Summer love is best spent in Vancouver. We’re just a stones throw away from tons of awesome date activities.
Check out the best Summer date ideas in Vancouver (and beyond) to enjoy with your significant other.
Summer Date Ideas In Vancouver
Ride bikes along the seawall
It may be cliche but nothing beats a sunny bike ride along the Vancouver seawall. Whether you’re in a relationship or going on your first date together—it’s the perfect date idea.
Take out at the beach
Grab some take out and head out to one of Vancouver’s stunning beaches or pristine parks. Little Juke on Davie is now offering some awesome to-go fried chicken boxes with a meal curated for two. Dig into some delicious grub while soaking up the views the city has to offer.
Go on a leisurely hike
Get outdoors and do something active—without breaking too much of a sweat. Some good easier hikes around Vancouver are: Pacific Spirit Park near UBC, Quarry Rock in Deep Cove and Lighthouse Park in West Vancouver.
Eat everything at the Richmond Night Market
A great date idea for two foodies is hitting up the Richmond Night Market and trying as many vendors as you can. There’s lots of new eats to explore this year, including this rainbow grilled cheese.
Indulge your sweet tooth at the best dessert cafes
Skip dinner and grab dessert instead. Vancouver has an endless array of sweet shops for you to try with your loved one. Snackshot is just one of many incredible dessert cafes, and it has games that are 100% edible to add some fun to your date night.
Make a splash at Metro Vancouver’s largest water park
Beat the heat and bring out the inner kid in you by heading over to Metro Vancouver’s largest water park—Big Splash in Tsawwassen. It also has an adults only section with cabanas and lots of food and drink options.
Head to Key Party for some fun cocktails
Don’t let the name throw you off. This eccentric and relatively new hangout has been quickly making a name for itself. From the outside, it looks like an accounting firm—but once you walk in you’re transported into a cool bar atmosphere with some creative cocktails.
Take a day trip to the Sunshine Coast
The Sunshine Coast is a little slice of heaven and it’s so close to Vancouver. Just step on a 40-minute ferry and check out all there is to explore in Gibsons, Sechelt, Robert’s Creek and beyond.
Night kayaking in Deep Cove
The quaint Deep Cove is one of the most picturesque places in Metro Vancouver. Mix it up and go on a kayaking tour at dark. Deep Cove Kayaking offers special Friday Night Lights tours where you can glide through the water with just a light on your kayak leading the way.
Explore Metro Vancouver’s most whimsical trails
Try something a little different and check out Metro Vancouver’s most whimsical trails. Teapot Hill in Chilliwack is one of the most charming trails. It features a series of teapots throughout the trail, that turn a hike more into an adventure where you can see how many you can find along the way.
Star gazing at Porteau Cove
In between Vancouver and Squamish—you will come across the breathtaking Porteau Cove. It’s magical all times of day, but if you stick around at night—it’s the perfect place for star gazing.
Tackle Grouse Mountain’s aerial ropes course
Grouse Mountain has opened its epic aerial ropes adventure course for the Summer. Challenge your loved one to some friendly competition and tackle the course together.
Visit Krause Berry Farms
Sample wines, check out local artisan goods, grab a slice of delicious pie or just enjoy your surroundings. This little farm in Langley is the idyllic spot to spend a Summer afternoon.
Go axe-throwing in Whistler
Go for a scenic road trip along the beautiful Sea to Sky Highway. Follow it up with some axe throwing at Forged Axe Throwing at Function Junction in Whistler.
Peruse the shops on Granville Island
You can easily pass several hours while on Granville Island. Wander through the public market, sampling all the delicious foods and checking out the other local shops around the bustling little island.
Outdoor go-karting in Richmond
You’re never too old to race each other with go-karts. Head over to Richmond Go Karts for an awesome outdoor track and some super fast go karts just for adults.
Movie under the stars in Stanley Park
One of the most highly anticipated events of Summer, is enjoying the free outdoor movies held in Stanley Park. This year, check out a couple of them—while laying on a blanket and enjoying a picnic.
Lose yourselves in a lavender field
Tuscan Farm Gardens in Abbotsford is a magical place to spend a Summer day. Take a walk through the fields of vibrant and fragrant plants.
Picnic at Whytecliff Park at sunset
Pack a picnic and set your sights on Whytecliff Park in West Vancouver. After climbing some rocks and taking in the views—just sit and wait for the sun to set all around you.
Soak up the views at Queen Elizabeth Park
One of the best spots in the city to get panoramic views is Queen Elizabeth Park. Go for a walk amongst the lush gardens and soak up all the beauty nature has to offer.
Take a dip in one of Vancouver’s scenic pools
Cool down with a swim in one of Vancouver’s most scenic outdoor pools. Kits Beach and Second Beach pools are two of the best spots for swimming in the province.
Go on a tree walk at UBC Botanical Garden
The UBC Botanical Garden has a lot to offer, including a suspended tree walk allowing you to get a birds-eye view of the gardens below.
Free outdoor yoga
Mat Collective is hosting a variety of different free yoga classes this Summer. It’s a good opportunity to get some exercise, relax and connect with your favourite person.
Marvel at the Celebration Of Lights
One of the biggest festivals and celebrations in Vancouver is the annual fireworks show. The best viewing point would be English Bay Beach, so it’s a good idea to head there early on firework nights to nab the perfect spot.
Soak up the sun at one of the best beaches
Vancouver is home to some amazing beaches. Spend the day at just one, or go on a bit of a beach crawl, by checking out some of the best: Sunset, English Bay, Spanish Banks, and more.
Get lattes with 3D art
There’s a new food and drink vendor in town and it’s all on a bike. What makes this one so unique is that it is especially known for coffee and even has its own 3D latte art machine. So you can take a picture of you both and get it printed onto your drink. Check out the Street Food app to find out its location.
Go for high tea
A romantic high tea can be a fun spot to celebrate a special occasion with your significant other. One of our favourites is Neverland Tea Salon in Vancouver—with a variety of delicious teas to sample and tasty appies.
Happy hour at Vancouver’s best bars
If you both work that Monday to Friday life—then a Happy Hour date is the perfect thing to look forward to when you’re off. Check out some awesome deals happening around the city.
Grab some friends and play a friendly game of beach volleyball at English Bay or Kits. Even if you’re not good at volleyball, it’s a fun date idea and can be done with your entire circle of friends.
Ride water bikes around False Creek
Bike riding is fun but step it up a notch by renting out these cool water bikes that can be taken around False Creek. You can get a good work out in, but go at your own pace—and of course get in lots of quality time (and laughs) together.