The sun is shining and the weather is warming up, which means it’s the perfect time to get outside and make the most of it with someone special. So while we love a good speakeasy date or meal out, the season is calling us outside – and we’re ready to answer. So with that in mind, here are 10 amazing outdoor date ideas to try out in and around Vancouver.
Hit up an open-air music festival
Whether you’re going on a first or second date or want somewhere fun to let loose with your partner, Sunwave has you covered with several open-air EDM parties on May 27th, June 10th, and June 24th, respectively. So if you’re excited about prime music festival season but don’t want to blow through $200+ tickets, this is a great option.
Where: See locations above
There’s still one more day of Burnaby Blooms at Deer Lake – so you and your date can roam the beautiful Deer Lake Park and enjoy guided garden tours, flower-adorned eco-sculptures, and plant workshops at one big celebration. And if you get inspired for your own garden or balcony plants, even better!
When: Saturday, May 27th
Where: 6450 Deer Lake Avenue and 100 Centennial Way, Burnaby
Live music at Stanley Park Brewing
On Thursday, June 15th, you can head to Stanley Park Brewing for some delicious craft beer alongside free live music by Michael Fabro – as part of the brewery’s new series Brews & Tunes.
When: Thursday, June 15th
Where: 8901 Stanley Park Drive
Go on a hot air balloon ride
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This one requires a bit of a day-trip mentality, but it’s definitely worth your while. Okanagan Ballooning is family-owned and operated, and has been flying out of the Okanagan Valley for almost 20 years. They currently operate a 6-passenger balloon named Aurora, which can be in the sky anywhere between 45 minutes to 3 hours per ride, depending on the weather.
Standard flights cost $425-450 per person, or you can book a romantic 3-hour flight for two for $1,750.
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
Hit up a night market
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Whether you want to load up on tasty street fare at the Richmond Night Market or hit up this year’s Vegan Night Market for some plant-based treats, there are plenty of choices for foodies to check out this spring.
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 any live shows are playing that night. Or, just stroll around the area and grab a bite to eat afterwards!
Where: 1689 Johnston Street and the surrounding area
Go on a scenic hike
From gentle hikes like Cypress Falls to more challenging trails like the Chief in Squamish, there are plenty of scenic spring hikes to check out near Vancouver for all skill levels. Though if you want to show off your hiking game, we definitely suggest the latter!
Where: Click the link above for our picks
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
So there you have it, Vancouver. If you need some outdoor date ideas to jumpstart the warmer months, consider this a great place to start.
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