Between the dramatic skyline, sweeping waterfront views and award-winning restaurants, Vancouver offers plenty of options for a date night with your significant other. With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, it’s time to start thinking of something romantic to do — even if it’s just hanging out in your hotel room with a bottle of champagne and some heart-shaped pizza.

Whether you only recently defined your relationship or have been together for as long as you can remember, here are some ideas for a date night in Vancouver.

Date Night in Vancouver: Explore Granville Island

There’s no better date spot in Vancouver than Granville Island. Perched right on the water, the stunning view alone is enough reason to bring your date here for a romantic day or evening. Stroll through the Public Market, a giant hall filled with an array of delicious food and handcrafted goods, and grab some fresh, homemade doughnuts from Lee’s Doughnuts. They’re also ideal for late-night snacking at your hotel as you cozy up next to your partner. Or watch sparks fly over a flight of craft at the Granville Island Brewery. 

Date Night in Vancouver: Stroll Through Stanley Park

If you’re the kind of couple that loves the outdoors but doesn’t want to venture off too far from the city, then Stanley Park is your perfect destination for a romantic date. An oasis amid the urban landscape, Stanley Park has plenty of trails, beautiful beaches, local wildlife and historic landmarks to explore. 

Stroll hand-in-hand along the Seawall and admire some of the best views of the Vancouver skyline. Dive into the exhibits at the Vancouver Aquarium and explore the aquatic wildlife that calls the aquarium home, from Beluga whales and dolphins to otters and snakes. Finish off the date with dinner at one of the classic restaurants in the park and you’re sure to have a Valentine’s Day to remember.

Date Night in Vancouver: Eat and Drink Through Gastown

If the only thing you and your partner love more than each other is food, then grab your date and head over to Vancouver’s most historic neighborhood, Gastown. With more restaurants, cocktail bars and coffee shops per square foot than any other district in the city, Gastown has plenty of vibrant options that’ll delight your senses. Better yet — surprise your date with a food tour for a taste of the most inventive dishes and inspiring décor in the neighbourhood. After all, the key to anybody’s heart is through their stomach. 

For more Valentine’s Day or date night ideas, scroll through our guides on the best things to do in Vancouver.

Special thanks to the staff at the Hotel Belmont Vancouver, Ascend Hotel Collection in Vancouver, BC for their suggestions.

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