The sun is shining and things are heating up, folks! Ready to make the most of it with that special someone? We’re here to help, with some romantic summer date ideas in and around Vancouver. Whether you’re feeling outdoorsy, adventurous, cultured… this city has everything you need to have a truly steamy summer. So, let’s get started.

Here are 15 romantic date ideas for this summer in Vancouver.

Have a Gourmet Picnic at VanDusen Garden

It doesn’t get more romantic than a private picnic experience in a gorgeous garden setting, does it? VanDusen Garden has partnered with Truffles Fine Foods for this incredible activity, which includes a multi-course meal and 2 hours admission in the gardens.

When: Starts Wednesday, June 16th
Where: VanDusen Botanical Garden, 5251 Oak Street
Cost: $98 per person

Or spend a day at the UBC Botanical Garden

There’s something magical about a trip to the garden on a summer’s day, don’t you think? And, there’s no doubt that the UBC Botanical Garden is among the very best of them. Our advice here is to gamify the visit a little bit, and try to find the most beautiful flowers and plants that are currently in bloom.

When: Open throughout the summer
Where: 6804 SW Marine Drive
Cost: $10

Listen to some live music

It’s been so long since we heard legitimate live music and concerts that we’d go with just about anyone. So, imagine how that special someone will feel when you let them know you’ve got two tickets for some of the first concerts to come to Vancouver in over a year. They’ll be over the moon!

When: Concerts throughout the summer
Where: Click the link above for the full roundup

Go on a public art bike tour of Vancouver

An easy (and cheap) summer date idea in Vancouver can be just as magical as the expensive ones. The Vancouver Biennale’s BIKEnnale offers a guided tour of some amazing public art pieces around the city, which just so happen to be near some of our city’s best public spaces.

When: Tours throughout the summer
Where: All around Vancouver
Cost: $5 per person

Or check out a mural tour

That’s right, the Vancouver Mural Festival is also coming back in a big way this summer. In addition to live music, they’re also bringing back neighbourhood mural tours while it’s going on. Vancouver has no shortage of gorgeous murals to check out, so this is a great way to get outside without feeling ‘outdoorsy’.

When: August 4th to August 22nd
Where: All around Vancouver

Explore the Capilano Suspension Bridge

Our next step up the ‘outdoorsy’ ladder is this iconic North Vancouver attraction. It’s pricey, sure, but there’s no denying that the suspension bridge is a fantastic way to spend the afternoon. Especially if you take the time to visit all the attractions, which mix cliff walks, treetop adventures, and of course the bridge itself.

When: Open daily
Where: 3735 Capilano Road, North Vancouver
Cost: $54.95 (same price as an annual pass)

Get back on the Sea to Sky Gondola

 

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Another iconic BC attraction is of course the Sea to Sky Gondola. This one takes a little longer to get to, but the views are oh-so-worth-it. Plus, once you’re up there, you can explore some mountaintop trails, check out multiple viewpoints, and indulge in a beverage before heading back down.

When: Now open
Where: 36800 BC-99, Squamish
Tickets: $55.95 for GA, $14.29 for Ride-Down Only

Hike up Grouse Mountain

Do you and your partner associate a workout with sexiness? We are in Vancouver, health capital of Canada after all. Either way, the Grouse Grind is one of Vancouver’s must-try activities, and with good reason. Our recommendation here though is to try and go during the week, to minimize the number of people you’ll see on the trail.

When: Open throughout June
Where: Grouse Mountain
Cost: $20 (for the download ticket)

Take in a summer sunset

 

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Of course, you don’t even have to be outdoorsy to take in some of Vancouver’s most stunning views. If you need proof, just check out our guide of the best viewpoints around the city. Hot weather, a gorgeous pastel sunset, and maybe a little picnic to complete the trio? That sounds like a lovely (and inexpensive) summer date option to us.

Where: Click the link above for our picks

Watch a movie

Yes, that’s right, movies at movie theatres are back! We think supporting local business is sexy, so we recommend that you check out the showtimes at The Cinematheque, the Rio Theatre, and VanCity Theatre. The added bonus? These often show older movies, which are perfect if you’re not in the mood for a summer blockbuster.

When: Showtimes throughout summer
Where: Locations around Vancouver
Cost: Varies

Step into a tropical paradise

It’s always nice to keep a couple of rainy day picks in your back pocket, no? Our first option is the Bloedel Conservatory, which is an indoor paradise filled with tropical plants and birds. Heck, even if it’s nice out, the location in Queen Elizabeth Park makes it easy to go enjoy a picnic or something afterwards.

When: Open throughout the weekend
Where: 4600 Cambie Street
Cost: $7.05

Take a trip to the art gallery

We’re never disappointed with a trip to Vancouver’s local art galleries, but we do have a favourite. The Polygon gallery in North Vancouver combines great architecture, interesting exhibits, and stunning views of Vancouver into one amazing experience. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that there’s a Nemesis Coffee in the building, which makes lunch/dinner plans afterwards a breeze.

When: Open through the summer
Where: 101 Carrie Cates Court
Cost: Admission by donation

Have some fun at Playland

 

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Maybe a little thrill outside the bedroom leads to a thrill inside it. If you’re ready to test the theory, know that Playland has reopened for the summer! We’ll admit, we often feel closest to someone when we’re hurtling along on a wooden rollercoaster, so it could be a fantastic option for a summer date in Vancouver.

When: Now open
Where: 2901 E Hastings Street
Tickets: $39.50 for GA

Find your favourite kind of ice cream

Ok, we’re capping off this list with some food and drink-specific options. First up is a classic trip for a scoop of ice cream. But, we think this is a relatively good way to turn one date into a series of them. After all, who would say no to a weekly scoop of ice cream from some of the best spots in the city? Certainly not us.

Where: Click the link above for our picks

Go for a delicious vegan meal

 

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Vancouver is without a doubt one of the best cities for plant-based diets in North America, if not around the world. And, you should make the most of it by inviting your partner to try one of the many delicious options we have. Plus, a healthier meal means more energy for other stuff later in the day, if you catch our drift.

Where: Click the link above for our picks

Alright folks, that’s our guide of some amazing summer date ideas in and around Vancouver this year. Whether your looking to reignite the spark or start a new fire altogether, we hope these options help you!