Vancouver is such a lush, diverse city. There are so many different things to do on your own or as a couple. Whether you’re a Vancouver native, or you’re just visiting, you can navigate like a local with these eco-friendly Valentine’s Day date ideas. PS: for those of us who are going solo this Valentines Day, many of these are great activities to do alone or with friends!
Walk Or Bike The Sea Wall
Stanley Park is such a beautiful location, it only makes sense that it’s the perfect setting for a Valentine’s Day date. The Sea Wall is a must see, it’s iconic in Vancouver. The 10 km walk around gives you some of the best views of the city.
Bring your own bike or rent one at the conveniently located rental locations. You can actually rent tandem bikes if you really want to make a statement as a couple.
Take A Hike
Vancouver’s backyard is a spectacular arrangement of mountain ranges. The closest to the city, the North Shore Mountain range is the most visible from Vancouver. It offers the picturesque backdrop that’s part of what makes this city so special.
This range is home to a plethora of different hiking routes. There are trails for all levels of hiking so there’s no excuse to stay inside this V-day! You can search for hikes on your own and pick one you and your partner have yet to try. Here are our top recommendations for hiking spots just outside of Vancouver: Quarry Rock Grouse Grind Bridal Veil Falls
Turn your hike into a snowshoeing adventure!
In mid-February, there is still snow at the tops of most Vancouver mountains. Treat your date to a walk in a winter wonderland. There are three major mountains that offer snowshoeing and snowshoe rentals in Vancouver. These are: Mt Seymour, Cypress Mountain, and Grouse Mountain.
Hold tight to your partner’s hand as you sway and wobble over the 70m drop below. Once you get to the other side there are plenty of walking routes and activities to keep you busy all day.
You can try the Capilano Sky Walk, which takes you up into the trees for a birds-eye view of the canyon below. The spectacular views and fun activities in the park will leave you feeling refreshed and in awe of the natural surroundings, this temperate rainforest has to offer. Be sure to pack your cameras!
Search For Natural Hotsprings
If you’re looking to travel slightly outside of the city, or if you live north of Vancouver in Pemberton, you can benefit from the several natural hot springs that are scattered throughout this provinces national parks. Unfortunately, most of these regions require a vehicle to get to so let’s consider it partially sustainable, more so if you have an electric car.
Nevertheless, it is still a fun adventure and it’s a great way to really get out and immerse yourself in the West Coast scenery. Winter tires are a must when attempting an adventure like this, along with blankets and supplies in case anything goes awry. If you’re looking for a romantic getaway, we suggest Tofino’s natural hot springs. If you’re bringing snacks or drinks, remember to clean up after yourself, never litter!
Due to an excess amount of litter, popular tourist destination – Keyhole Hotsprings are now closed to the public. Garbage and trash from visitors attracted a large number of bears to the region. Use caution when exploring BC’s natural landscape and have respect for the environment.
Visit The Aquarium
The Vancouver Aquarium is the perfect place for a date! The dark lighting and spectacular displays are great for a rainy day. It’s located right in the heart of Stanley Park so you could actually couple this date idea with the walk around the park. The Aquarium has long been a popular tourist attraction in the city, but it’s always fun to experience once in a while.
Bring your date or tour through solo. There are so many different aquatic displays featuring fish and creatures from our very own Pacific Ocean, and all over the world. Try and find the coastal octopus and the tree sloth in the interactive display!
There’s nothing more satisfying than helping others, why not do it with someone you love. There are plenty of different volunteer organizations throughout the City of Vancouver. Check to see if your favorite is hosting anything special for Valentines Day. If you’re looking for a fun volunteer opportunity, The Salvation Army is always looking for motivated volunteers. Find a cause that you’re both passionate about and sign up!
Go Ice Skating
Vancouver has its own semi-outdoor ice rink right in the heart of the city. Downtown, Robson Square has an ice rink open until the end of February. Bike, walk or bus to the rink to save some gas, avoid pay parking and contribute to a sustainable future. The rink is free for all ages so bring your skates and stop by! If you want to rent skates it’s $4.00 for a rental pair (cash only.) The rink is open 9am-9pm, 7 days a week. The hours may vary for certain holidays.
PS: If you don’t know how to skate, it’s a great excuse to hold hands!
Visit A Farmers Market
Even though it is still winter, there is still plenty of fresh, seasonal produce available in Vancouver. Here are two farmers markets that run year-round.