Even when it’s raining, it’s not hard to have some date-night fun around this city. And if you need some inspiration, we’ve got you covered with some romantic date ideas for all kinds of weather – just to be prepared. Without further ado, here are 12 romantic date ideas for this fall in Vancouver.

See the best of Vancouver’s changing colours

While cherry blossom season gets a ton of love (and rightfully so), Vancouver is also downright beautiful during the fall. If you’re looking for a simple activity that’s still packed with romance, then check out our guide to the best places to see fall colours in Vancouver. Mix in a lunch or dinner at a nearby restaurant to kick things up a notch, too!

Where: Click the link above for our picks

Go apple-picking

We’re getting into prime apple-picking season, and there are no shortage of u-pick farms and apple festivals to enjoy. Make a road trip out of it and explore Vernon, or stay local at the UBC Botanical Garden. No matter which farm you choose, there’s nothing sweeter than taking your honey to pick some delicious fruit out in nature! Bonus points if you bring ’em back and bake a pie for two.

Where: See our picks above

Walk around Granville Island

No matter how you slice it, Granville Island is a great option for a romantic date. Pick up some groceries from the market (and a couple of sweet treats while you’re at it). Go on a gallery tour and see if there are any live shows playing that night. Or, just stroll around the area and grab a bite to eat afterwards!

Where: 1689 Johnston Street and surrounding area

Explore the Nanaimo Bar Trail

We think the history of the Nanaimo bar in BC is as fascinating as it is delicious. And if you agree, you can go on this self-guided tour of Vancouver Island’s most unique Nanaimo bar-inspired treats, which includes ice cream, savoury bites, and even fancy drinks. This one’s definitely a bucket list date idea!

Where: See locations above

Visit the VIFF Centre

Between the downtown location and the recently renovated interior, the VIFF Centre is a fantastic choice just about any time of year. But fall is a particularly nice time, especially because the Vancouver International Film Festival is set to return at the end of September!

Where: 1181 Seymour Street

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

For the next step up the culture ladder, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra is a can’t-miss option. Between the gorgeous setting and the wondrous music, you’ll feel like you’re sitting in New York or Paris instead of Vancouver. And, to blend the two worlds, they also do live scores for much-loved movies every once in a while.

Where: 601 Smithe Street

Vancouver Art Gallery

It’s hard to deny that hanging around a beautiful building and looking at art is anything but a romantic idea. Of course, it’s also nice that it’s just a stone’s throw away from some of the most delicious restaurants in the city, making for a fantastic (if a little pricey) duo of romantic experiences. But fall is a time to splurge!

Where: 750 Hornby Street

Go on a food tour in Chinatown

For those who don’t know, this cultural and culinary walking tour takes guests through tons of iconic spots in the heart of Chinatown – and gives folks the opportunity to sample authentic fare from a variety of restaurants. And whether you’re an avid foodie or more of a history buff – this is a great option when considering fun day activities in the area. And once you’re ready to transition to nighttime – there are plenty of cool bars in Gastown and Strathcona to check out!

Where: See locations above

Lonsdale Quay

 

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Similar to Granville Island, the Lonsdale Quay has enough stuff going on to entertain any kind of romance. Our top pick though? Spend a few hours at the Polygon Gallery (& check out the new Stan Douglas exhibition) then go for a waterfront stroll before getting a lovely dinner nearby. Bonus points if you time the walk with a sunset!

Where: 101 Carrie Cates Court

Check out a retro-themed bar

While there are many themed bars in Vancouver, spanning tropical-inspired to speakeasy-esque, we have to say there’s something special about retro-themed bars. Luckily for Vancouverites, the only problem you’ll have is choosing one (or a couple) for a fun night out with your person. From this new 60s/70s-inspired spot in Mount Pleasant to Glitch Retro Arcade, here are our picks.

Where: Check out our picks above

VanDusen Botanical Garden

Ok, time for an outdoor option (the sun still can shine in the fall!). Thanks to its incredible array of plants and flowers, the VanDusen Botanical Garden is a beautiful option any time of year. And on a nicer day, it’s a downright otherworldly experience for you and that special someone to stroll through.

Where: 5151 Oak Street

Bloedel Conservatory

Meanwhile, the Bloedel Conservatory is a great way to spend a rainy day in the city. Filled to the brim with tropical birds and plants, the conservatory will lighten pretty much any day, and especially if the rain is coming down heavy. And besides, if the skies clear while you’re in there you can take a walk through Queen Elizabeth Park afterwards!

Where: 4600 Cambie Street

Can you feel it in the air? Autumn colours are brewing, and so is the romance this season. We hope you make the most of these fall date ideas in Vancouver and make some core memories over the next couple of months.