Vancouver Date Ideas: 10 Romantic Things To Do In The Summer

Taking a summer trip to Vancouver with your sweetheart? There are more than a fair share of romantic things to do in Vancouver that promises to heat things up. Why not try out this list of summer date ideas and add a little extra fun, romance, and sizzle back to your life?

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1| Catch an Improv Comedy Show on Granville Island

Looking for a laugh? Catch an improv comedy show at TheatreSports League!

This renowned comedy company is located on Granville Island, one of Vancouver’s top attractions, and specializes in unscripted, on-the-spot comedy shows. It hosts has a hilarious selection of comedy acts throughout the week that will have you drown in laughter! No doubt it is a great way to let loose and share some fun.

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Granville Island

Before or after the show, take a walk around the Granville Island. Check out the public market, stop by Granville Island Brewing, and browse through boutique shops and art galleries. You can also hop on a False Creek ferry from the Granville Island Ferry Dock and do some sightseeing.

Vancouver Date Ideas Granville Island

Granville Island

If time permits, hit the water and rent a paddleboard or kayak. It is an extremely fun thing to do on Granville Island in the summer and a unique way to explore the scenic shoreline of False Creek.

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2| Take the Aquabus Across False Creek

Another fun thing to do as a couple is to take the Aquabus across the False Creek inlet, a body of water that separates downtown Vancouver from the rest of the city.

The Aquabus is an adorable rainbow-colored mini boat that runs frequently to major destinations around False Creek. Compared to driving and riding the bus, it provides spectacular views of Vancouver from the water. Plus, it is a relatively inexpensive way to tour the city!

Vancouver Date Ideas Granville Island

Do you spot the tiny little aquabus?

In the summer, the Aquabus operates daily from 6 am to 10 pm and make stops at Hornby Street, Granville Island, David Lam Park, Stamps Landing, Spyglass Place, Yaletown, Plaza of Nations, and the Olympic Village.

Fares range from $3.5 to $6, depending on the zones traveled. Taking the Aquabus several times a day? Then you might want to consider buying a day pass ($15)!

Note: Don’t confuse it with False Creek Ferries, the little blue ferries that share several docks with Aquabus. False Creek Ferries run on slightly different routes and offer some sightseeing cruises that are worth looking into.

3| Kayak at the Olympic Village

Originally built for the 2010 Winter Olympics Games, Olympic Village at the southeast end of False Creek, Vancouver has quickly become a hotspot for locals to hang out and chill. It is also one of the best kayaking spots in the city!

Vancouver Date Ideas Olympic Village Science World

the view from Olympic Village

Take a kayak and go on a paddling adventure together around the shoreline. Enjoy the scenic waterfront and Vancouver skyline as you paddle through and practice your teamwork. Don’t forget to snap a selfie together with the iconic ball-shaped Science World for the memory!

If you have absolutely no idea how to kayak, don’t worry. An introductory kayak lesson will equip you with all the fundamental skills and knowledge!

4| Watch Fireworks Lighting Up The Sky Over English Bay

Summer is especially fun in Vancouver because the city is jam-packed with exciting events and festivals!

Hit up the Celebration of Light and see the mesmerizing fireworks light up Vancouver’s night sky. The annual musical fireworks competition is a week-long festival taking place in English Bay. Each night is represented by a different country, with a spectacular light show choreographed perfectly to the music.

The Celebration of Light is free to watch – how nice! But the problem is it can be difficult to secure a spot unless you go super early. An alternative option is to purchase a dining package that gives you a seat in the VIP section.

Vancouver Celebration of Light

Photo by Aditya Chinchure on Unsplash

Pro tip: If you hate crowds and want ultimate privacy, why not stay at a hotel on the English Bay? This way you get to watch the fireworks up close and personal from your room! Check out Sylvia Hotel.

Other major summer festivals worth attending include the International Jazz Festival (in late-June), Vancouver Folk Music Festival (in mid-July), Vancouver Pride Festival (in early August), Skookum Festival (a music, art, and food festival in early September), and Vancouver International Film Festival (in September).

5| Share a Sweet Treat in Gastown

Sharing is sweet. Sharing a dessert is extra sweet!

Grab your date and head over to Vancouver’s most historic neighborhood, Gastown, for a delicious treat at Soft Peaks. This creamery serves delectable organic soft-serve ice cream finished with tasty toppings of your choosing.

What differentiates Soft Peaks from other ice cream shops in Vancouver are: 1) the use of organic milk (which you can taste in its smooth, silky texture), and that 2) all ingredients, from milk to toppings, are sourced locally!

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Soft Peaks

We recommend ordering the summer special Snowberry (strawberry), Gastown (tiramisu), or the Green Forest (match + red beans) to share. Or show your creativity by building your own!

Besides dessert, Gastown is home to many great restaurants and bars. Perhaps hit up the happy hour for creative bar bites and drink specials?

6| Bike Around Stanley Park

There is nothing more fun than a romantic bike ride around Stanley Park. It gets you outdoors and into the fresh air where you can bask in the beauty of nature.

There are a few bike trails to explore within Stanley Park. The Stanley Park Seawall is the most scenic and famous bike trail in Vancouver. It’s a 10-km paved route that is flat, uninterrupted and loops around the entire park. Please note that this is a one-way only bike path, going in counterclockwise from Coal Harbour, past Brockton Point, under Lions Gate Bridge, towards English Bay.

Stanley Park Vancouver Seawall Bike Trail

Photo by Gabriel Santiago on Unsplash

Alternatively, you can get into the forest by going west on Lagoon Drive, continuing along the Rawlings Trail, and connecting to Prospect Point Trail or Bridle Path. Check out this map of Stanley Park for details.

No matter which route you take, there are plenty of Instagram-worthy stops along the way. Prospect Point, totem poles, Brockton Point Lighthouse, Girl in a Wetsuit sculpture, and Beaver Lake are not to be missed.

Vancouver Date Ideas Stanley Park

Stanley Park bike ride

There are also plenty of things to do in Stanley Park, including meeting undersea friends at Vancouver Aquarium, taking the miniature train ride as well as dining at The Teahouse on Stanley Park’s Ferguson Point and enjoying the best sunset view in the city! Make sure you leave enough time for these activities.

Note: For bike rental near Stanley Park, we recommend Spokes Bicycle Rentals. They are located at the corner of Denman and Georgia Streets, right at the park entrance.

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7| Walk Across Capilano Suspension Bridge

Seeking a thrilling experience to do with your partner? Venture across a high, swinging suspension bridge!

The world famous Capilano Suspension Bridge in North Vancouver will sure give you goosebumps (and may even make you feel an intense attraction to someone!). Spanning 137m and 70m high above the Capilano River, the suspension bridge is the perfect spot for an exhilarating walk as you immerse yourself into the serenity of a rainforest.

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Capilano Suspension Bridge Cliffwalk

Aside from the suspension bridge, you should also take advantage of the heart-stopping Cliffwalk and the seven bridges of Treetops Adventure. All these attractions offer breathtaking views of the lush rainforest and surrounding canyon.

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Things To Do In Vancouver Capilano Suspension Bridge

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Getting to Capilano is easy. Take the free shuttle from downtown Vancouver at Canada Place, or at one of the hotels (Blue Horizon, Hyatt Regency, or Westin Bayshore). No reservation needed.

8| Hike up Grouse Mountain

If you and your partner are hiking enthusiasts, accept the Gouse Grind challenge!

Things To Do In Vancouver Grouse Mountain

Grouse Grind

This challenging hike follows a 2.9-km trail and requires climbing 2830 steps to reach the top of Grouse Mountain. It is quite steep so it could be grueling. But once you reach the summit, you will be treated with a panoramic view of Vancouver city stretching towards the Pacific Ocean. Restaurants and cafes will be there to help you refuel and recover.

For those looking for an easy way up, take the Skyride. The gondola will whisk you all the way to the top of the Grouse Mountain in just 8 minutes! Think that is too relaxing? Take it up a notch and sign up for the Skyride Surf Adventure! This open-air experience gives you access to the special viewing platform on the rooftop of the Skyride. Admire the breathtaking scenery as you journey to the mountaintop.

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Your adventure on the Grouse Mountain does not stop here. There are many fun activities you can take part in together as a couple. Guided eco-walks, Grouse Mountain ziplines, and the aerial ropes adventure course are just a few examples. Before you call it a day, head over to The Observatory for a romantic evening of delicious food and marvelous views.

9| Dine at The Best Italian Restaurant in the City

Wondering where to take your special someone for a delicious meal? We’ve got you covered!

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Savio Volpe

There are so many wonderful restaurants in downtown Vancouver. When it comes to authentic Italian cuisine, Savio Volpe is a top pick. Not only it wows the guests with outstanding dishes, it also makes you feel comfortable and welcomed with attentive service. For the best experience, we recommend going with dine alla famiglia ($55 pp) – a 5-course tasting menu chosen by the chef.

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Ask For Luigi

Ask for Luigi is another fantastic option. This quaint restaurant is unquestionably one of the best Italian restaurants in Vancouver. It serves mouthwatering handmade pasta that delivers a pleasant explosion of flavours and textures!

10| Impress Your Date With an Artisanal Dessert From Thierry

To impress your foodie date, Thierry Patisserie won’t let you down.

Thierry is the best dessert place in Vancouver. Their irresistible selection of macarons, cakes, and tarts are baked using the finest ingredients. The paris brest is always a big hit and never fails to garner oohs and aahs!

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Thierry


These are some summer date ideas to keep things fun and inspire you to explore Vancouver in a unique way. Which one do you want to try with your date?

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Disclaimer: Special thanks to Tourism Vancouver and Spokes for providing complimentary bike rentals. As always, all opinions on For Two, Please are our own and we only recommend brands that we 100% stand behind.

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  1. I have been to Vancouver a couple of times, but only one of those visits did I get any time to explore. I would love to do the Aquabus and get those water views of the city! The Gastown district was fabulous, but next time will have to try the Snowberry at Soft Peaks. My heart jumped over the Capilano Suspension Bridge. I have heard of it before and I would love to try it, but suspension bridges scare me! Does it sway a lot???

  2. The bike ride in Stanley Park and the Capilano Suspension Bridge would be top on my list. Vancouver holds a special place in my travel memories. Not just because of the family trip to Rec Beach right as I was hitting puberty, but it was my first taste of the PNW. I fell in love with the mountains, trees, and ocean. After I graduated, I moved to Seattle because it was so similar to Vancouver. As fate would have it, I never made it across the border when I lived there and I haven’t returned for 35 years, but the memories of the city stay with me.

  3. I would love to travel to vancouver! The hiking looks like a lot of fun and nice landscape to discover, and the fireworks just look amazing.

  4. I absolutely love Vancouver and think it is a great city for dates, particularly during good weather as there are so many great green spaces. I love the market which I could walk through every day! Great food scene makes for lots of great dates!

  5. Love this post, Cat! Truly Vancouver sounds like my dream city. I really hope to visit someday! One of my ooooldest friends (from age 3!) is moving to Vancouver in just a couple weeks… her boyfriend is from New Zealand, so they have been dating long distance. He is able to move to Canada as it’s part of the commonwealth and she is doing a working holiday visa there so they can be together! I’m so happy for her. Will send her your post so she can try out some of these date ideas!!

  6. I haven’t been to Vancouver since 2006 — and that was before I got together with Mr. Five O’Clock, so I didn’t see the city from a romantic angle. Great post! Love all of your ideas, especially walking on the Capilano Suspension Bridge (which I did by myself, but it’s more fun with someone)! You’d probably find us at Granville Island Brewing — though now that we are hiking more, a trek up Grouse Mountain sounds awesome too.

  7.  Reading this I couldn’t get over how similar it was to Seattle, and even Bainbridge Island compared to the park in Vancouver.  I would definitely be doing the  suspension  bridge , Taking the ferry, and then eating at the Italian restaurant. I didn’t know how beautiful the Olympic Village there actually was, can’t wait to visit Vancouver with all your great tips and articles.

  8. Vancouver has so many things to offer, and you’ve presented me with a great list of things to do. After looking at your fireworks picture, I would make either staying at a hotel on the water a priority — or at least booking a dinner package where I could photograph the fireworks without having to secure a space hours ahead of time.

  9. Ohhh what wonderful date ideas! I’d love to check out the suspension bridge and the hiking options! I used to live in Seattle and am really kicking myself for not getting up to Vancouver! One day though.

  10. Great post!! I see so many things I’d love to do here. Especially the Improv and sightseeing around the shoreline. The artwork looks so fun and whimsical. And I’m a sucker for former Olympic Villages. I’ve never been to Vancouver. The attractions you describe are not the ones I would have initially thought about and now I really want to go there! Just need to find a date… 😉

  11. I love Stanley Park and have roller bladed around it many times, but have never done bikes. Great idea for getting to go further or even cross the bridge.

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  13. Thanks for these interesting ideas 🙂
    Grouse Mountain is the most tempting to me – I just can’t imagine life without mountain hiking!

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