guests who book through Edmonton’s Best Hotels online booking platform.  Booking reservation confirmations will have Edmonton’s Best Hotels branding on them. Rewards not provided for hotel reservations during specified blackout dates.

Reservations cannot be extended by hotels for additional rewards.

Guests may add a night to an existing one-night deal reservation and receive additional rewards if the request is made a minimum of 24 hours in advance of arrival.

Booking terms and conditions

Rewards provided for more than one night, must be for consecutive nights under one registration under one name at one property. In addition, no more than up to three consecutive nights will be honoured. If a guest checks in for three days and then checks out and re-checks in for the next day, this is considered a consecutive night booking even if the second booking is made at different hotel.  

There must be a minimum of three days between bookings.

Multiple reservations for the same person for the same night(s) is considered a double booking and only one of those bookings will be eligible for rewards. For example, if a guest books two nights on x and y date and then makes another two-night booking for the same dates at the same hotel or another hotel, EBH considers this a double booking and will honour rewards for only one of those bookings. 

Is there a limit on the number of bookings I make on different dates?  Edmonton Best Hotels welcomes repeat business.  Some of our guests visit Edmonton every month.  Please note as stated earlier there must be a minimum of three days between bookings. Please also note stated blackout dates.

Cancelling and date changes to reservations

If a guest wants to cancel or change the dates of their booking.

What if I want to cancel my booking?  Edmonton Best Hotels must cancel your booking (not the hotel).  If you want to cancel, contact info@edmh.ca and let us know.  We will cancel your booking and send you a cancellation number for your records.  Please do not cancel directly with the hotel.

What if I want to change the dates of my booking?  You must contact Edmonton Best Hotels at info@edmh.ca and let us know you want to make a date change.  Your original booking must be cancelled first.  You will receive a cancellation number for your records.  Then, you must rebook for your new dates.  The hotel nor Edmonton’s Best Hotels cannot make date changes to the original booking.  Please note this does not guarantee you will receive the same hotel rate when you rebook for different dates.

Any questions, please contact Edmonton Best Hotels at info@edmh.ca 

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