Article by: Francois Roux
If you’re going on a date, skip the boring dinner-and-a-movie routine and try one of our picks for the top 10 date spots in Vancouver. Most of our choices are either free or really cheap, so you won’t have to spend a lot for a day or night on the town.
1. The Seawall. Walk, bike or rollerblade the Seawall, which winds around Vancouver’s waterfront from the convention centre at Coal Harbour all the way to Kitsilano Beach Park. It gives you 22 km to get to know someone – just expect to be shoulder-to-shoulder with tourists during the summer.
2. Granville Island Public Market, 1689 Johnston Street. Food vendors, live entertainment, and artisan stores. Take the Aquabus from several downtown spots. Watch out for seagulls if you eat your lunch outside.
3. Lynn Canyon Park, end of Peters Rd., North Vancouver. A free version of the Capilano Suspension Bridge, where they charge you $30 a pop to walk the wobbly bridge. Lynn Canyon Park also has forested trails and waterfalls. Take the Seabus to North Vancouver, then the #229 bus.
4. Spanish Banks, 4801 NW Marine Drive. One of the best spots to watch a Vancouver sunset. Bring a bottle of wine and a blanket (just keep the wine out of sight in case security stops by). Spanish Banks gets busy in the warmer months, but you can still find secluded spots.
5. The Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby Street. Besides the always-changing art exhibits, there’s Fuse on Friday nights, when the gallery stays open late for theatre, music and spoken-word performances. Admission is $19.50.
6. HR MacMillan Space Centre, 1100 Chestnut Street. Popular for their laser, music and light shows like Laser Pink Floyd ($10.75). You can see the stars if it’s clear out from the observatory on Friday and Saturday nights.
7. Stanley Park Pitch and Putt, near the Beach Ave. entrance. With 18 holes ranging from 40 to 100 yards, it’s open year round, but not much fun in the rainy months. The best time to go is in the spring or summer, anytime from 7:30 am to dusk. $12.50 per person.
8. Cypress Bowl Look-Out, North Vancouver. Go to the Cypress Bowl in the evening for an incredible view of Vancouver (and a quiet place to make out)! Take the Lions Gate Bridge and follow the signs to Highway One (via Taylor Way), or get on the Cypress Mountain Shuttle Bus at Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver.
9. Grouse Mountain Gondola, 6400 Nancy Greene Way. Don’t even think about doing the Grouse Grind on a date, unless you both want to take on a grueling, hour-and-a-half climb. Instead, take the Grouse Mountain Gondola, but a cautionary tale: it’s a whopping $39 per person, so not suitable for the budget conscious. Since you’re already spending, you could make a night of it and take your date to The Observatory Restaurant for a stunning view, and pretty astonishing prices.
10. Grandview Lanes, 2195 Commercial Drive. If you want an old-school experience, go to Grandview Lanes – the atmosphere is straight out of the 50’s. Try glow-in-the-dark bowling upstairs for $4.50 per person per game.
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Francois Roux, Founder – 2VancouverBC.com Consulting