When thinking of the most romantic places in the world, Paris, Rome, even New York City might come to mind, but there is plenty to do in Vancouver to spark or rekindle a romance.
While everyone's ideas of a great date differ, with so many different types of activities to do in British Columbia's largest city, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Whether you're celebrating an anniversary, birthday, or Valentine's Day, planning a proposal, or simply looking for creative date spots, this list will undoubtedly give you some great ideas.
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Enjoy an Incredible View
Take your love to new heights! For a truly dramatic background to your romance, share an incredible view together on the Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish.
With bird's eye views of Howe Sound, challenging hikes that take you to breathtaking viewpoints, and the Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge, you and your lover's adrenaline will be certainly pumping.
Open year-round, visitors can keep warm by enjoying snowshoeing, and snow tubing in the wintertime and mountaintop yoga, rock climbing, free tours, and more during the summer season.
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Bike Vancouver's Famous Seawall
Biking is a free (or, low-cost, if you need to rent one) activity that many couples love doing together. It's a fantastic way to see the city or countryside and guaranteed to give both of you an endorphin boost.
Popular biking spots include the Vancouver Seawall, or any of the scenic bike trails located throughout the city, including the Central Valley Greenway, Stanley Park, and Sunset Beach.
You can even rent a tandem bike at Bayshore Bike Rentals on Denman Street and work on developing your problem-solving skills, together.
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Walk Along the Beach at Sunset
Long walks on the beach are cliché for a reason: most people enjoy taking a leisurely stroll with their loved ones with the golden light of the sunset to sounds of the gently crashing waves.
This free and highly romantic activity can be done at any one of Vancouver's best beaches including Spanish Banks Beach Park, Kitsilano Beach, and Sunset Beach Park.
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Dinner out is definitely another date cliché, but with so many great restaurants in Vancouver, it is definitely a tasty way to find romance.
Some of the best spots for candlelit dinners include Lupo that specializes in Italian and vegetarian-friendly dishes, Bacchus Restaurant & Lounge known for their cozy velvet banquettes, the waterfront beauty, Five Sails, and the classic French favorite, Le Crocodile.Continue to 5 of 18 below.
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Go on a Wine Tour
For couples who love their partners and their wine, a wine tasting or tour is an ideal match. At the Vancouver Urban Winery, you can enjoy one of their 36 different wines on tap, including those made in-house wines alongside a rotating selection from neighbor wineries across British Columbia. The winery also offers a selection of food and beer, and for couples who love learning together, there is the popular Sunday School series, where sommeliers David Stansfield and Lisa Cook host fun and informative seminars.
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Stroll Through VanDusen Botanical Garden
A lovely stroll awaits every season, at the VanDusen Botanical Garden, which is lovely in every season and has plenty of nooks and secluded pathways so you can get away from the crowds.
The garden does charge an admission fee, but if you're looking for a free activity, check out one of these other fantastic Vancouver gardens including the Rose Garden at Stanley Park and the Quarry Gardens at Queen Elizabeth Park.
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Take a Skate Date at Robson Square
Show off your ice skating skills at the Robson Square Ice Rink. Open every day (barring a few major holidays) from early December through the end of February, this rink is free and is located right in the heart of downtown Vancouver.
This semi-enclosed rink is also open late and holds special events with live music and laser light shows.
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Sleep Under the Stars
Is there anything more romantic than stargazing? If you enjoy the great outdoors, skip an expensive hotel and sleep under the stars at one of Vancouver's many wonderful and scenic places to camp, including the sandy beaches of Porpoise Bay on the Sunshine Coast, and Porteau Cove that has special facilities for scuba divers, if you're up for an adventure.Continue to 9 of 18 below.
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Vancouver’s nightlife scene has something for every couple, from sophisticated cocktail bars to crowded dance clubs.
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Picnic in the Park
Another low-cost alternative to dining out that is no less romantic is to plan a picnic at one of Vancouver’s fabulous parks. Combine your picnic with a bike ride or walk for a full day of romance.
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Go on an Outdoor Adventure Together
Ziplining in Vancouver and Whistler is one way to add a little adrenaline to your relationship. There's also Perfect Day Experiences, a company that offers a wide variety of adventure packages you can do with your partner, including flying, scuba diving, kayaking, boating, and windsurfing, as well as unusual sport lessons, like European fencing.
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Explore the Vancouver Art Gallery "By Donation" - Tuesday Evenings
Every Tuesday, from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m., the Vancouver Art Gallery has no admission fee; it's "by donation" instead. While not for everyone, art and culture lovers will definitely find this one of the most romantic things to do in Vancouver.Continue to 13 of 18 below.
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Dress Up for the Theatre, Symphony or Opera
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Dance at Robson Square - July & August Only
Every summer, Robson Square puts a dance floor over its ice rink and hosts two, free dance events: Friday night ballroom dancing from DanceSport BC and Sunday Afternoon Salsa. Both events are open to everyone regardless of ability and include a lesson, performance, and time to dance with your partner of choice.
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Proposing to your partner is certainly one of the most romantic things to do in Vancouver, and Vancouver has many fabulous, unique locations to pop the question, including atop Grouse Mountain, on secluded beaches (like Wreck Beach), and in front of scenic vistas.