Romantic Vancouver

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by Melody Fury

Marvel at Vancouver’s natural beauty together, party the night away or find adventure on nearby mountaintops. These romantic activities are sure to light some sparks.

Soak in the Scenes

Vancouver’s beautiful parks connect the urban setting with nature’s glory. Queen Elizabeth Park is renowned for its picturesque seasonal gardens and begs for a romantic picnic. Pack a delicious basket with a flask of hot chocolate, and then explore the park for the ideal spot to savour the spread. Alternately, share a delightful meal at Seasons in the Park, a panoramic restaurant that overlooks the gardens and beyond.

If you prefer to be more active, go for a bike ride along Vancouver’s scenic seawall. Rent two bikes, or better yet, a tandem bike from one of several bike shops near the intersection of Denman and Georgia streets. Enter the bike path through Stanley Park and follow the tranquil seawall that leads to English Bay. As you reach the first stretch of beaches, look upwards to your left. Tucked away there is the cozy Teahouse Restaurant, a fantastic brunch spot with an airy patio.

Out on the Town

If a night of strolling, dining and sipping drinks is more your idea of a hot date, head to the Chinatown and Gastown neighborhoods. Start off your evening with a romantic walk through the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. The Zen-like atmosphere will give you the opportunity to quietly chat before your evening adventures. Hop just a few steps over to the Keefer Bar to enjoy some craft cocktails with an Eastern herbalist twist.

As the sun begins to set, the street lamps light up Chinatown, and neighboring Gastown’s lively dining and bar scene gets underway. Pick a quiet table in L’Abattoir’s stunning back room with high glass ceilings. Whisper sweet nothings over fine, French-inspired dishes prepared with care and flare. Post dinner, head over to their sexy, buzzing bar for smooth cocktails shaken up by award-winning bartenders.

If the night is still young, cruise through charming Water St. en route to Pourhouse Restaurant. Chit-chat the night away over a few more drinks on one of several snuggly loveseats. If it happens to be a Sunday evening, you’ll also be treated to live jazz.

Top of Vancouver

Grouse and Cypress mountains both offer playful date ideas that go beyond skiing and snowboarding.

Begin your Grouse Mountain date with a sleigh ride through its snowy forest. After the enchanting ride, head to the 8,000-square-foot ice skating pond for a leisurely skate. Then warm up your toes by the fire at the nearby Peak Chalet with a mug of cider. To top off your night, unwind over dinner at The Observatory, a fine-dining restaurant that serves contemporary West Coast fare featuring Ocean Wise ingredients.

For more adventurous couples, Cypress Mountain offers guided snowshoeing tours over the Hollyburn plateau. Choose from three- or four-hour evening treks that conclude with chocolate fondue and toasty drinks inside a candle-lit cabin. The snowy conditions will require you to keep each other warm!



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