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10 Cheap Summer Date Ideas For Under $10 In Metro Vancouver

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Looking for date ideas that don’t break the bank? With summer here, it’s the perfect time to work up the courage to ask that special someone out. Or, if you’re already with someone, it’s the perfect time to wow them with a romantic outdoor adventure.

With that being said, Vancouver has the worst housing market in national history. As such, it isn’t always within the average resident’s means to take their date on an expensive rendezvous.

Regardless, there are a number of cheap date ideas to enjoy around the city. In fact, a many cost less than $10, and still keep your date grinning from ear to ear.

So, check out these great date ideas for some cost-effective summer fun!

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Cheap Date Ideas


hikes / date night
Photo: Nathan Dumlao/Unsplash

The ultimate cheap date, a hike provides the ideal setting to spend some quiet time with your date. In addition, you’ll have an incredibly romantic backdrop for your paired adventure. There are a number of fantastic places to hike, but you may want to stick to something short and sweet (so that you aren’t a sweaty mess!)

Free Outdoor Movies

date night - outdoor movies - Movies Under The Stars Surrey
Photo: waferboard / Flickr

What better way to cozy up to your date than at a FREE outdoor movie? Skip the chair and bring a blanket so you can cuddle up close under the stars. What’s more, Metro Vancouver has a number of outdoor movie spots to watch some great films once the sun goes down.

Bike the Seawall

vancouver weather / date night
Photo: Clayton Perry Photoworks

There are a number of great places to go for a bike ride in Metro Vancouver; however, few compare to the sublime beauty of the seawall. Watch the whitecaps rise and fall as the ocean glistens under the endless summer sun and breathe in that pure Pacific Northwest air. You’ll feel rejuvenated and inspired, and its absolutely free!

Get Ice Cream

date night / cookie ice cream sandwiches
Photo: @wingthefoodie/Instagram

Once upon a time, getting ice cream was a pretty simple experience. There were only a few flavours to choose from, and cones and cups were all pretty standard. Fast forward to 2018 and things have taken a wild and positively wonderful turn. Now, you can get pretty much any flavour, in a variety of ice cream formations. For example, they even serve ice cream in a watermelon! So, if you are looking for a sweet date, check out some of the best places to get ice cream in Metro Vancouver.


Summer Festivals

Fireworks / Date Night
Photo: Jerry Meaden / Flickr

There are free festivals galore in Metro Vancouver during the summer. As such, you’ve got a variety of experiences to choose from. Alternatively, you can even enjoy them all! The Honda Celebration of Light is a breathtaking fireworks display along the Vancouver waterfront, and it is a magical experience. Similarly, the New Westminster Pride Street Pary offers a fun, free way to enjoy culture and performers right in along Columbia Street.

Night Markets

Richmond / Date Night
Photo: PiscesDreamer / 604 Now Flickr Pool

The Richmond Night market only costs a couple of dollars for admission. What’s more, it provide hours of entertainment. With free performances, as well as a bounty of delicious eats, there’s a great deal to enjoy. Similarly, the Shipyards Night Market in North Vancouver offers a variety of delicious food and vendors to explore.

Beach Date

BC Tempertatures / Date Night
Photo: Jerry Meaden / 604 Now Flickr Pool

It may sound simple, but there’s few dates as lovely and relaxing as a day at the beach. What’s more, BC has some of the most magical beaches in the entire world. To make things even nicer, you can bring a floatie to enjoy hanging out in the water with your date. Also, pack a yummy picnic to share will you watch the waves crash in. There’s nothing more romantic than a sunset over the water!


Sing Karaoke

Vancouver Karaoke / date night
Photo: Fantacity Karaoke / Facebook

While you may not be brave enough to try it on a first date, karaoke is truly an ice-breaker. If you can let loose in front of your date on stage you just might steal their heart for life! Or, if you are already attached, it may shake up your regular routine. Apparently, those that sing together stay together (or so we hear!) Check out the ultimate places to unleash your inner Beyonce around Metro Vancouver.

Free Concert

Date Night
Photo: TD Uptown Live Street Party

While some major entertainers charge hefty fees for their live shows, there are a number of talented acts performed around Metro Vancouver this summer for free. For instance, New Westminter’s TD Uptown Live Street Party offers the chance to see a plethora of live music free of charge. Even indie-pop sensation Hey Ocean! will perform. So, what are you waiting for? Rock out this summer with your sweetie!

Outdoor Yoga

Kits Beach / date night
Photo: Mat Collective / Facebook

The benefits of yoga are tremendous: lowered blood pressure, increased flexibility, and enhanced muscle tone are just a few of its positive rewards. And, there’s nothing better than staying active with significant other. What’s more, Kitsilano Beach offers yoga for free on Friday, June 1st, 2018 and right until the end of August!


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