Single (and fabulous) in Vancouver for Valentine’s Day?

Photo credit: Amandal Productions/The Float House

Photo credit: Amandal Productions/The Float House

With Valentine’s Day rolling around it’s all too easy to feel overlooked if you’re single on the big day. But hold on a minute before you throw an epic pity party just for one – what are you really missing out on here? Expensive – and unimaginative – gifts of red roses? Heart-shaped chocolates when you’re just getting back into your jeans after losing that holiday weight?  Cheesily themed all-pink set menus in restaurants stuffed with two kinds of diners: disappointed long-term couples with nothing to say, glaring at each other over the cut-out cupids, and the Dear God, Get A Room couples who just met and can’t quit groping each other between courses. Um, no thanks.

Instead of taking part in this carnival of commercialism, I propose you celebrate your awesome state of singleness by doing things that only YOU can do alone. From taking a meditation class or paddling solo, to chilling in a one-person float tank or indulging in an epic guilt-free shopping session, repeat after me: Valentine’s Day is the best day to have fun with me, myself and I.

Photo credit: The Float House

Photo credit: The Float House

Float Tank 

There’s only room for one in the floatation tanks at the Float House in Kitsilano and Gastown. Strip off, shower down and then step into the warm and cosy silky black waters and relax. “Floating is like going on an intimate date with yourself,” says Float House co-founder Mike Zaremba. “It lets you literally take away everything and accept yourself for 90 minutes. It puts you into a hypersensitive state because of the sensory reduced environment. You become completely involved with your inner world, it’s truly an amazing thing to do alone.”  Use the promo code “recovery” to get 20% off a single float.

Photo Credit: Hartwig HKD/Flickr

Photo Credit: Hartwig HKD/Flickr

Meditation

Clear your head, learn mindfulness and relaxation while getting a positive perspective on your single state at a meditation class in Vancouver. The Shambhala Meditation Centre in Gastown has drop-in sessions. Senior teacher Margaret Jones Callahan says, “So many people meditate who have a desire for a sense of quiet and a need to de-stress their life, or they want to put fresh meaning and understanding into their ordinary day. If first-timers want to come along to learn, Tuesdays or Wednesdays are great solo sessions.”

Photo credit: Ecomarine

Photo credit: Ecomarine

Stand Up Paddleboard

Year-round you can take out stand up paddleboards from Granville Island’s Ecomarine school. If you’ve never done it before, school director Tessa Mul says it’s super-easy and most people can learn the basics in a two hour lesson. “We start beginners off on their knees and get them to learn to balance before they stand up. Once you’re confident, you can just grab a board and go! Most people come alone and it’s a great thing to do by yourself.”

Cupcakes and personal shopping at Topshop

Cupcakes and personal shopping at Topshop

Personal Shopping at Topshop and Topman 

Can there be anything more guaranteed to ruin a shopping expedition than a bored partner, checking their phone every minute and asking how long you’re going to be? The best way to shop is solo, but – in the care of a personal shopper. If you’ve never indulged, let this be your Valentine’s gift to yourself. “It’s a totally complimentary service and there’s no minimum spend,” explains Eve Obayoriade who works in the Vancouver personal shopping department. “We get three deliveries in each week so once we’ve worked with you a few times, we know what looks good on you and we’ll send you photos of new pieces. We get lots of busy working women, fashion-forward people who want our collaboration trends pieces and students who use their discounts. It’s so much fun to come and do this!”

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