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The 10 Best Romantic Date Ideas in Vancouver

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Vic Quinlan
Vic has worked in feature writing and journalism for the past twenty years. He hails from White Rock, but moved to Vancouver thirteen years ago. He's a father of two and a proud grandfather of one.

If you’re planning a romantic date or trip with someone you love or trying to get to know more, you’ll definitely want to consider the lush and lively city of Vancouver, Canada. Located on the western edge of British Columbia, Vancouver is home to a diverse population and endless opportunities for a fun and charming date in Metro Vancouver.

Looking for a great date idea for date night? There are many romantic things you can try in the city to impress your date, significant other, or spouse. A visit to a Vancouver art gallery, a sunset beach side romantic dinner, a trip to Granville Island or Grouse Mountain, a stroll through Robson Square or Granville Street. Catching live music with some drinks. Those are just some of the perfect date ideas to try to have a good time with your romantic partner.

You’re sure to impress with magnificent sites, fine dining, and endless entertainment. If you’re struggling to decide what would make the most idyllic night out, here are the top 10 romantic Vancouver date ideas.

1. Stanley Park

Stanley Park

Stanley Park makes number one on our list as one of the best dates you will ever go on. Stanley Park is a sprawling oasis in the bustling city of Vancouver, making it the best place for an easy afternoon with someone. There’s also the Stanley Park Seawall, which offers an amazing view.

There are miles of trails to walk and bike if you and your date want to take a stroll or an easy ride. There are also miles of beaches and several pools, making it ideal for spending a sunny afternoon. Don’t forget to check out the train, and before you leave, take your date to try one of the many food carts, restaurants, cafés, or The Teahouse.

2. Wedgewood Hotel and Spa

Wedgewood Hotel and Spa

If you want to take your date somewhere intimate, consider booking a stay at the Wedgewood Hotel and Spa. A long weekend makes a thoughtful and fun date for you and your partner.

Besides the five-star rooms available for guests, you can enjoy the hotel’s restaurant and lounge. On holidays they hold special dinners and events.

The real treat here is, of course, the spa. Book a couples massage for 60, 90, or 120 minutes. If you want to pamper your significant other, consider indulging them in a special treatment like a scrub or a hot stone massage.

3. Queen Elizabeth Park

Queen Elizabeth Park

Located only 15 minutes from downtown, Queen Elizabeth Park is an excellent natural retreat that keeps you close to home. 

If you and your date are particularly sporty, check out their tennis courts, field hockey rink, or golf course. Or walk the trail that leads to the top of the city and the famous Bloedel Conservatory and VanDusen Botanical Garden. There are also plenty of places to stop and picnic, among other fun things to do.

4. Le Crocodile

Le Crocodile

Le Crocodile is a French fine dining restaurant located in downtown Vancouver. It has been an operation for over 39 years and is currently under the ownership of chef Emile Jung.

The menu here offers vegetarian options as well as classic French dishes. Don’t forget to order a bottle of the fine French wines provided. Their Warm Alsatian Apple Tart with ice cream is also to die for!

This is an exquisite restaurant, and you will certainly want to dress up. It has won over 15 awards and comes highly recommended by the public. 

5. Bloedel Conservatory and VanDusen Botanical Garden

You will find true paradise at the top of the city, where the trail ends in Queen Elizabeth Park. Bloedel Conservatory and VanDusen Botanical Garden is home to some incredibly enchanting scenery.

Take a romantic stroll through the garden, and enjoy Vancouver’s natural beauty. When you head into the conservatory, you can admire over 100 birds and Koi fish and over 500 exotic plant species.

If you want to make your experience one to remember, consider taking your date during one of their events or check the bloom calendar on their website. Schedule a stroll Through the blossoms at their peak beauty.

6. Botanist


Botanist is a fine dining restaurant found in downtown Vancouver. Executive chef Hector Laguna has put together a drool-worthy menu for you and your date to swoon over.

You can enjoy sustainable farm-to-table and organic dining. They also have a vegan-friendly menu. Treat your date to a glass of wine from the selection curated especially for the restaurant, or come earlier in the day. Meals are offered at all times in the day. 

The light and airy scenery will undoubtedly take your breath away, and you and your date will leave satisfied.

7. The Vancouver Aquarium

The Vancouver Aquarium

What could be more romantic than taking your date to a far-off destination under the sea? The Vancouver Aquarium is home to over 65,000 animals and 120 exhibits. It is Canada’s largest aquarium.

While you enjoy getting to know some of the wildlife from the deep blue, take your date to enjoy a meal from one of the sustainable restaurants or cafés in the aquarium. 

At the end of your underwater adventure, pick up a souvenir for your date from the aquariums gift shop.

8. Lynn Canyon

Lynn Canyon

If you want to take your date to get in touch with Vancouver’s natural forests, Lynn Canyon is the place to be. Boasting over 617 acres of the woods, you and your date will not be short on natural wonders.

Enjoy the Ecology Centre, or hike one of their many miles of trails. Here you’ll find Vancouver’s famous 50-meter suspension bridge.

There are even a few swimming areas like the 30 Foot Pool or Twin Falls, both of which have picnic areas where you and your date can enjoy a romantic meal amongst the pleasing greenery.

9. Gastown Steam Clock

Gastown Steam Clock

Gastown is the oldest neighbourhood in Vancouver. It grew from a single tavern into one of the most famous neighbourhoods in the city. If you and your date prefer a night out on the town, this is one you won’t want to miss.

Featuring beautiful Victorian architecture, this is the place to see one of the only steam clocks in the entire world. Just head down Water Street and listen for the telltale whistle.

Gastown is also abundant in fine dining, fashion, decor, galleries, and plenty of shopping. 

10. Canada Place

Canada Place

Located in the heart of Vancouver’s Waterfront, this landmark is beautiful enough just to take your date to see the sails lit up after dinner. If you want to enjoy what this venue offers, you won’t be short on things to do.

Canada Place is home to cruise ships and the convention centre. They often have events offered to the public, so check their website before your night to find out what might be going on while you’re there.

It is also home to FlyOver Canada, a virtual plane ride over the city, and is a favourite of tourists and locals alike.

Vancouver Is the Perfect Place for a Date

Vancouver’s natural beauty and its many experiences make it the perfect place to bring your date. There is no end to the sights, fun, and food here. Head to Vancouver for a trip that will give you memories to last a lifetime.


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