Feeling energized by the spring colours in the city? Make the most of it with that special someone and try out some new date ideas around Vancouver. See a show, uncover a new speakeasy, and watch as the blossoms continue to bloom. Hopefully, there’s more than just pollen in the air!

Here are some amazing spring date ideas to try out in Vancouver.

Bike the Blossoms

We thought we’d start strong, and list the most quintessential spring date option in the city. After all, cherry blossoms are beautiful, free, and a great opportunity for some fresh air. And this weekend, you can hop on a couple of bikes and join the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival’s “Bike the Blossoms” event, which starts at the south end of Trout Lake at 11 am on Saturday, April 22nd.

When: Saturday, April 22nd
Where: Meet at Trout Lake

Listen to some live music

The return of concerts to Vancouver is easily one of the things we’ve been most excited about. Looking for a place to start? Don’t worry, because we’ll be giving you highlight picks around the city on a monthly basis!

Where: See the list of April concerts above

Try a new restaurant

Of course, spring’s not all about getting outside and being active. It’s also a great time to take advantage of Vancouver’s dining scene. If you’re looking for a new favourite, we recently rounded up some recent spots to stake a claim in the city.

Where: See our picks above

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Uncover a hidden bar


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Turn a dinner out into a full evening with a nightcap at one of Vancouver’s hidden bars or speakeasies. Ambience, delicious drinks, a relaxed atmosphere (most of the time)… it’s the perfect after-dinner option!

Where: See our picks above

Go on a scenic hike

That’s right nature enthusiasts… while some hikes around Vancouver need a few more months, others are perfectly suited for a springtime trip! What’s more, we’ve rounded up our top picks for you.

Where: Click the link above for our picks

Take a weekend trip to Whistler Blackcomb

Of course, another option is to get a little bit of spring skiing done! While the Whistler side is set to close in mid-April, Blackcomb Mountain is slated to stay open until late May. If you didn’t get the chance to hit the slopes this winter, then this is a great time to go.

When: Slated to close May 23rd
Where: Whistler

Check out a jazz night

No matter your beverage of choice, Vancouver has some stellar jazz nights to take advantage of on a weekly basis. So as long as you’re prepared to shell out the occasional cover fee here and there, consider this list a solid go-to for an after-work treat.

Where: See our picks above

As We Rise: Photography from the Black Atlantic

If you haven’t yet checked it out, the Polygon Gallery is hosting a curated exhibit by Elliott Ramsey celebrating the Black community and identities in Canada. The As We Rise exhibit features more than 100 photographs from the Wedge Collection – the largest privately owned collection championing Black artists in the country.

From African diasporic culture to the civil rights movement, the new exhibit (organized by Aperture) features powerful photography by a number of talented artists.

When: February 24th to May 14th
Where: 101 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver
Cost: By donation

Visit the Arts Club Theatre

Speaking of live arts, we’ve got some theatre for a nice (and cultured) night out! First up is Arts Club, which has got a variety of shows coming for the spring program, with one thread holding them together- they’re all musicals!

When: Showtimes throughout the spring
Where: Online and in-person options
Cost: Varies per show

See what’s on at The Cultch

Meanwhile, The Cultch also has a great lineup for the season. Their options are more for the classic play experience, but of course, expect some contemporary premises and tour-de-force performances from them.

When: Showtimes throughout April
Where: Online and in-person options
Cost: Varies per show

See some local art

By the same token, there are plenty of museums and art galleries in Vancouver offering free admission to their exhibits year-round. And while the list is by no means complete, we think this is a solid place to start if you’re looking to get into the local art scene.

Where: See our picks above

Catch a movie

Of course, what’s more classic than dinner and a movie for a date? We always like to see what’s playing at the Rio, the Cinematheque, or the VIFF Centre. From recent releases to cult classics and even some live options here and there, all three of them are interchangeable for a great experience.

When: Showtimes throughout the spring
Where: Locations around Vancouver
Cost: Varies per event

Enjoy the Capilano Suspension Bridge

Ok, time for some of the iconic choices around the city. North Vancouver’s amazing tourist attraction has reopened for the spring. Dress properly, and you can experience the beauty of the bridge in the rain, which is an underrated sight for Vancouverites.

When: Open daily
Where: 3735 Capilano Road, North Vancouver
Cost: $62.95 for a day pass

Visit a Japanese garden

The Nitobe Memorial Japanese Garden has reopened for the spring! Located at UBC, this incredible garden prompted the former Japanese Emperor to say “I am in Japan” during a visit. If that’s not a mark of authenticity, then we don’t know what is. Plus, admission is just $5 per person.

When: Open throughout the spring
Where: 1895 Lower Mall, UBC
Cost: $5 per person

Visit VanDusen Botanical Garden & the Plant Sale

There are few better gardens not only in Vancouver, but in all of Canada, than VanDusen. Packed full with seasonal blooms that need to be seen to be believed, it’s a showstopping stroll each and every time. Plus, they’ll be having their plant sale with over 500 varieties in May.

When: Open daily from 10 AM to 5 PM
Where: 5251 Oak St, Vancouver, BC
Cost: Adult $12.30, Senior & Youth $8.60, Child $6:15

And that’s a wrap on some amazing, affordable date ideas to try out in Vancouver this spring.