Can’t Buy Me Love


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Valentine’s day is just around the corner and the pressure to find your lover the perfect little something to lust over come February 14th is on (mostly on the men). Diamond earrings, dozens of long-stem roses and five star feasts mark the usual list of pricy suspects, but do you really need to spend to the moon, to get to your lover’s heart? Our second annual “Price Drop Love” poll reveals, that in many cases, to quote our favourite diva J. Lo, “Love Don’t Cost a Thing.”

We asked love struck men and women from Canada’s biggest cities to weigh in with their thoughts on price dropped Valentine’s Day activities, and they responded with their frugal favourites.  You can bet that these top romantic Valentine’s Day romps (see below) will keep lovers hand in hand, and not hand in wallet.

Guide to the Price Drop Love Poll:

Top Of The Cheap = Our Respondents number one frugal pick.
Cut Rate Contender = Our Respondents runner up budget selection.
Price Drop Pick = Our favourite creative off-price Respondent suggestions.


Granville Island Vancouver - Photo By Woolbrain Knitter
Photo By Woolbrain Knitter

Top Of The Cheap: 34.4% of Respondents would join hands for a romantic walking tour of Granville Island.

Cost: Free

Cut Rate Contender: 32.9% would set the tone by listening to some Jazz Guitar with a loved one at the Waldorf Hotel.

Cost: Free

Price Dropped Pick:  “Hold hands, and offer a kiss now and then while the guitar is played.

Cost: Free


Calgary - Photo By Hobolens
Photo By Hobolens

Top Of The Cheap: 63.2% of Respondents would lace up their skates for a glide at Bowness or Prince’s Island Park.

Cost: Free

Cut Rate Contender: 21.2% would take their relationship to the next level on a sightseeing adventure from atop the Calgary Tower.

Cost: $15.24/person.

Price Dropped Pick:  “Go to bed and make love.”

Cost: Free


ICP Exercise 5 (Feb 2010), day 5, candidate photo 08
Photo By Ed Yourdon

Top Of The Cheap: 34.2% of Respondents would zip up their snowsuits and head for a tantalizing toboggan in Whitemud or Rundle Park.

Cost: Free

Cut Rate Contender: 22.6% would go for a steamy stroll along trendy Whyte Avenue in Old Strathcona.

Cost: Free

Price Dropped Pick:  “Go to West Edmonton Mall. My dream.”

Cost: Free and up. 


Photo By Erictitcombe

Top Of The Cheap: 35.3% of Respondents would embrace their inner Canadiana (and their loved one too) with a skate on the Rideau Canal.

Cost: Free. Optional Beavertail, $5.

Cut Rate Contender: 21.8% would explore each other’s artsy sides, with a tour of the National Gallery of Canada.

Cost: Free this Valentine’s Day and each Thursday.

Price Dropped Pick:  “Camp out in front of the Parliament Building watching Canadian history projected off its brick walls.”

Cost: Free  


Hart House Toronto - Photo By georgeygirl25
Photo By georgeygirl25

Top Of The Cheap: 24.1% of Respondents would heat things up with a free concert by the Hart House Orchestra at U of T.

Cost: Free.

Cut Rate Contender: 16.1% would hold each other tight on a self-guided tour of the Distillery District.

Cost: Free. Go guided for $19/person.

Price Dropped Pick:  “Sway to music as you hold one another.”

Cost: Free


Halifax Carriage Ride - Photo By Caribb
Photo By Caribb

Top Of The Cheap: 46.8% of Respondents would take their relationship back in time with a carriage ride and candlelit dinner at Hatfield Farms.

Cost: $35/person

Cut Rate Contender: 23.9% would get in the mood with skating, music, and face painting at the Emera Oval.

Cost: Free.

Price Dropped Pick: “Walk the shores picking seashells.”

Cost: Free


Collecting Sap
Photo By Tom Gill

Top Of The Cheap: 40.8% of Respondents would find sweetness in devouring maple candy at the Jean Talon Market.

Cost: $2-5/person

Cut Rate Contender: 36.4% would make like Jean Béliveau and show off their smooth skating moves at the Parc Jean Drapeau or Parc La Fontaine.

Cost: Free.

Price Dropped Pick:  “POUTINE!!”

Cost: Check your local poutine listings.


Have a cut rate Valentine’s Day idea of your own? Enlighten us with your romantic budget friendly ideas in the comments below.

About the Author: Bobby Heard

Bobby Heard is the Director of Inbound Marketing for

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