Top 5 fun activities for couples in Vancouver

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Vancouver makes a pretty strong case for being Canada’s ultimate city. It’s got a bit of everything: a bustling metropolitan core, a diverse and deep-rooted cultural scene, and some of the best natural scenery in the whole country. So it’s no wonder that it makes a great getaway for couples who are looking to see it all and get into the adventurous spirit! See what attractions are waiting for you and your partner in the great city of Vancouver.

Music Festivals

There’s nothing quite like seeing your favourite band perform live and being a part of a lively group atmosphere. Vancouver is home to many great festivals in the summer months, including the Vancouver Folk Music Festival, Pemberton Music Festival and Vancouver International Jazz Festival. The biggest one by far is held in Squamish during August—last year’s headliners were Mumford & Sons, Sam Smith and Drake. Date night doesn’t get much better than being serenaded by these musical guests!

Native Art Galleries

Vancouver has a rich indigenous culture and many art galleries which show off the talents and traditions of its population. You and your significant other can enjoy a glimpse into the world of Canada’s contemporary Native art scene that includes carvings, canvases, masks, totems, jewellery and much more. Head to the Gastown neighbourhood and visit any of the popular galleries such as Coastal Peoples Fine Art Galleries, Hill’s Native Art or the Inuit Gallery of Vancouver.

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Speciality Food Markets

They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, but that’s not entirely true since it’s pretty much the way to anyone’s heart, man or woman! There’s something special about preparing a meal together and enjoying the fruits of your labour. Vancouver has tons of food markets that showcase its fresh produce and even fresher seafood catches. Visit the West End Farmers Market, Granville Island Farmers Market or dozens of other local farmers’ markets to get a taste of the best flavours that Vancouver has to offer.

Botanical Gardens

Get a little slice of Zen in the middle of the city with a trip to Vancouver’s most popular outdoor garden. The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden consists of a free public park and a garden with an admission fee—everyone who visits overwhelmingly recommends paying the small fee to take a guided tour of the grounds. Learn all about the local Chinese culture, meticulously planned design elements and the harmony of plants and nature within the beautiful garden.

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Take a Hike!


One of the best ways to see the beauty of British Columbia up close is by hiking one of the many trails around Vancouver. A day spent outdoors with your significant other is a great way to bond and escape into nature as you take a break from the downtown core. There’s a wide variety of hiking trails available so even beginners can take part and enjoy the views of mountains, waterfalls, rain forests and much more. The more adventurous types can even try out mountain biking to add a little more adrenaline to their excursions.

Bring your partner to Vancouver for a romantic getaway and see for yourself why so many people are calling the west coast the best coast. Don’t worry Maritimes—we still love your small-town charm!

Did we miss any other great activities for couples to do in Vancouver? Let us know any suggestions you may have in the comments below.

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