New Brunswick — This year, Valentine’s Day falls on a Saturday, so there’s more reason than ever to indulge your fear of dying alone and being eaten by your own cats or to worry that your romantic efforts will only serve to highlight what a disappointment you are to that special someone.
But don’t worry — we’ve got you covered. Virginia may be for lovers, but New Brunswick is a place you can … be in. Here’s a list of 5 of New Brunswick’s premiere romantic events as carefully chosen by The Manatee‘s staff:
WHERE: Lac-Baker skidoo trails
WHAT: Zip into your best skidoo suit for this 80-km poker run and, if you play your cards right, you just might find someone to cuddle and share a hot chocolate with next to the lake-top tire fire.
COST: Non-perishable donation for the local food bank or a rimless all-season tire.
WHERE: Roosevelt Cottage, Campobello Island
WHAT: Local FDR impersonator Wilke Jamieson delivers an intimate reading of Roosevelt’s first 7 fireside chat radio addresses. Let discussions of the banking crisis, the New Deal and Oklahoman drought conditions bring you out of your depression.
COST: Enrollment in a Civilian Conservation Corps work camp.
WHAT: Seasons 1 to 4 of Dawson’s Creek streaming on Netflix.
COST: Emotional investment in Joey’s long-term happiness.
WHERE: World’s Longest Covered Bridge, Hartland
WHAT: Buggy rides back and forth across the bridge. Amorous couples have been smooching on this 1,282-foot span known as “the kissing bridge” since 1922.
COST: A National Geographic-quality photoessay on the covered bridges of the county.
WHERE: Magnetic Hill, Moncton
WHAT: Meet at the top (bottom?) of New Brunswick’s favourite dirt road for a sliding party and mega-concert.
COST: Bring your own sliding equipment. Crazy carpets are fine, as long as you can put them in neutral.