Valentine’s Day always tends to sneak up on you, especially when it falls on the Tuesday after a long weekend. Luckily, there are quite a few activities around town to offer up a unique, fun date idea without requiring reservations that should have been made months ago.
Below you’ll find five date night ideas that are great for a Valentine’s Day surprise or just for a fun night on the town any other day of the year. Great for the adventurous, the food-inclined, or the fit-couple, check out these ideas below!
Go Bouldering at The Hive
Getting a little sweaty is a great way to have a fun time, and you’ll definitely get a little sweaty at The Hive! This bouldering gym is located near the Science World area of Main Street (520 Industrial Ave, Vancouver) and is like a playground for adults. The beauty of bouldering is that you don’t have to have fancy ropes and pulleys assisting you in climbing up a wall. Instead, the walls are short enough (and the floor padded enough) that you can climb without the assistance of a rope. It’s a fun workout for couples, whether you make it to the top of the wall or just hang out on the padded floor the whole time.
Location: 520 Industrial Avenue (Vancouver) or 140 – 2270 Dollarton Highway (North Vancouver)
Time: until 9pm for members, 9pm – midnight for public
Price: ~$ 25 for your first time dropping-in
Snowshoe and fondue
Nothing like spending an evening on top of Vancouver! The North Shore mountains are a winter wonderland this time of you, and there’s a special Valentine’s Day surprise waiting for you. Register for a special snowshoe package, which includes rentals, expert guides, and delicious fondue for after you’ve finished your moonlit walk.
Location: Grouse Mountain
Time: 3:00pm-5:00pm, 6:00pm-8:00pm or 8:30pm-10:30pm
Price: $ 65 for non-passholders, $ 52 for passholders
Take a skate around the rink at Robson Square
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 is the last day that the free skating at Robson Square will be open for the season. You’d be surprised at how romantic skating in circles around a rink is (especially if one of you is very bad at skating and needs to hold on tightly to your hand). Rentals at the rink are only $ 4, so this offers a more affordable activity than others.
Location: Robson Square
Time: Open until 9pm
Price: $ 4 or free
Share a ‘pizza’ your heart
Nothing says love like sharing a hot, steamy piece of pizza! There are a few restaurants in Vancouver offering heart shaped pizza on Valentine’s Day, giving you even more of a reason to celebrate your date night with a piping hot pizza pie! You can get a small or medium heart shaped pizza at Boston Pizza and $ 1 from each pizza sold will go to Boston Pizza Future Prospects. Rumour has it that Pizza Hut and Papa Johns will also be serving up heart shaped pizzas on Tuesday night.
Location: Various locations around Vancouver
Price: $ 10 – $ 15
Enjoy the show at Burlesque Duos
Following last year’s sold out show, the highly-anticipated Burlesque Duos Valentine’s Day event returns to the Rio’s stage on Tuesday, February 14. This beloved (not to mention popular) annual East Vancouver tradition is the ultimate spectacle of partnership and astounding creativity, coupling renowned dancers together to perform truly memorable numbers. What better way to spice up your Valentine’s Day than with a night of never-before-seen pairings and innovative duets?
Location: Rio Theatre (1660 East Broadway)
Time: doors at 7pm, show starts at 8pm
Price: $ 20 in advance | $ 25 at the door
What’s your date night idea for 2017 Valentine’s Day in Vancouver? Let us know in the comment section below!