February may be one of the coldest months of the year, but it also happens to be the most romantic. Not only because it's the time of Valentines' Day, but also because of the glistening snow that covers our city during this time. People tend to think that in order to make a memorable Valentine's Day, it requires you to spend a pretty penny. But this is wrong, which is why I'm here to give you a list of cheap date ideas in Montreal that won't cost you more than $25. 

We need to forget the idea that romance is about lavish gifts, bouquets of flowers and pricey dinners. Romance is about spending time with the person you care about. Taking the time to organize something fun that they would enjoy is an act that rarely goes unnoticed. And, this month, why not spend more than one day showing your appreciation to your partner? Especially if you can go on dates that won't break the bank. 

Yes, it may be cold but that's what coats, gloves, and hats are for. And, if that's not enough, you can keep each other warm!

Romance is still alive folks, and it can be found while doing these dates.

Sit By The Fire With Mulled Wine At Les Jardineries

Where: 4115 Pierre-de Coubertin ave.; Olympic Park

What can be more romantic than drinking mulled wine, by a fire, with the person you love and your dog? Nothing, if you ask me.

Les Jardineries will remind you why winter is the most magical season. And, it's free to get in and the drinks are affordable —score! 

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Go Skating At Beaver Lake's Musical Nights

Where: 2000 Remembrance Rd.; Beaver Lake 

Skating on Beaver Lake is always romantic, but imagine doing exactly that, but with music? Turns out you can!

If you bring your own skates, then it's completely free. If not, then it will cost you $8 after 6 p.m. and $10 before to rent some.

This fun-filled event screams romance and just so happens to be a great activity to get you through the weary month of February. 

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Dollar Cinema

Where: 6900 Décarie blvd. #203

I need to confess something. My first date ever was at Dollar Cinema and it was the most romantic thing my 14-year-old self could have imagined.

The reality is that movies have gotten really expensive. Dinner and a movie can end up costing you more than expected, especially if you want to treat your date to something sweet. That is why this movie theatre is epic. 

It may only have two screens and display second-run movies but who cares, the tickets will only cost you a few bucks and you will even be able to treat your sweetheart to as many sweet snacks as they want. 

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Nuit Blanche 

Where: Various locations in Montreal

Nuit Blanche is at the end of the month, on February 29, 2020, and I can say with certainty that it's going to be an awesome night. 16 bars will be serving liquor until 6 a.m. So, you and your date can experience a unique festival together until the wee hours of the morning.

From immersing yourself into colour art displays to trying tasty festival foods, this event is a great way to end the month. There will even be carnival games and rides — just be sure to dress warmly.

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Fall In Love Over Chocolate

Where: 350 Saint-Paul St. E.; Marché Bonsecours

Attention chocoholics, this one is for you

This chocolate festival is taking place on February 8 and 9, 2020 and it's going to be delicious.

You and your date will be able to walk around and not only learn about chocolate but you will be able to taste and purchase chocolaty good.

Instead of getting your Valentine pharmacy chocolates, why not make a day out of it and let them pick their own a little early!

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Watch Planes Land While Drinking Beer

Where: 777 Lajoie ave.; Louks Brewery

This cozy little gem is one of those places that will instantly feel like home. The charming brewery not only has some incredible beers to taste, but you can also watch the planes take off and land on the island. 

The kind staff, the array of board games, yummy popcorn and well-priced beer all make for a killer combination.

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Leap Into Each Other's Arms At Skytag

Where: 77 Brunswick blvd.; Skytag

Doing something together that brings out the kid in you is always a good idea for a date. And what is more childlike than jumping on a trampoline? This is a way you and your love can literally leap into one another, in the most dramatic of ways. 

This February, you can warm up your muscles and show off your skills, or lack of, while feeling like a child again. The affordable date will cost you $10.99 for 30 minutes and $14.99 for 60 minutes. 

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Tubing Under The Stars

Where: Beaver Lake

Sliding in a tube, down a hill, while gazing at the stars with the person you love truly sounds like a scene from a romance movie. 

This activity is both romantic and exhilarating, a combination that makes for a guaranteed perfect date. And, to make it even better, it's super affordable. And if you are one of those rare people that own their own tube, the activity will be even cheaper.  

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Snowshoe To The Cross On Mount Royal

Snowshoeing was something that always seemed like a strange activity to me — until I tried it for myself.

This may not seem like the most romantic date you can go on but don't knock it until you have tried it. I used to not be a fan of snowshoeing, and when I actually tried it for myself and I saw it was a really fun thing to do, especially if you want to get the full experience of Montreal winter. 

If you end up making it all the way up to the cross, you'll know exactly why I love it so much!

Drink Hot Chocolate In Parc La Fontaine

Parc La Fontaine is one of my favourite spots in the city because it reminds me of Bryant Park in New York. The romantic aura that fills the space makes it a great place for a date. 

And, for the hopeless romantics reading this that want to make it extra special, you can pack a thermos with hot chocolate and sip on it as you stroll through the park.

Everything from the snow-covered trees to the frozen pond will give you the feeling of being the star of a romance novel. 

Paint Ceramics

Where: 4338 Saint-Denis St.; Céramic Café

There are a few places in Montreal where you can paint ceramics. I always tend to go to Céramic Café on Saint-Denis, however.

This cool space allows you to create anything your heart desires. This affordable date will allow you to make each other a gift instead of buying it. 

Each piece you paint is a different price and you can even get snacks and coffee, so yes it has the potential of going over $25 if you allow it. 

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Serenade Your Boo With Some Karaoke

Where: 2001 Rosemont Blvd.; The Small Box Karaoke Bar

Instead of writing your loved one a card, why not serenade them in true Hollywood fashion? By this I mean, with some karaoke. This will not only get you out of your comfort zone but it's a really cute way of showing someone you care. 

Even if you are too shy to sing, just being there will ensure that you will have a fun and lively date, without breaking the bank, of course. 

Go On A Cheap Beer Date

If you and your boo both like beer, you're in luck. This (sometimes) yummy beverage can keep you warm during the cold of winter.

If you need ideas of where to go, you should check out local Montreal bars. They're usually inexpensive and ultra-cute. Getting tipsy together counts as romantic, right?

Cité Mémoire

The neighbourhood-wide art piece that is projected on Old Montreal façades brings our city's history to life. The vivacious images come to life in the most theatrical and romantic way.

Not many good dates begin with walking through dark alleyways, although this one is a little different. The mesmerizing projections will give you chills.

It also happens to be a great backdrop for a movie-like kiss. 

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Build A Snowman 

Growing up, I used to love building snowmen, but as I got older I not only stopped playing in the snow, I began to hate the snow. 

However, last year, after a snowstorm, I forced my husband outside, and the two of us built a snowman together. This memorable date not only allowed us to connect with one another but it gave us a chance to reconnect to that kid that still lives deep within us. 

We not only built a killer snowman but we also had a few snowball fights, drank hot chocolate and shared a bunch of snowy kisses.

Building a snowman cost nothing and is one of the sweetest and most memorable date ideas. Try it!

Check Out The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Where: 1380 Sherbrooke W. St.

Montreal is blessed with a ton of incredible museums however, I have a special place in my heart for the Museum of Fine Arts. 

I always found going on a date in a museum to be a romantic and fun experience to share. You can learn a lot about a person while walking up and down rows of art pieces.

The museum offers free entrance on the last Sunday of every month, which makes it a very budget-friendly date.

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Do A Coffee Shop Hop

Affordable, unique, fun and romantic, this date will truly cover all the bases. 

There are so many awesome coffee spots in Montreal, why not make an entire day of checking out different spots?

This is an adorable way of spending the day together, drinking coffee while testing out different baked goods. 

The two of you can even make a game out of it, rating each spot and then crowning a winner! 


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