January 30, 2018
With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, 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
giovane café + eatery + market, a coal harbour favourite for their in-house pastries and artistic-like desserts, created by Executive Pastry Chef Jeffry Kahle, serves up a great cup of Stumptown coffee. Grab a table or get a to-go cup and enjoy it while strolling the picturesque views of Coal Harbour.
Bonus Local Tip: Can’t decide which delectable treat to get? giovane café’s cake bars are a fan favourite.
THE GRAND GESTURE
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 3 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.
MUST LOVE DOGS
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.
THE BIG NIGHT IN
Skip the night out and spend your stay between the sheets (or in the tub) with Fairmont Pacific Rim’s exclusive Vancouver romance package. Indulge in a night that offers a mix of ambiance and amenities that will surely turn up the romance on your next getaway. The package includes luxury accomodation, truffles and a bottle of Moet Chandon Brut Champagne on arrival and breakfast in bed.
Bonus Local Tip: Each room is stocked with therapeutic mineral Le Labo bath salts, the perfect addition to the oversized marble bathtub, fit for two.
AN AQUATIC AFFAIR
Every other month, the Vancouver Aquarium offers a special after-hours event where adults can enjoy the exhibits in an adult 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!