Can you feel it in the air? Autumn is upon us, and soon, fall colours will envelop the city in vibrant shades of red, yellow, and orange. And if you’re looking to spice up the season, we’ve got you covered with some fall date ideas to try out in and around 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

Harvest Days at VanDusen

If you’re looking for a celebration of autumn’s bounty in the form of seasonal eats, decorated scarecrows, and fall foliage – then look no further than Harvest Days at VanDusen. Take a stroll through the massive veggie garden hand-in-hand with your date, with a warm beverage in hand. And be prepared to take silly pictures with the fun photo displays throughout the garden!

When: Weekends starting Saturday, October 7th to Sunday, October 29th
Where: 5251 Oak Street
Cost: $12 (plus fees) per adult

Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge

Jumping ahead to mid-November – you can once again walk under (and above) twinkling lights that change colours across one of Canada’s most famed suspension bridges. As long as you and your date aren’t afraid of heights, it doesn’t get more romantic than this.

When: Friday, November 17th to Sunday, January 21st
Where: Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
Cost: $49.95 to $66.95 per adult

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.

Where: See locations above

Get scared at one of BC’s haunted attractions 

If you enjoy being spooked (or just want an excuse to comfort your date after), there are tons of haunted attractions in BC worth visiting this year, from Cougar Creek’s House of Horrors to Chilliwack’s Reapers Haunted Attraction.

Where: See our picks above

Grab a drink at a lobby bar

We’ve said it before in our list of indoor date ideas and we’ll say it again: It never hurts to dress up and grab a couple of rounds at a fancy hotel bar. If the vibes are right and you feel like whisking your honey away to a cozy spot, who says you need a special occasion as your reason?

Where: See our picks above

Grab a coffee

Sure, it’s simple, but grabbing a cuppa joe (or tea) with someone is a great way to get to know them a little better—and not just their coffee order. Thankfully, Vancouver has an amazing coffee scene and there are a ton of options in the cafe-bakery variety.

Whether you stop by 49th Parallel or find yourself at one of Vancouver’s many ‘hidden’ corner cafes, we can pretty much guarantee that with the right beverage and atmosphere, you won’t even need a wingman.

Where: Check out our picks at the link above
Cost: Under $10

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

See some local art


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Thankfully for art lovers, 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

Watch the sunset at Lighthouse Park 

Yes, this requires going over to the North Shore, but the views are so worth it. You and your date can pack some nice snacks and cocoa and wait for the sun to give you a show. We promise you’ll both love it.

Where: 4902 Beacon Lane

And that’s a wrap on some fantastic fall date ideas to pull out this season.