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Love Like a Local

We’re sharing our top five date ideas for off-the-beaten-path romance for those wanting to love like a local Vancouverite. 

The Casual Coffee Date

Purebread
Photo: Tourism Vancouver / Purebread

Purebread, a Gastown favourite for innovative sweet treats, is a family bakery that started out a few short years ago as a Farmer’s Market stand in Whistler and built a cult following. Famous for its display of delectable treats, this spot serves up a great cup of Stumptown coffee. Grab a table or get a to-go cup and enjoy it while strolling the cobblestone streets of the historic neighbourhood. 

Bonus Local Tip: Can’t decide which delectable treat to get? Purebread’s Nutella Brioche is a fan favourite. 

The Grand Gesture

Harbour Air
Photo: Tourism Vancouver / Harbour Air

Experience the breathtaking beauty of the west coast with a scenic seaplane tour. Harbour Air offers everything from a 20-minute spin above the city to day trips to Victoria on Vancouver Island. (Side note: Amazon has named Victoria Canada’s most romantic city.) Harbour Air is located at the Vancouver Convention Centre, just steps from all three downtown Vancouver Fairmont locations.

Bonus Local Tip: In the summer season (May – Oct), you can take a spectacular glacier tour in Whistler that includes a landing on a remote mountain lake.  

Peak of Love

Grouse Mountain
Photo: Tourism Vancouver / Rishad Daroowala

Winter magic awaits on Grouse Mountain. Lace up your skates and go for a spin on the mountain’s 8,000 square foot ice skating pond — the only one of its kind on the West Coast. Afterwards, enjoy upscale West Coast Cuisine at The Observatory, featuring sweeping views of Vancouver. 

Bonus Local Tip: Admission to Grouse Mountain is complimentary with advanced dinner reservations. 

Must Love Dogs

Lion's Gate Bridge
Photo: Tourism Vancouver / Albert Normandin

Just over the Lion’s Gate Bridge is West Vancouver’s Ambleside Park. At the entrance, you’ll find the 3.5-acre dog park with beach access, a beautiful spot for (dog) lovers. This hidden gem features a pedestrian-only Seawalk that overlooks Stanley Park and Vancouver’s city skyline. 

Bonus Local Tip: After the pups are done chasing sticks on the beach, walk the scenic Seawalk 3 km to The Beach House for fresh seafood served with spectacular views. 

An Aquatic Affair

Vancouver Aquarium
Photo: Ocean Wise / Vancouver Aquarium

Every other month, the Vancouver Aquarium offers a special after-hours event where adults can enjoy the exhibits in an adults-only environment complete with a glass of wine and delectable bites. If your love is an animal lover, no other date will quite compare once they have had a cocktail alongside a 2,000-pound Walrus.

Bonus Local Tip: Their Valentine’s Day Event features a meet and greet with a penguin!

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